Canterbury Rams vs. Southland Sharks Prediction, Tips & Odds – Jul. 30, 2022 09:30 CET
The playoff fight in the New Zealand NBL is heating up. If the Rams want to make the playoffs, they have to beat the Sharks this Saturday. In addition, they also have to win their final regular match of the season against the Hawks next week and hope teams above them slip up.
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Canterbury Rams vs. Southland Sharks Odds
Spread Odds (-4.5/+4.5): 1.89/1.83
Total Over/Under (172.5): 1.88/1.82
Canterbury Rams Team News
It goes without saying the Rams have the quality to make the playoffs but all of the roster changes and absences really slowed them down this year. Despite having lost 6 of their last 8 games they are still in the mix. If they want a taste of playoff basketball they will not only have to win both of their remaining games, but also hope that either the Saints, Nuggets or Bulls falter.
In their last couple of games Canterbury were significantly undermanned and without a couple of crucial pieces who were playing for the national team at the FIBA Asia Cup. Also, in their last game against the Giants they were without their top scorer Sunday Dech because of personal reasons.
All of this didn´t prevent them to compete in front their fans. They fought valiantly against the Airs and the Giants but simply didn´t have enough scoring firepower to keep up for the full 40 minutes and suffered two defeats.
Southland Sharks Team News
Before the season started, the Sharks were poised to fight for the title. Since they currently sit at the bottom, things haven´t gone exactly to plan but their team is still pushing and playing for pride.
They opened their account this week with a 15-point loss away from home to the Nuggets on Thursday. In difference to their performances from around a month ago, they fought and played like a team but the absence of their main center Dominique Kelman-Poto was just too much to handle.
Canterbury Rams vs. Southland Sharks Prediction
The Rams should finally have a complete roster and just at the right time. Another loss would seal their fate and eliminate them from the playoffs, which would be a failure against the bottom-placed Southland.
Canterbury have been at a much higher level than the Sharks this season and should be able to recover at home and grab a crucial win to keep them alive in the playoff race.
Date and time: 30.07.2022 09:30 CET
Prediction: Canterbury Rams (-4.5)