Thu, Nov 16, 12:21pm by Staff Writer
The New Zealand Breakers have stamped themselves as title contenders with back-to-back wins against the Perth Wildcats last weekend.
The more impressive win from the Breakers came in Perth, where they led for the entire second half. Despite Perth’s spirited attempts to claw back an advantage, the Breakers consistently scored important buckets.
Elsewhere, the Adelaide 36ers continued their disappointing stretch of form, with a poor final quarter meaning they have dropped three games in a row.
Brisbane Bullets versus Perth Wildcats
Friday, 17 November, 7.30pm AEDST at Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
The Brisbane Bullets returned to winning form by defeating the up-and-down Cairns Taipans last Sunday.
Brisbane will enter this clash as underdogs against a Perth team who have dropped two games in a row and will need to contend with some considerable travel over the last 10 days.
Brisbane have won four of their past five games as home underdogs, the most recent a victory against Melbourne United.
The Bullets have shown that they can play consistent enough basketball at home and are value.
Best bet: Brisbane Bullets to win at $2.44 at Sportsbet
Cairns Taipans versus Illawarra Hawks
Saturday, 18 November, 7.30pm AEDST at Cairns Convention Centre
The Cairns Taipans had an impressive 23 point win against Melbourne United last Thursday only to drop a game to the Brisbane Bullets.
In that fixture, the Taipans looked a shadow of the team that played just a few days prior. The tendency for Cairns to bring a fluctuant level of play onto the court has been a trademark of the team through six weeks of the 2017-18 NBL season.
The Illawarra Hawks stunned the Adelaide 36ers at home with a dominating final quarter to snatch a victory that looked highly unlikely through three quarters.
Illawarra will have a match on Thursday against the Sydney Kings, but fatigue shouldn’t have a worry in this clash.
Cairns are 2.5 point favourites, yet are only 5-7 against this line in their past 12 matches as home favourites.
The value is with the hot-shooting Illawarra Hawks
Best bet: Illawarra Hawks to win at $2.18 at Sportsbet
New Zealand Breakers versus Brisbane Bullets
Sunday, 19 November 2017, 1.10pm AEDST at Spark Arena
Melbourne United versus Perth Wildcats
Sunday, 19 November 2017, 3.10pm AEDST at Hisense Arena
A Sunday multi bet double represents value with the New Zealand Breakers and Melbourne United to win paying $2.08 at Sportsbet.
The Breakers are red hot at the moment and it will be the upset of the season if the Bullets go the better of them, especially in New Zealand.
Melbourne United had a hiccup last Thursday night in Cairns, but responded in perfect style against the Sydney Kings on Saturday night.
Along with Cairns, Melbourne has had a topsy turvy season so far, but they will want to prove a point to Perth, who toppled them earlier in the season.
Best bet: New Zealand Breakers x Melbourne United two-leg double $2.08 at Sportsbet
Round 7 NBL Odds
Illawarra $1.65 v Sydney $2.25
Brisbane $2.44 v Perth $1.56
Adelaide $1.56 v Sydney $2.44
Cairns $1.69 v Illawarra $2.18
New Zealand $1.26 v Brisbane $3.90
Melbourne $1.65 v Perth $2.25
*Odds at Sportsbet
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