We said Round 12 was a key round for the New Zealand Breakers and they made the most of it by winning both games. Four teams play twice this week, with the Kings, 36ers, Taipans and Hawks all playing multiple games.
That will have a big impact on the NBL ladder, which is congested at the top and there are some teams fighting to make it into a playoff-bearing position.
Six games to bet on this week and we have tips and form for every NBL Round 13 clash.
7:50pm Illawarra Hawks vs. Adelaide 36ers @ WIN Entertainment Centre
The Hawks kept themselves within touching distance of the top four with a 78-71 win over the Sydney Kings last week but they slipped down the rankings with the Breakers winning twice.
Sitting at eight wins and 10 losses isn’t where the Hawks thought they would be at this stage of the season but scoring a home win over the 36ers will improve their mood.
The 36ers lost 104-96 to the Breakers at home on Friday night and that result won’t make coach Joey Wright a happy man. Their inconsistent season continued and with two games to be played this round, expect the 36ers to see this as an important round.
Getting a win on Thursday night would hold the 36ers in good stead and they could pull off the upset with their talent pool.
Betting tip: 36ers to win @ $2.15 – BET NOW
36ers by 4
7:43pm Sydney Kings vs. New Zealand Breakers @ Qudos Bank Arena
Both teams are coming off Round 12 wins but it was the Breakers which scored a double with wins over the 36ers and Wildcats. It was much needed from the Breakers, who were languishing near the bottom of the ladder.
Having played only 17 games, the Breakers are still in a solid position but they face the Kings this week, which have easily had the Breakers’ measure this season.
The Kings have dominated the Breakers home and away this season and are coming off a tidy win over the Taipans on Monday night. It was a good win considering “Ant Man” didn’t score a single point in the first half, but former NBA star Andrew Bogut was on fire as usual.
It’s going to be an enticing matchup between Bogut and Shaun Long, who has arguably been the best centre in the league this season and he could be enough to score the upset.
Betting tip: Breakers to win @ $2.44 – BET NOW
Breakers by 3
9:53pm Perth Wildcats vs. Cairns Taipans @ RAC Arena
Perth remained on 12 wins for the season after losing to the Breakers last week but they are typically quick to rebound and facing the Taipans will make that easier.
We’re not disparaging the Taipans, but they do only have two wins to their name this season, despite winning two games back and pushing the Kings close on Monday night. Perth has ability across the board, especially with Bryce Cotton.
Cotton has a league-leading 23.5 points per game and despite some injuries hurting the Wildcats’ chances this season, they are fitter now and should easily account for the Taipans at home.
Betting tip: Wildcats –5.5 @ $1.94 – BET NOW
Wildcats by 10
2:50pm Adelaide 36ers vs. Brisbane Bullets @ Titanium Security Arena
Adelaide gets the benefit of having played on Thursday and given that we think they will win that game, that holds them in good stead for this.
It’s highly unlikely that the 36ers will go 0-2 this week and bookmakers have them as the $1.65 favourites for this game. Those odds will change depending on how they play against Hawks but it’s a solid price at the moment.
They take on the Bullets, which lost to Cairns to open Round 12 but battled back nicely with a superb win over United at home. That 95-86 win will give them plenty of confidence going forward and it’s dangerous to overlook the Bullets in this kind of form.
There will be little between the two sides but we’re sticking with the home court advantage.
Betting tip: 36ers to win @ $1.65 – BET NOW
36ers by 2
2:50pm Sydney Kings vs. Illawarra Hawks @ Qudos Bank Arena
Sydney will see Round 13 as a chance to pull away from the opposition with both of their games being played at home.
On form alone the Kings shouldn’t have too many problems handling the Hawks and although we don’t know the result of their first games this week, past performances suggest that the Kings shouldn’t be losing this.
Bookmakers agree with the Kings dominating the market at $1.45 and a Hawks win would be a sizable upset. Illawarra are $251 to win the competition, whereas the Kings are $3 second favourites and this result should play as expected.
Betting tip: Kings to win @ $1.45 – BET NOW
Kings by 8
5:20pm Cairns Taipans vs. Melbourne United @ Cairns Convention Centre
Cairns are proving sticky to get past at the moment but Melbourne United only get to play once in Round 13 and they will be wanting to make the most of it.
United are the current premiership favourites at $2.80 and they should be hitting top gear around this time of the season. With high-quality players throughout their squad, it takes a massive team performance to beat them.
Taipans would have to play out of their skin to win and it could be a task too tough for the home side.
Stick with the favourites here and bookmakers are offering decent odds for the away side.
Betting tip: United to win @ $1.56 – BET NOW
United by 10