TNM vs WST Dream11: We are well into the New Zealand Basketball League. A lot of games have been played at this point but yes, the match count is spread out, with a team usually playing two-three games in a week’s space, which makes for a relatively long season with fewer games. In this game, the Taranaki Mountaineers will host the Wellington Saints
Taranaki has had a mixed start, losing three and winning three games. In the last game, they defeated Otago Nuggets 96:83, making it two wins in a row. On the other hand, the Saints are having a difficult start to the season, nabbing just a single in six games. They lost their last game 83:90 against Canterbury Rams. Can the Saints get some rhythm going?
Host: Taranaki Mountainairs
Visitors: Wellington Saints
Match Timing: 5 June, @ 10:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: TSB Stadium
Taranaki is middle in the pack, Saints need a boost
Taranaki has been struggling offensively, being among three-four bottom teams, averaging around 80 points. Taranki’s defense hasn’t been good enough, giving away around 83 a game, making them the fourth worst in that regard. However, things have changed big-time since Anthony Hilliard has arrived who has scored 29 and 30 in the last two games. Marcel Jones is the leading rebounder with around 13. On the other hand, Javonte Douglas leads all playmakers with 5 assists a game.
Meanwhile, Wellington Saints have a great offense being in top-three, averaging around 83 points a game. However, they have the worst defense, giving away 96 a game, more than anyone else. They are also the worst rebounding team with 33.5 RPG. Xavier Cooks debuted in the last game and notched a triple-double. But before that, Tanee Samuels was leading the scoring effort. Tom Vodanovich has been a strong rebounder, averaging around 10 a game.
Xavier had a banger of a debut but can he keep going?
Anthony has been a huge factor in the two games so far. He can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Samuel made seven of his 15 shots and has been a strong scoring presence. He can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Douglas was impressive, making eleven of his 17 shots.
Tom was efficient in the last game. Nailing seven of his 10 shots.
Carlin made five of his eleven shots.
Tuffin made four of his eight shots in the last game.
Tai grabbed five offensive rebounds and made five of his 11 shots.
Made none of his field-goal attempts.
Richard made three of his eight shots.
Smith had six turnovers in the last match.
PG: M Smith, R Rodger
SG: X Cooks(PP), A Hilliard(SP)
SF: J Ngatai, J Douglas
PF: T Samuel
C: T Vodanovich