R2. United Vs Breakers. Hisense Arena
New Zealand make the journey to Melbourne to take on United after beating Adelaide at Vector Arena on Friday Night while Melbourne fell to Cairns again.
I don't think NZ will be complacent, just tired from playing last night and travelling today.
If they got a good recovery session in I think they will be good to go as Dean Vickerman rotated his players pretty well against Adelaide.
New Zealand have a number of long defenders that they can put on McRae and their team defence has been good so far and Ibekwe & Pledger offer plenty of rim protection. Tom Abercrombie looks healthy and offers an accurate perimeter shooter for Cedric Jackson to find along with Cory Webster.
TeRangi will need to shake off his off court/in court issues & stay out of foul trouble so he can contribute a lot more than he did on Friday night to keep Barlow & McRae honest with Abercrombie playing limited minutes as he comes back from the Hernia operation he had pre-season. Rhys Carter continued to impress at Vector against the 36ers with his jumpshot & ability to run the team or play off Jackson.
Melbourne don't have a lot of size and have instead relied on Mark Worthington & Lucas Walkers hustle but they will have their hands full with the Vukona/Wesley rotation so other players will need to roll up their sleeves for United like Barlow, McRae & Kickert.
United will be a much better team with Import Stephen Dennis getting a game under his belt on Friday and appear to have shot the ball much better from the perimeter than they did in R1 against Cairns zone but I would still expect NZ to test them with a zone early on.
I think NZ will get this one, Dean Vickerman is coaching his team well and making the necessary adjustments when needed and has a roster that plays both ends.