• Adelaide 36ers centre Isaac Humphries (AAP)Source: AAP
A match between two finals hopefuls that shapes as an important marker for the rest of the season, as it's also both teams first of the NBL Cup!

Watch the Sydney Kings play the Adelaide 36ers from 5.30pm AEDT on Sunday on SBS VICELAND and SBS On Demand. 

The last time

Sydney 94 beat Adelaide 75

The Kings hadn't been in good form heading into their match against the 36ers, but unveiled a new defensive approach which completely nullified Adelaide’s interior game, then executed superbly at the offensive end for a dominant win.

This time

Kings' star import Jarell Martin is expected to be sidelined for up to a month. It will force another change in the way the Kings play at both ends, but expect their guards to be up-and-in to test out Adelaide’s lack of backcourt depth, and the likes of Didi Louzada, Brad Newley and DJ Vasiljevic to attack in the open floor, after they failed to capitalise in that area against the Hawks.

The 36ers bounced back from that defeat by destroying the Bullets in Brisbane, but two nights later their roller-coaster season continued as Nathan Sobey and co. repaid the favour in Adelaide. While it’s still early in the season, a pattern is emerging with the 36ers’ inability to solve the puzzle when opponents adjust in the rematch, especially when it comes to getting Isaac Humphries good looks close to the basket.

The stats

- In the first game of their four back-to-backs, the 36ers have averaged 50 points in the paint on 55 per cent shooting from two-point range. In the return games, those numbers are 35.5 and 46 per cent

- Adelaide outscored the Kings 67-50 from two-pointers and free throws in the first meeting, but lost that count 48-52 in the rematch, accounting for 21 of the 24-point turnaround

- Sydney have launched 65 three-pointers in two games against the Sixers, accounting for 47 per cent of their field-goal attempts

- The Kings lead opponents 74-27 on fast break points this season

The key men

Isaac Humphries – In Adelaide, ‘L’ stands for both a loss and a lack of shots for Humphries, and they generally coincide. In defeat, big Ice is taking just 8.3 field-goal attempts and scoring 11 points per game. In wins those numbers skyrocket to 15 shots and 22ppg. Interestingly, there is no such discrepancy for Daniel Johnson, who averages 20.6 and 21.8 points in Ws and Ls, and his perimeter passing game could be the key to finding Humphries looks when the offence is bogged down.

Shaun Bruce – Coach Adam Forde has lifted some of Casper Ware’s workload and put it in the capable hands of Bruce, who has dished out 21 assists in the past three games – with just 7 turnovers – to help deliver two crucial wins and almost pip the hot Hawks. Bruce’s aggression on both sides of the ball will be crucial in unsettling the classy Josh Giddey, disrupting Adelaide’s offence and getting his teammates open-floor scoring opportunities, where they are arguably the best in the league.

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