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NG vs WST Dream11 Prediction NZBL Live Fantasy Basketball Dream11 Team, Top Picks and Tips for Nelson Giants vs Wellington Saints

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NG vs WST Dream11: Since major European basketball leagues and even the NBA is in their final stages, we can shift our attention towards other leagues, and what better way to do it than by dialing it into the ongoing leagues, one of them being the New Zealand Basketball League. In this game of the NZBL, the Nelson Giants will host the Wellington Saints.

The Giants are the third-best team in the standings, compiling five wins in eight games. In their last game, they lost to the Franklin Bulls 69:77 with the team shooting below 34%. On the other hand, the Saints walk into the game after a tough start to the season, winning just three of their eight games. However, they have pulled things a bit, with two wins in a row. They defeated Southland Sharks 96:86 as Mike Smith nabbed 30 points and Xavier Cooks bagged 24 rebounds.

Home: Nelson Giants
Visitors: Wellington Saints
Match Timing: 17 June, @ 01:00 PM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: Trafalgar Center

NZBL Projections, Stats & Analysis

Saints are crawling up

The Saints have built a terrific offensive squad and now the wins are finally following. They have a lot of scoring options and even though their defense has been among the bottom, they can thrive in shootout scenarios. Xavier Cooks and Mike Smith have been two amazing options on the offensive end whereas Cooks has been incredible rebounding. A supporting cast of Tuffins, Samuel, and Vodanovich has also been doing its job. Can the team become better defensively?

Giants’ offense may need some work
Contrary to the Saints, the Giants’ issue stems on the offensive end. Their defense has been tight but they have lost their way quite a bit recently, is the situation alarming though? It isn’t, to be honest, but yes, they need to be more efficient. Trey Mourning has been the scoring leader, with around 20+ points a game, Jarrod West has been leading in assists whereas both Mourning and Samuel Dempster have been the rebounding backbone.

NZBL Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks

Xavier Cooks(WST)
Points: 24
Rebounds: 24
Assists: 01
Blocks: 03
Steals: 03

Cooks has been an incredible acquisition by the Saints and he is a gift that keeps giving. I expect a 17-23 points and 9-14 rebounds range.

Trey Mourning(NG)
Points: 10
Rebounds: 06
Assists: 04
Steals: 02
Trey made five of his 14 shots but he has dealt much more damage as a scorer and rebounder. I believe he will be in 14-21 points and 7-11 rebounds range. He can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.

Mike Smith(WST)
Points: 30
Rebounds: 04
Assists: 05
Steals: 01
Mike made 50%+ of his shots and he has been in incredible rhythm. I believe he will be in 21-26 points range. He can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Prediction scenario.

Jarrod West(NG)
Points: 13
Rebounds: 04
Assists: 05
West was inefficient in the last game but he has done much better. I believe he will be in 15-21 points and 5-9 assists range.

Tom Vodanovich(WST)
Points: 14
Rebounds: 17
Assists: 01
Blocks: 01
Tom made four of his nine shots and has been getting it done. I expect a 9-15 points and 5-9 rebounds range.

Samuel Dempster(NG)
Points: 13
Rebounds: 11
Assists: 01
Steals: 02
Dempster is a well-round player. I believe he will be in 10-14 points and 8-12 rebounds range.

Tanee Samuel(WST)
Points: 16
Rebounds: 01
Assists: 01
Steals: 01
Samuel has been in great rhythm lately, and he can be in 8-13 points range.

Sam Thompson(NG)
Points: 14
Rebounds: 02
Assists: 00
Steals: 01
Sam made five of his ten shots. I believe he will be in 12-16 points and 4-7 rebounds range.

Jordan Ngatai(WST)
Points: 09
Rebounds: 05
Assists: 01
Steals: 02
Blocks: 01
Jordan has done a decent job, making just 25% of his shots in last game. I expect a 4-8 points and 3-5 rebounds range.

Nic Trathen(NG)
Points: 12
Rebounds: 06
Assists: 01
Steals: 01
Nic made four of his nine shots. I believe he will be in 8-13 points and 3-5 rebounds range.

Kenneth Tuffin(WST)
Points: 03
Rebounds: 01
Assists: 00

Kenneth made just 1 of his 9 shots. I believe he will be in 4-8 points range.

Alexander McNaught(NG)
Points: 06
Rebounds: 03
Assists: 02
Steals: 02
Alexander can be in 6-10 points range.

Sione Helu(WST)
Points: 00
Rebounds: 00
Assists: 01

Helu doesn’t get many minutes.

NG vs WST Dream11 Team

PG: M Smith
SG: J Burnett
SF: N Trathen, J Ngatai
PF: X Cooks(SP), T Samuel
C:    T Mourning(PP), T Vodanovich

Shubham Singh

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