AFTER a one week break for international action the NBL is back for a big week of action.
The Kings now that they can ill-afford to slip up if they’re to give themselves any chance of making the playoffs this season.
The big addition of Jerome Randle has certainly filled the team with a new-found sense of optimism, but that is yet to translate into wins.
Andrew Gaze will be hoping that a week off will help Randle and fellow new import Jeremy Tyler adjust with their new team, but the absence of Jason Cadee and Brad Newley on Boomers duty will have hindered their progress slightly.
Meanwhile, Cairns continue to stay resiliant under the tremendous leadership of Aaron Fearne who will reslish the extra time to have his squad ready for this one.
The Taipans will look to slow the tempo in this one and force the Kings to expend extra energy on defence, while looking use their suffocating defence to force Sydney into tough, contested shots late in the shot clock.
Despite injuries derailing momentum for Cairns so far this season, they’re a game off .500 and have put themselves in great position to make a late playoff push in the back end of the season.
Sydney know they’ll need to make every possession count but the disrutption of having Cadee and Newley away means their offence still won’t be at its best and Cairns certainly have the defence capable of frustrating the Kings in isolation.
It’s a low total – especially given Sydney’s high scoring games – but there’s a strong lean on the Unders for numerous reasons here.
Fearne is arguable the best coach in the league and we’ve seen how well he can prepare his team’s when given the time and opportunity to do so. The 12 days given to him are a gift and we expect the Kings to starts slowly as they work their way back from extra time off.
Our projections show a good lean on the Unders, but we particularly like the first quarter total given the lockdown approach Cairns will bring, coupled with some rusty shooting from both sides.
If Cairns play the clock the way we expect them to this one will be an easy gimmie to finish a strong day at the office.
Tip: 1st Quarter – Under 43.5 points @ $1.90 (Crownbet)