R13: Taipans v Sixers
What a NYE the NBL have planned with 3 games planned tonight. Only NZ Breakers (time zone issues affect their sleepy time) and Melbourne (they want to see the fireworks) have a excuses validated by their mums not to play tonight.
Joey Wright had better call Kenny Loggins. The Sixers are about to enter the Danger Zone! Cairns have gone 7 and 1 at home this season. They have been stronger than garlic to a vampire, with the average game score of 80:70. It's interesting that they score more 5.4 ppg more on the road than at home.
Last time they met in Cairns, the Taipans beat the Sixers 85:80 with Craig scoring 25 and 10 rebounds, and Matt Burston (I repeat, M a t t B u r s t o n) scoring 22 points. Gibbo shooting 18%. Only a few games ago, the Sixers beat the Taipans 90:86, Gibbo shooting 41%. Past results mean nothing to good teams and considering it's Luke's birthday today, the boys will be trying that little bit harder for a nice present.
What else is there to do in Cairns on NYE? Go to the Cairns Courthouse Hotel for Wednesday Night Cane Toad Races?
Cairns are favourites and are hotter than a redhead in a bikini. Craig is the obvious snake the Sixers will want to put in a bag. A Sixers win tonight will make a few teams sit up and take notice. That's why when Gibbo ices a few early, you'll see Aaron Fearne pace like a panther shaking his head.
I'm going for a nice present for Luke. Sixers by 2! (probably in OT)