What Did We Learn? (Preview: 36ers vs Crocs 18/1/14)

If you are part of the new breed of confident 36ers fans like me , you'd have figured the Sixers would smash the Sydney Kings like guitars last week. Sydney had been playing horribly, Adelaide was back to full strength and they were playing in their fortress. That all ended up meaning little.

Sydney certainly played well but Adelaide giving up over 100 points suggests it wasn't at it's defensive best. Watching the game, there was a lack of hunger on the boards and a lack of desperation executing the press. Adelaide knows it's good....and sometimes that's a problem.

The Crocs and Sixers have split their two previous meetings this year. Both games were at The Swamp and in both games the Crocs had Adelaide on the ropes. In Game 1, five Steve Markovic threes in the first quarter gave his team a massive head start that ended in a Townsville win.  In Game 2 the Crocs held a 9 point lead in the last quarter before a Jason Cadee-inspired Sixers stole it. Those performances should well and truly have Adelaide's attention.

This game is on Adelaide's home court this time though and you'd expect the team to come out firing after last week's shock loss.Gary Ervin has another game under his belt, Mitch Creek should be over the sniffles and all indications are the team has been "focused" at training this week.

In the NYE clash, Adelaide was without G-Money while Townsville was without it's gun import Josh Pace. They are both big ins and Pace's inclusion is of value mainly because of Townsville's lack of swingman depth.

Adelaide will be hoping for more from it's bench bigs in Luke Schenscher and BJ Anthony and for some energy from Mitch Creek. Townsville will again be relying on it's imports and it's outside shooting from Crawford, Markovic and Blachfield. That trio has averaged 10 hit threes a game in the games versus Adelaide. Since Dec 7, those three have averaged 5 hit threes a game versus other opponents.

Expect an aggressive Adelaide, which should be evidenced in good rebounding numbers, Crocs turnovers and a win.

My Tip: Adelaide by 6

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