ON Vs FKB Dream11 Team Overview, Match Centre And Probable Playing 5: Otago Nuggets look to return to winning ways today after suffering their first defeat of the season yesterday.
Well rested, registering two wins on the bounce and sitting in second place, everything looked hunky dory for new entrants Otago Nuggets after their first couple of games in the league. For the side, adapting to the National Basketball League was an extremely easy task with the side acclimatising itself with the competition at hand without any qualms.
However, the league was quick to bare its teeth and ravage Otago Nuggets yesterday with the first timers tasting their opening defeat. It was a result not many had foreseen with Otago being putdown handsomely by a Taranaki side that had lost two straight games previously before Wednesday’s faceoff.
While the 107-81 defeat will definitely send down jitters in the side when they take to the court, Otago Nuggets will not be massively fazed by that performance. The side will take a wary and cautious approach to this tie though with the side coming across a rejuvenated Franklin Bulls side, one which has gone onto register the two wins on the bounce.
Moving from bottom to last place after bouncing back from their two straight defeats with two wins, Franklin Bulls have managed to finally settle into their groove. Revitalised, the side will be looking to hurt an Otago Nuggets side which makes an advent into the tie on the back of a defeat.
However, it’s the attacking side of the game which favours Otago, a component which will see them revert to winning ways today.
Probable Playing 5
Knox, Joshua, Samuel, Jordan, Kenny
Isaac, Nikau, Chris, Dominique, Jackson
National Basketball League 2019-20
Match: Otago Vs Franklin
Date And Time: 2nd June, Thursday: 11:00am
Venue: The Trusts Arena, Auckland
- Jordan: 22 Points
- Isaac: 20.5 ppg
Best Ball Stealer
- Hunt: 7 Rebounds
- Chris: 7 rpg
Mountainairs Vs Otago Nuggets: 107-81
Nelson Giants Vs Franklin Bulls: 69-75
ON Vs FKB Dream11 Picks
A well rounded and complete showing of 7 points, 3 assists and the 4 rebounds to go with them see us make Darcy Knox from Otago Nuggets our pick for the imminent encounter. The point guard was responsible in controlling the centre of the court for his side with the players quick ball movements helping the side pull off transitions.
Franklin Bulls on the other hand will be represented by a guile filled partnership in this component. With 4 points and 8 rebounds, Jackson Stubbins becomes the first pick from the side for the day’s clash along with Chris McIntosh who was responsible for 7 points and the 3 rebounds to go with them in the same affair.
Time for the tables to switch with a duo making its way into our side from Otago Nuggets in this slot. The duo is made up of Jarrod Kenny after his behemoth 18 point and 6 rebound performance, a showing which came along at a time when little was going his side’s way.
Richie Rodger will also be easing his way into our slot from the side after his 7 points with the two emerging as a nut tough to crack, players who have touched the roof with their performances.
The indomitable and diminutive 22 point performance for Jordan Ngatai has never left our side when Otago Nuggets have been in play and the player won’t be leaving our side today as well. The 22 points he dropped yesterday came owing to his sprawling skill set when it comes to shooting alleyoops and leaving the position perplexed with his crossovers.
At the forefront of his side’s rejuvenation in the league, Sam Timmins has spearheaded his side’s upward spiral in the points tally. Its his innate ability to win the battle of the boards which has seen him emerge as a stalwart of the game with the player sending down 5 points, 7 rebounds and 6 blocks the last time around.
Jordan Hunt was unfazed by a lack of support from the other end yesterday with the player shooting 16 points inside the paint to see the centre from Otago Nuggets wrap up proceedings for us for the encounter.
Jordan’s behemoth performance from yesterday sees him be our star player while Kenny is the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Team
Knox, Stubbins, Chris, Kenny, Rodger, Ngatai, Timmins, Hunt
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