1. NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS VS CAIRNS TAIPANS:
Match details: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 5:30PM, SPARK ARENA
Last 4 meetings: New Zealand Breakers – 3, Cairns Taipans – 1.
This will be a contest between the 6th and 8th placed teams in the points table.
The New Zealand Breakers, placed 6th on the table, have had a rough season so far as they have lost 3 and won only 1 of the 4 games they have played so far. The onus will be on Corey Webster and Scotty Hopson to do the bulk of the scoring who have looked really good.
However, the Cairns Taipans have fared even worse – 4 losses and 1 victory in the 5 games they have played. The experienced DJ Newbill (50 field goals), along with Cameron Oliver and Scott Machado will be the ones to watch out for the Cairns.
The two teams have already clashed once this season on October 24 with New Zealand Breakers winning 113- 106 against Cairns Taipans.
Being a home game for the New Zealand Breakers, they will start as favorites for this match.
Prediction: New Zealand Breakers to win.
2. BRISBANE BULLETS VS PERTH WILDCATS:
Match details: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 7:30PM, QUEENSLAND STATE NETBALL CENTRE
Last 4 meetings: Perth Wildcats – 3, Brisbane Bullets -1
The Perth Wildcats have been the second most impressive team of NBL 2019-20 after winning 5 of their 6 games so far. They are 2nd in the points table and head into Round 5 with great confidence of topping the standings. Bryce Cotton (44 field goals) has been the star for Perth and would be the MVP of this game. Terrico White (39 goals) and Nicholas Kay can be the other impact performers.
Brisbane Bullets, meanwhile, have been good in patches, winning 2 and losing 3. They are standing 5th in the table and will hope that Nathan Sobey (44 goals) and Lamar Patterson (53 goals) continue their form for the team.
Prediction: On current form and all-round strength, Perth Wildcats will win this contest.
3. S.E. MELBOURNE PHOENIX VS MELBOURNE UNITED:
Match details: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 5:30PM, MELBOURNE ARENA
Only meeting: South East Melbourne -1, Melbourne United -0
South East Melbourne Phoenix has been one of the better performers of NBL 2019-20. At the end of Round 4, they had registered 4 wins and 1 loss and are 3rd on the points table. They have won all 3 games at home and have even secured an impressive away win. Jaye Crockett has set the court on fire this season with 67 field goals already. Along with him, Mitchell Creek and John Roberson would be the star impact players for S.E Melbourne in this match.
Melbourne United, meanwhile, are going through one of their worst seasons with only one victory in 5 games and standing a sorry 8th in the points table. They have even lost 2 home games out of 3 and are in desperate need of a few wins. Alex Pledger and Shawn Long can be the game-changers for them.
Prediction: South East Melbourne Phoenix are too strong with great form. They will be winners of this match.
4. ADELAIDE 36ERS VS SYDNEY KINGS:
Match details: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 8PM, ADELAIDE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
The Sydney Kings have indeed been the undisputed kings of NBL 2019-20 so far having been undefeated in the 5 games they have played till Round 4. They have won 3 home games and 2 away and look the team to beat this season. With players like Jae’Sean Tate (61 field goals), Andrew Bogut and Daniel Kickert, the Sydney Kings have a robust team.
Adelaide 36ers are 4th on the points table right now with 3 wins and 2 losses. After winning 3 straight games, Adelaide lost against South East Melbourne on October 27. Jack McVeigh and Harry Froling have been their in-form players.
The last game between these two sides was easily won by Sydney Kings 102-80 against Adelaide 36ers.
Prediction: Sydney Kings to win.
5. NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS VS PERTH WILDCATS:
Match details: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 3PM, ILT STADIUM
Last meeting: New Zealand Breakers won 97-84 against Perth Wildcats
Standing 2nd in the points table, the Perth Wildcats have had a fantastic NBL 2019-20 season with 5 wins and 1 loss so far. They have won their last 3 games on the trot and are in terrific form.
On the other hand, the New Zealand Breakers are struggling this season and have managed only 1 win and suffered 3 losses. They lost their last match against Melbourne United (98-104) and would be seeking redemption in this game.
Perth Wildcats are the inform team with players like Bryce Cotton and Terrico White doing well.
Prediction: Perth Wildcats to win.
6. ILLAWARRA HAWKS VS BRISBANE BULLETS:
Match details: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 5PM, AIS ARENA
In the 2019-20 NBL season, Illawarra Hawks and Brisbane Bullets clashed once with Brisbane securing an easy 90-81 win over Illawarra.
Brisbane Bullets have had a topsy-turvy form this NBL season and are currently placed 5th on the points table with 2 wins and 3 losses. They have lost 3 games on the trot and would be seeking a desperate win in this match. A lot will depend on Matthew Hodgson and Will Magnay.
Illawarra Hawks, though, have been the worst team this season. They are last on the points table with only 1 win and 6 losses. They have now lost 4 games in a row this season and look horribly out of form. Perhaps Aaron Brooks and Tim Coenraad can help them save some grace.
Prediction: Brisbane Bullets are much stronger than the hapless Illawarra Hawks and will win this contest.
7. MELBOURNE UNITED VS SYDNEY KINGS:
Match details: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 7:30PM, MELBOURNE ARENA
The last time that Melbourne United and Sydney Kings clashed was in the 208-19 NBL season where Melbourne secured a comfortable 90-76 win against Sydney.
This season, the Sydney Kings are ruling after staying undefeated till Round 4 and sitting at the top of points table with 5 wins in as many games. They crushed Brisbane Bullets 94-79 in their last match and are looking in great form. Jae’Sean Tate and Andrew Bogut might be the impact-makers of this match.
Melbourne United are languishing second from bottom this season of the NBL with only 1 win and 4 losses. Their only win this season has come against New Zealand Breakers and they would be eager to get back on track. Shawn Long and Alex Pledger will be key for Melbourne in this match.