Bas­ket­ball

Weekend Herald - - WHAT’S ON -

NBA, Thurs­day 1pm/ 3pm. ANBL, Thurs­day 7.30pm.

Bas­ket­ball is the sec­ond- big­gest sport in the world — af­ter foot­ball — and its most­watched cham­pi­onship is about to tip off for its 72nd sea­son. The NBA is back on the floor this week, as 30 teams set out on their 82- game reg­u­lar sea­son which runs un­til April 11 fol­lowed by the play­offs from April 14 to May 28 and the fi­nals from late May to mid- June. An ex­tra week has been added to the reg­u­lar sea­son this time, which will end the need for teams, for the first time in its long his­tory, to play four games in five days. Four NBA ex­perts all have Golden State as re­peat win­ners and again beat­ing the Cavs in the fi­nal. Kiwi in­ter­est again fo­cuses on Ok­la­homa City with Steven Adams again along­side Rus­sell West­brook, and with Carmelo An­thony and Paul Ge­orge adding to their stocks. They are seen as a team ca­pa­ble of win­ning 50- plus games with­out threat­en­ing to make it to the big stage. Af­ter play­ing the Syd­ney Kings at home last night, the Break­ers are back at Spark Arena on Thurs­day to face them again and look­ing for bet­ter than they man­aged in their sea­son- open­ing home game against the Snakes.

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