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Jake Michaels, ESPN Assistant Editor 9d

Russell Westbrook isn't expecting much from Melbourne Utd

Oklahoma City superstar Russell Westbrook says he 'ain't expecting s---' ahead of his side's preseason friendly against Melbourne United.

The Thunder point guard doesn't expect his squad to be challenged by the NBL team and even joked that he rated New Zealand basketball ahead of Australia.

"I'm with Steve [Adams]. I'm team New Zealand, just so you know," Westbrook said ahead of the clash.

Teammate Steven Adams, who plays as a centre for the Thunder, was a little more conservative. The 24-year-old expects a tough and physical encounter but is hoping he can make the most of the opportunity and beat up on some Australians.

"It's always a bit nitty gritty but it's good fun," Adams said. "I was trying to explain to the boys and trying to rally up the troops. I told them the history [between Australia and New Zealand].

"I'm going to focus on what we have to do here but I'd like to [beat up on them], we'll see how we go here."

The United squad left Australia on Saturday and will have less than 24 hours after landing in Salt Lake City to prepare for Sunday's match. While it's not tipped to be the most competitive contest, the match is part of a three-game series that pits NBA and NBL teams against each other.

Last week, the Sydney Kings travelled to the United States for a match against the Utah Jazz, with the NBA side claiming the honours 108-83.

The Brisbane Bullets will also make the journey next week for a clash against the Phoenix Suns.

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