Match Info: Sunday 15 March at Qudos Bank Arena, 5:00pm AEDT
The Sydney Kings fought back and showed why they were the No.1 team in the NBL 2019-20 season after winning the Second Final against Perth Wildcats at the RAC Arena. The Kings had lost the first final of the best of five series but came back strongly to register a superb 97-83 win against their arch rivals in the second one.
Incidentally, this was Sydney’s first final win in Perth in 17 years and couldn’t have come at a better time. The Grand Final Series is now level at 1-1 and things will now move back to the Qudos Bank Arena for game three.
The depth in the Sydney King’s squad shone through in the second match of the Grand Finals. Jae’sean Tate roared back to form after an average outing in the last match by scoring 20 points. Andrew Bogut dominated the centre battle with Miles Plumlee and came out on tops, scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Captain Kevin Lisch led from the front as well by netting 19 points.
Thus, the depth of Sydney’s bench came out with flying colors as their standout performers delivered and this is what they will be depending on in the third final. With Brad Newley, Casper Ware and Didi Louzada having a soft day by their standards, the Kings can expect them to strike back hard in the next match.
It was a weird game for the Perth Wildcats as they couldn’t take advantage of their home court and fell quite short of the standards they had set in the first final.
The good thing was that their star player Bryce Cotton top-scored with a terrific 27 points. He was ably supported by Nicholas Kay, who clinched 17 points. However, they were almost like lone warriors in the match. The likes of Terrico White, Miles Plumlee and Mitchell Norton under-performed. Perth will hope that their star players do not have another off day as that might cost them the finals.
Sydney Kings vs Perth Wildcat NBL Betting Tips
The Sydney Kings will now be roaring with confidence after having secured a thumping win to level the Grand Final series. The fact that they did this on the road is even more commendable. The Kings will be back in their den at the Qudos Bank Arena to face-off once against Perth for a third bout. However, they won’t have any crowd support to push them as the Grand Final Series have now been closed to the general public owing to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
Regardless, we should have a thrilling contest on our hands. Both teams have won one game each now in the finals. Perth still has the overall edge against the Kings as they have won 4 of the 6 clashes the two teams have had so far in this season.
That being said, the Kings have been more consistent overall and have an amazing depth in their squad that regularly delivers. Perth, as was seen in the second final, tends to rely on individual stars more often than not. Thus, expect a close game but back the Sydney Kings to win the third game of the Grand Final Series.