TNM vs FKB Dream11: The New Zealand Basketball League has been in motion for multiple months now. The schedule is spread out and we see a team playing just two games a week many times. It will be the case too when the Taranaki Airs clash against the Franklin Bulls in what can be an exciting contest.
The Taranaki Airs have won seven out of 12 games, they are currently on a three-game winning streak. In their last game, Taranaki defeated the Saints 111-105 as Anthony Hilliard dropped 41 points. Meanwhile, Franklin Bulls have won 6 out of 11 games, and they have won three out of their last four games in an incredible fashion. They come into this game after defeating the Canterbury Rams 86-76 as Isaac Davidson dropped 22 points. Can the Airs win four in a row?
Home: Taranaki Airs
Visitors: Franklin Bulls
Match Timing: 06 July, @ 01:00 PM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: TSB Stadium
Airs: Hilliard has made them better
The Airs have lost three out of their four battles before the arrival of Anthony Hilliard. Since then they have won six out of their eight games. The main reason has been the improvement on the offensive end. Anthony has had plenty of games scoring 30+. On the other hand, Javontae Douglas has showcased tremendous All-Around Skills to be a leading rebounder and playmaker many times.
Bulls are more defensive-oriented
Unlike, Airs that prefer shootouts, Bulls like to grind it out on the defensive end and can shut down that end well. Except for a game against the Saints, where they allowed 100+, the team has usually limited opponents under 80 many times. Corey Webster has led the team, scoring 20+ on most occasions. Leon Henry has led the team in rebounding whereas Webster has also led in assists along with scoring. As of now, Webster is on national duty.
Hilliard has been on fire throughout the season and has been a huge factor. I believe he will be in 25+ points and 5-8 rebounds range. He can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Prediction scenario.
Henry is a specialist rebounder who doesn’t seem to be assertive on the offensive end. I believe he will be in 8-12 points and 11-16 rebounds range.
Douglas is perhaps the best well-versed all-around player on the Airs squad. I believe he will be in 14-19 points, 6-9 rebounds, and 5-8 assists range.
Isaac doesn’t score these many usually. I believe he will be in 11-15 points range.
Willet has had a solid scoring season and has given incredible rebounding. I believe he will be in 18-24 points and 7-11 rebounds range.
Giddyis a volume shooter whose responsibilities have increased in absence of Webster. I believe he will be in 16-22 points and 6-8 rebounds range.
Tai’s numbers are a bit down but he can provide strong rebounding and defense nonetheless. I believe he will be in 6-11 points and 5-8 rebounds range.
Bezzant has a tendency to commit turnovers but he is a solid scorer and playmaker. I believe he will be in 12-18 points and 4-7 assists range.
Carlin made three of his four shots in the last game. I believe he will be in 8-12 points and 3-5 rebounds range.
Anzac is careful with his shot. I believe he will be in 7-12 points and 4-7 rebounds range.
Marcel is a solid rebounder and I believe he will be in 7-11 points and 6-10 rebounds range.
Kael can be in 4-8 points and 2-4 rebounds range.
Richard is a great playmaker. I believe he will be in 6-10 points and 3-5 assists range.
Keil is a strong rebounder and I believe he will be in 4-8 points and 5-8 rebounds range.
Scott can be in 4-8 points range.
PG: R Rodger, N Giddy Potts
SG: A Hilliard(SP)
SF: I Davidson, J Douglas(PP)
PF: M Jones
C: C Davison, A Rissetto