Otago Nuggets vs. Canterbury Rams 7/16/20: NBL Basketball free preview, analysis, prediction, odds and pick against the spread.
2020-07-16 03:30:00 EDT
The Otago Nuggets and Canterbury Rams meet Thursday morning in New Zealand NBL basketball action at The Trusts Arena.
The Otago Nuggets look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Otago Nuggets is averaging 94.3 points on 56.9 percent shooting and allowing 90.1 points on 51.1 percent shooting. Jordan Ngatai is averaging 21 points, one block and 6.5 rebounds while Jarrod Kenny is averaging six assists. Richie Rodger is averaging 2.5 steals and Darcy Knox is averaging two turnovers per game. The Otago Nuggets is shooting 33.4 percent from beyond the arc and 68.6 percent from the free thitem line. The Otago Nuggets is allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.2 rebounds per game.
The Canterbury Rams need a win here to snap a seven-game losing streak. The Canterbury Rams is averaging 88.8 points on 49.9 percent shooting and allowing 91.3 points on 53.7 percent shooting. Adam Gibson is averaging 21 points and five assists while Cameron Gliddon is averaging 14.4 points and 5.2 rebounds. Mike Karena is the third double-digit scorer and Emmett Naar is dishing 4.5 assists. The Canterbury Rams is shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent from the free thitem line. The Canterbury Rams is allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40 rebounds per game.
The Otago Nuggets have won two of the last three meetings against the Canterbury Rams, which includes a 10-point victory about a week ago. The Canterbury Rams had an overtime victory over the Otago Nuggets back in June of 2014.
The Canterbury Rams may have lost seven straight games, but they’re playing better basketball lately with their last three games being decided by an average of five points. The Canterbury Rams had their chances to beat the Manawatu Jets yesterday but were forced to settle for a three-point loss. The Canterbury Rams are going to get back in the win column eventually, and while you can argue this is the spot, close losses are still losses and it’s the bad teams that continue to find ways to lose no matter how close the game is.
We’re getting a free bucket with the team in better form. Give me the Otago Nuggets.