Hungry Jack's NBL
R18 Preview: Adelaide v New Zealand
Who: Adelaide 36ers v New Zealand Breakers When: 7.30pm (AEDT), Wednesday 3 February Where: Titanium Security Arena, Adelaide Watch: Fox Sports; Sky Sports NZ; NBL Live App Last time they met: Adelaide 87 (Johnson 25, Randle 25) d New Zealand 81 (Cedric Jackson 16, Wesley 14, Abercrombie 13, Vukona 13), Round 14, North Shore Events Centre, Auckland
Round 5 New Zealand Breakers vs. Adelaide 36ers Highlights #HardBall @NZBreakers @Adelaide36ers https://t.co/uYMdC1l5LW — NBL (@NBL) November 5, 2015Johnson has long been the fastest centre in the NBL, but Jackson matches him in that department while also being an energetic beast around the rim. “I always have to prepare myself pretty heavily for those guys knowing I’m going to have to guard them too, but I guess I do that by trying to get them in foul trouble by running them around a bit,” Johnson said. “Pledger’s playing pretty well at the moment and he’s a big body, so it’s two different guys I’ve got to worry about.” Yet while Johnson would much prefer to have Randle in the line-up, he is fully confident Adam Gibson and Nathan Sobey will find him in the right spots to exploit his mismatch on Wednesday. “Gibbo’s obviously going to step up and play the point guard for us, and he’s more than capable of doing that so we’re not worried about that,” he said frankly. “I think Sobey over the past few weeks has shown he’s more than ready to play a few more minutes and contribute well.” And he’s not buying into New Zealand’s form slump one bit. “Not really. Everyone knows they’ve been the form team of the last five years and they won’t go down without a fight,” he said. “We’re expecting them to come out pretty hard and be a different team to what they have been over the last few weeks.” THE WRAP The mathematics for this one are simple. If Adelaide win they make their third straight playoff appearance and kill off the Breakers’ title defence. Lose and the defending champs close to within one game of the 36ers with both teams to face Cairns later in the round. Should New Zealand win by more than 15 they can claim the season series and really put the heat on for fourth place.
Time for a fast break power dunk #HardBall @Adelaide36ers @illawarrahawks https://t.co/X34gvXUM3t — NBL (@NBL) January 30, 2016