A weekly stats update from around the iiNet NBL Championship.
New Zealand Breakers vs Adelaide 36ers
All-time record: 33 games played overall, Breakers 21 wins, 36ers 12 wins
At New Zealand: 16 games played, Breakers 12 wins, 36ers 4 wins
This season: New Zealand defeated Adelaide 73-59 at New Zealand in Round 2
New Zealand defeated Adelaide 71-66 at Adelaide in Round 12
New Zealand defeated Adelaide 84-66 at Adelaide in Round 15
- The Breakers have won all three games against Adelaide this season by an average margin of 12.3 points.
- New Zealand has put a high price on protecting the ball against the 36ers, averaging just 9.7 turnovers per game – down on their season mark of 13.1.
- The Breakers have the equal-best home record in the competition alongside Perth, with 10 wins and just one defeat.
- The 36ers have struggled from the field against the Breakers, shooting at 38% and 30.8% from three-point territory - well down on their season efforts of 42.3% and 31.9%.
- Adelaide’s two-game winning streak coincides with a reduction in turnovers to 10.5 per game - down more than three per game from their season mark (13.6).
- However, turnovers have been an issue against New Zealand with 52 committed in their three meetings this season.
In their three meetings this season the Breakers have looked to Cedric Jackson to run the show and he has responded, averaging 14.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 6.7 assists against the 36ers this season.
Cairns Taipans vs Perth Wildcats
All-time record: 45 games played overall, Wildcats 25 wins, Taipans 20 wins
At Cairns: 23 games played, Wildcats 10 wins, Taipans 13 wins
This season: Perth defeated Cairns 85-66 at Cairns in Round 13
Perth defeated Cairns 86-64 at Perth in Round 15
- Turnovers have been a major issue all season for the Taipans, averaging 14 per game - ranked second in the NBL.
- This has been magnified against the Wildcats, posting 46 turnovers in their two games this season, resulting in two heavy defeats.
- Cairns have won two of their past three games despite averaging four points less a game than their average this season of 75.3.
- Perth has enjoyed their match-ups with Cairns this season, hitting 65-of-146 from the field at 44.5% - up on their season mark of 41%, which is the second-lowest in the NBL.
- Shawn Redhage was at his best in Round 20 for the Wildcats, scoring 40 points in the wins over Melbourne and Sydney.
- Even the Wildcats normally below average three-point shooting improves against the Taipans, converting at 40% in their two games.
Prior to this season little separated the Wildcats and Taipans, having shared a 6-6 head-to-head record dating back to the 2009/10 NBL season.
Melbourne Tigers vs Wollongong Hawks
All-time record: 79 games played overall, Hawks 34 wins, Tigers 45 wins
This season: Wollongong defeated Melbourne 74-66 at Melbourne in Round 8
Melbourne defeated Wollongong 80-72 at Wollongong in Round 12
Melbourne defeated Wollongong 77-70 at Wollongong in Round 18
- Despite dropping their past two games to Perth, the Tigers have remained in third spot on the NBL ladder and still have two games in hand on their chasing rivals Wollongong and Sydney.
- Against Wollongong the Tigers have kept their opponent to 72 points per game – down on their season average of 76 points.
- Jonny Flynn is averaging 18.3 points and 7.3 assists per game against the Hawks in their three meetings.
- The Hawks haven’t shied away from the three-ball against Melbourne, putting up 26 per game in their three meetings – up on the season average of 22.1.
- They have converted these attempts at 33.3% which is well down on their league-leading 38.9% on the season.
- Despite a slide that has seen the Hawks win just three of their past 15 games they are still protecting the ball better than any other team in the competition, averaging a league-best 11.9 turnovers per game.
After losing their first two games at home, Melbourne have won six of the next nine, bettered only by New Zealand and Perth.
Sydney Kings vs Townsville
Sunday 3 March – 1:00PM (local time)
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TV: TEN & NBL.TV
All-time record: 58 games played overall, Kings 31 wins, Crocs 27 wins
At Sydney: 28 games played, Kings 19 wins, Crocs 9 wins
This season: Sydney defeated Townsville 92-87 at Townsville in Round 4
Townsville defeated Sydney 90-78 at Townsville in Round 17
- The Kings have been shooting lights out against Townsville in their two games, hitting 47.8% - up on the season average of 41%.
- Sydney’s eight-game losing streak has seen their home record drop from 5-3 to 5-7.
- Ben Madgen returned to form in the loss to Perth, dropping 28 points on a season-best 68.8% shooting.
- Three-point shooting has been a massive part of the Crocs game, attempting 545 shots from beyond the arc – second in the NBL.
- Like the Kings, the Crocs have shot well when the two teams meet, hitting 47.3% - above the season mark of 41%
- Townsville have lost their past three by a total of 55 points.
When the Crocs meet the Kings you can be sure of points, with the games between the two averaging 173.5 points per game.