Early season clash between top teams, which team will capitalize on early spurts?
Changwon LG vs Seoul SK
Saturday, November 4, 2:00 pm @Changwon Gymnasium / SPOTV
-Three straight wins after three straight losses, the start of a rebound?
-Warney, the steady hand, is back!
-Who will make the jump to the top?
LG has turned things around with three straight wins after three straight losses to open the season. While the wins have come against relatively weak opponents such as KOGAS, Samsung, and Sono, the red-hot offense that has averaged 89.6 points in three games has been encouraging. Lee Jae-do, who struggled during the three-game losing streak due to injury, has been revitalized, and Yang Hong-seok is slowly making his presence felt. It will be interesting to see if LG, who had a breakout season last year and finished second in the regular season, can continue to show their true colors this season with a winning streak after three straight losses.
After opening the season with three straight wins, SK is mired in a two-game losing streak. The absence of their #1 option foreign player and arguably the KBL’s best resource, Jamil Warney, has been the biggest reason for the losing streak. After averaging 34 points and 13.7 rebounds in the opening three games, Warney’s absence has been devastating. After a lethargic loss to Hyundai Mobis, SK played a seesaw game against Gasworks in the ensuing game, only to be beaten by Andrew Nicholson’s game-winning three-pointer just before the end. Despite the two-game losing streak, ace Warney is set to return against LG. Can Warney lead the team back to the top after his return?
Last season’s regular season runner-up LG and championship final runner-up SK were both predicted to be in the top half of the standings heading into this season. LG lost Kim Jun-il but gained the likes of national team forward Yang Hong-seok and top college shooter Yoo Yoo-sang, while SK lost Choi Jun-yong and Choi Sung-won but gained Oh Se-geun and Ahn Young-joon back from military service. Although both teams have yet to hit their stride, SK (3-2) is in fourth place and LG (3-3) is in fifth, looking to make a run at the top of the standings. With DB on an undefeated streak, it will be interesting to see which team can seize this game and chase the lead.
Ulsan Hyundai Mobis vs Wonju DB
Sunday, November 5, 2:00 PM @ Ulsan Dongcheon Gymnasium / SPOTV, SPOTV ON
-Hyundai Mobis, without Signing Jin, will need their defense to stay strong
-How long will the undefeated streak of the ‘epic start’ last?
-Spear vs. shield
After an opening three-game winning streak, Hyundai Mobis was stunned by Sono and took a breather, only to have its head down again against KCC. Although they still sit in second place with a 4-2 record, they looked shaky against Sono and KCC, conceding an average of 95 points per game, and if they can’t play their trademark defense, especially with their leading free agent signing out for an extended period of time with a torn ACL, Hyundai Mobis will be in even more trouble. Hyundai Mobis will have to rely on its sticky defense to fight back against DB, which has the best offense in the league and is undefeated in its opening five games. 토토사이트