Earlier this year
Sixers v Breakers Jan 4
Phew! After that game last night, there are 6 NBL teams that have lost a monkey off their back.
These teams last met 5 days ago. Instead of heading back to NZ, the Breakers have decided to stay in the Adelaide heat and take in the sights and sounds of Christchurch's sister city. We don't have an old codger dispensing wisdom in Rundle Mall, but we do have 11 wizards on the basketball court.
For those enjoying the coolness of summer on the east coast, spare a thought for those kiwi boys who have had to endure Adelaide's heat wave. It's been hotter than your girlfriend's younger sister here. Even a dip in a mud pool in Rotorua would be cooler.
Both these teams love the fast flowing transition game. A 200+ game was played a few days ago and I'm expecting something similar tonight. The Breakers also have a more physical play style than other NBL teams. I've said it before and I'll say it again, the refs in NZ tend to let a lot of stuff go and so when the Breakers bring their prison style street ball play to other stadiums, they tend to foul more. Four Breakers fouled out last game, can they make it 5 this game?
There's plenty of reasons for either side to get this one, but when you have the "Bullet Train" wanting to run you down there's a lot of motivation to run faster.
Sixers by about 4.