Sixers vs Wildcats Dec 22
OK, this is a big game and heading into Christmas will the Sixers Santa deliver a little pressie for the fans, or will the evil Wildcats ruin the celebrations?
Sixers are sitting on top of the table after a stunning 7 -0 streak. Cats are fighting hard with Melbourne for bottom spot and a chance at early draft picks for next season. Without Martin, the Cats are a different team and that has been obvious since the nuggety veteran has been sitting on the sidelines. Prior to that, Cats fan were cock a hoop preparing a spot on the shelf for the 16/17 trophy. Now, it's Sixers fans putting in annual leave forms in preparation for a 5 game GF series.
There's no doubt Prather is the Cat's go to man. 21.6 ppg, 4.93 rpg and 1.27 apg are stats not to be ashamed of. Since the end of R5, the Cats have gone 2 and 6. They have lost their last 3 on the road, which is a bit of a problem for them. On the road, they average 70.7 ppg and give up 76.3, yet when they have the luxury of their mums tucking them into bed at night, they have averaged 86.2 ppg. Up to R5, they let visiting teams get 80 ppg at home, but post Martin it's been 87 ppg - a sign of his defensive effort.
But they're not playing at home tonight and unless Trevor G can read a good bedtime story and tuck as well as their mums, all signs are pointing to a full house at the Arena with Joey and the boys delivering some goodies for the Sixers fans. Alternatively, at some point of time a 7-0 run is going to be broken.
I say better get a Santa hat for Joey. Sixers by 8.