ON vs NG Dream11: Having started the season with a win, Otago Nuggets will be aiming to clock back-to-back wins when they take on Nelson Giants in round-2 of 2020 New Zealand Basketball League season on Thursday morning (IST). Otago Nuggets won 104-100 against the Jets and showed enough offensive side of the game to be considered as one of the best teams in the league. Nelson Giants, on the other hand, lost the first match against current league leaders Airs.
ON vs NG Dream11 Basketball Match Season match-up:
Otago Nuggets | Nelson Giants
Games: 01 | 01
Wins: 01 | 00
Defeats: 00 | 01
Total Points scored: 104 | 96
Points conceded: 100 | 112
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Host: Otago Nuggets
Visitors: Nelson Giants
Match Timing: June 25, @ 11:00 APM
Venue: New Zealand
Otago Nuggets team news:
Status out: None.
Status Questionable: Samuel Aruwa may miss this match for the Nuggets. No other injury concerns for the Nuggets ahead of this game.
Otago Nuggets roster: Jack Andrew, Matthew Bardsley, Jordan Ngatai, Jarrod Kenny, Jordan Hunt, Kane Keil, Josh Aitcheson, Benoit Hayman, Darcy Knox, Richie Rodger, Sam Aruwa, Akiva McBirney-Griffin
Nelson Giants team news:
Status out: Mika Vukona is expected to return to the squad next week. He is likely to sit this game out.
Status Questionable: Mike Karena missed game-1 of the seaosn due to a knock and remains questionable. He will be a game-time call.
More issues for the Giants as both Dane Brooks and Thane OLeary are also listed as questionable having sat out the first match of the season.
But Josh Bloxham should be fine to play here as well after gaining full fitness ahead of the last match.
Nelson Giants active roster: Josh Bloxham, Dane Brooks, Tom Ingham, Mike Karena, Tysxun Aiolupotea, Mika Vukona, Theo Johnson, Tommy Garguilo, Thane OLeary, Zeb Lovell, Nic Trathen, Riley Bensemann
ON vs NG Dream11 Starting Five:
PF: Josh Aitcheson
SF: Jordan Ngatai
C: Jordan Hunt
PG: Benoit Hayman
SG: Jarrod Kenny
PF: Thane OLeary/Nic Trathen
SF: Dane Brooks/Theo Johnson
C: Zeb Lovell
PG: Josh Bloxham
SG: Tom Ingham
Otago Nuggets: Sam Aruwa, Akiva McBirney-Griffin, Jack Andrew, Matthew Bardsley, Kane Keil, Darcy Knox, Richie Rodger
Nelson Giants: Theo Johnson, Tommy Garguilo, Tysxun Aiolupotea, Mika Vukona, Riley Bensemann
ON vs NG Dream11 Team Prediction:
PG: J Bloxham
SG: T Aiolupotea, J Kenny (SP)
SF: K Keil
PF: N Trathen, J Aitcheson
C: Z Lowell, J Hunt
PG: J Bloxham, T Johnson
SG: J Kenny
SF: J Ngatai (SP)
PF: N Trathen, J Aitcheson
C: M Bardsley, J Hunt
Nuggets set the tone for the seaosn with a win in the first match, but Giants were on the wrong side of the result. Nuggets draw more confidence in themselves here and we back them to win this match.
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