Hungry Jack's NBL
R19 Preview: Melbourne v New Zealand
Who: Melbourne United v New Zealand Breakers When: 3pm (AEDT), Sunday 14 February Where: Hisense Arena, Melbourne Watch: Fox Sports; Sky Sports NZ; NBL Live App Last time they met: New Zealand 100 (Charles Jackson 18, Cedric Jackson 17, Webster 17) d Melbourne 63 (Adnam 16), Round 19, North Shore Events Centre, Auckland THE MATCH-UP Majok Majok v Charles Jackson – In a game with little riding on the result, this pair can be counted on to bring the energy on the boards, and their rebounding, hustle and athleticism in the upcoming semi-final series could be pivotal to the result.
.@Nate_Tomlinson finds @ChrisGoulding43 back door for the alley oop finish for @MelbUnitedHQ! #HardBall https://t.co/fTyOJBgS87 — NBL (@NBL) November 8, 2015THE WRAP With a full house in Hisense Arena have no doubt United will be keen to put on a show, with this the last chance to iron out any crinks before the semi-finals and for Goulding, Daniel Kickert and Hakim Warrick to get some burn after sitting out Friday night. While Melbourne won’t give too many secrets away to their semi-final opponent, they will be keen to make a statement on the boards, having been outrebounded 133-99 across the season series. New Zealand will likely share the minutes around in this clash, but that creates an opportunity for the league’s lowest-scoring bench to run into some form, with Reuben Te Rangi and Everard Bartlett potential wildcards in the post-season if they can find their range. Two seasons ago Adelaide hosted the Tigers four days before their semi-final series and produced an entertaining, high-scoring affair, so don’t be surprised to see an offensive-minded display from both teams on Sunday, especially with the likes of Goulding and Cedric Jackson on the floor.