Tue, Nov 6, 2:24pm by Staff Writer
The Brisbane Bullets produced two wins from two matches against Adelaide in week four of the 2018-19 NBL season to move into the top four in the standings.
The Bullets remain the longest priced team to win the NBL Championship at $51 despite two wins against last season’s Grand Finalists.
In an entertaining offensive game last Thursday night, the Bullets prevailed 108-98 against the 36ers.
Each team scored more than 60 points each in the first half, with Ruben Te Rangi top scoring for the Bullets with a career-high 29 points.
36ers coach Joey Wright was left to lament his sides poor defence on Thursday night and it didn’t improve very much when the sides clashed again on Sunday, this time in Adelaide.
The 36ers led by as many as 10 points in the first half, but the Bullets owned the second half.
A furious 36ers comeback form nine points down in the final minutes came up short when Cam Gliddon nailed a three-pointer with one second left, as the Bullets won 93-90.
Adelaide has now lost three games in a row and is priced at $7 to win the NBL Championship.
The Sydney Kings looked to have found form since acquiring new centre Andrew Bogut after an 86-79 win against Illawarra on Friday night.
Bogut scored a game-high 29 points for the hosts and had 15 rebounds.
The Kings led by 15 points after the first quarter and 17 points at the break in a game where they were seldom troubled.
It is another road loss for the Hawks who sit second last in the standings. They are priced at $36 to win the NBL Championship.
The Perth Wildcats used a ferocious final quarter surge to get past the New Zealand Breakers in Perth on Sunday.
The Cats outscored the Breakers 20-7 in the final period to win by 14 points after being down by one at the final break.
Bryce Cotton was once again instrumental for the hosts, scoring 23 points.
Tai Wesley had 22 points for the Breakers, while Corey Webster chipped in with 19 points, including five three-pointers.
The Wildcats sit atop the NBL standings with a 5-1 mark this season. They are third favourites to win the Championship at $4.
Despite making last season’s playoffs, the Breakers have had an inconsistent start to the season and are 2-3 through five games.
They are priced at $10 to win the title. New Zealand will see its two games in week five against Cairns and Brisbane as opportunities to kick start their season.
Melbourne United welcomed back Chris Goulding who missed Monday’s game against Illawarra through injury.
The reigning champions prevailed in North Queensland 98-85 against the Taipans on Saturday night.
It was a night where the imports for both clubs shone. Melo Trimble once again lit up the scoreboard for Cairns with 34 points, while Casper Ware dropped 32 points for the visitors.
Melbourne led by 10 points after the first quarter and used a 32-24 final term to finish up 13-point victors.
Melbourne backed up its win on Saturday night with a 77-70 win against the Sydney Kings on Monday evening.
United led at every change to prevail by seven points and is priced at $3.30 to win the title.
They Kings continue to be hit or miss this season.
They are 3-3 after six games but despite their record, they remain competition favourites at $2.75.
Melbourne United moves into second spot with the win, amassing five wins from seven games in the 2018-19 season.
NBL Championship Odds
Melbourne United $2.70
Sydney Kings $3
Perth Wildcats $4
Adelaide 36ers $8.50
New Zealand Breakers $10
Cairns Taipans $34
Illawarra Hawks $34
Brisbane Bullets $51
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