Wed, Nov 7, 1:20pm by Staff Writer
Round five of the 2018-19 NBL season is a big one for teams in the bottom half of the competition, with New Zealand, Illawarra, Cairns and Adelaide already losing touch with the contending teams.
New Zealand Breakers versus Cairns Taipans
Friday, 9 November 2018 at 5:50pm at Spark Arena, Auckland
The New Zealand Breakers will be looking at this weekend’s fixtures against Cairns and Brisbane as an opportunity to get their season going after a 2-3 start.
New Zealand is priced at $1.48 to beat Cairns on Friday night, with the Taipans a $2.65 underdog.
The visitors have won only once this season, but played in a number of close matches.
They are led by league leading scorer Melo Trimble, but he is becoming a lone hand for the team offensively.
Their floor spacing is poor and the Taipans are a team that don’t like taking it into the paint and drawing foul calls and free throws.
New Zealand fell to Perth by 14 points last weekend after a diabolical final quarter where they only scored seven points.
The Breakers were in the game up until that point, but their four-quarter consistency has been an early season problem for the side.
This contest will feature two desperate sides and Cairns are being given a 4.5-point start.
Despite New Zealand blowing out Adelaide in their last home game, both sides will know they need to stay in the hunt until the final quarter as they are in a need of a win.
Best bet- Cairns Taipans to cover 4.5-point handicap at $1.90.
Adelaide 36ers versus Sydney Kings
Saturday, 10 November 2018 at 2:50pm at Titanium Securities Arena, Adelaide
The Adelaide 36ers are on their haunches after four consecutive losses has placed them outside the top four and with a 4-4 record on the season.
They now host the Sydney Kings on Saturday afternoon for the second time this season, with both teams priced at $1.90 to win the match.
The Kings fell to Melbourne on Monday night by seven points in a low scoring encounter at Melbourne Arena.
United led for the entire game as Sydney struggled to get much going at the offensive end.
Adelaide finished week four with two losses to the Brisbane Bullets in their home and home series.
A Cam Gliddon three pointer with just one second on the clock was the dagger for the 36ers, as they led at half-time but couldn’t close the game out.
Adelaide’s defence has been a problem for the club this season and they conceded over 100 points in Thursday’s defeat at Brisbane.
These two teams met in week two in Adelaide in another high scoring match, with the 36ers prevailing by 106-101.
It was their three point shooting that did that job that night and it was the best game import Adris Deleon has played for the club as he scored 21 points and was 6/7 from three.
The Kings are in better form than Adelaide despite their win-loss-win-loss sequence of results. Joey Wright needs to do a lot with this Adelaide defence and they Kings will want to avenge an 0-2 season mark against Adelaide.
Best bet- Sydney Kings to win at $1.90.
Illawarra Hawks versus Perth Wildcats
Sunday, 11 November 2018 at 5:20pm at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong
Illawarra’s tough early season schedule continues in week five as they host Melbourne on Thursday before hosting league leaders Perth on Sunday.
The Hawks are $2.25 underdogs to beat the Cats who are paying $1.65.
Perth has had the luxury of playing the majority of its games this season at home so far, as they will be on the road for three weeks in January during the Hopman Cup tennis event.
Illawarra is 2-4 on the season, while Perth is 6-1.
The Hawks have a one-day rest advantage and do not have to travel for this match, while the Wildcats will be coming from Perth on Saturday after a home game against the Bullets on Friday night.
The two teams have met once this season and Perth prevailed by a whopping 40 points.
It is the biggest margin of victory for any side in the NBL this season and came after Illawarra played a 4OT game against Melbourne less than two nights earlier.
The fixturing and home court advantage falls with Illawarra in this one and the Wildcats are 1-1 on the road this season.
Take the points and Illawarra in what is sure to be a close game.
Best bet- Illawarra Hawks to cover 2.5-point handicap at $1.90.
NBL Round 5 Odds
Illawarra Hawks $2.50 v Melbourne United $1.56
New Zealand Breakers $1.48 v Cairns Taipans $2.74
Perth Wildcats $1.38 v Brisbane Bullets $3.17
Adelaide 36ers $1.86 v Sydney Kings $1.94
Melbourne United $1.26 v Cairns Taipans $3.90
Illawarra Hawks $2.25 v Perth Wildcats $1.65
Brisbane Bullets $1.66 v New Zealand Breakers $2.28
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