Description: POR Vs MEM Dream11 Team Overview, Match Centre And Probable Playing 5: A win for Portland sees them make a foray into the playoffs today.
Both Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies just about ended up scrapping their way into today’s upcoming play-in playoff. With Phoenix Suns going on an exceptional and sensational 8 game winning spree, either side needed to win its culminating encounter to make an advent into today’s imminent showdown.
And both the sides managed to script a marvellous escape despite Phoenix Suns breathing down their necks persistently. Embarking on a three game winning speed, Portland Trail Blazers showed immense composure and resillinace to script together a 134-133 against Brooklyn Nets with the side hanging onto the barest of straws to end up as the 8th seed in the Western Conference.
Elsewhere, Memphis Grizzlies didn’t have things easy either. All losing all first four encounters in the seeding round, the club sat in a precarious position all throughout the bubble. The side was set to lose its spot for a place in the playoffs to the Suns before the club finally decided to show up and stabilise a sinking ship with two wins in its last four encounters.
POR Vs MEM Dream11 Probable Winner
Although Memphis did manage to scrounge 9th spot to their name, the club doesn’t find itself in a good position ahead of today’s play-in game. The side has been tottering ever since the return of the league with there being absolutely no wind in the side’s sails.
While luck managed to see them stumble into this stage, the side’s season should curtail today infront of a Portland side which means business at the moment.
Probable Playing 5
Portland Trail Blazers
Damian, CJ McCollum, Zach, Carmelo, Jusuf
Ja, Brooks, Kyle, Anthony, Jonas
NBA Scrimmage 2019-20
Match: Portland Trail Blazers Vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date And Time: 16th August, Sunday: 12:00am
Venue: The Field House, Orlando
Portland Trail Blazers
- Damian: 30.1 ppg
- Ja: 2.15 ppg
Best Ball Stealer
Portland Trail Blazers
- Jusuf: 10.6 rpg
- Anthony: 11.3 rpg
Brooklyn Nets Vs Portland: 133-134
Memphis Grizzlies Vs Milwaukee Bucks: 119-106
Dream 11 Picks
His brawl against Paul George has transformed Damian Lillard into a man out on a business. The point guard has taken over the club’s attacking docket, shooitng a game winning 42-12 double-double the last time around to guide his season into this stage of the competition.
One of the most improved players not only in Portland’s side but the league as well since the restart, Gary Trent’s rejuvenation has worked wonders for his side. The player has made massive inroads into his side’s playing 5 with his ability to line up the triples from outside the circle helping the side pull off points at crucial junctures.
At a time when nothing was working for Memphis Grizzlies, Dillon Brooks refused to give up. The point guard ensured his side always remained in the play-in spots with his 25 point showing the last time around resulting in his side’s upcoming scrimmage.
Carmelo Anthony’s points in the paint haven’t been the only reason he’s emerged as such a vital wheel of his side’ consummate success across the last week. The small forward has lunged onto the deflections as well to see his side convert a majority of their second chance points.
If Memphis Grizzlies are to have any chance of winning today, the side will need to heavy rely upon Anthony Tolliver. With 11 rpg, the point guard is someone capable of occulting a majority of shots sent down his way, someone who’ll be asked to pull off a slew of blocks, steals and rebounds today.
Where Anthony will be asked to defend with everything he’s got, Brandon Clarke will be asked to take centrestage in attack. His reverse scoops and spin and slams saw him come up with 16 points the last time around to see us opt for him for this one.
He’ll feature as a substitute for Memphis today but doesn’t dissuade us from opting for Gorgui Dieng as our centre. The player has come up with a reasonable number of offhanded shots, ones which see us roll him into our side.
22 points and 10 rebounds for Jusuf Nurkic the last time around saw him once again show why he’s emerged as such a highly revered player. The centre has been a new player since the return of the league, someone who has shown immense tenacity to become a talismanic figure for the club inside the paint.
His formidable form at the moment meant Lillard had to be our star player while Jusuf is the pro player.
Dream 11 Team
Lillard, Trent, Brooks, Anthony, Clarke, Toliver, Dieng, Nurkic
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