Sydney Kings vs. Perth Wildcats - 3/20/20 NBL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Perth Wildcats at Sydney Kings
NBL Basketball: Friday, March 20, 2020 at 6:30 am (RAC Arena)
The Line: Perth Wildcats -4 -- Over/Under: 180.5
The Perth Wildcats and Sydney Kings meet Friday in the NBL Grand Final series at the RAC Arena.
The Perth Wildcats look for another victory after taking two of the first three games against Sydney, which includes a 15-point victory in game three. The Perth Wildcats are averaging 90.2 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 86.8 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Bryce Cotton is averaging 22.8 points and four assists while Nicholas Kay is averaging 15.8 points and 7.9 rebounds. Terrico White is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Steindi is grabbing 1.7 rebounds. The Perth Wildcats are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free throw line. The Perth Wildcats are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.5 rebounds per game. The Perth Wildcats have won three of their last four games overall.
The Sydney Kings need a victory here to even up the series and force a deciding game five. The Sydney Kings are averaging 93.3 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 88.9 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Casper Ware is averaging 17.8 points and 3.7 assists while Jae’Sean Tate is averaging 16.8 points and 5.7 rebounds. Brad Newley is the third double-digit scorer and Didi Louzada is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Sydney Kings are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.4 percent from the free throw line. The Sydney Kings are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38 rebounds per game. The Sydney Kings have split their last six games overall.
The Perth Wildcats are rightfully favored in this contest considering they've been the better team for most of the first three games and they're at home. However, it's important to note that there won't be fans in the arena for this contest, as these games have been closed to the general public due to coronavirus. The Perth Wildcats are known for having one of the better home crowds in the NBL, so it's a shame they won't be able to enjoy possible history in person. With all that said, I'm still eating the small number with Perth. The Perth Wildcats have all the momentum on their side, as they're coming off a game three victory where they shot 52 percent from the field and 46 percent from deep, all while stifling Sydney on the defensive end. A chance to close this thing out at home with Cotton, a former Providence star, leading the way, I'll lay the reasonable line with the Wildcats.