NBL Round 2: Cairns Taipans v Adelaide 36ers

TWO teams who thrilled their way to a 2-0 start will kick of Round 2 of the NBL season.

Cairns have seemingly elevated their game once more under Aaron Fearne whose up-tempo, transition basketball caused havoc for the Breakers defence last Sunday.

If it’s one thing the Taipans were guilty of last week it was their inability to secure the boards on both ends of the court – something Adelaide could thrive with in the open court.

Cairns will look to catch fire from beyond the arc, and if it falls they’ll be hard to stop offensively given their ability drive to the basket and draw fouls while also forcing the 36ers to respect their outside game and not collapse the paint.

However, if the shots aren’t falling the long rebounds will allow the 36ers the chance to get out on the fastbreak and find some easy points in transition.

Given the team is already without Nate Jawai we could see Adelaide cashing in on the offensive glass as well as breaking out in transition on the defensive end.

That won’t change how Fearne will want his team to play and his message to his players is to continue to forcing the issue and maintaining pressure on the scoreboard.

“You’ve got to get to the foul line, you’ve got to keep the scoreboard ticking over from the foul line”.

That’s a direct quote from the Taipans manager in the lead-up to this game and if that’s not evidence of a team intent on playing an up-tempo band of basketball we’re not sure what is.

Meanwhile, Adelaide will be more than happy to follow suite given their ability to score in abundance early in the season.

They’re currently averaging 101 points per game after their opening two games, which is a testament to how well this offence has clicked to start the year. They’ve demonstrated an ability to get to the basket at ease and have shot more free throws (61) than any team so far this season.

Free points at the line are always a gift for the Overs and we expect the referee’s whistle to be blowing throughout this one as both sides come out aggressive on offence and try to force turnovers on the defensive side of the ball.

Our projections have this one going Over the points total 67% of the time, despite it being a high total. Week 1 was all about the Overs and we expect that trend to continue tonight.

Tip: Over 176.5 points @ $1.90


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