Match Details: Team LeBron vs Team Durant
Date: 8th March 2021, 06:30 AM IST.
Venue: State Farm Arena, Atlanta.
Preview: LBN vs DRT
The much-awaited crown jewel of the NBA known to us as the NBA All-Star Game (LBN vs DRT) is all set to take place between Team LeBron and Team Durant at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta on Monday.
The NBA All-Star Game will see the two teams competing to win each quarter. But to add more spice, the fourth quarter will follow the same “Elam Ending” format as the last year’s All-Star Game. At the end of the third quarter, the “target” will be set by adding 24 points to the leading team’s score, and the first team to reach that number would eventually emerge victoriously.
Team LeBron has won all the NBA All-Star Game since the format was changed four years ago in 2018. The LeBron James-led side has defeated Team Curry in 2018 and Team Giannis in 2019 and 2020.
Team Durant, on the other hand, will make a debut in the 2021 NBA All-Star Game. They will be missing the services of their captain two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant, who is still recovering from a left hamstring strain.
This will be an “ultra” high-paced game with an implied total of around 313. Team LeBron will be starting as favorites to win this game against Team Durant and register their fourth consecutive victory in an All-Star Game.
Probable Starting Lineups:
PG Luka Doncic
SG Stephen Curry
SF LeBron James
PF Giannis Antetokounmpo
C Nikola Jokic
PG Ben Simmons
PG Chris Paul
SG Damian Lillard
SF Jaylen Brown
SF Paul George
PF Domantas Sabonis
C Rudy Gobert
May Not Play
PG Kyrie Irving
SG Bradley Beal
SF Kawhi Leonard
PF Jayson Tatum (Replaces Kevin Durant)
C Joel Embiid
PG James Harden
SG Mike Conley (Replaces Devin Booker)
SG Donovan Mitchell
SF Zach LaVine
SF Julius Randle
PF Zion Williamson
C Nikola Vucevic
May Not Play
PF Kevin Durant OUT
SG Devin Booker OUT
Head-To-Head Records: LBN vs DRT
No prior games have been played between these two sides but Team LeBron will surely hold an upper hand over Team Durant.
All-Star Fantasy Picks:
Stephen Curry: Rightly called the greatest shooter in NBA history, Curry is putting up 29+ points, 5+ boards, 6+ dimes, and 1+ steals per game for Golden State Warriors. He leads the NBA in 3-pointers made (169) and can surely put up an excellent show in this All-Star Game.
Kyrie Irving: Irving was the first to be drafted in Team Durant and will be leading from the front in absence of KD. The main ball handler from Brooklyn Nets is averaging 27+ points, 4+ boards, 6 dimes, and 1+ steals. He can prove to be a great differential pick in your team.
Bradley Beal: The scoring machine from Washington Wizards leads the league in points per game with 32.9 while producing 5+ boards, 4+ dimes, and 1+ steals. Beal can help you fetch healthy fantasy points in this game by scoring consistently.
Damian Lillard: Be ready for the “Dame-Time” in Atlanta. Lillard is a genuine deep 3-point shooter who has scored a league-high 22 3-pointers from beyond 30 feet this season. Surrounded by the league’s best players, he should be able to get better looks and fire some brilliant shots from downtown.
LeBron James: The four-time MVP award winner is having yet another MVP season averaging 25+ points, 8+ boards, 7+ dimes, and 1+ steals. LBJ reached another career milestone this season by crossing the 35,000 points mark, making him the third player to do so in the league history after Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone. He is a no-brainer choice for Star Player (SP) in this game.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: The reigning MVP and DPOY (Defensive Player of the Year) was the first overall pick to be drafted in Team LeBron. The Greek freak is averaging 29+ points, 11+ boards, 5+ dimes, 1+ steals, and 1+ blocks per game. His ability to stuff the stats sheet makes him one of the most reliable captaincy choices in this game.
Joel Embiid: Embiid is on a mission to prove his worth and claim the DPOY (Defensive Player of the Year) award this season. And to that, the big man from Philadelphia 76ers is racking up 30+ points, 11+ boards, 3+ dimes, 1+ steals, and 1+ blocks per game. He can be trusted to feature as Pro Player (PP) in your team.
Nikola Jokic: The Joker is averaging 27.1 points, 11 boards, 8.6 dimes, and 1.6 steals in 35.9 minutes per game – all career highs. He is one of the most versatile players for his size, combined with the scoring efficiency he has which makes it easy tough for the fantasy players to keep him away from their team.
LBN vs DRT Dream11 Team:
Team LeBron is expected to win this game.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.