Coach Rob Beveridge believes his Perth Wildcats have one distinct advantage over Adelaide going into Sunday’s game at Adelaide Arena.
The bulk of the Wildcats squad has been together for the past three years, while the Sixers turned over half their roster over the most recent off-season.
According to Beveridge, having a new group in place leaves the Sixers open hot and cold patches.
Adelaide’s 3-2 record after five weeks of the season suggests they have been inconsistent.
But Beveridge knows just how hot the Sixers can be on their night.
“Talent-wise they’re a top three team,” Beveridge said.
“They’ve got all the bases covered. They’ve got point-guards, they’ve got toughness, they’ve got bigs. They’ve got everything there.
“But right now the advantage for us is that we have been together for a while.
“They’ve got five new players in their team and they still don’t know who they are or what their true identity is yet.
“They’re a hot and cold team and they can definitely be hot.”
The Wildcats suffered their first defeat of the season in a heavy 33-point defeat at the hands of Wollongong in round five.
Beveridge expects that to provide motivation for his team, which will be seeking redemption this week.
“Last was great for us to have our arses kicked. We did not follow our system of play and when we do, we’re great,” Beveridge said.
“This is our fourth year together as a group and that was totally unacceptable last weekend.
“What we’ve been talking about is our game style and what we do. I’m not overly worried about what they do.
“It’s about us. We’ve got to get back to running the floor, playing pressure defence, challenge shots and all of those things that we’re good at.”
The Wildcats trained with a full group at the WA Basketball Centre this morning and will travel to Adelaide tomorrow.
Reigning league MVP Kevin Lisch had a day off earlier in the week and is battling soreness but is in no doubt to play against the Sixers.