Thu, Dec 28, 12:07pm by Staff Writer
The New Zealand Breakers got back in the winners circle last weekend with a win over the Sydney Kings by three points.
Melbourne United notched up their fourth consecutive victory on Tuesday night with a 69-68 win against the Brisbane Bullets, following up their eight point win over the 36ers on Friday night.
The Illawarra Hawks earned a much needed victory against the Perth Wildcats on Saturday night, victorious by 12 points despite trailing by that margin after a quarter.
Cairns notched a vital road win, defeating a poor 36ers team by 21 points on Christmas Eve
Adelaide 36ers versus New Zealand Breakers
Friday, 29 December 2017 at 7.40pm AEDST
The Adelaide 36ers went to Auckland a fortnight ago and staged a tremendous comeback to defeat the Breakers by 17 points.
Things can change quickly in the NBL and back-to-back losses by 36ers has undone some of the good work they accomplished by beating the Breakers in their recent home-and-home series.
In the final meeting between the two sides this season, the 36ers (8-8) will be desperate to win the season series between the two, leading 2-1 in the head-to-head this season.
The Breakers weren’t smooth in their 98-95 win against the Kings, but showed enough signs that their offense was being to find its groove after a poor fortnight.
New Zealand will have adjusted defensively to what Adelaide brought in their most recent match ups.
We expect the Breakers to approach this game with a point to prove, against a 36ers team coming off a poor week.
Best bet- New Zealand Breakers to win at $2.39 at Sportsbet.
Sydney Kings versus Melbourne United
Saturday, 30 December 2017 at 5.40pm AEDST
The Sydney Kings (5-13) are astonishingly just four wins out of the top four, but with over half the sason played, it is now or never for the Kings.
They face a Melbourne United team who are in the best form they have displayed all season, despite being without star Casey Prather.
United came back from 14 points down in the second half on Tuesday night against the Bullets to hold on for a one point win.
After losing a heartbreaker to the Breakers on Thursday, the Kings bounced back with a tremendous win against the Brisbane Bullets.
Chris Goulding has stepped up his play since Prather’s injury and it is hard to imagine which Kings player has the ability to guard him on the offensive end.
Despite their improved recent form, we are siding with United to make it five wins in a row and cement their position in the top four.
Best bet- Melbourne United to cover -3.5 point handicap at $1.94 at Sportsbet
Cairns Taipans versus Perth Wildcats
Sunday, 31 December 2017 at 7pm AEDST
A New Years Eve showdown between the Taipans and the Wildcats will be the final NBL game of 2017, with the Taipans already defeating the Cats at the Snake Pit earlier this season.
On that occasion it was Cairns’ stifling defence which was the difference, something which troubled the Wildcats in their most recent loss to the Illawarra Hawks
Perth are far from unbeatable at the moment, with recent losses to the Bullets and Hawks.
A trip to Cairns where the Taipans earn the majority of their wins will be tough for the Wildcats, but they will be rested coming into this match on an eight-day break.
Cairns have won 12 of their past 17 games at home, with Perth saluting in nine of their past 15 road games.
The home team has won seven of the past eight games played between these two teams, so we are backing the home team again in this one.
Best bet- Cairns Taipans to win at $1.86 at Sportsbet
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