Hungry Jack's NBL
R9 Preview: Perth v Adelaide
Who: Perth Wildcats v Adelaide 36ers When: 9.30pm (AEDT), Friday 4 December Where: Perth Arena Watch: Fox Sports (Live and in HD); Sky Sports NZ; NBL Live App Last time they met: Perth 94 (Prather 20, Beal 16, Redhage 16) d Adelaide 88 (Randle 21, Gibson 15), Round 7, Titanium Security Arena, Adelaide
.@Natejawai with the one hand slam for the @PerthWildcats #HardBall https://t.co/Y51sIpgOoD — NBL (@NBL) November 18, 2015THE STATS In the last five minutes of their two losses to the Wildcats, Adelaide had 1.6 scoring attempts per minute for nine points and two free-throw attempts. Over the other 70 minutes of those games they had two scoring attempts per minute for 145 points and 38 foul shots. In two meetings this season, Perth’s six frontcourt players have dished out 20 assists to just 10 from their 36ers counterparts. THE STORY Adelaide’s stunning victory in Cairns – only the 36ers and Breakers have triumphed there in the past two seasons – and Perth’s defeat in Auckland mean there is only 1.5 games separating these great rivals. Jerome Randle has been a sensation for Adelaide, and the Wildcats will be sweating on the availability of Damian Martin after he took a knock to his jaw on Wednesday. The Wildcats had the answers for Jerome late in their last meeting in Adelaide, however, holding the livewire to two points on 1-of-6 shooting in the final term. In fact, in the fourth quarter of the 36ers last three losses, Randle has scored a total of 12 points on 4-of-20 shooting. “If we can get everyone (defensively) looking at him and play off that it could be a good recipe for us,” coach Joey Wright said. That formula was certainly successful in Cairns last week, the 36ers finding the balance between team offence and Randle’s individual brilliance, thanks in no small part to Adam Gibson’s leadership. “We defended really well and we were patient at the other end and got the ball to the areas we needed to,” Wright said. “I thought Gibbo did a great job of running things.”
Prather slams it down #HardBall @NZBreakers @PerthWildcats https://t.co/OOF4lAqPC7 — NBL (@NBL) December 2, 2015Offensively, Adelaide need to keep the ball moving to exploit the speed of Randle, Johnson, Walker and Creek, because playing slow-down hoops against Perth has only resulted in contested jumpshots so far this season, and allows the Wildcats to control the boards and flow into offence.