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NBL Round 18: Preview, Odds and Best Bets

Thu, Feb 8, 2:24am by Staff Writer

The 2017/18 season reaches its penultimate week of the regular season and our top four teams are locked in for finals.

Despite this there is plenty to play for with teams fighting for home court advantage in the post-season and the teams out of playoff contention looking to play spoiler and finish their respective seasons with pride.

For punters there are many games of interest and here are some to consider for round 18:

Melbourne United versus New Zealand Breakers

Ladder leaders Melbourne and second placed New Zealand do battle in a mini NBL finals series with each side hosting another over the weekend.

United host the Breakers at Hisense Arena on Friday night before the two teams cross the Tasman for a return clash at Spark Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Melbourne enter Friday’s clash an overwhelming favourite at $1.36 with the Breakers at $2.87.

On Sunday, New Zealand are the clear $1.53 favourite with United a $2.37 chance.

With the Adelaide 36ers a game and percentage ahead of the Breakers, though having played two games extra, the Breakers will need to win both games to remain ahead of the 36ers.

After winning both legs of their home and away fixture over the Illawarra Hawks last weekend, expect New Zealand to take the game up to Melbourne on Friday night and run them close.

Best Bet: New Zealand Breakers (+5.5) @ $1.87

Brisbane Bullets versus Illawarra Hawks

With the Hawks now out of playoff contention, this fixture sees two non-playoff hopes looking to make a statement in the standalone Thursday night fixture.

This will be the first of two games this weekend for the Bullets who travel to Sydney on Saturday to play the Kings.

The Hawks are priced as favourites entering the clash at $1.66 with the Bullets paying $2.10 for the win.

Expect this game to be entertaining and close. The Bullets defeated the 36ers a couple of rounds ago and are capable of beating the higher ranked sides on the ladder.

This game could see this occur once again and the $2.10 on offer for a Brisbane win looks a nice option.

Best Bet: Brisbane Bullets to win @ $2.10

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