Christmas gets in the way of a full NBL round this week, but we’re hardly going to complain about that!
There are still five quality games to bet on this week, which includes the mouthwatering United vs. 36ers and Hawks vs. Wildcats games.
Injuries was the talking point from the previous round, so here’s hoping all the players making it through with flying colours this week.
Be sure to check out our Round 12 preview later this week, which tips off on Boxing Day with the United vs. Bullets clash.
7:30pm Sydney Kings vs. New Zealand Breakers
This Sydney Kings team is almost impossible to predict and it’s resulting in some very frustrated punters.
Last week they looked like competition leaders when beating the Cairns Taipans 88-69, but that did come on their home floor and the Taipans are notoriously poor away from home.
That being said, scoring almost 90 points against a top defence was good to see from the Kings and Jerome Randle finally started to look at home.
The Breakers are still equal with the Perth Wildcats for more wins this season, but they have definitely taken a step backwards on the form.
After leading by nine points at three-quarter time last week against the 36ers, the Breakers produced an almighty choke and lost the game by an incredible 15 points.
That’s a choke the Breakers aren’t used to coming down the stretch and coach Paul Henare will want to ensure this team gets some confidence back over the Christmas period.
This should be a close game, but we’ll give the edge to the team that looks likely for a playoff berth.
Betting tip: Breakers to win @ $1.79 (BET NOW)
Breakers by 4
7:30pm Melbourne United vs. Adelaide 36ers
United might have scored a gritty 84-78 victory over the Hawks last week, but the win came with a huge loss.
Starting American guard Casey Prather suffered a dislocated elbow and is set to miss the next eight weeks of the NBL. He’s a player that ignites United’s offence and without him they could struggle to find any rhythm.
That’s something that won’t worry the 36ers, especially after scoring one of their greatest comeback wins over the Breakers last Friday night.
Looking down and out throughout most of the game, the 36ers somehow pulled one out of the bag to secure the win.
It’s not about to get any easier this week as they play another game away from home, but the confidence must be sky high and the same can’t be said for the Melbourne camp.
We’re smelling an upset.
Betting tip: 36ers to win @ $2.38 (BET NOW)
36ers by 2
5:30pm Brisbane Bullets vs. Sydney Kings
The odds for the Kings will depend on how they play Thursday night against the Breakers, but we can’t see the Bullets losing this anyhow.
After looking relatively average to begin the season, the Bullets have rocketed up to fifth on the NBL ladder with seven wins and eight losses, courtesy of two road wins last week.
The first came against the Cairns Taipans in a tight one-point struggle and the most recent win was recorded against the Perth Wildcats in a rare home loss for the competition leaders.
For Brisbane to go into the Perth jungle and come out victorious was testament to their mental attitude and also the coaching of Andrej Lemanis.
With Trice and Buford playing out of their skin, we see nothing but a home win this week.
Betting tip: Bullets –1.5 @ $1.88 (BET NOW)
Bullets by 6
7:30pm Illawarra Hawks vs. Perth Wildcats
It’s the rivalry we all love to see as NBL fans and it holds plenty of importance this week.
The Hawks are looking to keep their playoff bid alive with a win after falling to United last week and the Wildcats are seeking to get back on track following their home loss.
Perth fans were stunning at the defeat by Brisbane last week as six-point losses on their home court doesn’t happen with high frequency.
The league leaders will be vying to secure their place at the top of the ladder with a win on Saturday night, but the Hawks don’t often give up the W easily against Perth.
These two teams have a storied history of showing up against each other and we’re expecting nothing less this time around.
The Hawks will rely on the outside shooting Rotnei Clarke, but the Wildcats have Bryce Cotton, who is leading the league with 19.2 points per game.
Betting tip: Wildcats to win @ $1.71 (BET NOW)
Wildcats by 1
3:00pm Adelaide 36ers vs. Cairns Taipans
We’re predicting the 36ers to win their earlier game this week and that should have an impact on the odds.
The 36ers take on the Cairns Taipans to close out Round 11 of the NBL on Christmas Eve and bookmakers are predicting this to be the easiest game of the round.
We are too, as the 36ers should hold a significant advantage over the Taipans, which really struggle to find any form away from the top of Queensland.
The players won’t enjoy travelling to Adelaide one day before Christmas and we’re expecting the 36ers to bring the heat this Sunday.
The current line 5.5 and we could see that moving in the coming days.
Betting tip: 36ers –5.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
36ers by 10