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R9 Preview: Melbourne v Adelaide

Who: Melbourne United v Adelaide 36ers When: 3.00pm (AEDT), Sunday 6 December Where: Hisense Arena, Melbourne Watch: Fox Sports (Live and in HD); NBL Live App Last time they met: Melbourne 84 (Kickert 22, Warrick 16, Goulding 14) d Adelaide 75 (Gibson 17, Johnson 15), Round 2, Hisense Arena, Melbourne THE MATCH-UP Daniel Kickert v Daniel Johnson - Kickert has made 15-of-27 three-pointers in his past five games, while Johnson has connected on just 2-of-15 in his past seven. Adelaide’s perimeter players need DJ stretching the defence, while United’s guards must make better use of the space Kicks creates. THE STATS  United have played five teams at least twice this season, scoring less in their subsequent games against every rival except Sydney. Their average score in the first contest is 92.8ppg, compared to 79.4 in their most recent meeting with those five opponents. Daniel Johnson has averaged 13.2 points at 37 per cent from the field against the top three teams. Against lower-ranked outfits those numbers are 17.5ppg and 52 per cent. THE STORY After a lightning start, Melbourne United are being slowly dragged back to the pack, losers of four of their past five games. With seven new players and a coach new to the NBL, United are scrambling to find answers to improved opposition team scouts, and Daniel Kickert says it’s not a simple case of going back to their early formula. “The majority of teams change as the season goes, so what was working for you a month ago isn’t going to work for you now or in a month’s time,” he said. “There’s no other league I’ve played in where you play a team four times in a regular season, so that’s part of the strength of the league, you never really see the same team twice. “You look at Townsville and see how they evolve, they’ll show you one defensive concept in one game … you come out expecting something similar and it’s changed.” Melbourne’s four scores against the Crocs were 99, 93, 78 and then 66 as the defence ground them to a halt, and the pattern has been similar against other opponents. Sunday’s clash with Adelaide is the first since United’s 84-75 home win in Round 2, where the ladder leaders saw off a strong challenge from the pre-Jerome Randle 36ers.
Ebi for three END Q3 | Here in the final quarter CTI Melbourne United Basketball Club lead against the Adelaide 36ers. Highlight of the quarter was Ebi Ere putting his Melbourne defender on skates and hitting the three.Catch all the action in the final term on Fox Sports News and the NBL Live App #HardBall Posted by NBL on Friday, October 16, 2015
While Kickert says much will have changed, he expects the same up-and-in pressure defence from the visitors, something he believes only precision can overcome. “It’s about going to the right type of sets and exploiting certain mismatches we find favourable,” he said. “A switching defence tries to goad the team into doing what that defence wants, so it’s a matter of finding the mismatches we want and executing them the right way.” But Kickert believes the solution for their scoring woes starts at the other end, where restricting Jerome Randle’s penetration will stop the likes of Daniel Johnson, Anthony Petrie, Ebi Ere, Lucas Walker and Mitch Creek slipping into the cracks, and force the 36ers into contested long shots. “A missed shot is the best offence, if we grab a board we can push it, we’ve got the guys to do that,” Kickert said. “At the start of the season we were leading the league in field-goal percentage defence and that directly correlated into our transition offence.” THE WRAP Adelaide’s switching defence was mercilessly exploited by the Wildcats, and a huge challenge for Stephen Holt, Chris Goulding and Nate Tomlinson is to withstand the 36ers pressure so they too can exploit mismatches. After seeing how well the Hawks disrupted Melbourne on Thursday, however, expect Joey Wright’s men to up the ante and turn the game into a scrap. The 36ers were pounded on the boards in Perth, which meant their running game never really got going. Melbourne don’t possess the same wall as the team out west, so Majok Majok, Hakim Warrick and Todd Blanchfield must eat the glass to ensure United can run on their terms.
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