Canterbury Rams vs. Otago Nuggets 7/4/20: NBL Basketball free preview, analysis, prediction, odds and pick against the spread.
2020-07-04 03:30:00 EDT
The Canterbury Rams and Otago Nuggets meet Saturday morning in New Zealand NBL basketball action at the Trusts Arena.
The Canterbury Rams look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Canterbury Rams is averaging 94.4 points on 52.5 percent shooting and allowing 89.6 points on 54.7 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 39.2 percent from beyond the arc and 80.2 percent from the free thitem line. The Canterbury Rams is allowing 26.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.8 rebounds per game.
The Otago Nuggets need a feel good victory after losing six of their last eight games. The Otago Nuggets is averaging 92.8 points on 56.1 percent shooting and allowing 93.5 points on 52.2 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 35 percent from beyond the arc and 70.1 percent from the free thitem line. The Otago Nuggets is allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.3 rebounds per game.
The Canterbury Rams and Otago Nuggets have split the previous two meetings with the Rams winning the most recent match by three points in overtime.
Both of these teams have been hit or miss, but it’s the Canterbury Rams who are playing the better basketball with wins in three of their last six tries and an offense that consistently scores 90-plus points. The Otago Nuggets are just a mess right now and their defensive effort just isn’t there most nights. The Canterbury Rams also won the latest meeting against the Nuggets, winning the game in overtime after having a 12-point lead after the first quarter.
In a near pick em contest, I have more confidence in the Canterbury Rams getting the job done.