Match details: Friday, December 27, 7:30 pm, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Center
The battle between two bottom-placed teams will be one to watch out for in Round 13. Brisbane Bullets have slipped in the last few weeks and now they are 7th in the standings with 7 wins and 9 losses. Meanwhile, the New Zealand Breakers, despite showing good progress in the last couple of rounds, are still at the 8th position in the points table with 6 wins and 10 losses.
The breakers had hosted the Bullets earlier this season and had won the game convincingly by a 96:85 margin. It will be interesting to see how things fare when the Bullets host the Breakers on December 27.
Brisbane Bullets Match Form
Brisbane Bullets are coming off an outstanding 87:80 win against the No.1 team of the season, Sydney Kings, in their last game in Round 12. In that home game, Brisbane asserted their dominance and never let a top side like Sydney control the game. Will Magnay was the highest scorer of the match with 23 points followed by Lamar Patterson who netted 15 points. It was a solid team performance and a victory like this against the No.1 team would have boosted Brisbane’s confidence significantly after their two back-to-back losses.
Nathan Sobey, Jason Cadee and Matthew Hodgson are expected to make some impact in this game along with the ever-reliable Lamar Patterson.
New Zealand Breakers Match Form
New Zealand Breakers have improved considerably in the last couple of weeks. They have won 3 of their last 4 games and won both their games in Round 12. While their 91:89 victory against Illawarra Hawks was good last game, the Breakers would be particularly elated with their thrilling 90:84 win against S.E. Melbourne Phoenix in their second-last match as Phoenix are placed sixth in the NBL standings.
Scotty Hopson and Sek Henry were the top-scorers in that match along with good contributions from Finn Delany and Tom Abercrombie. With many players coming into form and Corey Webster being the star performer, the Breakers are suddenly looking in great shape.
Brisbane Bullets vs New Zealand Breakers NBL Betting Tips
In the last 5 games between the Breakers and the Bullets, 3 matches have been won by the Breakers and 2 by the Bullets. The two have always run each other close and produced exciting contests.
Playing at home, Brisbane will have the advantage. Moreover, their sizzling win against the table-toppers Sydney in their last game would have made a huge difference to the psyche of the team. The Breakers are also in good shape after having registered two wins in a row. We can expect a close contest that can either way depending on who takes the lead in the first half.
However, given their recent escalation and home advantage, Brisbane Bullets should be backed as the winners of this contest.