Cairns Taipans vs NZ Breakers Match Preview
Both Cairns Taipans and New Zealand Breakers haven’t had the best NBL season and are struggling at the bottom half of the points table. With 5 wins and 7 losses, the Taipans are currently at 6th in the points table. The New Zealand Breakers have fared worse and are 8th on the points table with just 3 wins and 8 losses.
Cairns Taipans and New Zealand had clashed earlier in the season. In that home game, the Breakers had registered a comfortable 93:85 victory over the Taipans. But things won’t be as easy this time when the Taipans host New Zealand Breakers in this important Round 10 game. Both the teams desperately need a victory under their belt to climb up the ladder further and hence both will try hard for it.
Interestingly, both the teams are coming off victories in their last games. Taipans beat Melbourne United 93:86 last week and the Breakers beat Illawarra Hawks 91:79.
Cairns Taipans would be confident of building up on that victory. They are playing at home and have had some good players in their ranks. DJ Newbill (16.82 PPG) has been the standout star for the team this season and is coming off a good game as he scored 19 points against Melbourne. Cameron Oliver (16.5 PPG) has been the other consistent performer for the team and was top-scorer in the last game with a solid 26 points. The other player to watch out for in this game would be Scott Machado (15 PPG).
For the New Zealand Breakers, the victory in the last game would have come as a huge relief. However, one can’t forget that they had suffered 5 back-to-back losses prior to that win. They have been a team of inconsistencies this season and rely on a few players, mostly, to the bulk of the job. Glen Rice Jr (22.5 PPG) and Corey Webster (19.2 PPG) have done well for the team and would be looked at to deliver once again.
In New Zealand’s last match against Illawarra Hawks, Finn Delany and Sek Henry scored 25 points and 20 points respectively and might spring another good performance.
Cairns Taipans Vs New Zealand Breakers NBL Betting Tips
IN NBL history, New Zealand Breakers has a 26:18 win-loss ratio against the Cairns Taipans. However, playing at home the Taipans would be confident of securing a win. In their last 4 games, they have won 3 matches and have better form coming into this match than the Breakers.
Furthermore, the Breakers haven’t looked settled this season and barring a few instances have been largely inconsistent as a unit. Taipans have a better outfit and have more performing players this time.
We can expect a close and low-scoring contest as both the teams have a Points Per Game of below 90. But back the Cairns Taipans to secure a win in this game.
The total points scared should be in the range of 180-190.