Wellington Saints vs. Nelson Giants Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug. 02, 2022 09:30 CET
If they want to make the playoffs, the Wellington Saints have no room for error. This Tuesday they welcome the first-placed Giants and will look to continue their winning ways in another must-win game.
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Wellington Saints vs. Nelson Giants Odds
Spread Odds (-3.5/+3.5): 1.83
Total Over/Under (176.5): 1.83
Wellington Saints Team News
After the arrival of their newest reinforcement Reggie Upshaw, the Saints have been unstoppable. His offensive and defensive presence resolved some of the mismatches his team was struggling with and as a result they started obliterating teams.
First victim were the Otago Nuggets around three weeks ago(100:88). After that the Saints continued their form with two wins over the Bay Hawks giving them no chances whatsoever(117:87, 107:80).
Their superb form continued with an epic thrashing of the Manawatu Jets around a week ago(109:70). The young Jets didn´t know what hit them as the Saints rolled over their team in front of their fans conceding only 4 points in the opening quarter. Game was over before we even knew it in an impressive display of power so if Wellington do make the playoffs, we see them as the main favourites to win the title.
Nelson Giants Team News
The reason why the Saints were so unstable at the start of the season was their incomplete roster. Around a month and a half ago the Giants took advantage of their roster issues and came away with a narrow 97:94 home win but this time we believe they will feel the full force of the Saints power.
Lately the league leaders have been playing well and expectedly winning games even when they weren´t playing at their best. They actually find themselves in the middle of a 4-game winning streak just like the Saints but they had to work much harder to achieve those wins.
With only two games left on their schedule, the Giants still need a win to secure the top spot. Their final game of the regular season against the second-placed Taranaki will be crucial, but it would be nice to win in Wellington and have a clear situation before the last game.
Wellington Saints vs. Nelson Giants Prediction
Despite the Giants needing one more win to secure the top, we think this game belongs to Wellington.
The Saints continue their march into the postseason and we believe not even the league leaders will be able to hold them off. Wellington are finally complete and have too much quality for the overall level of this league so we will back them to win and to cover the spread.
Date and time: 02.08.2022 09:30 CET
Prediction: Wellington Saints (-3.5)