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Leicester Riders vs. Newcastle Eagles Prediction, Picks, and Preview for 4/1/2022

Leicester Riders takes on Newcastle Eagles on 4/1/2022 at 02:30 PM.

Strap in because we have a British BBL game preview and predictions in this article. Leicester Riders will face Newcastle Eagles It is time to get rolling with our preview! Leicester Riders has a record of 17-3 this season. Newcastle Eagles is 8-10 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Leicester Riders Team Preview





You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 110.0, but relatively speaking it is still a slightly above-average offense. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .572, which is considered to be slightly above average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .539, which considered to be slightly above average. Compared to the rest of the league, there is a sense of neutrality about ball movement. They are doing an above average job of preventing live ball turnovers (steals). An opponent steals rate of 9.1% is not something to brag about, but it is far better to not have it be a problem.They have an abysmal offensive rebounding rate of 20.6% this season. Offensive rebounding is not their thing, it should be important. They are socially distancing on the offensive glass!

They have an elite level defense and fans may not appreciate it because they get so fixated on scoring, dunks, and drama, but this defense is as good as it gets right now. A defensive effiency rating of 98.6 would certainly justify such praise. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating.

They yield a True Shooting Percentage of .502 which is a sign of a strong defense. They are doing a great job forcing bad shots from opposing offenses. Bad shots should result in defensive rebounds and run outs. They successfully retrieved 70.8% of opponent missed shots. They are a slightly above average defensive rebounding team.

This is not a team that excels at forcing live ball turnovers. Either the personnel or strategy is not there. Their Blocks Rate is 7.0%, which is considered to be slightly above average.

Newcastle Eagles Team Preview





Their offensive efficiency is 106.0, which makes them a below average offense and that means there is room for improvement, but will they actually improve? This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .543, which is considered to be below average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .512, which considered to be below average. They like to use ball movmement to set up shot attempts from all over. Turnovers are an issue for them. A 9.8% steals rate yielded is a bit higher than average.They have an offensive rebounding rate of 21.8% this season. They are a below average rebounding team.

Their defensive efficiency is 104.1, which means they have an above average defense relative to other teams in the league. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

They yield a True Shooting Percentage of .546 which is considered to be above average (in a good way). This is a decent defensive team that is able to force some bad shots. They successfully retrieved 68.2% of opponent missed shots. They are a slightly above average defensive rebounding team.

Nothing will blow you away about their ability to force live ball turnovers. Their Blocks Rate is 5.4% which is considered to be below average.

The Leicester Riders Roster

The Players to Watch for Leicester Riders

Geno Crandall 6-4 185 G

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team. He is one of the leaders in Defensive Efficiency with an Defensive Rating of 94.7. He has an above-average Offensive Efficiency with an Offensive Rating of 116.7.

With an Effective Field Goal rate of 52.3%, he is a below-average when given the opportunity. He exhibits above-average efficiency as a shooter when isolating his shooting metrics from the rest of his offensive metrics. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. He is a below average three point shooter. Getting to the Free Throw Line is an important part of his game. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone.

Zach Jackson 6-5 185 G

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far. He sports a above-average in Defensive Efficiency with an Defensive Rating of 99.7. He sports a below-average in Offensive Efficiency with an Offensive Rating of 107.8.

With an Effective Field Goal rate of 59.1%, he is an above-average scorer when given the opportunity. He exhibits above-average efficiency as a shooter when isolating his shooting metrics from the rest of his offensive metrics. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. He is a below average three point shooter. He would be considered one of the more passive offensive players and he is almost exclusively a jump shooter. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.The ball is in safe hands with him and there is a general level of comfort in his stewardship.

William Lee 6-9 206 F

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team. He is one of the leaders in Defensive Efficiency with an Defensive Rating of 93.5. He has an above-average Offensive Efficiency with an Offensive Rating of 120.6.

With an Effective Field Goal rate of 64.3%, he is a strong scorer when given the opportunity. He is very efficient as a shooter when isolating his shooting metrics from the rest of his offensive metrics. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. He is a below average three point shooter. He would be considered one of the more passive offensive players and he is almost exclusively a jump shooter. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He will be looking to cut down on his turnovers, better decision-making and more alertness on the offensive end should help.

Darien Nelson-Henry 6-11 265 C

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team. He is one of the leaders in Defensive Efficiency with an Defensive Rating of 95.9. He sports a below-average in Offensive Efficiency with an Offensive Rating of 111.1.

With an Effective Field Goal rate of 59.4%, he is an above-average scorer when given the opportunity. He exhibits above-average efficiency as a shooter when isolating his shooting metrics from the rest of his offensive metrics. Shooting three point shots is either a rarity or it never happens, he gets his work done in the paint. He either does not take three point shots or he does not make them either. Opponents are probably quite aware. He would be considered one of the more passive offensive players and he is almost exclusively a jump shooter. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He will be looking to cut down on his turnovers, better decision-making and more alertness on the offensive end should help.

Evan Walshe 6-4 200 GF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season. He has a below-average Defensive Efficiency with an Defensive Rating of 111.0. He sports a below-average in Offensive Efficiency with an Offensive Rating of 111.2.

With an Effective Field Goal rate of 52.4%, he is a below-average when given the opportunity. He exhibits above-average efficiency as a shooter when isolating his shooting metrics from the rest of his offensive metrics. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. He is a below average three point shooter. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.

Conner Washington 6-1 178 G

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far. He sports a above-average in Defensive Efficiency with an Defensive Rating of 101.2. He has an above-average Offensive Efficiency with an Offensive Rating of 113.4.

With an Effective Field Goal rate of 56.0%, he is an above-average scorer when given the opportunity. He exhibits above-average efficiency as a shooter when isolating his shooting metrics from the rest of his offensive metrics. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.





The Newcastle Eagles Roster

The Players to Watch for Newcastle Eagles

Darrius Defoe 6-9 220 PF

He is considered a fringe player who may not stick around. He sports a above-average in Defensive Efficiency with an Defensive Rating of 102.0. He is among the worst in Offensive Efficiency with an Offensive Rating of 94.4.

With an Effective Field Goal rate of 44.2%, he is among the worst scorers when given the opportunity. He is very inefficient.He is a shooter of extreme inefficiency when isolating his shooting figures from the rest of his metrics. Shooting three point shots is either a rarity or it never happens, he gets his work done in the paint. He either does not take three point shots or he does not make them either. Opponents are probably quite aware. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.

Rahmon Fletcher 5-10 165 PG

He is an important offensive option on this team this season. He sports a above-average in Defensive Efficiency with an Defensive Rating of 105.7. He has an above-average Offensive Efficiency with an Offensive Rating of 114.0.

With an Effective Field Goal rate of 56.0%, he is an above-average scorer when given the opportunity. He exhibits above-average efficiency as a shooter when isolating his shooting metrics from the rest of his offensive metrics. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is either a ballhog, does not play enough minutes or he is not supposed to be distributing the ball. The ball is in safe hands with him and there is a general level of comfort in his stewardship.

Justin Gordon 6-6 205 F

He is an important offensive option on this team this season. He sports a above-average in Defensive Efficiency with an Defensive Rating of 103.3. He sports a below-average in Offensive Efficiency with an Offensive Rating of 107.3.

With an Effective Field Goal rate of 54.7%, he is an above-average scorer when given the opportunity. He exhibits above-average efficiency as a shooter when isolating his shooting metrics from the rest of his offensive metrics. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone.

Corey Johnson 6-5 200 SG

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far. He sports a above-average in Defensive Efficiency with an Defensive Rating of 100.5. He sports a below-average in Offensive Efficiency with an Offensive Rating of 107.9.

With an Effective Field Goal rate of 51.5%, he is a below-average when given the opportunity. He exhibits below-average efficiency as a shooter when isolating his shooting metrics from the rest of his offensive metrics. Three point shooting is an important part of his game. He is an above average three point shooter who must be respected. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.

Louis Sayers 6-7 212 SF

He is considered a fringe player who may not stick around. He sports a above-average in Defensive Efficiency with an Defensive Rating of 106.9. He sports a below-average in Offensive Efficiency with an Offensive Rating of 103.9.

With an Effective Field Goal rate of 50.8%, he is a below-average when given the opportunity. He exhibits below-average efficiency as a shooter when isolating his shooting metrics from the rest of his offensive metrics. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He would be considered one of the more passive offensive players and he is almost exclusively a jump shooter. Fouling him is probably better than letting him get two points on a drive or post-up. The Free Throw Line is an adventure for him and everyone is there to watch.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.

Leicester Riders vs. Newcastle Eagles Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Leicester Riders 95 Newcastle Eagles 71

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