Juigalpa vs. Real Esteli - 5/2/20 Torneo Carlos Ulloa Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Real Esteli at Juigalpa
Nicaraguan Basketball: Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 4:30 pm
The Line: Juigalpa +17.5 -- Over/Under: 155.5
Real Esteli and Juigalpa meet Saturday night in Torneo Carlos Ulloa Nicaraguan basketball action.
Real Esteli could use a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. Real Esteli is averaging 80.4 points on 54.8 percent shooting and allowing 58.2 points on 36.7 percent shooting. Sharon Hodgson is averaging 13.7 points and 3.5 rebounds while Dalton Cacho is averaging 12.7 points and 7.4 rebounds. Jensen Campbell is the third double-digit scorer and Jose Reyes is dishing 1.6 assists. Real Esteli is shooting 27.4 percent from beyond the arc and 52.9 percent from the free throw line. Real Esteli is allowing 25.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game.
Juigalpa look for another victory to build on their four-game winning streak. Juigalpa is averaging 77 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 80.5 points on 47.9 percent shooting. Walter Diaz is averaging 18.8 points and 5.8 rebounds while Ricardo Diaz is averaging 3.3 assists and 1.4 steals. Stanling Lopez is averaging 0.2 blocks and Henry Rocha is averaging 2.1 turnovers. Juigalpa is shooting 28.9 percent from beyond the arc and 52 percent from the free throw line. Juigalpa is allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.8 rebounds per game.
There's no match history between these two teams.
Real Esteli are the better team no matter how you slice it, but they've also been a tad bit inconsistent as of late and have been in a lot of close games lately due to an offense that can be a bit hit or miss. Juigalpa are riding a four-game winning streak and have scored a combined 177 points in their last two games. While a Real Esteli blowout wouldn't surprise anybody, this feels like a lot of points to just give a team that's won four straight and is riding a nice wave of momentum. This seems like entirely too many points to just give a team that's playing decent basketball, even if Real Esteli is playing well.
I'll take a shot with Juigalpa and the boatload of points, as they compete in the underdog role.