Tue, Oct 16, 11:47am by Staff Writer
Round two of the 2018-19 NBL season is headlined by a Grand Final rematch between Melbourne United and the Adelaide 36ers on Sunday afternoon.
Adelaide 36ers versus Sydney Kings
Friday, 19 October 2018 at 7:50pm (AEDST) at Titanium Securities Arena, Adelaide
The Adelaide 36ers had a mixed start to their first week of their new campaign. A first start loss to the Perth Wildcats was followed up by a surprising upset win at Sydney just two days later.
The 36ers start their round two game against the Kings as slight home favourites at $1.86.
There is plenty of hype surrounding the Sydney Kings, who are the current NBL Championship favourites.
They are $1.94 to win this match after losing to Adelaide last weekend as $1.35 favourites.
They much anticipated debut of former NBA number one draft pick and Australian Boomer Andrew Bogut took place last weekend.
Bogut took nine shots but connected on only two of them, while taking down 14 rebounds.
He was highly effective on the glass in the first quarter but faded as the game went on.
Adelaide held sway for much of the first quarter last weekend and expect them to come out strong on Friday night just as they did in both of their matches in round one.
The Kings faded late in the match, giving up an 18-2 run to lose 94-83.
Balanced scoring is how the 36ers got the better of Sydney and they will need more of the same on Friday nigh. Four starters finished in double figures in an efficient shooting display.
Jerome Randle is one of the MVP favourites, with the Kings point guard amassing 28 points last weekend.
In what is essentially a pick ‘em game, we are siding with the home team to get the job done.
Best bet- Adelaide 36ers to win at $1.86
New Zealand Breakers versus Sydney Kings
Sunday, 21 October 2018 at 12:20pm (AEDST) at Spark Arena, Auckland
The New Zealand Breakers suffered a shock first up loss to the Brisbane Bullets in round one before redeeming themselves against Melbourne United on Sunday.
New Zealand start as $2.25 underdogs to beat the Sydney Kings who are paying $1.65 for their match on Sunday afternoon.
As we predicted in our preview last week, the Breakers were challenged by returning from Phoenix and a match against the Phoenix Suns in the NBL x NBA pre season event.
A heavy travel load was sure to count against them and despite starting the game well, they lost the subsequent three quarters to a polished Bullets team.
The Kings struggles in week one were well documented and how they find themselves such short priced road favourites is a mystery.
They lost three of their four matches against the Breakers last season, but did win their most recent encounter 101-86 in February.
We are backing the Breakers in their only game of the weekend to record a big win. These odds should be flipped and there is some great value on offer by taking New Zealand.
Best bet- New Zealand Breakers to win at $2.25
Melbourne United versus Adelaide 36ers
Sunday, 21 October 2018 at 2:50pm (AEDST) at Melbourne Arena, Melbourne
A rematch of the 2017-18 NBL Championship series takes place on Sunday afternoon in Melbourne when the reigning champions host the Adelaide 36ers.
It was a tough first week for United, who had to return from Toronto after playing two NBL x NBA preseason games and beat Illawarra 123-122 in a quadruple overtime thriller in the Sand Pit.
The match broke all sorts of NBL records, including being the first 4OT game since 1995 and the first 4OT game in the opening round of the season.
United is priced at $1.48 to beat the 36ers on Sunday and will benefit from a full week off after a hectic schedule so far.
The 36ers are $2.67 underdogs, largely due to this being their fourth game of the season, while United have had a seven day layoff.
The effects of that 4OT match were on display against New Zealand on Sunday, as the Breakers looked the more energised team at Melbourne Arena.
United has struggled defensively this season and the 36ers offence will ask them plenty of questions, but Melbourne should be able to sneak over the line.
Best bet- Melbourne United Big Win Little Win 1-10 at $2.70
NBL Round 2 Odds
Adelaide 36ers $1.94 v Sydney Kings $1.86
Perth Wildcats $1.26 v Brisbane Bullets $3.90
New Zealand Breakers $2.25 v Sydney Kings $1.65
Melbourne United $1.48 v Adelaide 36ers $2.67
Cairns Taipans $1.56 v Illawarra Hawks $2.44
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