NBL Basketball Betting Tips: Round 16 of 20 – Prediction and Preview

Brisbane Bullets vs Illiwara Hawks Betting Tips

Match Info: Saturday, January, 18, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, 6:30 UTC

After a topsy-turvy last two weeks, Brisbane Bullets finally seem to be getting their act together. They have won two games in a row and have moved to the 6th position in the points table with 10 wins and 11 losses. In their last two games, they secured a fine 95:85 win over New Zealand Breakers on the road and have also beaten 2nd placed Perth 97:85 at home. They would now be eager to continue this form into Round 16 when they host the downtrodden Illawarra Hawks.

The Hawks have gone from bad to worse and are coming off 4 consecutive losses. They seem to now be stuck in the 9th place with 5 wins and 17 losses and it is unlikely they will budge from their last position. In their last game, the Hawks were trounced 82:90 at home by South East Melbourne.

Brisbane Bullets and Illawarra Hawks have faced-off thrice in this NBL season and the Bullets have emerged victorious on all three instances. The last time the Bullets hosted the Hawks was in December 2019 where they secured an easy 101:91 win.

Expect things to remain the same this time too as the Bullets have form on their side along with the home-court advantage. They look in good rhythm and are in much better shape than the struggling Hawks. Back the Brisbane Bullets to register an easy win in the game.

Cairns Taipans vs Adelaide 36ers Betting Tips

Match Info: Saturday, January 18, Cairns Convention Centre, 9:00 UTC

This has the makings of a close and exciting contest as both the teams are in form. Cairns Taipans were on a 5-match winning spree before they were halted by the Sydney Kings in their last game, losing 83:92 on the road. However, those 5 wins on the trot has put Cairns in the 3rd position with 12 wins and 10 losses. Their next assignment is a home game against the impressive Adelaide 36ers.

Cairns Convention Centre

The two sides have clashed twice this season, with both teams registering a win each. The last time Cairns had hosted the 36ers, they had won the game 94:86.

Adelaide 36ers have had an interesting journey so where they haven’t fully lived up to their potential but are still 5th in the standings with 11 wins and 11 losses. They are coming off two back-to-back wins and in their last game have thumped Melbourne United 100:86 at home.  

Thus, we can expect a close and high-scoring game that can go either way. But the home-court advantage does tilt the favour towards Cairns. They also have a much better measure of their strengths after those 5 consecutive victories. Thus, backing the Cairns Taipans for this game would be the prudent option.


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