Auckland Tuatara vs. Otago Nuggets Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug 13, 2022 09:30 CET
The New Zealand NBL title will either go Auckland or Otago. The Nuggets have seriously stepped up their play and crushed the Giants yesterday by 15 points in the semi-final(89:74). On the other hand, Auckland are also having a very interesting playoff run. Due to the return of their best player who left the team early during the season, they have been able to stun some of the favourites and deservedly find themselves in the final.
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Auckland Tuatara vs. Otago Nuggets Odds
Spread Odds (-1.5/+1.5): 1.83
Total Over/Under (170.5): 183
Auckland Tuatara Team News
Auckland have been the star team so far in the playoffs. They are once again playing like at the start of the season when they had a full roster with their leader Chris Johnson,who came back just before the playoffs to reinforce them.
The Tuatara are actually playing at home becasue the Final 6 is at the Eventfinda Stadium, but the primary reason why they are in the final is the the return of their top scorer and also one of their other key starters Dontae Russo-Nance. He was absent in the quarter-final when his team took down the hottest team and main title favourites Wellington(92:87), but was back in the big win over Taranaki after overtime in the semi-final(107:104).
Otago Nuggets Team News
Auckland had two of the most memorable performances of the season by taking down two main title contenders, Wellington and Taranaki. At the moment the Nuggets are the best possible matchup for an entertaining and eventful game and final.
Similar to Auckland, Otago´ form has had a massive rise as their roster is now finally full. One of the biggest suprises of the season and team that spent time at the top of the table, Nelson Giants, were no match for their team which featured the comeback of Nikau McCullough.
Auckland Tuatara vs. Otago Nuggets Prediction
This is shaping up the be a very interesting game and the best possible ending of this season. Auckland have the same team that was crushing everyone at the start of the season. One of their key players is back so we think they should be able to prevail, although we are expecting a tight match.
Date and time: 13.08.2022 09:30 CET
Prediction: Auckland Tuatara (-1.5)