Matagalpa vs. Rivas - 5/16/20 Torneo Carlos Ulloa Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Rivas at Matagalpa
Nicaraguan Basketball: Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm
The Line: Matagalpa -38.5 -- Over/Under: 153.5
Rivas and Matagalpa meet Saturday night in Torneo Carlos Ulloa Nicaraguan basketball action.
Rivas look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. Rivas is averaging 62.9 points on 40.2 percent shooting and allowing 78.9 points on 47.9 percent shooting. Luis Talavera Palacio is averaging 12.8 points while Alvaro Paramo is averaging 17.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 0.7 blocks. Luis Ibarra Urbina is averaging 2.7 assists per game and 2.7 turnovers. Rivas is shooting 30.5 percent from beyond the arc and 56.2 percent from the free throw line. Rivas is allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.2 rebounds per game.
Matagalpa look to keep the ball rolling after winning 10 of their last 12 games. Matagalpa is averaging 83.5 points on 51.7 percent shooting and allowing 65.5 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Dayton Cacho is averaging 18.7 points and 3.2 assists while Rudy Taylor is averaging 17 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Kevin Andino is the third double-digit scorer and Raul Mendoza is gabbing 5.9 rebounds. Matagalpa is shooting 30.2 percent from beyond the arc and 57.9 percent from the free throw line. Matagalpa is allowing 22.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game.
There's no match history between these two teams.
Rivas has run hot and cold lately mainly due to a poor offense that shoots low percentages from the field, and they're coming off a game against Nandaime where they scored just 49 points. Rivas have scored 68 or less points in three of their last four games. Matagalpa have won 10 of their last 12 games, and they're coming off a beatdown over Leon where they scored 128 points and won by 67 points for the game. Rivas simply doesn't have the horses offensively to hang with Matagalpa if these trends continue and their poor shooting that' taken place the last couple of weeks keeps up.
Give me Matagalpa for the victory, and I'll lay whatever chalk the oddsmakers throw out, as this should be an ugly, ugly beatdown.