I haven't seen enough of Brisbane to say much definitively, but here goes anyway. :-)
If this were in Perth, I would have no trouble tipping the Cats, and by a significant margin. But they do struggle on the road (although their only loss this season has been at home.)
A Backcourt of Sobey, Spudee, and Gliddon? Lemanis sure can pick em.
At least with Brooks injured, Brisbane nolonger have the worst backcourt in the league, but that lineup still stinks
Unfortunately it will smell worse after they get ripped a new ahole.
Patterson at his best is the best SF in the league, so that will be an epic tussle with White. If Lamar's shots start dropping he could hoist the Bullets on his back and carry them to victory. Brisbane's superior depth at this spot could be the difference.
The frontcourt battle will again be interesting.
Kay is the best big in the league, bar none. Interesting to see if Lemanis persists with small ball at the 4, although his only alternative is Grandpa Vukona. I've been impressed with Hodgson and Magnay, and suspect they will dominate inside. But is that enough? Hunt and even Jook have been getting it done, so this will be a really good test for Perth.
It may sound a bit trite, but I think this game will be decided outside the arc. It's the icing on the cake for Cotton, when Damo hits them the Cats do well, Terrico has been nailing them, it's pretty Steindl's only weapon. Even Kay, Wagstaff, and Vague have been hitting open 3's. But it is so much harder on the road at a strange venue.
Conversely, if the Brisbane backcourt can start hitting 3's reliably they can quickly make up for their other deficiencies, and the same goes for Braun.
My head says Perth are the better team and should win.
My Gut says Brisbane will light it up from outside and that may be the difference.