The Adelaide 36ers will look for their first win of the season when they host the Brisbane Bullets on Saturday in the NBL.
In their first game of the season, Adelaide faced the Sydney Kings. The 36ers had a disastrous first quarter as the Kings outscored them 30-14. Sydney did not let go of that lead and recorded a 102-80 win in the end. Four players performed well for Adelaide, but the others failed to put up any numbers. Daniel Johnson had 26 points and 6 rebounds as he top-scored for Adelaide. He has been at the franchise since 2015 and has been voted into the All-NBL First Team three times.
Jerome Randle scored 16 points, and each of Ramone Moore and Anthony Drmic added 10. The other seven players who featured for Adelaide combined to score 18 points between them. Coach Joey Wright will want more from the supporting cast in his side. Wright has been a part of the 36ers since 2013. In that time Adelaide have reached two finals and two semi-finals. However, the NBL title has always eluded them.
Their last title came in 2002 when they beat the West Sydney Razorbacks in the final. Adelaide finished 5th in the regular season last time and failed to qualify for the playoffs. The margin was tight, and they will hope to end on the right side this time. Adelaide shot just 44.7% from the field in their first game. Their field goal percentage will be one of the main things they will have to improve.
The 36ers have played just one game so far, but the Bullets have featured in three. In that time they have claimed two wins. The first of those was against the Hawks in the opening game as the Bullets won 90-81. Lamar Patterson had a strong game with 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. Five players were in double figures for Brisbane against Illawarra.
Brisbane followed that win with another against the Cairns Taipans. Nathan Sobey had 21 points and 7 assists to lead the Bullets to a 90-74 win. It was a great team performance as numerous players had telling contributions. They were great defensively as well and limited Cairns to just 74 points on the night. Brisbane shot an impressive 64.1% from the field against Cairns.
In their last game, the Bullets played the South Eastern Melbourne Phoenix. John Roberson scored 30 points for the Phoenix as they claimed a 113-93 win. A strong fourth quarter for the Phoenix was enough to close out the win. Lamar Patterson scored 30 himself for the Bullets, but it proved to be in vain. Sobey added 15 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds.
Adelaide 36ers vs Brisbane Bullets Betting Tips
Despite losing their last game, the Bullets will be the favorite to get the win over the 36ers. Their offence has looked great, and the likes pf Patterson and Sobey should guide them to the win. The margin of the win should be more than 10 points, and Adelaide’s misery will continue.