THE Wildcats return home looking to avenge Thursday’s loss to NZ and establish themselves as frontrunners for their title.
To say the Breakers have been impressive this season would be a vast understatement on just how good they’ve been.
Their seven game win streak has had blowout wins and buzzer-beaters, but throughout the entire process they’ve remained the patient, organised team that we expect from a team full of Kiwi internationals.
Their half-court style of play forces teams to execute perfectly to remain in the contest and while Perth were near perfect on Thursday night they were beat up on the boards.
Second chance points were the difference make in that one, along with a huge bench advantage to the Breakers, as the home side held a 64-34 advantage in those categories combined.
What is concerning for Perth is that although they did a good job of stifling the home teams starters they were still unable to secure a W on the road.
Returning home will give this team a huge lift and you can be certain that they’ll want to make a statement heading in front of their fans.
Bryce Cotton spent much of Thursday being forced inside against the Breakers bigs, and while he still found ways to make an impact he will no doubt make much more of a nuisance of himself in this one.
The Breakers were in complete control of the tempo on Thursday and while they dominated the second-chance points and had terrific bench production they were still only able to score 88 points.
Our projections have the Breakers scoring 73 points in this one, which give us terrific value on the team total. Trevor Gleeson will certainly have made a point of his side’s need to secure defensive rebounds and that will be key in slowing down the visitors here.
Expect an absolute dogfight out west as Perth try to eek closer to the current league leaders.
Tip: NZ Breakers tt u/79.5 points @ $1.88 (Crownbet)