Nelson Giants vs. Canterbury Rams - 7/2/20 NBL Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Canterbury Rams vs. Nelson Giants
NBL Basketball: Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 3:30 am
The Line: Nelson Giants +4.5 -- Over/Under: 182.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Canterbury Rams and Nelson Giants meet Thursday morning in New Zealand NBL basketball action at the Trusts Arena.
The Canterbury Rams look for a feel good win after splitting their last six games. The Canterbury Rams is averaging 96.3 points on 52.5 percent shooting and allowing 81 points on 51.6 percent shooting. Taylor Britt is averaging 23.7 points, four assists and 9.3 rebounds while Mason Whittaker is averaging 1.3 steals and one block. Benjamin Carlile-Smith is averaging two turnovers per game. The Canterbury Rams is shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 82.1 percent from the free throw line. The Canterbury Rams is allowing 15.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.3 rebounds per game.
The Nelson Giants also need a feel good victory after losing five of their last seven games. The Nelson Giants is averaging 83.8 points on 51.5 percent shooting and allowing 94.3 points on 60.1 percent shooting. Mike Kerena is averaging 21.5 points while Tom Ingham is averaging seven rebounds and 3.3 turnovers. Tysxun Aiolupotea is averaging 2.3 assists and Joshua Bloxham is averaging 1.5 steals per game. The Nelson Giants is shooting 30.6 percent from beyond the arc and 68.5 percent from the free throw line. The Nelson Giants is allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.3 rebounds per game.
The Canterbury Rams have won five of the last eight meetings against the Nelson Giants, which includes a 23-point victory a couple of weeks ago.
Neither of these teams are playing great basketball entering this contest, so this is a spot where I usually lean toward the points and take my chances. However, it's hard to ignore the last meeting between these clubs a couple weeks ago, as the Canterbury Rams won by 23 points and outscored them in three of the four quarters. The Nelson Giants are also coming off a loss to the Franklin Bulls where they scored just 69 points, which is a rough sign of things moving forward.
Give me the Canterbury Rams and the small chalk.