THE 36ers will look to maintain their hot streak by avenging their opening round loss the Melbourne last week.
United managed to withstand an up-tempo, high-pressing style from Adelaide to clinch victory.
Adelaide haven’t slowed up at all since then, with Joey Wright’s men averaging a whopping 99.3 points per game while shooting 54% from the field.
Melbourne showed how well they can do on the defensive end when they held OKC to just 86 points on 35% shooting, but it will be a different test entirely trying to slow down the 36ers.
Despite comfortably sailing Over the points total last time out there were signs that United could slow this Adelaide offence – particularly in the half court.
Adelaide’s defence is dependant on scoring in transition, with the team clearly not the same on defensive sets the forced to transition back off a missed basket.
United coach Dean Vickerman is all too aware of this and understands the need to force the game to be played in the half court, meaning advantage Melbourne.
Two road games in Adelaide to start the year is tough but this will be a true testament to either sides title credentials if they come away with a result here.
While it’s tough to go against Adelaide’s speed and offensive arsenal at the moment we do have a good lean on the Unders given the high total.
Melbourne’s offence is as good as anyone in the league but the emphasis here will be on slowing down the tempo and using up the shot clock to create a good look.
Expect Vickerman and his side to avoid the trap they fell into first time around and use the confidence from their heroic efforts in the U.S to force the game to be played their way.
We’re projecting this one to go Under the total 71% of the time and have a good lean on the number falling 8-10 points under.
Tip: Under 182.5 points @ $1.88 (1.5 units)