TB vs YD Dream11: Taiwan Beer will be playing hosts to Yulon Luxen Dinos in the Game-1 of Super League Basketball 2019-20 Finals on Tuesday (IST). Beer hold the home advantage in this series due to their better record n the regular season and they are also the favourites to clinch this series. But Dinos will also fancy their chances, for the simple reason that they are coming on the back of a very good display against Taoyuan Pauian Archiland in the semi-finals, where Dinos drew Pauian blank in the 3-match series, winning matches, in chronological order, 90-103 in game-1, 91-89 in game-2 and closed out the series with an 85-100 win in the last match, perhaps their best away performance of the season.
Beer finished the regular season with 25 wins and just seven defeats. But more importantly and something which could play a huge factor in this series is that Beer managed six wins in 8 encounters against Dinos in the regular season. As the old adage goes, Beer may have got the measure of Dinos this season and that’s why the visitor will have to fight on two fronts, on the court and also in the mind as well. But their current form should give them enough fuel to at least perform better against Beer than they did in the whole of this season.
Teams: Taiwan Beer and Yulon Luxen Dinos
Venue: Staples Center
Match Timing: April 21, @ 02:30 PM
Taiwan Beer vs Yulon Luxen Dinos team news:
Taiwan Beer: The hosts will be going into the game-1 with a full roster. No player is expected to miss the game either with an injury or suspension, with any change on the active roster depending either on the coach’s decision or the tactics for the match. The likes of Kentrell Barkley and Igor Zaytsev will be coming into the starting five having been given rest in the last few games of the regular season.
Yulon Luxen Dinos: Having won the series in game-2, the visitors could have made changes to their roster in the final game, but find;t which shows the coach is adamant to keep the momentum going. The good thing was that no player suffered either a knock or an injury, so every player is available for this game.
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Taiwan Beer vs Yulon Luxen Dinos starting five:
Taiwan Beer: Po-Hsun Chou/Shih-En Fan, Tsung-Han Huang, Igor Zaytsev, Yu-An Chang, Kentrell Barkley
Yulon Luxen Dinos: Cheng-Ju Lu, Po-Chen Chou/Yi-Hui Lin, Sim Bhullar, Kai-Hsiang Hu, Marcus Keene
Grand League tips:
Taiwan Beer: Igor Zaytsev, Yu-An Chang, Kentrell Barkley, Hsiao-Chin Wu, Ming-Feng Chang, Hao-Ji Wang, Zhao-Hao Chen, Xiangwei Pan, Hung-Han Huang, Zhao-Hao Chen, Shih-En Fan, Po-Hsun Chou, Tsung-Han Huang, Wangzi Gang, Su-Bo Zhang, Zhu-Yi Zong
Yulon Luxen Dinos: Sim Bhullar, Kai-Hsiang Hu, Chia-Chun Wu, Yao-Tsung Lin, Douglas Creighton, Yi-Hui Lin, Zier Lu, Lu Cheng-Ju, Po-Chen Chou, Marcus Keene, KE Wei, Te-Wei Lee, Liang Lu-Guan, Zhaonan Guo
TB vs YD Dream11 teams:
PG: Y Chang
SG: D Creighton
SF: H Hung-Han
PF: L Cheng-Ju, P Chou
C: S Bhullar (SP), I Zaytsev, C Zhaohao
PG: M Keane (SP)
SG: Y Chien, K Barkley
SF: H Hung-Han
PF: S Fan, H Wang
C: S Bhullar, T Lee
Yulon Luxen Dinos lost six times in the regular season and we have seen in other leagues and in different matchups that these kinds of records can curate a team’s approach going into the matches. But Dinos need not fear the favorites here, for they have nothing to loose, and should play the game with freedom. They also can look back at their showing in the semi-finals where they ripped the Mickey out of Taoyuan Pauian Archiland with a 3-0 mauling.
Still, backing against Taiwan Beer looks a bad call and we back the hosts to come out on top in this matchup against Yulon Luxen Dinos and take a 1-0 lead in the series.