Description: ZL Vs FS Dream11 Team Overview, Match Centre And Probable Playing 5: Fujian Sturgeons face a sticky and dicey challenge as the playoffs get underway today
With the gruelling second round of the league stages of CBA 2019-20 finally behind us, the basketball league in China gets ready to embark on its business end. Starting today, the 1/8 finals will take place in the first round of the playoffs with sides placed 5-12 squaring off against each other in an enticing set of fixtures.
And getting things underway in the round will be 5th placed Zhejiang Lions and Fujian Sturgeons who finished in 12th place in the points tally. While the 5th placed club carries a clear advantage into the tie with the wind swaying in its favour, the current decline in form doesn’t augur well for the club ahead of the opening scrimmage of the playoffs.
From challenging for a direct place in the quarter-finals, Zhenliang Lions three defeats in their last five outings saw the club just about hang onto the barest of threads in a bid to squirm their way into fifth place. The club’s anguish continued till the last league stage clash with the side’s awry form seeing them being left aghast after being down 107-100 by Shanxi.
ZL Vs FS Dream11 Probable Winner
Where they dwindled and waned in form, Fujian on the other hand punched above their wight with the club showing immense gallantry to register a 123-122 win in its closing league stage encounter. With two wins on the bounce, the last side to make it into this round carries immense momentum ahead of the upcoming scrimmage.
That confidence will serve them well and see them launch a real challenge on the day but lately the side’s defensive vulnerabilities will see the side be left as sitting ducks on the day.
Probable Playing 5
Sun, Hu, Li, Zhu, Zhao
Chen, Wang, Huang, Jie, He
Match: Zhejiang Lions Vs Fujian Sturgeons Playoffs
Date And Time: 31st July, Friday: 12:30pm
Venue: Arena, Beijing
- Hu: 25 Points
- Wang: 34 Points
Best Ball Stealer
- Hu: 10 Rebounds
- Wang: 24 Rebounds
Zhejiang Vs Shanxi: 100-107
Nanjing Vs Fujian: 122-123
ZL Vs FS Dream11 Picks
Jiayi Zhao from Zhejiang Lions will make for the cheap pick for the impending encounter. Despite only getting a substitute role in the side’s shooting arounds, he’s more than shown he can pull off a string of points in those frugal moments with his ability to control the centre of the court helping his side come up with quick break points.
The fulcrum of this Zhejiang Lions juggernaut, the enchanting Sun Minghui has emerged as the focal point of his side’s gameplan this season. The shooting guard has been responsible for everything right that has worked in the side’s favour in the attacking slot with his double-double of 25-18 from the previous encounter being a testament to that discourse.
Fujian Sturgeons will see us opt for the pick of Mingzhi Xu after he puled off 17 points from the deep for his side in the side’s bygone outing.
If it hadn’t been for Chen Linjian, Fujian might have failed to make it into this stage of the league. The small forward has been responsible for his side’s consummate success this season, a player who has been in fluent touch all across the season with him coming up with a staggering 35 points for himself the last time around.
Lions elsewhere will see the electric Jinglong Li make an advent into our slot with the player registering a behemoth 29 point performance the last time he took to the court, numbers he can easily emanate against a crumbling defensive unit.
12 points for Jinxiao Li see us rope in the Lions player as our power forward with the player playing a pivotal role in ensuring his side’s plays are converted inside the paint courtesy of his spin and slams.
While his ability to peddle out the floating jump and off handed shots is well documented with the 25 points he dropped in his foregone tie, the 10 rebounds he had in that double-double is what really worked in Jinqui Hu’s favour. He’s the mainstay of the side’s defence, a player who has guarded and screen opponents to stamp his authority as a defensive pick.
Fujian will see He Zhongda on the other hand be opted by us after his imperious and tenacious 14 points and 8 rebounds in the bygone encounter.
His behemoth 25-18 double-double in the previous tie see Sun make for an ideal pick as the star player while Hu is the pro player.
Dream 11 Team
Zhao, Sun, Xu, Li, Linjian, Jinxiao, Hu, He
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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.