Cats vs United, 10/12
On recent form, this is a comfortable win to the Cats.
Further to that, the Cats have a great record against the smaller, high scoring teams like the Hawks and 36ers- to whom United shares similarities. The Cats have dominated those sides on the glass- it's the teams with the bigger bodies and the rebounders to match them who have worried them- Cairns, the Breakers. And the Crocs, who are the hustle Kings of the competition and never, ever give up.
If United wants to win this, these are some of the keys:
- Majok needs to hold his own against Jawai.
- Keep the Cats off the offensive glass. If the Cats get 12 or less O Boards - 3 a quarter- then I’ll consider that a big success for United.
- Defend well against Beal- when he has struggled, the Cats have struggled.
For the Cats, they need to stick with what’s been working and unless United goes off from outside, then you’d think they’ll be in first spot by the end of the night. Pound it inside first, keep the intensity on the glass, take the threes when they get open looks.
Despite my pessimism, I can’t wait.