TPA vs YD Dream11: Yulon Luxen Dinos will be looking to round off the semi-final series when they play in game-2 against Taoyuan Pauian Archiland in the Super League Basketball Taiwan on Thursday (IST). This is a three-game series, so Pauian knows they this is a must-win game for them, for a defeat here will send them packing back home.
Pauian were the host in the game-1 but failed to take advantage of the home support. They lacked the usual vibrancy inside the paint and were outmuscled and outpowered by the taller Dinos. Nothing will be changing here, for the players will be the same, so Pauian knows they will have to exorcise the ghosts of their first defeat and come here in this game with a plan to stop the hosts.
With 17 wins and 15 defeats, Pauian finished second in the league, behind only Taiwan Beer (25-7) who were head and shoulders above every team right from the start of the tournament. That said, seven of those defeats for Beer came against Pauian, which speaks what this team can do. But the thing that makes them hard to emulate those sorts of performances is the unavailability of Charles Garcia, a vital cog in this team. Pauian dropped the last four games of the regular season.
Meanwhile, Yulon Luxen Dinos finished third in the regular season with 16 wins and as many defeats from 32 games. They also dropped the last three season-ending matches but that was mostly down to the changes made by the coach, with key players getting much-needed rest. Overall, they were the best offensive team in the league, and still are, even better than league leaders Taiwan Beer. And that is some record.
Teams: Taoyuan Pauian Archiland and Yulon Luxen Dinos
Venue: Staples Center
Match Timing: April 16, @ 02:30 PM
Taoyuan Pauian Archiland vs Yulon Luxen Dinos team news:
Taoyuan Pauian Archiland: The big squad issue Pauian Archiland would have loved to solve ahead of this season-defining game is the availability of big-man Charles Garcia. But he remains out and won’t be playing this season at all as he returned to his native country USA following the death of his father.
Garcia is the only major absentee for the Pauian, with all the other players available for this game. Edvinas Seskus will be the central figure for the team, while the likes of Chia-Chun Wu and Chin-Yao Yao will also be playing a key role here.
Yulon Luxen Dinos: No injury issues for Dinos ahead of this match, while no player is expected to miss this game with suspension either. As expected, Dinos recalled the likes of Sim Bhullar and Marcus Keene for Game-1 after giving the duo a much-needed rest before the semi-final.
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Taoyuan Pauian Archiland vs Yulon Luxen Dinos starting five:
Taoyuan Pauian Archiland: Edvinas Seskus, Chen Jian-En, Chin-Yao Yao, Yen-Tsung Shih, Chia-Chun Wu/Yao-Tsung Lin
Yulon Luxen Dinos: Lu Cheng-Ju, Po-Chen Chou, Sim Bhullar, Kai-Hsiang Hu, Marcus Keene
Grand League tips:
Taoyuan Pauian Archiland: Edvinas Seskus, Chen Jian-En, Yao-Tsung Lin, Chia-Chun Wu, Chun-Yen Peng, Wei-Ju Chien, Guan-Quan Chen, Tai-Hai Wu, Yen Tsung Shih, Chin-Yao Yao, Li-Huang Wen, Chia Kang-Li, Chi-Wei Lee
Yulon Luxen Dinos: Douglas Creighton, Yi-Hui Lin, Zier Lu, Lu Cheng-Ju, Po-Chen Chou, Sim Bhullar, Kai-Hsiang Hu, Marcus Keene, KE Wei, Liang Lu-Guan, Zhaonan Guo, Te-Wei Lee
TPA vs YD Dream11 teams:
PG: M Keane
SG: C Peng
SF: Y Lin, W Chien, C Yao
PF: W Tai-Hao
C: S Bhullar (SP), C Guanquan
PG: M Keane (SP), W Chia-Chun
SG: C Peng
SF: S Yen-Tsung
PF: L Cheng-Ju
C: S Bhullar, C Guanquan, T Lee
As mentioned above, Pauian are shorthanded as they are missing the services of key players in the shape of Charles Garica. Moreover, they are the away team in this game and will also have to deal with the Dinos’ full roster of players. Everything points towards a home win and we can’t go against it and predict a win for Dinos.