The two best sides in the NBL will battle it out as they attempt to claim Australian basketball’s greatest prize, when the New Zealand Breakers renew their rivalry against the Perth Wildcats in a decisive three game series.
The Breakers have won of four of the past five titles including two against Perth, but the Wildcats are determined to return the trophy to Australian soil and you won’t miss a minute of the action when watching on a standard or HD TV, or streaming the NBL live to an eligible mobile device using a Free Trial.
New Zealand Breakers v Perth Wildcats Preview
The Perth Wildcats have a retooled roster and enter the Finals having secured their thirtieth consecutive playoff appearance, one of the greatest achievements in professional sports. This will also be the Wildcats fifth Grand Final visit in the past seven years, with two titles and two losses during that time. Both Finals defeats came at the expense of the New Zealand Breakers, so look for the Wildcats to go all out to settle that score.
The New Zealand Breakers have a mini-dynasty of their won, as this will be their fifth Grand Final in the past six years, with three consecutive titles during that span. The Breakers returned to the top last year, and can certainly find confidence in their past Final’s wins against Perth (2011/2013), but this isn’t the same Wildcats team that fell short in those series. Ultimately, this Finals should go no less than three games, and the winner will rightly claim the title of the NBL’s premier team.
Perth Wildcats v NZ Breakers Live TV
Game 1: Wednesday, Mar 2 at 9:30 pm in Perth Arena (GEM/Fox Sports 3)
Game 2: Friday, Mar 4 at 5:30 pm in NESC Auckland (GEM/Fox Sports 3)
Game 3: Sunday, Mar 6 at 5:30 pm in Perth Arena (GEM/Fox Sports 3)
*Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Best of three series, no guarantee that a third game will be held.
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While you can find the NZ Breakers v Perth on Free to Air TV (GEM), Fox Sports 3 will provide the most complete coverage of every National Basketball League game live, in HD, as well as Match Replays often shown later that same day.
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New Zealand Breakers
The Breakers continued their stellar form at home this season with a dominant 88-80 win over the Perth Wildcats. That was their fifth win from as many appearances at on their own court this season. Corey Webster was the main man to steer New Zealand, picking up 28 points along with three assists while Charles Jackson recorded a double double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. They were nearly unbeatable at home this season, and will count on that dominance when they meet in game two.
The Breakers have dominated the Wildcats in head-to-head Finals matches, claiming the championship the past two times they have met (2011/2013) and are the reigning premiers. But this isn’t the same Wildcats team as took the floor during those contests, with the arrival of captain Damian Martin who’s been getting it done on both ends of the court. Martin will receive strong support from Casey Prather in the paint, along with Nathan Jawai and Matthew Knight with the points. The Wildcats also finished second in the regular season, only behind Melbourne United due to losing the season series against them, and along with home court advantage they will rightfully have their share of confidence this time out, and if you’re fortunate you can watch every game of the NBL Grand Final Free to Air in Australia this season.