Thu, Dec 7, 3:35pm by Head Editor
The NBL returns on Thursday night, when the top of the table New Zealand Breakers host the second from last Brisbane Bullets at Spark Arena. That contest is the first of seven games across five days in the ninth round of the season.
Should New Zealand slip up then the Perth Wildcats will have to chance to go to the summit of the competition ladder, when they host Adelaide on Friday, while at the other end of the table, the Sydney Kings with be shooting for just their fourth win of the season, when they host Brisbane on Saturday.
Cairns Taipans v Melbourne United
Saturday, 9th December at 7:30pm AEDT
Melbourne United have been one of the hardest teams to follow this season, but Monday night’s win over Illawarra Hawks was one of their best performances of the season. United head to Far North Queensland on Saturday night to take on a Cairns Taipans team, who played twice last weekend, for a win and a loss against Sydney.
The hosts are at $2 to square their season at 7-7, while the visitors are at $1.72 to get the win at the Cairns Convention Centre, which will get their season to 7-5.
Melbourne’s 18-point win over the Hawks was clinical, they led at each break, with Chris Goulding and Casey Prather finishing with 14 and 18 respectively, while Josh Boone had a huge night, ending the match with 15 points and 14 rebounds.
Cairns lost 81-72 against the bottom of the table Kings last Thursday, and they seem to be struggling without Michael Carrera, so we’re taking the $1.72 about a Melbourne win.
Suggested Bet: United to win at $1.72
Illawarra Hawks Vs Perth Wildcats
Sunday, 10th December at 3pm AEDT
The reigning champion Perth Wildcats aren’t expected to have too much trouble, when they head to Illawarra to take on the Hawks in the Grand Final rematch.
Rotnei Clarke has been in great touch for Illawarra, but he’s not getting much help his teammates, who’ve now lost two straight, and have dropped to sixth on the ladder, with a record of 5-7.
Perth on the other hand, have been on fire, they’re on a three game winning streak, including their last start 16-point win over the ladder leading Breakers. JP Tokoto led the way in the 89-73 win, finishing with 25 points, nine assists and five rebounds.
We’re expecting them to be too strong again here, with a win by 1-10 points, at the odds of $2.80.
Suggested Bet: Wildcats to win by 1-10 points: $2.80
Adelaide 36ers Vs New Zealand Breakers
Sunday, 10th December at 5pm AEDT
New Zealand are coming off their worst weekend of the season, when they dropped two games, to the Wildcats and then the Bullets. Next up, they head to Adelaide to take on the 36ers on Sunday, who squeezed past the Bullets by a single point on Friday.
A Mitch Creek layup with 28 seconds left on the clock was enough for the South Australian club to win a nail-biter, which took their season record to 6-5.
We are expecting the Breakers to suffer their third defeat in a row here, the 36ers have won three of their last four games at home. Keep an eye out for Mitch Creek, who scored 23 points on 11 of 14 shooting in Adelaide’s win over Brisbane.
Suggested Bet: 36ers to win: $1.61
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