Sixers v United, Jan 22
What a Christening for the new cube at the Arena. Randle in Season MVP form owning the place like a Boss. It all starts again tonight.
Just at the Lion King is basically the story of Hamlet set against a backdrop of African animals, tonight's game is basically the story of good vs bad as this classic SA vs Vic tussle unfolds. The ladder leading United are 50% on the road and the Sixers are 75% at home, and both on a run of 5 wins. Someone will walk away tonight with their 6th straight win, the other with an L.
Last time these teams met was a few days before Christmas. That resulted in a win to the Sixers, who held Bubbles scoreless in the first half. Kickert and Warrick having a field day scoring 20 points each to put some respectability on the scoreboard.
It may be a similar story tonight with United's strength over the Sixers being in the forwards. Holt still recovering from some broken ankles as a result of Randle brilliance and Gibbo all over fellow Tassie boy Goulding.
Should be a good crowd tonight and this game is probably the Match of the Round. The secret to winning this game will be pressure. Ball pressure, pressure off the ball and pressure in the key. Melbourne like to dribble drive and go for the extra pass to get the 3, or wait for the help to leave their man for the pass off. Basic U14 plays, but that will be a challenge for the Sixers guards. Their talls are slippery and that will give DJ and co. plenty of headaches if they don't get on top of the rebounding contest early.
Sixers may be a little slow out of the blocks and so I'm expecting them to be about 6 points down at half time. However, Skipper Joey will throw out the spinnaker and with the crowd behind them, expect a very close end to this game.
Sixers by 2.