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Sydney v Adelaide Jan 19
Top of the table Sydney host the Sixers in what should be a very entertaining game.
Sydney are holding onto top spot by a slender margin and with Melbourne playing in Perth tomorrow need to win to hold the spot. The Sixers are sort of a game behind Brisbane, who play their bogey side, Cairns, tonight.
Sydney were all over Adelaide last time they met, but Adelaide had the better of Sydney prior to that. Newley played like a man trying to impress. There has been a lot of water under the bridge since then. Sydney's Wear has lifted and the rest of the team has clicked. They have gone from a noisy bunch of kindy kids, to a sweat sounding acapulco Boy Band (they just need the double denim to match their blonded hair tips)
Adelaide has lost Moore, Ramone Moore, but have brought in Brucey, who I thought didn't embarrass himself in his first 5 minutes as a Sixer. Who is this #9 for the Sixers? It was good to see Jack McVeigh pull the bench splinters from his bum and hit the court to get 8 points.
There's plenty of good matchups in the starting 5's to consider today, but like all NBL games, the benches give the teams the edge. For Adelaide, the human Brick Sh!thouse (Froling) is the X factor against the Bogie man. Deng is very much a confidence player and if his first 3 attempt is nothing but net, expect him to score a point a minute of play. For Sydney, Kickert is their main X man and Bowen is a guy who is screaming out for a double double.
Lots of pressure on both teams to get a win, but Sydney at home should take advantage of Adelaide and get this one by 6.