Friday 4 January – 7:30PM (local time)
Adelaide Arena, Adelaide
All-time record: 59 games played overall, 36ers 32 wins, Crocodiles 27 wins
At Adelaide: 30 games played, 36ers 20 wins, Crocodiles 10 wins
This season: Townsville defeated Adelaide 75-73 at Townsville in Round 9
Townsville defeated Adelaide 80-75 at Adelaide in Round 11
Townsville defeated Adelaide 86-82 at Townsville in Round 12
- Adelaide’s run of narrow defeats continues, losing their past six games by a grand total of 25 points. That’s an average margin of just 4.2 points.
- Luke Schenscher produced his best performance of the season last start at Adelaide Arena, recording season-highs in points (25) and rebounds (16).
- NBL All-Star Three-Point Champion Stephen Weigh will be hoping to improve on his outside shooting against the Crocs this season, hitting 5-of-16 (31.3%) in three games, which is well short of season average (43.8%).
- Crocs star Gary Ervin has enjoyed his match-ups with the 36ers this season, averaging 22 points in the three outings this season.
- Townsville have won their past four consecutive games, accounting for Adelaide in three of the four victories.
- The Crocs are the league’s lowest ranked defence, conceding 82.4 points per game.
Townsville have enjoyed their recent match-ups against Adelaide, winning seven of their past nine encounters.
Cairns Taipans vs Perth Wildcats
Saturday 5 Jan – 7:30 PM (local time)
Cairns Convention Centre, Sydney
All-time record: 43 games played overall, Wildcats 22 wins, Taipans 21 wins
At Cairns: 22 games played, Taipans 13 wins, Wildcats 9 wins
This season: This is the first meeting
- This will be the first meeting between the two sides this season, with this fixture tipping off the first of four games before the end of the regular season.
- NBL All-Star Cameron Tragardh is enjoying a career-season, setting new highs in points (13.5), field goal percentage (48.1%) and rebounds (6.1).
- The Taipans are the second lowest scoring team in the NBL, averaging 73.2 points per game – ahead of Townsville.
- This will be the Wildcats 10th road game of the season – the most played by any NBL club this season to date.
- Perth are coming off one of their best shooting performances of the season in their 95-61 win over Sydney, shooting at 47.2% from the field – including 43% from three point land – and 80% from the free throw line.
- Rebounding has been a strength for the Wildcats this season, leading the NBL at 38.5 per game.
When Perth win they tend to win big, posting 10+ point margins in seven of their nine wins in the 2012/13 NBL Championship season.
Sydney Kings vs Adelaide 36ers
Saturday 5 January - 7:30 PM (local time)
Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney
All-time record: 63 games played overall, 36ers 35 wins, Kings 28 wins
At Sydney: 30 games played, Kings 17 wins, 36ers 13 wins
This season: Adelaide defeated Sydney 88-81 at Sydney in Round 5
Sydney defeated Adelaide 88-85 at Adelaide in Round 9
- The Kings had their three-game winning streak comprehensively snapped by the Breakers in Round 12, struggling from beyond the arc (1-of-15 at 6.7%).
- Sydney are one of only three teams to have an away record above .500 along with league-leading New Zealand and Perth.
- The Kings have won six of their past eight games against the 36ers.
- Led by Adam Gibson (4.9 per game) the 36ers are leading the league in assists, averaging 16.5 dimes.
- Despite losing their past six games the 36ers have improved their offensive output, averaging 77.7 points per game compared to their 73.9 through the opening eight games of the season.
- Three point shooting has not been an issue for Adelaide against Sydney this season, hitting 18-of-35 from beyond the arc at above 50%.
Sydney and Adelaide are among the two best shooting teams in the NBL, with the 36ers 2nd (42.7%) and the Kings 3rd (42.5%) from the field this season.
Wollongong Hawks vs New Zealand Breakers
Saturday January 5 - 7:30 PM (local time)
WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong
All-time record: 30 games played overall, Hawks 19 wins, Breakers 11 wins
At Wollongong: 15 games played, Hawks 12 wins, Breakers 3 wins
This season: This is the first meeting
- The Hawks have amassed more the fewest number of rebounds in the NBL (422) at an average of 32.5 per game (#2 lowest in NBL behind Townsville).
- Led by veteran sharp-shooter Oscar Foreman, Wollongong have established themselves as the premier three point shooting team in the NBL this season, converting at 34.5% from beyond the arc.
- Only Townsville (332) has attempted more three point shots than the Hawks (299).
- The Breakers have the best road record in the NBL, winning five of their seven games away from New Zealand (.714 winning percentage).
- Cedric Jackson has commitments a league-high 44 turnovers, but is more than making up for it in steals (35 - #1 in NBL) and assists (105 - #1 in NBL).
- New Zealand’s 2nd ranked defence (70.2 points per game) will take on the league’s #1 ranked defence (69.3) in Wollongong.
Wollongong have established themselves as a team that takes care of the ball, averaging 10.8 turnovers per game (lowest in NBL) compared with the league-leading Breakers who average 14.5 turnovers (#2 in NBL).
Melbourne Tigers vs Sydney Kings
Sunday 6 January - 2:00 PM (local time)
State Hockey & Netball Centre, Melbourne
All-time record: 81 games played overall, Tigers 37 wins, Kings 44 wins
At Melbourne: 39 games played, Tigers 17 wins, Kings 21 wins
This season: Sydney defeated Melbourne 85-82 at Sydney in Round 2
Sydney defeated Melbourne 72-67 at Melbourne in Round 7
- Melbourne recorded their first road win of the season on New Year’s Eve, ending Wollongong’s undefeated home run at the same time.
- The Tigers have struggled this season from beyond the arc, shooting a league-low 29.7% from three point territory.
- In their two previous meetings this season the Tigers have recorded 34 turnovers to the Kings 17.
- The fast hands of the Sydney defenders has seen them amass 20 steals to just 6 in their two outings against the Tigers in season 2012/13.
- The 34-point loss to Perth in Round 12 was the worst of the season for the Kings.
- Prior to last week’s loss the Kings had averaged 74.4 points in their past five games.
A win for the Tigers will see them record consecutive wins for just the second time this season.