Wed, Oct 18, 11:03am by Head Editor
The opening round of NBL season saw several close finishes, but that wasn’t the case last weekend, when just one of the five games ended with a single digit margin on the scoreboard.
One of the blowouts came from Melbourne United, who despite having to travel all the way back from Oklahoma City – where they almost beat the Thunder in the second of three NBA v NBL pre-season fixtures – managed to dispatch of the Adelaide 36ers by 20 points.
With the Brisbane Bullets wrapping up that 3-game series against American competition with a 114-93 loss to the Brisbane Bullets last Saturday, we’re back to a full schedule of eight games this week. Here’s our best bets.
New Zealand Breakers v Sydney Kings
Thursday, 19 October 2017. 5:30pm AEDST at Spark Arena, Auckland.
The Breakers host the Kings for the second time in a week in the opening fixture of the third round.
Last Friday’s contest was the tightest of the round, when the locals hung on to win 87-85, largely thanks to Kirk Penney, who finished with a game-high 25 points.
Kevin Lisch had 17 for the Kings, but he won’t be there this week after the point-guard tore his calf in the club’s first win over the season, against Illawarra on Sunday.
Despite winning just one of their last six away games, the Kings are a $1.85 favourite. We’re not going to touch that though, Lisch is a big loss, we’re taking the Breakers, who we also backed successfully last week.
Best bet: New Zealand Breakers to win at $1.95 (Sportsbet)
Perth Wildcats v Melbourne United
Friday, 20 October 2017. 9:30pm AEDST at Perth Arena
Melbourne cemented their place at the top of the Championship market, with a big win over Adelaide last week, but are set to go in as underdogs in this one, against the reigning champions, Perth.
The Wildcats are $1.65 to win their third game from as many starts this season, while United are $2.25 to keep their unbeaten record intact.
That $1.65 looks good to us considering that the Wildcats have won 11 of their last 15 games at home, and four of their last five against Melbourne.
Keep an eye out for Casey Prather, who returns to Perth for the first time since he left the club to play for Melbourne at the end of last season. The American had just 2-points last week after he went down with a leg injury in the second quarter, but is expected to suit up.
Suggested Bet: Perth Wildcats to win at $1.65 (Sportsbet)
NBL Round 3 Odds
New Zealand Breakers $1.95 v Sydney Kings $1.85
Brisbane Bullets $1.65 v Cairns Taipans $2.25
Perth Wildcats $1.65 v Melbourne United $2.25
Adelaide 36ers $1.56 v Sydney Kings $2.44
Melbourne United $1.20 v New Zealand Breakers $4
Illawarra Hawks $1.38 v Brisbane Bullets $3.05
Cairns Taipans $2.44 v Perth Wildcats $1.56
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