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

NZ Breakers vs Adelaide 36ers NBL Betting Tips

Match Info: FRIDAY, JANUARY, 31, SPARK ARENA, 5:30PM 

This could be an interesting contest as two sides with almost similar form and fortune in the season will be clashing. New Zealand Breakers have had a season of extreme highs and sudden lows. Right now, they are somewhere in the middle as they have won 2 and lost 3 of their last 5 games. In their last match, they lost an agonizingly close contest (79:80) against Perth on the road. The Breakers are currently 6th on the points table and will be hosting Adelaide 36ers next.

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Adelaide, which is 7th in the standings, has been quite inconsistent over the past couple of weeks. They have lost 3 and won 2 of their last 5 games. They lost their last game at home – a crushing 99:108 loss against Brisbane Bullets.

There have been 3 contests between New Zealand Breakers and Adelaide this season and Adelaide has won 2 of those. This could be an entertaining and close contest which can go either way. But the home advantage will favor the Breakers and thus back them as the winners of the match.

Cairns Taipans vs Illawara Hawks NBL Prediction

Match Info: JANUARY, 31, CAIRNS CONVENTION CENTRE, 8PM

One of the more weird stats of the NBL 2019-20 season is this: Illawarra Hawks has beaten Cairns Taipans on all the three occasions the two sides of have met. It is weird because Taipans are the No.3 team of this season while the Hawks have been languishing right at the bottom. It will be interesting to see how things turn out when the two teams meet again as the Taipans host Hawks on January 31.

Cairns Convention Centre

Cairns is in good form right now and has won 4 of their last 5 games. In their last match, they defeated South East Melbourne 103:102 and would be confident of taking that form into Round 18. Illawarra Hawks, meanwhile, are going through another terrible phase and are on a 6-match losing spree. The way things stand it looks unlikely that the Hawks will move from their No.9 position.

So even though the Hawks have won all their matches against Cairns this season, it is unlikely they will be able to repeat that performance again. Back the Cairns Taipans to win this contest with ease.


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