WE look to keep our NBL streak going when the Kings welcome Illawarra in the first local derby of the year.
Sydney once again showed their achilles heel last week in New Zealand on Friday when they showed repeated lasses in defensive concentration to allow the home side to steal the W in OT.
While it’s on overused word in most sports, consistency is what is killing these Kings on both sides of the floor.
While they have the ability to light up the scoreboard they also have a tendency to go missing at times by forcing perimeter jump shots in order to ignite a spark.
The Hawks meanwhile gave up a big lead in Perth on Friday which also relegated them to an 0-2 start on the season.
After starting the game hot in a rematch of last year’s final they were completely stifled in the second half and at times couldn’t buy a basket.
Neither team boasts defence that is as reliable as what they’ve faced in other opponents so far and so this total seems a little too small for our liking.
Illawarra coach Rob Beveridge loves to push an up-tempo style of play and the Kings will be more then willing to work an up-and-down game in transition.
The team is also capable of converting in the half court and if they find their rhythm early from the floor they’ll force the Kings to go shot-for-shot down the stretch.
Our numbers have this one going over 67% of the time and we feel defence will not be what wins either side this match.
Expect a fast-paced game here and if both sides are hitting anywhere near 50% from the field this will be an easy cash.
Tip: Over 176.5 points @ $1.92