The Best of the Day preview takes it to the rim with NBL tips for a mouth-watering duel between Sydney Kings and Perth Wildcats.
19:30 (AEST) @ Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
History: Played 44: Wildcats 35 V Kings 9
Last meeting: April 1, 2021: Wildcats 95 d Kings 89 at RAC Arena
Final thoughts: The Best of the Day preview breaks down an NBL top-four showdown as last season’s Grand Finalists square off for the fourth time this season.
The Wildcats boast a dominant 35-9 all-time record against the Kings and have won eight of the teams’ last nine games.
All three encounters so far this season have gone the way of the Wildcats. They prevailed 113-106 during the NBL Cup in February and 89-65 in Sydney in late-March, before recording a 95-89 victory over the Kings in Perth last week.
Bryce Cotton (22 pts, 6 ast) and John Mooney (20 pts, 11 reb) were dominant as the defending champs overturned a three-quarter time deficit. Casper Ware (27 pts, 6 reb, 4 ast) and Jarrell Martin (25 pts, 11 reb) shone in a losing Kings effort.
The result extended the NBL-leading, 14-4 Wildcats’ winning streak to eight games.
Reigning MVP Cotton is averaging 25.6 points and 6 assists a night. Mooney is putting up 17.2 points and 12.2 rebounds on average.
John Mooney is in his first pro season, but, as an import, isn’t eligible for the NBL’s Rookie of the Year award. I asked him about it for @ESPNAusNZ. “I don’t care, man… I’m a team-first guy, and I’m trying to do everything I can to help the team win.”https://t.co/D8DNMts836
— Olgun Uluc (@OlgunUluc) March 31, 2021
The 10-10 Kings are fourth on the NBL ladder, winning four of their last six.
They swamped the Bullets 90-71 just two days after the aforementioned defeat in Perth.
— Craig Moller (@CraigyMoller_9) April 3, 2021
Sydney are a gritty side and have pushed Perth in their last couple of meetings. But the Wildcats always seem to find an extra gear. With Cotton and Mooney so dominant, the WA outfit are good Best of the Day value to extend their winning streak to nine.