Match Info: Friday 13 March at RAC Arena, 6.30pm local/9:30pm AEDT
The Perth Wildcats drew first blood in the NBL Grand Final series by registering a thrilling 88-86 win over the Sydney Kings in the first match at Qudos Bank Arena on Sunday. They have now gone 1-0 in the best-of-five series and will be eager to extend their lead for the second match of the Grand Final on Friday. What’s more, they will be playing at home this time which gives them a definite edge. Will the Wildcats take a 2-0 lead or will Sydney fight back?
Perth Wildcats Match Form
The Wildcats were trailing for most of the first half in the first match of the Grand Final but then came back strongly to secure a win. Superstar Bryce Cotton lived up to his MVP status and produced a sensational show on the big day – scoring 32 points, including 18 in the first half alone. Cotton averaged 33 points against the Kings this season prior to the final and will be again their biggest thorn in the second game.
Another player who made an impact in the first final was Nick Kay with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Miles Plumlee too was in good touch and added 10 points and 7 boards. With their main players doing so well on the road and with the likes of Terrico White and Clint Steindl waiting in the wings, Perth certainly have a really solid base of match-winners.
The Kings had the chance in the first final to seal the game but lost the key moments. Guards Casper Ware and Shaun Bruce missed the mark at the death and that is where the match slipped away from their hands. Otherwise, the game could easily have gone Sydney’s way the way they had started.
Andrew Bogut showed his class by scoring 18 points in the game. Kevin Lisch too lead from the front with 17 points. However, the biggest disappointment for the Kings was the poor show by their star player Casper Ware who only scored 5 points – his lowest ever score in an NBL game. Even Brad Newley (4 points), Jae’Sean Tate (11 points) and Didi Louzada (9 points), weren’t at their best. For Sydney to do well in the finals, these few players simply must perform.
NBL 2019-20 Grand Final Game 2 – Wildcats vs Kings Basketball Betting Tips
With the second game of the Grand Final series being held at the RAC Arena, the Perth Wildcats will certainly have the home-court advantage which they will utilize to the full.
The Sydney Kings were oddly too defensive in the first final and they would have to rethink that strategy as they would be playing on the road in this game. Another defeat here will make it almost impossible for the Kings to make a comeback in the final series. Thus, they will try to go all out.
However, Perth is truly playing like defending champions and seem to be firing on all cylinders with their best players performing on the big days. Thus, expect another close game but back Perth Wildcats to win the second final.