Nelson Giants vs. Otago Nuggets Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug. 12, 2022 09:30 CET

August 11, 2022
Nelson Giants vs. Otago Nuggets

The Nelson Giants open their playoff account this Friday against one of the quarter-final winners Otago. The Nuggets looked more than a title-contending team in their win over the Bay Hawks two days ago and should be a formidable foe in this semi-final clash.

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Nelson Giants vs. Otago Nuggets Odds

Spread Odds (-1.0/+1.0): 1.83

Total Over/Under (168.5): 1.83

Nelson Giants

The Nelson Giants finished the regular season in second place which allowed them to skip the quarter-final stage. They are the team that had the most rest for this Final 6 and the rest they had must have done them a world of good after their regular season finish.

Even though the Giants were playing with more or less a complete roster, they were very sloppy and careless with the ball in their last two games. Their trademark smothering defense was nowhere to be found while their scoring also dried up.

All of this resulted with losses to Wellington(89:79) and Taranaki(a nasty 98:67 blowout loss) in the final two rounds. However, these losses didn´t prevent them from finishing second and also winning the club of the year award.

Otago Nuggets

Many people were surprised when the Nuggets took down the Bay Hawks in the quarter-final couple of days ago but that win didn´t surprise us. Otago were dealing with a lot of difficulties during the regular season and were undermanned most of the time. That is the main reason they sometimes underperformed when it wasn´t expected, but as the end was approaching their regulars started coming back.

Their full power and quality was finally at full display in the quarter-final against the Bay Hawks. The Hawks entered that game as the favourites but never even took the lead as the Nuggets controlled the game from start to finish winning by 91:80.

Nelson Giants vs. Otago Nuggets Prediction

The bookmakers and the public see the Giants as slight favourites in this matchup after one of the best regular seasons in their history. All in all, this is a classic 50-50 game in which even the smallest mistakes will make the difference but we also feel the Nuggets are being slightly underestimated here.

They had a very dominant performance two days ago and finally have their complete roster, while the Giants finished the season in horrible form. Otago definitely have all it takes to win and make the final so we will back them to cover the spread.

Date and time: 12.08.2022 09:30 CET
Prediction: Otago Nuggets (+1.0)
Odds: 1.83
Bookmaker: bet365

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