Hungry Jack's NBL
R10 Preview: Perth v Melbourne
Who: Perth Wildcats v Melbourne United When: 9.30pm (AEDT), Thursday 10 December Where: Perth Arena Watch: Fox Sports (Live and in HD); Sky Sports NZ; NBL Live App Last time they met: Melbourne 75 (Goulding 19, Holt 15) d Perth 73 (Knight 17, Jawai 13), Round 4, Hisense Arena, Melbourne THE MATCH-UP Damian Martin v Chris Goulding – While Martin usually defends the opposition ball-carrier, such is the quality of Goulding – and the efficiency of his showing last week – that it would be no surprise to see the NBL’s greatest defender spending time shadowing his Boomers teammate.
Big block from Martin #HardBall @PerthWildcats @Adelaide36ers https://t.co/A6OVxpJy2D — NBL (@NBL) December 4, 2015“Damo plays at an intensity level that very few players play at,” Gleeson said. “He puts his head in the way, he dives for loose balls, he puts his body on the line and that’s a great asset for him.” This Thursday, the Wildcats may need that asset to be deployed guarding Chris Goulding, whose ability to create shots out of nothing is vital to Melbourne’s chance of a road win. Goulding had a lethally efficient Round 9 as he picked his moments to attack, utilising a Melbourne offence that was functioning much better than previous weeks. “Making shots helps,” a relieved coach Dean Demopoulos said after United snuck past Adelaide. The Melbourne boss still had cause for concern, his team taking 14 of their final 25 field-goal attempts from outside the arc, a recipe for disaster against a Perth team who will rebound and run mercilessly off long shots. But United’s discipline getting the ball inside to Majok Majok and Daniel Kickert in the first 25 minutes left Demopoulos content his team is on the right track.
Not once but twice, Beal & Prather brings the Jungle to its feet #HardBall @PerthWildcats @Adelaide36ers https://t.co/aqqB1tdSwy — NBL (@NBL) December 4, 2015