2/9/14

Time To Travel (Preview: 36ers v Hawks 9/2/14)

Today, the 36ers play their first of three consecutive road games. This is a true "danger game" whereas next weekend the Sixers face two "really really dangerous games", making a win today crucial.

Adelaide has beaten the Hawks in their two previous encounters this year, although both those wins were at Adelaide Arena. Each game was closer than expected and if the Hawks hadn't had left their run so late in each game they could have walked away with a win (or two). Wollongong's array of outside shooters troubles Adelaide and they will again be the difference between a win and loss today.

The Sixers are likely to welcome back Jason Cadee today but BJ Anthony is likely to miss. Ervin and Gibson were both big last week but bringing Cadee back just gives them a little more versatility and depth. BJ's loss is not as big in this clash, with DJ and Schensch both likely to cause some headaches for Wollongong's undersized frontcourt.

The Hawks will be relying heavily on Kevin Tiggs and Rotnei Clarke to have big games and for Clarke, Forman,Martin and Coenraad to fire up from the perimeter. If they can do that, the Sixers will have their hands full.

As Townsville has shown over the weekend, ladder positions in the league this year mean little with the gap between top and bottom not being that big. The fact this game is at the Sandpit and that the Hawks have already claimed a few big scalps this year should have Sixers fans slightly nervous.

The Hawks have done a decent job this year of limiting Daniel Johnson, their biggest headache is Gary Ervin. G-Money loves playing his former team and his speed worries the Hawks guards. His performance will go a long way towards determining the outcome.

All things considered, I'm predicting the Hawks will continue to have NBL fans shaking their heads about how you can possibly make accurate predictions this year.

My Tip: Wollongong by 3

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