The Townsville Crocs are currently at the top of the bottom half of the table, but that’s unlikely to stop Thursday’s clash at Vector Arena being huge.
Head Coach, Andrej Lemanis, has already said that the 2011/12 season is the closest competition the NBL has seen for a long time and that’s been shown with the Breakers being downed by the Wollongong Hawks (currently in 8th) and the Cairns Taipans (currently in 4th) in the past two rounds. With these two losses, the Breakers have gone from being equal top of the table to third, behind the Perth Wildcats and Melbourne Tigers.
The close competition is not the only reason that the Breakers are probably not going to be able to walk through the game either. They are playing at Vector Arena, a court they’ve only played on once. Sure, when they played the Sydney Kings there it turned out to be a bit of a blowout, but even that game wasn’t a walk in the park for them.
In terms of the last five for both teams, the Breakers are on a WWWLL, with the Crocs on a WLWWL. Both teams are on a losing streak. Both teams have lost two of their last five. The problem is the Breakers are on a losing streak with two losses against teams lower on the table than them, with the Crocs having only lost one game against a team above them on the table. That could be a psychological blow to the team.
I still think the Breakers will manage to break (pun intended) their losing streak. On NBL tipping, I’ve said by ten, but I really don’t think it will be any more than that.