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Adelaide 36ers vs Sydney Kings
NBL Round 7 Adelaide 36ers v Sydney Kings
|Titanium Security Arena. South Australia|
|Adelaide 36ers||Sydney Kings|
Adelaide will face the Sydney Kings in round seven of the NBL season – their third match-up of the year. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 5:30pm (AEDT).
The first two games in this series have both been comfortable wins from Adelaide, with the 36ers cruising to a 30-point win over the Kings in round three. The 36ers currently sit fourth, while the Kings sit at the bottom of the ladder with just two wins from their first nine games.
The Kings have added former MVP Jerome Randle to the mix, who should be free to suit up in his first game of the season against his former club in Adelaide.
The 36ers have their own star import who has spent time with the enemy in Josh Childress.
The way Randle left the 36ers will ensure a frosty reception from the Adelaide faithful.
Both teams will be looking to rebound from a loss last week with Adelaide going down by 9 points to the Illawarra Hawks and the Kings no match for Melbourne United, going down by 18.
The Kings cannot improve their standings with a win in this game, sitting two games behind Cairns. However, for the 36ers a win will keep them even with Melbourne United but, with a loss, there’s a potential drop as far down as seventh if the teams below all get wins.
The new imports from both teams will be the ones to watch.
Josh Childress is well and truly a seasoned veteran now and will not be expected to have the sort of impact he was tasked with in Sydney. He is a wildcard for this Adelaide team now, and will want to put on a show against his former squad.
Jerome Randle will have a lot to play for individually against a hostile crowd. In his return to the NBL, he will look to continue on his former MVP form and lead the Kings from the front.
Sydney’s other import Jeremy Tyler played his first game last week and that little bit of exposure will help him get ready for a tough task against the 36ers.
The difference in talent may have closed up a bit, however, the 36ers in front of their home crowd will be tough to beat. Add to the mix that the 36ers don’t want to lose footing in the top four race and it’s their match to lose.
Adelaide 36ers by 10.