NBL Betting Tips: Round 17 of 20 – Basketball Prediction and Preview

Illawara Hawks vs Sydney Kings NBL Betting Tips

Match Info: FRIDAY, JANUARY, 24, WIN ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, 08:30UTC

The last and the first placed teams will clash in this match-up and it has all the makings of a one-sided contest. Illawarra Hawks have been the worst-performing team for a reason. They haven’t moved from the 9th position in the standings and have won only 5 games while losing a whopping 18. In fact, they are currently on a 5-match losing spree – in their last match, the Hawks were brutally thrashed 77:106 on the road by Brisbane Bullets. And by the looks of it, that streak is all set to continue as they host the No.1 team of the tournament, Sydney Kings. 

The Kings, despite a few hiccups here and there, have maintained an outstanding form throughout the season and haven’t budged from their pole position. They have won 3 of their last 5 games and had registered a comfortable 98:81 win at home against South East Melbourne in their last match.

The Hawks and the Kings have met twice this season and interestingly, both the teams have secured a win each in those encounters. The Hawks had last hosted Sydney in December 2019 and shocked the league by winning the game 85:80.

Things are unlikely to be the same this time. Illawarra Hawks have gone from bad to worse and those 5 losses would have shattered their confidence. Sydney Kings are way too strong at the moment and should be the winners of this contest.

Perth Wildcats vs New Zealand Breakers NBL Betting Tips

Match Info: SATURDAY, JANUARY, 25, Perth Arena, 9:00 UTC

Perth Wildcats have been one of the top teams of NBL 2019-20 for a reason. They are placed 2nd in the standings at the moment with 15 wins and just 8 losses. They have suffered some roadblocks along the way but have maintained their composure. The Wildcats have won two back-to-back games at present and would be looking to extend that streak when they host New Zealand Breakers. In their last game, Perth had secured an easy 97:71 win against South East Melbourne. The Breakers might provide a tougher challenge, though.

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New Zealand Breakers have been the enigma of this season. After languishing at the bottom for a long while, they rose up with a sensational 5 wins on the trot. But they fell again after suffering two consecutive losses. However, they are now back on the move again after having won two games in a row. They are 6th in the table now with 11 wins and 12 losses and in their last game they had handed Melbourne United a 90:68 thrashing at home.

The Wildcats and the Breakers have faced-off twice this season and Perth won both those games. Things shouldn’t change much this time round as well as Perth is too strong a team at home. Since both teams are in form, we can expect a close and high-scoring contest. However, backing Perth as the winners of this match would be prudent.


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