Thu, Oct 26, 8:20am by Head Editor
After three weeks of the 2017-18 NBL season, the New Zealand Breakers and Perth Wildcats find themselves in the familiar position of being top of the table.
Both teams are 3-1 after four games, recording impressive victories last round.
At the opposite end of the table, the Sydney Kings are 1-4. The manner of their loss against Adelaide on Saturday night was incredibly concerning, with the pressure well and truly on coach Andrew Gaze to produce results this weekend.
Brisbane Bullets versus New Zealand Breakers
Thursday, 26 October 2017 at 7.30pm AEDST at Brisbane Convention Centre
Brisbane recorded their maiden win of the season when they beat Cairns last Friday night, but an atrocious third quarter at Illawarra on Sunday meant they couldn’t string together consecutive wins last week.
The Bullets have lost their past three games against the Breakers. They have also only won one of their past seven games as a home favourite.
This match is priced all wrong in our opinion, with the Breakers paying $2.25 at Sportsbet
New Zealand defeated Melbourne in Melbourne on Sunday afternoon after a dominating second half.
They have won six of their past 13 games as an away underdog. This Brisbane team wouldn’t hold much fear for this current Breakers roster.
Here are our best bets for Round 4.
Best bet: New Zealand Breakers to win at $2.25 at Sportsbet
Perth Wildcats versus Illawarra Hawks
Thursday, 26 October 2017 at 9.30pm AEDST at Perth Arena
The Perth Wildcats suffered their first loss of the season when they were beaten by 21 points in Cairns on Sunday night.
They will be looking to bounce back against Illawarra, who notched their first win of the new campaign on Sunday afternoon when they defeated the Brisbane Bullets 105-96.
These two teams met in Perth in round two, where the Wildcats were victorious by 10 points in a low scoring encounter.
Perth should be too strong for Illawarra once again, particularly given the fact that they were beaten so convincingly in their last game.
The Wildcats rarely string together consecutive bad games.
Best bet: Perth Wildcats to cover the 7.5 point handicap (-7.5) at $1.90 at Sportsbet
Brisbane Bullets versus Melbourne United
Saturday, 28 October 2017 at 5.40pm AEDST at Carrara Stadium, Gold Coast
The Bullets second match of the weekend sees them take on Melbourne United on the Gold Coast.
United will be disappointed with how they have started the new campaign.
Injuries have disjointed their season so far, with Chris Goulding and Casey Prather both seeing time on the sidelines.
It’s evident this team is yet to gel, despite the star power they possess.
Melbourne showed glimpses of what they can produce against the Adelaide 36ers a fortnight ago and will be eager to atone for Sunday’s loss.
They have played a number of road games to start the season, but will fancy their chances against a Bullets team playing their third match in six days on Saturday night.
Given the circumstances, the 2.5 point handicap on Melbourne United looks a steal.
Best bet: Melbourne United to cover the 2.5 point handicap (-2.5) at $1.90 at Sportsbet
NBL Round 4 Odds
Brisbane Bullets $1.65 New Zealand Breakers $2.25
Perth Wildcats $1.26 Illawarra Hawks $3.90
Cairns Taipans $2.18 Adelaide 36ers $1.69
Brisbane Bullets $2.25 Melbourne United $1.65
Illawarra Hawks $1.48 Sydney Kings $2.67
*Odds from Sportsbet and correct at the time of publication
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