Hungry Jack's NBL
R10 Preview: Sydney v Perth
Who: Sydney Kings v Perth Wildcats When: 3pm (AEDT), Sunday 13 December Where: Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney Watch: Fox Sports (Live and in HD); NBL Live App Last time they met: Perth 80 (Martin 13, Jervis 12, Knight 12) d Sydney 61 (Garlepp 17, Madgen 15), Round 17, 2014/15, Perth Arena THE MATCH-UP Damion James v Casey Prather – James has been to the NBA, Prather wants to get there. The Kings’ recruit showed off some impressive rebounding prowess in his first outing, but you can bet Prather will test out his lateral quickness as he looks to add to his growing catalogue of highlight plays.
Beal hits his 8th 3 pointer tonight to equal his career high score #HardBall @PerthWildcats @MelbUnitedHQ https://t.co/5FYvyhVYq8 — NBL (@NBL) December 10, 2015In a positive sign, Sydney grabbed a very respectable 71 per cent of the boards at their defensive end against the Breakers on Friday, a huge improvement on the 54 per cent in their first two meetings with the defending champs. Sunday is the Kings’ first match-up with Perth’s massive frontcourt and the inclusion of James – who snaffled 10 boards in 23 minutes against New Zealand – shapes as a handy one when it comes to sparking transition. Of course, there are times when Sydney will have to play walk-up hoops, something they have struggled with all season without a veteran point guard. But new coach Joe Connelly has identified the need for his team to flow into offence, with the slippery guard pairing of Jason Cadee and Marcus Thornton troubling the Breakers on Friday.