South China vs Tycoon | Hong Kong Cup – Oct. 13, 2021
In a highly anticipated game defending champions, South China takes on the vice-champions Tycoon in the Senior Silver Shield which is the premier basketball competition in Hong Kong. Both teams are undefeated and playing well. Bookmakers are giving Tycoon a slight edge but in our opinion that is a mistake since they will have to play this game without a very important starter.
South China is the most successful team in Hong Kong led by their naturalized center Duncan Reid(Hui Longer). He and some other starters are also the main players of the national team so this year they are favorites to win the title again. So far they had two games which they both won.
Their opener was an easy task against outsiders Able Hon Friends who were crushed by 44 points(100:56). Then came a much more serious test against Eastern who have a quality team led by a couple of American imports. South China managed to come out on top in a dramatic ending(76:74) after maintaining almost a double-digit lead throughout the entire game.
Tycoon changed their roster a lot and decided to play without foreigners this year. They have a couple of internationals but overall South China has more experience and quality. Tycoon managed to win both of their games so far. They convincingly took down Kangren Fujian(108:69) and then overcame a very solid Winling side(89:78). However, their last win had a major downside and that was losing one of their best players Zhou Jianhong who suffered an Achilles tendon rupture.
According to the medical reports he will be sidelined until the end of the season which is a huge loss for their team. They don´t have any imports and their starters score the majority of the points. Against the main title favorites, it will be tough for them to stay competitive throughout the entire 40 minutes without him.
Defending champions South China have a very good h2h record against Tycoon who always has problems handling their naturalized center and former CBA player Duncan Reid. Tycoon are a man down which is another plus for South China who should be favorites in this match.
Pick: Point Spread – South China (+1.5)
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