2018/2019 NBL Round 9 Preview

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It is a huge weekend of action in the NBL and there are games on every night from Thursday right through until Sunday.

The Brisbane Bullets recorded an upset win over the New Zealand Breakers last weekend and they will have the chance to record another big week in the opening game of the weekend.

We have analysed every game set to take place in the NBL this weekend and our complete 2017 NBL Round 9 tips can be found below.

New Zealand Breakers Vs Brisbane Bullets

Thursday December 7, 5:30pm, Spark Arena

The New Zealand Breakers outstanding start to the season hit a bump over the weekend.

New Zealand were simply no match for the Perth Wildcats on Friday night and they suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season when they went down to the Brisbane Bullets.

The Breakers will still go into this clash as clear favourites and it would be a surprise if they went down to their rivals once again.

New Zealand have won nine of their past 13 games as home favourites and they have covered the line in eight of these wins.

Brisbane produced their best performance of the season to beat the Breakers, but their form away from home continues to be an issue.

They have lost their past 11 games away from home and their record against the line on the road is an extremely poor 2-1-8.

New Zealand can return to winning form and cover the line of 6.5 points in the process.

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

Perth Wildcats Vs Adelaide 36ers

Friday December 8, 9:30pm, Perth Arena

The Perth Wildcats will go into this clash with the Adelaide 36ers as clear favourites.

Perth have won three games on the trot in impressive fashion and they are always tough to beat in front of their home fans.

The Wildcats have won 12 of their past 14 games as home favourites and they are 11-3 against the line in this scenario.

Adelaide recorded a narrow victory over the Bullets in their only game last weekend and they will take confidence from the fact that they have won their past three games against Perth.

The 36ers have won six of their past ten games as away underdogs and winning in Perth has not been a problem for this outfit.

There is not as much between these two teams as the current betting market suggests and Adelaide offer some serious value at their current price.

Back Adelaide To Win @ $3.05

Sydney Kings Vs Brisbane Bullets

Saturday December 9, 5:30pm, Qudos Bank Arena

The Sydney Kings have won only one of their past seven games, but they will still start this clash as clear favourites.

Sydney split their two-game series with the Cairns Taipans last weekend, but they continue to be a tough team to trust from a betting perspective.

The Kings have won only four of their past 11 games as home favourites and they are a very poor 3-8 against the line in this scenario.

The issue for punters is that fact that the Brisbane Bullets have a simply atrocious record on the road and are impossible to trust in this scenario.

This is a clash that I am more than happy to stay out of from a punting standpoint.

No Bet

Cairns Taipans Vs Melbourne United

Saturday December 9, 7:30pm, Cairns Convention Centre

There is very little between these two sides in betting.

Melbourne United beat the Illawarra Hawks last weekend and they will start this clash as favourites.

Winning on the road has been a problem for Melbourne United and they have won only two of their past seven games as away favourites for a clear loss, while their record against the line in this scenario is even worse.

The Cairns Taipans have won two of their past three games and they have played some good basketball over the past fortnight.

Cairns are always tough to bear in front of their home fans and they have won three of their past four games as home underdogs for a clear profit.

I am always keen to take on Melbourne United on the road and Cairns are one of the value betting plays of the week.

Back Cairns To Win @ $2

Illawarra Hawks Vs Perth Wildcats

Sunday December 10, 3:00pm, WIN Entertainment Centre

The Perth Wildcats will be on the quick back-up following their clash with the Adelaide 36ers on Friday, but they are still set to start this clash as favourites.

Perth have won nine of their past 16 games on the road and have been a profitable play against the line in this scenario, but they are only 1-2 as away favourites.

The Illawarra Hawks have had an up-and-down season to date and they go into this clash on the back of two straight losses.

Illawarra have won their past two games as home underdogs, but they have lost their past six games against Perth.

This is a game that the market looks to have gotten just about right and I will be staying out from a betting perspective.

No Bet

Adelaide 36ers Vs New Zealand Breakers

Sunday December 10, 5:00pm, Titanium Security Arena

It is the Adelaide 36ers that will go into this clash with the New Zealand Breakers as narrow favourites.

Adelaide have won nine of their past 13 games as home favourites for a small loss and they are 7-6 against the line in this scenario.

New Zealand’s record away from home this season has been nothing short of outstanding.

They have won seven of their past ten games as away underdogs for a massive profit and they are a most impressive 9-1 against the line in this situation.

Backing New Zealand to win on the road has been a profitable play all season long and there is no reason to jump off.

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

Melbourne United Vs Sydney Kings

Sunday December 11, 7:30pm, Hisense Arena

Melbourne United have won their past four games against the Sydney Kings and they will go into this clash as clear favourites.

Melbourne United have been able to turn Hisense Arena into something of a fortress this season and they have won eight of their past 11 games as home favourites, while they have beaten the line in each of these games.

Sydney have won only one of their past 11 games as away underdogs for a clear loss and their record against the line in this scenario is not much better.

This is a match that Melbourne United should win comfortably and the line of 6.5 points will not be enough.

Back Melbourne United To Beat The Line (-6.5 Points)


Round 9 of the 2016/2017 NBL season is spread right across the weekend with games on every night from Thursday to Monday.

The action gets underway when the Perth Wildcats host the Brisbane Bullets on Thursday night before the New Zealand Breakers take on the Illawarra Hawks on Friday.

Brisbane are in action again against the Carins Taipans on Saturday night ahead of arguably the game of the round between the Adelaide 36ers and the Perth Wildcats.

Melbourne United face the New Zealand Breakers on Sunday and the round concludes on Monday night when the Illawarra Hawks and Sydney Kings do battle in the New South Wales Derby.

Perth Wildcats Vs Brisbane Bullets

Thursday December 1, 9:30pm, Perth Arena

Perth Wildcats 75 - Brisbane Bullets 90

The Perth Wildcats have lost two games on the trot, but they will still start this clash with the Brisbane Bullets as clear favourites.

Perth suffered a rare loss in front of their home fans against Illawarra last weekend, but they have still won 15 of their past 18 games as home favourites for a clear profit, while they are 10-1-7 against the line in this scenario.

Brisbane were completely outgunned by the Adelaide 36ers last Thursday night, but they will take confidence from the fact that they beat the Wildcats in their return to the NBL.

The Bullets have won three of their six games as away underdogs this season for a narrow profit and their record against the line is identical.

Perth are too good a side to suffer back-to-back defeats in front of their home fans and they should be able to bounce back with a comfortable win.

Back Perth To Beat The Line (-4.5 Points)

New Zealand Breakers Vs Illawarra Hawks

Friday December 2, 5:30pm, North Shore Events Centre

New Zealand 91 - Illawarra Hawks 95

The New Zealand Breakers have lost two games in a row, but their return to North Shore Events Centre for this clash and will start as clear favourites.

New Zealand have won nine of their past 14 games as home favourites for a clear loss, while they are a flat 6-8 against the line in this scenario.

Illawarra produced their best performance of the season to date to beat Perth in Perth and before that they beat the Breakers.

Their record as away underdogs is still a disappointing 3-10 and their record against the line is not much better.

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

No Bet

Brisbane Bullets Vs Cairns Taipans

Saturday December 3, 5:30pm, Brisbane Convention Centre

Brisbane Bullets 84 - Cairns Taipans 89

The Brisbane Bullets will be on the quick back-up after playing Perth on Thursday night.

They will start this clash as narrow favourites and their record as home favourites this season has not been particularly convincing – they are 2-2 in both head-to-head and line betting markets.

Cairns returned to winning form with a good win over the New Zealand Breakers, but they continue to struggle away from home.

They have won just two of their past 12 games as away underdogs for a clear loss and they are 4-8 against the line.

Brisbane handily accounted for their rivals when they met earlier this season and the line of 2.5 points will not be anywhere enough.

Back Brisbane To Beat The Line (-2.5 Points)

Adelaide 36ers Vs Perth Wildcats

Saturday December 3, 7:30pm, Titanium Security Arena

Adelaide 36ers 92 - Perth Wildcats 86

This is one of the most interesting games of the round as the Adelaide 36ers produced a pair of brilliant performances to beat the Brisbane Bullets and the Sydney Kings.

Adelaide will start this clash as favourites and their record as home favourites is a safe 6-2, while they are 5-3 against the line in this scenario.

Perth will be on the quick back-up after playing the Bullets on Thursday night and they continue to struggle away from home.

They have won just one of their past seven games as away underdogs for a clear loss, while they are 3-4 against the line.

Adelaide will be able to get the job done and are one of the safest bets of the weekend.

Back Adelaide To Win @ $1.80

Melbourne United Vs New Zealand Breakers

Sunday December 4, 3:00pm, Hisense Arena

Melbourne United 98 - New Zealand Breakers 74

Melbourne United have recorded two wins on the trot and they will start this clash as clear favourites.

Melbourne United have struggled as home favourites over the past 12 months and they are 8-6 in this scenario, while they are 6-8 against the line.

New Zealand will be on the quick back-up after playing Illawarrra on Friday night.

The Breakers have won five of their past 13 games as away underdogs and their record against the line is a credible 6-1-6.

New Zealand beat Melbourne United in Melbourne and they are over the odds to record another upset win.

Back New Zealand To Win @ $2.75

Illawarra Hawks Vs Sydney Kings

Monday December 5, 7:30pm, Win Entertainment Centre

Illawarra Hawks 93 - Sydney Kings 99

The Sydney Kings lost to the Adelaide 36ers last Monday night, but they will still go into this clash as favourites.

Winning away from home has proven to be a struggle for the Kings and they have won just one of their past four games as away favourites for a big loss.

Illawarra generally fly under the radar, but their record is front of their home fans is very strong – they have won 11 of their past 14 games at home and they are 9-5 against the line.

I would not be surprised if Illawarra start this game as favourites and they are excellent value at their current price.

Back Illawarra To Win @ $2.05