The kind of season Taiwan Beer have had, only a title win can fully do justice to their utter dominance of the other teams in this season. And they have a good opportunity to move towards their intended target as they play Yulon Luxen Dinos in game-1 of the 2019-20 season of Super Basketball League, Taiwan, on Tuesday (IST). So who do you think will be coming out on top, tell us in the comments section below.
As mentioned above, Beer were the best team in the league right from the off. They dominated the teams, made the mockery out of them in some games and managed to rest some key players here and there, and despite they hold the best record in the league with 25 wins and just seven defeats in 32 regular season matches. What’s more interesting is that three of those seven negative results came against only one team, i.e. against Taoyuan Pauian Archiland. Pauian are out of the competition following a 0-3 defeat in the semi-finals against Dinos in the last round. Also, Beer lost just twice in the 8 times they came up against Dinos this season before the next game.
Yulon Luxen Dinos know they have a big fight on their hands, for they are facing the best Basketball team in the country. And as mentioned above, Dinos performed poorly against Beer in the regular season, winning just two games in 8 attempts against them. That record may play a psychological barrier in their mind. But Dinos have nothing to lose, for they are the clear underdog and know a win here could propel them into doing something unthinkable.
When: April 21, @ 02:30 PM
Taiwan Beer‘s Igor Zaytsev and Kentrell Barkley will be returning to the starting five after missing the last three games of the regular season due to load management. They also have a proper rest leading to this match, so expect the hosts to come out onto the court with full verve.
Yulon Luxen Dinos will also be heading into this match with nothing to worry as far as the health of the squad is concerned. No player is expected to miss this match for Dinos either with suspension or an injury.
Kentrell Barkley, Wangzi Gang, Igor Zaytsev, Yu-An Chang, Su-Bo Zhang, Zhu-Yi Zong, Hung-Han Huang, Zhao-Hao Chen, Hao-Ji Wang, Zhao-Hao Chen, Xiangwei Pan, Shih-En Fan, Po-Hsun Chou, Tsung-Han Huang, Hsiao-Chin Wu, Ming-Feng Chang
Douglas Creighton, Yi-Hui Lin, Zier Lu, Lu Cheng-Ju, Po-Chen Chou, Sim Bhullar, Kai-Hsiang Hu, Marcus Keene, Zhaonan Guo, Te-Wei Lee, Chia-Chun Wu, Yao-Tsung Lin, KE Wei, Liang Lu-Guan
Taiwan Beer Starting 5: Kentrell Barkley, Igor Zaytsev, Po-Hsun Chou/Shih-En Fan, Tsung-Han Huang, Yu-An Chang
Yulon Luxen Dinos Starting 5: Sim Bhullar, Kai-Hsiang Hu, Marcus Keene, Cheng-Ju Lu, Yi-Hui Lin/Po-Chen Chou
Taiwan Beer Fantasy picks: Kentrell Barkley, Igor Zaytsev, Yu-An Chang, Zhao-Hao Chen
Yulon Luxen Dinos fantasy picks: Sim Bhullar, Marcus Keene, Cheng-Ju Lu
Team1: Y Chang SG: D Creighton, H Hung-Han, L Cheng-Ju, P Chou, S Bhullar (SP), I Zaytsev, C Zhaohao
Team2: M Keane (SP), Y Chien, K Barkley, H Hung-Han, S Fan, H Wang, S Bhullar, T Lee
From the discussion we have had above, it’s clear that Taiwan Beer will go into the match as favourites, but few things must be considered before drawing the final conclusion. One important factor could be Beer’s lack of games leading up to this match, as their last match was on 12 April. But the champions know how to turn up and Beer have been playing like the best team in this league right from the beginning of the competition. We back the hosts to win here against Yulon Luxen Dinos.