The festive season of the NBL has concluded and now Round 12 shapes as an important week for many teams.
Sydney Kings currently sit at the top of the NBL ladder but it’s Melbourne United which has scored the most wins. Teams in trouble of not joining Sydney and Melbourne at the top includes the Breakers, Hawks and Taipans.
This week could see some divide on the ladder and we have free tips for each NBL Round 12 game.
7:50pm Cairns Taipans vs. Brisbane Bullets @ Cairns Convention Centre
It’s fair to say that 2018 was a struggle for the Cairns Taipans, but maybe 2019 will see the struggling franchise rise up from the doldrums.
That’s going to be easier said than done this week as they face the improving Brisbane Bullets, which are coming off a 100-74 thrashing of the Illawarra Hawks.
The Bullets have been on the improve throughout the middle stages of the season and have amassed a nine-win, eight-loss record. That has been on the back of a better offensive output and scoring 100 points this week would see them dispatch of the Taipans.
$1.50 with bookmakers looks a touch short but it should get the round started on the right foot.
Betting tip: Bullets to win @ $1.50 – BET NOW
Bullets by 10
7:50pm Adelaide 36ers vs. New Zealand Breakers @ Titanium Security Arena
This will be one of the more important games of the round as the Breakers look to keep in touch with the top-echelon teams, which includes the 36ers. The Breakers have scored only six wins this season, despite having one of the more solid rosters in the league.
It has also been an indifferent season for the 36ers to date, which have scored nine wins and eight losses. Coach Joey Wright has had problems with consistency, much like the Breakers, which should set it up for a big clash this Friday.
There’s a big discrepancy in the betting with the 36ers holding favouritism at $1.48 but there is value with the Breakers at $2.67.
Betting tip: Breakers to win @ $2.67 – BET NOW
Breakers by 3
12:50pm Illawarra Hawks vs. Sydney Kings @ WIN Entertainment Centre
It has been tough going for the Hawks, which have slipped down to sixth on the table after getting well-beaten by the Bullets last week. The 74-100 loss would have the Hawks scratching their heads and facing the league’s best team isn’t going to help their cause.
Having scored only seven wins from 17 games isn’t where the Hawks were projected to be at come Round 12 and it’s only going to get harder this week as they face the Sydney Kings, which sit at the top of the leaderboard with 11 wins from 16 games.
Bookmakers are siding with the away side and there’s some value in that price.
Betting tip: Kings to win @ $1.56 – BET NOW
Kings by 5
12:08pm New Zealand Breakers vs. Perth Wildcats @ Spark Arena
New Zealand’s season hangs in the balance this week and their fans will be hoping that they can at least score one win from two games. If they don’t win against the 36ers earlier in the week, the pressure will be right on them to win at home against a tough Perth outfit.
The Breakers typically play well against the Wildcats and they play even tougher at home. So much so, the Breakers are the favourites to win this game and those odds could shorten if they play well against Adelaide.
Perth has been playing well with 12 wins from 18 games but injuries have taken their toll and we’re siding with the Breakers to take advantage of those individual matchups.
Betting tip: Breakers to win @ $1.65 – BET NOW
Breakers by 9
2:08pm Brisbane Bullets vs. Melbourne United @ Gold Coast Sport Centre
The Bullets play their second game of the round and it is looming to be a barnstorming game between two playoff-bound teams. The Bullets sit in fourth position, whilst United are one spot ahead of them in third.
With two wins this week the Bullets could take over that third spot that United currently holds and that’s what makes this game better for our enjoyment. Two top-four teams go to battle and it’s tough to look past the quality outfit of United, they haven’t been playing with the same consistency as usual.
There’s no doubting the overall talent of United but we’ll stick with the more cohesive unit come Round 12.
Betting tip: Bullets to win @ $2.05 – BET NOW
Bullets by 4
7:50pm Cairns Taipans vs. Sydney Kings @ Cairns Convention Centre
Cairns get the benefit of two homes games this week but they’re not exactly against easy teams. Having faced Brisbane to open the week on Thursday, they now get the honour of playing the Sydney Kings, who also play earlier in the week.
Those performances will have a large bearing on this game but we can’t find the guts to suggest backing the Taipans here. They’re significantly outclassed by the Kings and we’re expecting former NBA No.1 pick Andrew Bogut to have a field day.
Betting tip: Kings to win @ $1.42 – BET NOW
Kings by 12