Southland Sharks vs. Taranaki Airs Prediction, Tips & Odds – Jul. 22, 2022 09:30 CET
The in-form Taranaki Airs have already secured a playoff berth but are currently challenging the league leaders Nelson for the top seed. Last weekend they proved they can win even when their offense is not ticking and there is a saying that defense wins titles in basketball. Slowly but surely they are turning into an all-round title contenders and the lowly Southland Sharks shouldn´t pose a significant threat at the moment.
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Southland Sharks vs. Taranaki Airs Odds
Spread Odds (+3.5/-3.5): 1.87/1.83
Total Over/Under (181.5): 1.84/1.86
Southland Sharks Team News
It has been a season to forget for the Sharks, whose team will be looking to end the year on a high note. Southland will be playing their remaining games for honour and fans who finally had something to cheer about last week.
After some horrible performances and heavy losses, the Sharks finally managed to win a game coming away with a surprising upset over one of the title favourites Auckland. The return of their coach Rob Beveridge got them going as they looked like a completely different team compared to how they were playing during June.
In their last game against the Tuatara, the Sharks looked like a title-contending team. They had all the potential to repeat their last season´s success but were struck with all kinds of problems and adversity. With the playoffs out of reach they will continue to play spoiler and try to lift their morale for the upcoming season.
Taranaki Airs Team News
As the games are passing by, the Airs keep growing as a team. At the moment they are on a 5-game winning streak, but what´s even more important is the fact they finally buckled down defensively.
Usually they would outscore opponents with their high-flying American scorers, but recently they opted for a different style of basketball. Tactically and defensively they have made great progress limiting the Bulls and the Rams to only 67 and 70 points in the last two rounds.
Their recent defensive efforts are surely motivated by the fact that the playoffs are right around the corner. If they want to compete for the title, they will need to get stops and slow other teams down and that is exactly what they´ve been doing. The Sharks are another team that should have difficulties scoring against them, but even if the game transposes into a high-scoring one, the Airs still hold a clear advantage.
Southland Sharks vs. Taranaki Airs Prediction
Despite their excellent performance against one of the title favourites away from home, the Sharks will have a tough time dealing with the Airs. Taranaki have reached new heights after improving their defense, and with their offense already being deadly, we think they should be able to grind out an important win in Invercargill.
Date and time: 22.07.2022 09:30 CET
Prediction: Taranaki Airs (-3.5)