Hungry Jack's NBL
R18 Preview: Perth v Sydney
Who: Perth Wildcats v Sydney Kings When: 9.30pm (AEDT), Friday 5 February Where: Perth Arena Watch: Fox Sports; Sky Sports NZ; NBL Live App Last time they met: Perth 95 (Prather 27, Beal 19, Redhage 12) d Sydney 68 (Garlepp 30), Round 15, Perth Arena
A huge alley oop #HardBall @SydneyKings @PerthWildcats https://t.co/xNsPQINi7W — NBL (@NBL) January 15, 2016Back-up point guard Rhys Carter suggested far greater composure as vital for the next two games against the Wildcats, especially Friday at Perth Arena. “When the three-ball gets going for them and the crowd gets into it, it takes a lot of mental strength to stay together and bounce back,” he said. “If they have one 10-2 run for the game you’ve got a chance of fighting back. But when they go 10-2, you stem the flow and then they go 14-2, a couple of runs where they just hit threes and a couple of dunks, that’s when you're in trouble.”
And now the turn around jumper #HardBall @SydneyKings @PerthWildcats https://t.co/lje2kduUu6 — NBL (@NBL) January 15, 2016Perth’s destiny is now out of their hands. They could win all three of their remaining games but would still need Melbourne to lose their final two to surrender first place, while it is still possible they could drop to fourth if things went horribly awry. But even if Casey Prather is sidelined it’s hard to see the Wildcats not punching their playoff ticket on Friday, their recipe of high-pressure defence, dominant defensive rebounding and crowd-raising transition offence a proven King killer.