Description: TNM Vs FKB Dream11 Team Overview, Match Centre And Probable Playing 5: Franklin Bulls look to emulate their win in the league stage against Taranaki this Wednesday
From sitting the first half of the season in first place to dwindling all the way into 4th as the league wrapped up its business in the league stage fixtures, Taranaki Mountain Airs decline in the National Basketball League 2020 was an appalling demise. With just two defeats in its last five encounters, the club ended up losing all steam to see its aspirations of making into the semi-finals being poured cold water over.
Sitting ducks across the last two weeks in the showpiece league, Taranaki Mountain Airs last defeat was an especially treacherous result. Taking on today’s competitors Franklin Bulls in that faceoff, Taranaki Mountain Airs were reduced to a sorry 92-65 thumping on the day, one which saw the side’s chances of making it into the top 2 flicker like a candle under drenching rain.
Barking up the wrong tree with the team’s tiring legs being left as little else but sitting ducks, for Taranaki, the score to commit any more errors vanishes up in smoke come today’s impending clash against Franklin Bulls. A defeat today would mean the side’s season come to an end, a narrative the club will looking to avoid as it looks to unlock the true potential on show in the opening exchanges.
TNM Vs FKB Dream11 Probable Winner
For Franklin Bulls, their win over Taranaki failed to guide the club into fourth place. The club followed it up with a dejecting defeat to bottom placed Canterbury Rams, a result which was vindictive of the club’s inconsistent form this term.
They’ll manage to scram together a decent display today but at the end of the day, Franklin’s inability to keep that display going across the four quarters will result in their defeat on the day.
Probable Playing 5
Taranaki Mountain Airs
Derone, Baxter, Oscar, Dance, Brooke
Isaac, Nikau, Chris, Dominique, Everard
National Basketball League 2019-20
Match: Taranaki Mountain Airs Vs Franklin Bulls
Date And Time: 29th July, Wednesday: 1:00pm
Venue: The Trusts Arena, Auckland
Taranaki Mountain Airs
- Derone: 22.8 ppg
- Dominique: 16.9 ppg
Best Ball Stealer
Taranaki Mountain Airs
- Jones: 13.4 rpg
- Dominique: 7.4 rpg
Franklin Bulls Vs Taranaki Mountain Airs: 92-65
Canterbury Vs Franklin Bulls: 85-64
TNM Vs FKB Dream11 Picks
The last time these two sides met each other in the competition, Derone Raukawa pulled off an incredible 19 point, 4 assist and 4 rebound showing for his side. The display was yet another showing of scintillating and astute basketball from Derone Raukawa, a performance which alluded towards the wordclass expertise he’s endowed with as a point guard.
Franklin Bulls will see us opt for the pick of Chris McIntosh from the side with the player sending down a statement of intent in his last league stage outing with 6 points.
We are accompanying him with the electric and diminutive partnership of Dru-Leo Leusogi-Ape and Connor Woodbridge for the impending tie, two names whose scrimmages on the court have been frugal in time but impressive in quality with the two pulling off a string of jump shots.
At a measly 7 credits, Mitch Dance might just be the most impressive and subliminal pick for us for the forthcoming contest. He registered a behemoth 10 points in his previous scrimmage against today’s opponents, a performance which was an epitome of his ability to come up with points in the paint.
The focal point of everything that has gone right for Taranaki this season, Marcel Jones didn’t let his performances deter despite his side regressing in quality. The player has kept waging a lone battle for the club all season long, the only reason why his side ended as high as fourth with the player shooting 17 points and accruing 9 rebounds to his name the last time around.
He’s going to be partnered up by Denhym Brooke, a player whose offhanded shots have helped the side accumulate points at crucial junctures. The opposition meanwhile see us earmark the luscious Dominique Kelman-Potto for the impending outing after the player pulled off a stunning 29 showing in his foregone clash, a showing which saw him make full use of his abilities to come up with the reverse scoops and alleyoops.
His innate ability to rope in the double-doubles will see Jones step out as our star player while Raukawa is our vice-captain
Dream 11 Team
Raukawa, Chris, Woodbridge, Dru-Leo Leusogi-Ape, Dance, Jones, Dominque, Brooke
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