2018/2019 NBL Round 13 Preview

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There are now only six weeks left in the NBL Regular Season and all but the Sydney Kings remain in the NBL Playoffs race.

The Perth Wildcats, Melbourne United and New Zealand Breakers are all locked in a battle for the minor premiership, while only a couple of wins separates the Adelaide 36ers, Illawarra Hawks, Cairns Taipans and Brisbane Bullets.

Every game in the NBL this weekend is vital and our complete NBL Round 13 tips can be found below.

Adelaide 36ers Vs Perth Wildcats

Thursday January 4, 7:30pm, Titanium Security Arena

There is very little between the Adelaide 36ers and the Perth Wildcats in betting for this clash.

Adelaide returned to winning form with a narrow win over the New Zealand Breakers and they have now won ten of their past 15 games as home favourites, while they are 9-6 against the line in this scenario.

Perth have won six of their past eight games and they were nothing short of dominant against the Cairns Taipans in their final game of 2017.

The Wildcats have won seven of their past ten games as away underdogs for a huge profit and they continue to be the benchmark in the NBL.

The home team have won six of the past eight games played between the two sides and the 36ers can continue this trend.

Back Adelaide To Win @ $1.85

Cairns Taipans Vs Brisbane Bullets

Friday January 5, 7:30pm, Cairns Convention Centre

The Cairns Taipans have lost four of their past five games, but they will still go into this clash with the Brisbane Bullets as clear favourites.

Cairns have won eight of their past 12 games as home favourites for a profit, but they are only 6-6 against the line in this scenario and they have lost their past three games against the Bullets.

Brisbane finished 2017 with three straight losses and they need to return to winning form to get themselves back in the NBL Playoffs mix.

The Bullets have won three of their past 15 games as away underdogs and they are 6-2-7 against the line in this scenario.

This is a game that the market looks to have gotten just about right and I am happy to stay out from a betting perspective.

No Bet

Sydney Kings Vs Perth Wildcats

Saturday January 6, 5:30pm, Qudos Bank Arena

The Sydney Kings have the home-court advantage, but it is the Perth Wildcats that will start this game as favourites.

It is no secret how strong Perth have been away from home this season and they have won their past three games against the Kings.

It continues to be a long season for the Kings and they went into 2017 on the back of a very heavy loss at the hands of Melbourne United.

Sydney have lost their past two games as home underdogs and their record against the line when giving away a start is an extremely poor 3-1-11.

This is a game that Perth should win comfortably and they can cover the line of 3.5 points in the process.

Back Perth To Beat The Line (-3.5 Points)

Illawarra Hawks Vs Melbourne United

Saturday January 6, 7:30pm, WIN Entertainment Centre

There is nothing between the Illawarra Hawks and Melbourne United in betting.

Illawarra finished the year with three straight wins in front of their home fans and they have now won 11 of their past 16 games at the WIN Entertainment Centre.

Melbourne United have won five games on the trot and they did beat Illawarra in Illawarra at the end of last year.

In saying that, their record on the road is still a poor 5-9 and they are only a middling 7-7 on the back of a win.

This should be one of the most exciting games of the weekend and it is the Hawks that represent genuine value at their current price.

Back Illawarra To Win @ $1.90

New Zealand Breakers Vs Cairns Taipans

Sunday January 7, 1:00pm, Spark Arena

There is no doubt that the New Zealand Breakers have faltered in the second half of the season and this is their chance to return to winning form.

The Breakers have won only three of their past eight games, but they continue to be a profitable betting play as home favourites.

The Cairns Taipans have won their past two games against the Breakers in New Zealand, but their overall record on the road is poor.

They have won only four of their past 14 games as away underdogs and their record against the line is no better.

This is a crucial game for the Breakers and they really should be able to get the job done comfortably.

Back New Zealand To Beat The Line (-6.5 Points)

Brisbane Bullets Vs Adelaide 36ers

Sunday January 7, 3:00pm, Brisbane Convention Centre

This will be the second game for both these teams this weekend and there is very little between them in betting.

Winning at home continues to be an issue for the Brisbane Bullets and they have won only two of their past seven games as home favourites for a clear loss.

The Adelaide 36ers haven’t been as strong away from home as they were 12 months ago, but they have still won five of their past ten games as away underdogs for a clear profit.

Adelaide have won four of their five games against the Bullets and they can continue their excellent record against their rivals.

Back Adelaide To Win @ $1.92


The Christmas period is now past us and the race towards the NBL Playoffs really starts from here.

There will be plenty of interest in just about every game this weekend, but the New Year’s Eve double-header is particularly exciting – with the Illawarra Hawks hosting the Perth Wildcats before the Brisbane Bullets take on the Perth Wildcats.

The action concludes on on New Year’s Day when Melbourne United face the Adelaide 36ers and you can find our thoughts for every single game below.

Cairns Taipans Vs Melbourne United

Thursday December 29, 7:30pm, Cairns Convention Centre

Cairns Taipans 78 - Melbourne United 79

Cairns have won their past four games as home underdogs for a clear profit, while Melbourne United have won just two of their past six games as away favourites.

Back Cairns To Win @ $2.10

Sydney Kings Vs New Zealand Breakers

Friday December 30, 7:30pm, Qudos Bank Arena

Sydney Kings 85 - New Zealand Breakers 80

The Sydney Kings have lost four games in a row and they are 6-5 as home favourites over the past 12 months.

New Zealand have won five of their past 15 games as away underdogs and their record against the line is not much better.

No Bet

Illawarra Hawks Vs Perth Wildcats

Saturday December 31, 5:30pm, Win Entertainment Centre

Illawarra have won eight of their past 12 games as home favourites, while the Perth Wildcats have won just one of their past nine fixtures as away underdogs.

Back Illawarra To Beat The Line (-3.5 Points)

Brisbane Bullets Vs Cairns Taipans

Saturday December 31, 7:30pm, Brisbane Convention Centre

Brisbane Bullets 93 - Cairns Taipans 76

Melbourne United Vs Adelaide 36ers

Sunday January 1, 7:30pm, State Netball And Hockey Centre

Melbourne United 104 - Adelaide 36ers 73

Melbourne United have won eight of their past 13 games as home favourites for a narrow loss, while the Adelaide 36ers have won seven of their past 14 games as away underdogs for a big profit.

Back Adelaide To Win @ $2.10