CR vs RE Dream11: Having suffered a big defeat in the first game of the series, Carazo Basketball Club will be looking to get their season back on track when they play hosts to Real Esteli in the 2020 post-season of Nicaragua Basketball League on early Sunday morning (IST).
Real Esteli produced the best performance in the 2020 playoffs in the first game, as they hammered Carazo 103-51 in game-1, and showed they are a serious title challenger. But the title remains a long shot still, for a lot of Basketball is yet to be played, and Esteli will face more serious challenge than the one being posed by Carazo in the series. It’s not that we are being hard on Carazo, but everything is cleat from that win-margin for Esteli that there is a clear gulf between these two teams, not only on the paper but from their regular-season record, with Esteli recording a positive return at 14-5, while Carazo ended with a negative return at 9-10, it’s clear that Esteli are just a different level this season and they are likely to whitewash Carazo in this series.
Teams: Carazo and Real Esteli
Match Timing: May 24, @ 05:30 AM
Carazo vs Real Esteli team news:
Carazo: Axel Lopez remains a doubt and will have to prove his fitness ahead of the match, while Jeffren Brown may not be involved in this match due to his struggle in the last match. Other than the duo, the hosts do not have any other issue in this department with the big guns available to play in this game.
Real Esteli: As for the visitors, Adonis Garcia remains questionable due to a knock he picked up in the last game and will be assessed before the game. But Yassir Cruz should be fit to play in this match, having returned to the active matchday roster in the last match. In addition, G G Navarrete may not be a safe option from this team.
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Carazo vs Real Esteli starting five:
Carazo: Orlington Bodden Gordon, Marcos Jimenez, Jose Toledo Espinoza, Luis Jarquin, Norlan Araya
Real Esteli: Farrell Pauth, Yassir Cruz/Milton Hernandez, Jensen Campbell, Dalton Cacho, Sharlon Hodgson
Grand League tips:
Carazo: Jeffren Brown, Alex Lope, Noel Narvaez Chavez, Orlington Bodden Gordan, Kevin Mercado Garcia, Francis Gutierrez Blandino, Fausto Porras, Ashley Cruz Valerio, Norlan Araya, Luis Jarquin, Marco Jimenez, Roger Icavalceta, Hanssell Chamorro Guadamuz, Jose Toledo Espinoza, Franciso Cruz Ruiz
Real Esteli: Dalton Cacho, Jose Reyes, Farrell Pauth, Jensen Campbell, Argels Salazar, Sharlon Hodgson, Jonathan Jimenez, Andy Perez, Jeybon Hulse Forbes, Andy Hodgson Williams, Adonis Garcia, Gabriel Guerrero Navarrete, Yassir Cruz, Jilmer Castillo, Milton Hernandez
CR vs RE Dream11 teams:
PG: N Araya, J Reyes, D Cacho (SP)
SG: A H Williams, S Hodgson
SF: F C Ruiz
PF: F Pauth
C: J T Espinoza
PG: J Reyes, D Cacho (SP)
SG: L Jarquin
SF: M Hernandez, F C Ruiz
PF: F Pauth
C: J Campbell, J T Espinoza
What happened in the opening game of the series makes the case clear and firm for Real Esteli not only before this game but for this series as well. Esteli are just head and shoulder above Carazo and the latter need to do something special to even come close to their opponent in this series. But at the moment, Esteli looks untouchable and backing them to win this game and take a 2-0 lead in the series feels a no-brainer.