Not much changed on the premiership ladder last week as the Sydney Kings and Melbourne United staying in the top two positions.
Just behind them are the Wildcats and Bullets, which makes for a congested leaderboard and the likes of the 36ers, Hawks and Breakers sitting just in behind.
Every week sees some big-time games and this week is no different.
Six quality games to bet on this week and we have tips and form for every NBL Round 14 clash.
7:50pm Adelaide 36ers vs. Perth Wildcats @ Titanium Security Arena
Rebounding will be key for both teams this week, and we’re not talking about the big men getting the in-game rebounds. Both teams are coming off Round 13 losses but at least the 36ers, who played twice, were able to secure one win against the Hawks.
It wasn’t a good week for Perth, who went down to the Cairns Taipans, which currently hold a 3-16 losing record. Perth hasn’t quite been the same formidable team we’re used to seeing this season and that’s worrying for Perth backers.
The 36ers have been good when they have played as a unit and being at home is going to help their cause. Bookmakers have them as slight favourites to win and it is good value.
Betting tip: 36ers to win @ $1.70 – BET NOW
36ers by 4
7:50pm Illawarra Hawks vs. New Zealand Breakers @ WIN Entertainment Centre
This game will have a huge bearing on the playoff chances of both teams, with the Hawks and Breakers sitting precariously with nine and eight wins respectively.
The Hawks had a win and a loss last week, scoring their win against the Sydney Kings in a dominant 96-84 victory. That win was a much-needed win for the club after losing to the 36ers earlier in the week.
Breakers’ fans weren’t overly happy with their performance against the Sydney Kings, especially in the fourth quarter. They trailed only by a point but lost by eight and giving up 100 points isn’t going to help their cause going forward.
This is D-Day for the Breakers, who sit in seventh position and desperately need to start making a run.
Betting tip: Breakers to win @ $2.25 – BET NOW
Breakers by 5
2:50pm Sydney Kings vs. Adelaide 36ers @ Qudos Bank Arena
This will be Adelaide’s second game in a three-day span and we’re not sure if that will help them, but travelling to Sydney won’t be ideal.
Sydney will be smarting after losing to the Hawks last Sunday afternoon and considering that they were favourites for that game, losing by 12 points on their home court will not impress coach Andrew Gaze.
Andrew Bogut is the key to their success and if he stays on the court for long periods of time, it’s tough seeing the Kings losing to the 36ers here.
Expect this game to be played at a relatively slow tempo, which is going to suit the Kings.
Betting tip: Kings –4.5 @ $1.90 – BET NOW
Kings by 6
7:50pm Brisbane Bullets vs. Cairns Taipans @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Brisbane looked good when winning 102-90 against Adelaide in Round 13 and they should be able to take that confidence here against the enigmatic Taipans.
The Taipans have scored only three wins from 19 games this season but they defeated the Wildcats last week before going down in overtime against United on Sunday night. That game was there’s for the taking but a nine-point final quarter got United back in the game.
Losing by 10 points in overtime was expected after United’s comeback but the Taipans should take some solace from that effort. They pushed one of the better teams in the competition.
That being said, the Bullets have a premiership on their minds and the Taipans don’t.
Betting tip: Bullets to win @ $1.55 – BET NOW
Bullets by 8
3:00pm Perth Wildcats vs. Melbourne United @ RAC Arena
Bookmakers are having a hard time separating these two teams but we’re giving a slight edge to United here, as we don’t quite fully believe in the Wildcats this season.
The Wildcats never miss the playoffs and it’s quite an amazing record but we think they could be tested this season and a loss here would make it interesting over the closing weeks.
United is coming off a simply incredible comeback against the Taipans, where they were dead-and-buried but Casper Ware brought them back to score a 10-point overtime win in Queensland.
This game is sure to have highs and lows for both teams but ultimately United, which are currently $2.75 to win the competition, will be too good.
Betting tip: United to win @ $1.85 – BET NOW
United by 5
7:50pm Cairns Taipans vs. New Zealand Breakers @ Cairns Convention Centre
Knowing how Cairns are going to play at any moment is a tough one to judge but playing two games this week should have them in fit order.
The Breakers also play twice this week and they realistically need two wins to keep in touch with the playoff teams.
Inconsistency has flawed both of these teams this season, but the Breakers have better talent across the board and they just point guard Shae Ili to play a smarter role.
Ili hasn’t been his best this season but centre Shaun Long has possibly been the best big in the game. He could dominate the Taipans’ big men here.
Betting tip: Breakers to win @ $1.90 – BET NOW
Breakers by 7