SeaHorses Mikawa vs Ryukyu Golden Kings | Japan B1 League, Nov. 10, 2021

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November 9, 2021
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Japanese B1 League heads into another round of midweek action with a blockbuster top-of-the-table clash between heavyweights Mikawa and Ryukyu. Western Conference leaders Ryukyu are currently enjoying a 5-game winning streak. Until their last game, Mikawa was in a 7-game winning streak of their own, which was snapped by Yokohama the previous weekend.

Hosts are one of the few teams in the conference that can beat Ryukyu. They already played against them this season when the spoils were shared with one win apiece. Around a month ago, Mikawa lost the first game(78:90) but then came out firing in the second game crushing Ryukyu by almost 20 points (69:52).

Recently Mikawa has had a string of excellent results. Their roster has been healthy so far, which enabled them to come away with some very tough wins away from home(vs. Gunma and Niigata). They sit at third place and definitely look like title contenders at the moment with their American imports Davante Gardner, Kyle Collinsworth, and Jarrod Uthoff. A unique advantage of theirs is American player Avi Schafer who owns a Japanese passport which allows him to be on the floor at all times(league rules state that no more than two foreign players can play for one team simultaneously).

Last weekend Ryukyu had a very tough time against Niigata away from home. They won both games, but those wins came at a cost. Shota Onodera and Naoki Tashiro were injured during game one while one of their best players, American import Jack Cooley, did not play at all. The club stated that the reason for that is a poor physical condition, so his status for today´s game remains unknown.

Their biggest signing this season, Japanese international Hugh Watanabe, has been injured since the start of the season. Even though his team is playing well and winning, their roster is shortening, so his help would be more than welcome for this game.

Betting pick

There is no tougher game for Ryukyu in their conference than playing away against Mikawa. We suggest betting on the hosts to cover the spread without a couple of crucial domestic role players and with their most essential American import questionable and out of form.

Pick: Mikawa Money Line (including OT)

Odds: 1.53

Bookmaker: 22Bet

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