36ers vs Tigers, Feb 18
The Tigers got called out a couple of weeks ago, responded by showing up the Hawks and then really taking it to NZ for three quarters.
Adelaide were outgunned by the Blaze who could seemingly do no wrong and the club called for more intensity from the team. Going by Murray Magpie's account on the team site (yes, the mascot is writing training reports!), the team have focussed on defensive intensity at training this week.
Centrebet do favour Adelaide despite last weekend's result and have them paying $1.40. Melbourne are at $2.95. The line for the home side is -5.5.
Nevill did all the damage for Melbourne when Adelaide last struggled on the road against the Tigers and is no longer with the team. Tigers bigs are reduced to ex-36er Burston, Helliwell and PF Tragardh. PG Homicide looked to me to be playing at another level in the last two games so will be a handful if he maintains that.
I think Adelaide match up pretty well in the front court here. The Ballinger-Burston battle should be key.
Bruce is expected to play, AFAIK, meaning that the 36ers have quite the array of guards at their disposal.