Game one is done and dusted and both the Sydney Kings and Perth Wildcats have had a decent spell heading into Game two this Friday night in Perth.
The Wildcats will go into the game on their home court with plenty of confidence after their 88-86 point win in Sydney last Sunday.
Having the home court advantage of RAC Arena and taking a 2-0 series lead gives the Wildcats plenty to play for but you can’t write off the Sydney Kings, they’ve dominated all season and surely don’t want the reputation of being chokers when it really matters.
The prospect of travelling over to Perth to take on the Wildcats is a very daunting one for Sydney.
Perth has won six of their last seven matches against Sydney, with the Kings only victory against them this year being a blowout of 104-85 earlier in the season.
RAC Arena is also a fortress and the Wildcats have a 13 – 3 record at the venue.
Another stat of note is that Perth has actually won each of its last nine games at RAC Arena after a win on the road which is another stat that makes for grim reading for the Sydney Kings.
Having said that, the Kings are a proud unit and are stacked with talent.
There’s no doubting with the five-day break it’s given them plenty of time to focus on what they need to improve on and if they can make life for the likes of Perth’s Bryce Cotton difficult they’ll be a good chance to score a major upset.
You would have to be an optimist or a die-hard Sydney Kings fan to back them.
The formline at the venue, the experience the Perth Wildcats have in NBL Grand Final Series (seven series in the past decade) and Bryce Cotton make it very hard to tip against the home team in this one.
For value, take the half time/full time with the Kings to have a solid first half and the Wildcats to storm home with the win infront of their fanatical home crowd – if there is one!
Not to sound like a promo for National Nine News but experience does make the difference.
The Perth Wildcats have been in seven NBL Grand Final series and every finals series for the past 31 years.
They have also won three out of the last four NBL titles.
The NBL finals series has been the Perth Wildcats Invitational for a number of years and I expect it to continue.
The Kings, on the other hand, have not been in a Grand Final since 2008 nor have they won a title since 2005 which was part of their threepeat from 03-05.
Unfortunately, for Sydney, this Wildcats outfit knows what Grand Final Basketball is all about and it’s looking like a season wasted for the NBL’s glamor franchise.