WST vs NG Dream11: The New Zealand Basketball League has been in great shape this season and we have seen incredible battles throughout the season. The Regular Season is going to be over in a few days and this means that the time to make a comeback for the low-ranked teams has virtually disappeared. And in this game, the Wellington Saints will take on the Nelson Giants.
The Wellington Saints have won half of their 16 games, currently on a four-game winning streak. The Saints come into this game after thrashing the Jets 109-70 as Kenneth Tuffin scrapped 20 points.
Home: Wellington Saints
Visitors: Nelson Giants
Match Timing: 2 August, @ 01:00 PM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: TSB Bank Arena
Saints have turned around their season
The Saints had a slow 1 win and five losses start, being one of the worst defensive teams in the league while maintaining a rather strong offense. The Saints continued to improve on the defensive end and thanks to that, they reached a 50% win record. The Saints have won the last three games with a difference of around 30 points, proving their worth as the reigning champions. The Saints remain in the Playoffs race as the sixth-ranked team, which is the last position for the Quarter-Finals with the race for the four-six position remaining wide open.
Giants have earned a bye to Semis
The Giants have been massively successful this season and they are likely to end up as the top team, and if not at least the top two teams. Their defense is certainly elite and that helps overcome the defensive lapses at times. Sam Thompson has been the scoring leader, constantly scoring over 20 points a game and making life easy for the Giants on the scoring end regularly. The Nelson Giants can end up making a title run with the talent that has gathered for them.
Cooks made five of his six shots in the lat game and he has been an all-around presence. I believe he will be in 17-22 points, 6-9 rebounds, and 4-6 assists range.
Thompson made 10 of his 23 shots in the last game and has done a great job on the offensive end. I believe he will be in 17-25 points range. He can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NZBL Prediction scenario.
Tom made four of his nine three-pointers in the last game and he is also a solid rebounder. I believe he will be in 17-23 points and 7-11 rebounds range.
Mourning made eight of his 17 shots and he is an incredible rebounder. I believe he will be in 18-24 points and 8-11 rebounds range.
Tanee is a superb scorer and he made four of her five three-pointers in the last game. I believe she will be in 16-22 points and 4-6 rebounds range.
West is an elite passer who can also has a decent outside stroke. I believe he will be in 10-15 points and 7-11 assists range.
Reggie is an elite athlete who can do a great job of scoring and rebounding. I believe he will be in 11-16 points and 7-10 rebounds range.
Samuel has given solid rebounding and shooting. I believe he will be in 12-17 points and 6-10 rebounds range.
Lefty Ngatai is a superb passer who makes occasional shots. I believe he will be in 7-11 points and 6-9 assists range.
Trathen made three of his eight shots in the last game. I believe he will be in 7-12 points and 3-5 rebounds range.
Rangimarie had a strong game, making six of nine threes in the last game.
Tyler can be in 4-7 points range.
Kenneth had a superb last game, dipping in seven of his ten shots. I believe he will be in 9-15 points and 3-5 rebounds range.
Alexander is a decent playmaker. I believe he will be in 3-5 assists range.
Jordan is a superb rebounder. I believe he will be in 3-7 points and 4-7 rebound range.
PG: A McNaught
SG: T Marsh
SF: J Ngatai, N Trathen
PF: R Upshaw(PP), X Cooks(SP), S Thompson
C: T Samuel