NBL Basketball Betting Tips – Round 18 of 20 – Prediction and Preview

Illawarra Hawks vs New Zealand Breakers NBL Betting Tips


About a month back, Illawarra Hawks and New Zealand Breakers were stranded at the last two positions in the points table and were competing in the wooden spoon race. However, things have changed now. While the Hawks seem to be perpetually stuck at the last position, the Breakers have lifted themselves up and moved up the ladder to the 6th position.

The Hawks are on a horrific slide and have now suffered 7 losses in a row. They started the Round 18 with a deflating 75:99 defeat against Cairns Taipans on the road. It is too hard to come back from a performance like that.

New Zealand Breakers, meanwhile, would be hoping to get back to the 5-match winning spree they had tasted a few weeks back. Since then, they have been inconsistent again but have still managed to take down the likes of Sydney and Melbourne United. The Breakers began Round 18 with a superb 113:89 win at home clash against Adelaide 36ers and would be eager to continue that form.

Interestingly, Illawarra Hawks and New Zealand Breakers have clashed thrice this season and the Breakers have emerged victorious on all the three occasions. The last time the Breakers visited the Hawks – in December 2019 – they secured a 91:89 win.

Thus, expect another Breakers win in this game given the difference between the two sides at present.

Adelaide 36ers vs S.E. Melbourne Phoenix NBL Prediction


Adelaide will be desperate to end Round 18 on a high note. The last couple of months have been topsy-turvy for the 36ers where they surprised by winning against Perth but also lost against a team like Illawarra Hawks. In their first game of Round 18, they faced-off against New Zealand Breakers on the road and suffered an 89:113 loss.

Adelaide is currently 7th on the points table and will now be hosting 8th placed South East Melbourne Phoenix. The two sides have had three encounters this season where Adelaide has won 2 games and South East Melbourne has won one.

South East Melbourne have suffered a steep decline in form over the last month and have currently lost 4 games on the trot. They lost their last match on the road against Cairns by a 1-point margin and that would really be pinching them. It will be interesting to see if they recover from this drop.

Playing at home, Adelaide will certainly have the advantage in this one. Moreover, while they haven’t been quite consistent, South East Melbourne’s form has been appalling. Thus, back the 36ers to clinch this game.

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