RE vs JU Dream11: Basketball Club Real Esteli will be looking to make back-to-back wins when they entertain Juigalpa Basketball Club in the 2020 regular season of Nicaragua Basketball League on Sunday morning (IST). Esteli jeopardized their title credentials after suffering a shock home one-point defeat against Brumas Jinotega but came back with a perfect response as they hammered Carazo Basketball Club 73-93 to get their season back on track. If that win was a true testament of what Esteli can really do when they are in the mood, their recent form is also a sort of indication that when things go wrong they may look like an average team, for they suffered two defeats in the last four matches. That said, Esteli are one of the top teams in this league and no matter how they are performing in games, they always command respect from opponents. As things stand, Esteli are sitting second on the points table with 11 wins and five defeats, a game behind current leaders Costa Caribe.
Basketball Club Juigalpa are also one of the hottest team in the league on current form, as they arrive in this match on the back of four consecutive wins, last winning 87-77 against Tipitapa Basketball Club. Their current run has surprise one and all in the league and the real question is how long can they sustain their current imperious run. But if they are to remain relevant in the title race, they know they have to win at all costs, for they are currently sitting at 9th spot on the table, outside the playoff positions.
Teams: Real Esteli and Juigalpa
Match Timing: May 03, @ 02:00 AM
Real Esteli vs Juigalpa team news:
Real Esteli: The hosts could be without a couple of players for this match due to different reasons. Jaydon Hulse Forbes missed the last three matches due to a knock and remains a doubt for this game as well. Jonathan Jimenez is also listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision. Andy Hodgson Williams remains on the team’s fringes as does Gabriel Guerrero Navarrette.
Juigalpa: As of now, the visitors have reported no injury concerns ahead of this match.
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Real Esteli vs Juigalpa starting five:
Real Esteli: Farrell Pauth, Yassir Cruz, Jensen Campbell, Dalton Cacho, Sharlon Hodgson
Juigalpa: Walter Diaz, Roger Arana, Roberto Lorio, Ricardo Diaz, Stanling Lopez
Grand League tips:
Real Esteli: Sharlon Hodgson, Jonathan Jimenez, Dalton Cacho, Jose Reyes, Andy Perez, Farrell Pauth, Jensen Campbell, Argels Salazar, Jeybon Hulse Forbes, Gabriel Guerrero Navarrete, Yassir Cruz, Jilmer Castillo, Milton Hernandez, Andy Hodgson Williams, Adonis Garcia
Juigalpa: Jonathan Gonzalez, Kenneth Flores Lazo, Ricardo Diaz, Roger Arana, Walter Diaz, Carlos Gil, Roberto Martinez, Hendry Rocha, Stanling Lopez, Luis Vargas, Runnel Baez, Karil Padilla, Roberto Lorio, Marlon Fernandez, Kenneth Perez
RE vs JU Dream11 teams:
PG: D Cacho (SP)
SG: S Hodgson, S Lopez
SF: Y Cruz, R Arana
PF: F Pauth
C: J Campbell, R Lorio
PG: D Cacho, J Reyes
SG: S Lopez
SF: R Arana
PF: C Gil, W Diaz (SP)
C: J Campbell, R Lorio
Yes, it’s true that Juigalpa Basketball Club are in top form at the moment, and should have the confidence of taking on any team in the league. The visitors will also be motivated by their renewed playoff aspirations, and know that even after winning four consecutive games, their place in the post-season is far from secure. They are in a must-win situation.
And so are, Real Esteli Basketball Club, for they are targeting the top spot and know have to erase a two-game deficit to become the leader of the pack. Esteli are at home where they have been near flawless this season and we back them to win the match in our Fantasy Basketball prediction.