TNM Vs AKH Dream 11 Prediction: Last placed Auckland Huskies slowly emerging as a spitting image of the 2019 season.
After sitting in the trenches of the league standings in the 2019 season, Auckland Huskies needed to come hot out of the blocks in a bid to rediscover themselves in the league in the 2020 edition of the marquee competition. Unfortunately, though, nothing has changed for the side in the National Basketball League with the capital side once again sitting in last place.
Defeated in three games in a row, Auckland Huskies have once again made for nothing more but mere fillers. While the side’s defeats haven’t been hammerings, the fact that they have failed to get past the finishing line is all that matters at the end of the day for a side in massive need to wrenching out of the impasse it finds itself in.
Stuck in this quagmire, Taranaki Mountainairs are the last side Auckland Hussies would have wanted to come across today. After tasting their first defeat of the season the last time around, Taranaki will be especially hungry for a win today, a tie they’ll be looking to get back to winning ways and quell their insatiable famish for establishing themselves as a staunch outfit.
Where Auckland’s plight this season has been due to their harrowing attack with the team’s contingent the worst in the league, Taranaki raked up two wins on the bounce solely due to their attack. The league’s most formidable attacking unit, the Mountainairs are set to hand out a flaying to the last placed side, a clash which should see them emerge as the dominant force across the four quarters.
Probable Playing 5
Derone, Oscar, Dance, Brooke, Jones
Nathan, Emmanuel, Taine, Anamata, Jaylen
National Basketball League 2019-20
Match: Taranaki Vs Auckland Huskies
Date And Time: 30th June, Tuesday: 11:00am
Venue: The Trusts Arena, Auckland
- Derone: 23.7 ppg
- Tohi: 18 Points
Best Ball Stealer
- Jones: 14 rpg
- Henry: 14 Rebounds
Canterbury Vs Taranaki: 112-101
Franklin Vs Auckland: 63-59
Dream 11 Picks
With a double-double of 28-10 this season, Derone Raukawa showed what he’s capable of as a point guard. The performance from his hands was undoubtedly the most expansive one from a point guard, a showing which saw him control the centre of the court as he kept lining up the layups for his counterparts.
That same game saw Francis Mulvihill cajole his way the 16 points with the two players lining up the triples from the midrange region to shoot an exceptional showing of three pointers.
His side’s most consistent performer this season, Taine Murray has emerged as a beacon of light in an otherwise harrowing Auckland Huskies side. He shot 12 points in his last soiree, a performance which was vindictive of the sprawling skill set he holds in sending down shots from the deep.
The 4 points and 6 rebounds in his previous affair see us make Zach Easthope our pick as the small forward. Despite his limited scrimmages on the court, he’s set to flourish today and send down a fruitful performance for his side when he takes on a defence which has fallen flat on its face infront of everyone.
At a time when nothing was going Auckland’s way yet again, Leon Henry emerged as a tough nut to crack. The only source of solace, the player’s double-double of 16-15 was at the forefront of his side’s tenacious performance, a showing from the power forward that took his side to within four points of a win.
With 13 points inside the paint and the 12 attacking rebounds, Marcel Jones will represent our side from the opposition, an imperious player capable of making his presence felt all across the four quarters.
Although Jalyn Gerrand is yet to live upto his reputation, the centre is still going to be nailed down by us. The centre is someone who is capable of clobbering sides, acting as an occlusion for them in their attempts to shoot points.
Tai Wynyard on the other hand will be our pick from Mountainairs with the player sending down 13 floating jump points in his previous sortie.
His resounding and sprawling skill set will see us make Derone our star player while Jones is the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Team
Derone, Francis, Murray, Henry, Jones, Wynyard, Gerrand
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Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.