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Jilin vs. Shanxi Zhongyu Prediction, Tips & Odds – Jan. 23, 2022
After a huge and unexpected win against one of the title favourites Guangsha, Jilin take on undermanned Shanxi who will be without their best player and scorer American import Kay Felder. After the game against Guangsha he received a 2-game suspension for elbowing and will not be eligible to play.
With only one American import in their team, Jilin have achieved excellent results in the second stage of the regular season. Led by experienced domestic core and American scorer Dominique Jones, they managed to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the season so far in the last round beating the title favourites Zhejiang Guangsha(101:94). That win enabled them to enter the playoff zone and take over 12th place which they will now look to hold on to.
Jilin are known as giant killers in the league so their recent wins against top teams like Guangsha and Shenzhen actually come as no surprise. In difference to Shanxi, they enter today´s game in great form and with a complete roster so at this moment they should even be considered as favourites.
Shanxi have been the surprise of the season so far but their form has experienced a slight drop recently. In today´s game they will face their biggest challenge of the season because they will have to cope with the absence of their key player and best scorer Kay Felder. Since he received a 2-game suspension, they were already without him in the previous round but faced one of the weakest teams in the league Nanjing.
Even without him on the floor, that game was not too difficult because of the limited quality of the opposition but today they will have their work cut out against a much better team. Shanxi and Jilin met during the first stage of the season when Jilin were still without import players. They lost heavily by 28 points(119:91) but that game could not have come at a worse time for them after a tough and dramatic loss in the previous round. Team was out of the game mentally but today the situation is much different.
Jilin vs. Shanxi Zhongyu Prediction
Jilin is in better form and in comparison to the first h2h game they will have an import scorer. On the other hand, Shanxi are missing their best player and starting point guard Kay Felder who is one of the most dynamic players in the league. Shanxi will be in trouble without their floor general so it is more than affordable to bet on Jilin to cover the spread and keep the game competitive.
Pick: Jilin +2.5
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