Round 15 Game Preview Brisbane Bullets v JackJumpers
Round 14 – Brisbane Bullets v Tasmania JackJumpers
Wednesday 10 January 7.30pm tip-off
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State of Play
The JackJumpers got back on the winners list with a much needed victory over Cairns at home last week and will look to continue the momentum as they head to Brisbane.
Tasmania brought in big man Tom Vodanovich during the week to replace an injured Majok Deng, and as back up for key bigs Will Magnay and Marcus Lee.
He’ll bring size, toughness and grit to the JackJumpers line up, a team he’s had some feisty battles with during his time with Sydney King and New Zealand.
Brisbane are riding high after an upset win over Sydney Kings on Sunday in which their own new addition, import Casey Prather, showed glimpses of brilliance as the Bullets look to revive their season and make a run for play offs.
Brisbane moved into sixth position at the end of Round 14 with the 101-93 win over Sydney, a first at Qudos Bank Arena since 2017, and there was plenty to like about the performance.
- Tasmania holds a 10-3 record when allowing fewer than 90 points this season.
- Tasmania ranks 1st in the league for offensive rating this season (118.2).
- This season, 36.0% of Brisbane's scoring has come from the bench - highest mark in the league.
- Brisbane ranks 2nd in the league for blocks per game this season (4.2).
Last time we met
HUNGRY JACK'S NBL ROUND 6
TASMANIA JACKJUMPERS 87 (Doyle 24, McVeigh 13, Crawford 11)
BRISBANE BULLETS 85 (Harrison 20, Sobey 18, Smith 10, Norton 10)
Tasmania has broke its Launceston hoodoo in a frantic final quarter win over Brisbane.
The Tasmania JackJumpers snapped the Brisbane Bullets' three-game winning streak with a nail-biting 87-85 win on the back of a rejuvenated Milton Doyle.
After a quiet few games and just seven points against the same opposition last-start, import Doyle top-scored with 24 points as Tasmania bounced back from two-straight defeats for the Round 6 win.
SRT Logistics Coaches’ take
Assistant Coach Jack Fleming on Brisbane “their size has been a factor and they had a big win against Sydney. So it'll be a physical battle, and cool battle. We're looking forward to the challenge. We think we're playing good basketball at the moment and improving, so it'd be a good test for us”.
Ins & outs
Tasmania JackJumpers: IN: Tom Vodanovich comes into the team after being contracted for the remaindr of NBL24, Majok Deng will miss with an ankle injury
Brisbane Bullets: tbc
Opponents on the Radar
Captain Nathan Sobey put up another 27 points while the championship experience of Mitch Norton and Sam McDaniel shone through in last week’s win.