2017/2018 NBL Round 6 Preview

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We are set for not one, but two top-of-the-table clashes in the NBL this weekend.

The New Zealand Breakers and the Perth Wildcats have been the standout sides in the NBL this season and they will meet in New Zealand on Thursday before they play again in Perth on Sunday.

We have analysed every game in the NBL this weekend and our complete 2017 NBL Round 6 tips can be found below.

New Zealand Breakers Vs Perth Wildcats

Thursday November 9, 5:30pm, Spark Arena

There is very little in betting between these two teams and it is the New Zealand Breakers that are set to start this clash as narrow favourites.

New Zealand have won six games on the trot in impressive fashion, but this is easily their biggest test of the season to date.

The Breakers have won eight of their past 13 games as home favourites for a clear profit and their record against the line is identical.

The Perth Wildcats have also lost just the one game this season and they have been nothing short of dominant in recent weeks.

Perth have won six of their past 12 games as away underdogs for a profit, but their record in New Zealand is poor and they have covered the line in only two of their past ten games against the Breakers as away underdogs.

New Zealand have played some excellent basketball in recent weeks and they can continue their winning streak.

Back New Zealand To Beat The Line (-1.5 Points)

Cairns Taipans Vs Melbourne United

Thursday November 9, 7:30pm, Cairns Convention Centre

The Cairns Taipans may have the home-court advantage, but it is Melbourne United that will start this clash as clear favourites.

Melbourne United have won their past two games, but they have still struggled for consistency this season and they have won only two of their past seven games as away favourites, while they are an extremely poor 1-6 against the line in this scenario.

It has been a slow start to the season for Cairns and they have lost five of their past six games.

They have still won two of their past three games as home underdogs and they have the same record against the line in this scenario.

I am always keen to bet against Melbourne United when they play on the road and this game will be no exception.

Back Cairns To Beat The Line (+2.5 Points)

Melbourne United Vs Sydney Kings

Saturday November 11, 5:30pm, Hisense Arena

Melbourne United will be on the quick back-up when they host the Sydney Kings on Saturday night and they are the shortest-priced favourites of the week.

Winning at home has not been an issue for Melbourne United and they have won nine of their past 11 games as home favourites, while they are 9-2 against the line in this scenario.

The pressure continues to build on Andrew Gaze and the Sydney Kings following another flat effort against the Illawarra Hawks.

Sydney have won three of their past ten games as away underdogs and their record against the line isn’t any better.

The line may be 7.5 points, but the Kings can still cover it comfortably.

Back Melbourne To Beat The Line (-7.5 Points)

Adelaide 36ers Vs Illawarra Hawks

Saturday November 11, 7:30pm, Titanium Security Arena

The Adelaide 36ers are clear favourites to account for the Illawarra Hawks in the other Saturday night clash.

Adelaide head into this clash on the back of losses at the hands of both New Zealand and Melbourne and they really do need to return to winning form.

The 36ers have won nine of their past 13 games as home favourites for a small profit and they are 8-5 against the line in this scenario.

Illawarra produced impressive performances to beat both the Brisbane Bullets and the Sydney Kings, but this is a much tougher clash.

The Hawks have won eight of their past 20 games as away underdogs for a small profit, but they are only 9-11 against the line in this scenario.

Adelaide have too much clash for Illawarra and they can cover the line of 6.5 points.

Brisbane Bullets Vs Cairns Taipans

Sunday November 12, 3:00pm, Brisbane Convention Centre

It is the Brisbane Bullets that will start this clash with the Cairns Taipans as favourites.

Injuries have already been an issue for the Bullets this season and they has tested their depth, which didn’t live up to that examination against the Illawarra Hawks last weekend.

Brisbane’s record as home favourites continues to be horrendous and they have won only one of their past nine games in this scenario.

Cairns have won four of their past 11 games as away underdogs for a narrow profit, but they are a tough team to back with any real confidence.

This is a clash that I am keen to stay out of from a betting perspective.

No Bet

Perth Wildcats Vs New Zealand Breakers

Sunday November 12, 7:00pm, Perth Arena

This is the second game between the Perth Wildcats and the New Zealand Breakers this weekend.

It is Perth that will start this rematch as clear favourites and they are always tough to beat in front of their home fans.

The Wildcats have won 12 of their past 16 games as home favourites for a clear profit and they are a highly profitable 11-5 against the line in this scenario.

Winning away from home has not been an issue for New Zealand and they have won seven of their past 14 games on the road for a huge profit, while they are 9-5 against the line in this situation.

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

No Bet


2016/2017

There will be a hint of State Of Origin in the air in the NBL on Thursday night when the Brisbane Bullets host the Sydney Kings at the Brisbane Convention Centre.

The Kings will be in action again on Saturday night when they face Melbourne United after the crucial showdown between the Adelaide 36ers and the Illawarra Hawks.

Cairns face Brisbane in an all-Queensland clash on Sunday afternoon before the round concludes with another Grand Final rematch between the Perth Wildcats and the New Zealand Breakers.

Brisbane Bullets Vs Sydney Kings

Thursday November 10, 7:30pm, Brisbane Convention Centre

Brisbane Bullets 86 - Sydney Kings 73

The Sydney Kings head into this clash as narrow favourites, despite being away from home.

Sydney went 1-1 from their two games against Cairns last weekend and their record away from home still reads a poor three wins from 14 games.

Brisbane head into this clash on the back of two straight losses against the Kings and the New Zealand Breakers, but this is their first home game in over a fortnight.

The Bullets are 2-1 in front of their home fans this season and there is no doubt that some of their best performances have come at home.

I am happy to take on Sydney away from home and the Bullets look a good bet at their current price of $2.25.

Back Brisbane To Win @ $2.25

New Zealand Breakers Vs Cairns Taipans

Friday November 11, 5:30pm, Vector Arena

New Zealand Breakers 79 - Cairns Taipans 86

New Zealand head into this clash on the back of three straight wins and they are one of the form teams in the NBL.

The Breakers will start this clash as clear favourites and they have won 11 of their past 15 games as home favourites, while they are 8-7 against the line in this scenario.

Cairns have found some form of their own and they have won three of their past four games.

They recorded a rare win away from home against Illawarra, but they have still won just one of their past 11 games as away underdogs and they are 4-7 against the line in this situation.

This should be a comfortable win for New Zealand and they are a good bet to cover the line of 3.5 points.

Back New Zealand To Beat The Line (-3.5 Points)

Adelaide 36ers Vs Illawarra Hawks

Saturday November 12, 5:30pm, Titanium Security Arena

Adelaide United 74 - Illawarra Hawks 85

This should be a high-scoring clash between two of the most entertaining teams in the NBL.

Adelaide have lost two games on the trot and they will still go into this game as clear favourites.

Home favourtism has suited Adelaide – they are 8-1 as home favourites in this situation and 7-2 against the line.

Illawarra have been a tough side to analyse this season, but their record away from home continues to be poor.

They have won just two of their past 12 games as away underdogs for a clear loss and their record against the line is a poor 3-9.

Adelaide will win this game and the line of 2.5 points will not be anywhere near enough.

Adelaide To Beat The Line (-2.5 Points)

Melbourne United Vs Sydney Kings

Saturday November 12, 7:30pm, Hisense Arena

Melbourne United 71 - Sydney Kings 87

The Sydney Kings will be on the quick back-up after facing Brisbane on Thursday night, but they will still go into this clash as clear favourites.

It is no secret that Sydney have struggled on the road over the past 12 months and it is tough to trust a side that has won just three of their past 14 games away from home.

Melbourne United have lost four games on the trot and they really need to win this clash to get their season back on track.

This will be the first time in over 12 months that they have started a game as home underdogs, but they are 6-7 in front of their home fans over this period.

These are two teams that are tough to trust and I am keen to stay out from a betting perspective.

No Bet

Cairns Taipans Vs Brisbane Bullets

Sunday November 13, 3:00pm, Cairns Convention Centre

Cairns Taipans 76 - Brisbane Bullets 84

Both these teams are on the quick back-up.

Cairns have the home-court advantage and they will go into this clash as favourites.

The Taipans have won six of their past eight games as home favourites for a narrow profit, while they are 5-3 against the line in this situation.

Brisbane have won just one of their four games as away underdogs since returning to the NBL and beating Cairns at home is a much tougher task than it often appears.

Cairns can get the job done and cover the line in doing so.

Back Cairns To Beat The Line (-2 Points)

Perth Wildcats Vs New Zealand Breakers

Sunday November 13, 7:00pm, Perth Arena

Perth Wildcats 86 - New Zealand Breakers 87

This is a tough task for the New Zealand Breakers, who are not only on the quick back-up but have to make the longest trip in the NBL.

Perth have have five of their past six games and it is no surprise that they will go into this clash as clear favourites.

The Wildcats have won an incredible 17 of their past 18 games as home favourites and their record against the line in this situation is a highly profitable 11-1-6.

New Zealand have won four of their past 11 games as away underdogs for just a small loss, but they are an unconvincing 5-1-5 against the line in this situation.

This is Perth’s game to lose and they are one of the safest bets of the weekend.

Back Perth To Beat The Line (-3.5 Points)