Wellington Saints vs. Auckland Tuatara Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug. 10, 2022 10:00 CET
The New Zealand NBL playoffs are all set. The Final 6 begins this Wednesday with two interesting matchups and we decided to analyze the mouthwatering clash between the reigning champions Wellington Saints and one of the teams that can definitely mess up their plans, the Auckland Tuatara.
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Wellington Saints vs. Auckland Tuatara Odds
Spread Odds (-8.0/+8.0): 1.90/1.88
Total Over/Under (180.5): 1.82/1.88
Wellington Saints Team News
Ever since the Saints completed their roster, they have been playing in a league of their own. After the arrival of their final American import, they are simply too versatile and no one has been able to threaten them.
Wellington enter the playoffs on the back of a 6-game winning streak that saved their season. Interestingly, they meet with Auckland in the final round of the regular season couple of days ago and gave the Tuatara a beating.
The Saints were not scared of the big occasion and the comeback of Auckland´s best player Chris Johnson winning convincingly at the Eventfinda Stadium by 18 points(98:80). It could be a sign of things to come in this playoff matchup, but the Tuatara will be smarter this time and should be able to provide better resistance.
Auckland Tuatara Team News
Auckland had a pretty interesting season including a lot of player departures and absences. However, that didn´t affect their results in the long run as they managed to secure a solid 5th-placed finish.
Just before the start of the playoffs their team received a massive boost with their main superstar Chris Johnson returning from the US. His presence wasn´t enough to keep up with the powerful Saints team but the real reason for the heavy loss was the unexpected absence of one of their other key starters Dontae Russo-Nance.
He was at the NBA Global Academy so his team brought in the legendary Kirk Penney out of retirement to replace him. After not playing for a couple of years he was productive with 12 points, but the Tuatara need Russo-Nance back if they want to stay competitive.
Wellington Saints vs. Auckland Tuatara Prediction
The Tuatara are hoping their stars will find better form this time and push the Saints to the limit. Overall, regardless of who Auckland have in their roster we simply think they will not be able to cope with the hosts for the full 40 minutes.
If their roster is complete, they might have a balanced game until the fourth quarter. At the moment the Saints have too many weapons and a very long rotation which should make the difference but we decided to avoid spread betting and went for the Total Over.
Date and time: 10.08.2022 10:00 CET
Prediction: Total Over 180.5