Wed, Nov 16, 2:20pm by Jake Equid
Round Six was an interesting one in the NBL to say the least, New Zealand broke a record in Perth and we saw a game abandoned for the first time since the league began in 1979.
Just before 4:00pm local time on Sunday, a city-wide blackout cut the power to the Cairns Convention Centre and at 4.30pm the NBL formally abandoned the game.
The result certainly didn’t please the home team who were trailing Brisbane 84-76 with 1:34 left on the clock. Cairns lodged a formal appeal but the league announced on Monday that they were standing by their decision.
The Taipans slip to 4-5 with the loss and now head south to face Melbourne on Friday night. Both clubs have made disappointing starts to their campaigns, especially Melbourne who recruited well in the off-season but find themselves in a hole at 3-7 with injuries to Chris Goulding and Todd Blanchfield who both missed Saturday’s loss to Sydney.
Despite this, United are $1.65 favourite with the Taipans at $2.25.
Speaking of the Kings, they stayed on top of the ladder after Round six despite splitting their two games last weekend. They lost a fiery encounter at the Brisbane Convention and Entertainment Centre on Thursday night by 86-73.
The ladder-leaders bounced back on Saturday though, keeping their two-game buffer at the summit in Andrew Gaze’s homecoming when the Sydney coach won his first game in his beloved home city of Melbourne by 16 points.
The win coming largely thanks to a dominating display by the reigning MVP, Kevin Lisch, who finished with 30 points, Jason Cadee also helped himself to 26 points.
Next up, they head West to take on last season’s champions, the Perth Wildcats in a blockbuster match-up between the top two teams in the league in the first game of Round Seven on Thursday,
It may not be a good time to play the Wildcats’ though, who’s 10 game home winning streak came to an end in overtime against the Breakers on Sunday.
New Zealand’s Corey Webster drove to the hoop to flip in the matchwinner, leaving the Wildcats 1.4 seconds to fashion a historic win. It didn’t happen. I’m taking the Wildcats’ to bounce back on their home floor at $2, even though the Kings are $1.72 favourites.
Next up, the team who snapped Perth’s home winning run, the Breakers are back on home soil and are not expected to have too much trouble against the Illawarra Hawks.
The aforementioned history that New Zealand made was they became the first team to win consecutive overtime games on the road.
Brisbane may be a chance for their second road win in a row coming off their ‘black-out’ win in Cairns on Sunday. They had a really even spread of contributors in the win with five players (Kickert, Jervis 12, Petrie, Craig, Gibson 11) scoring double figures.
BEST BET: Perth to beat Sydney on Thursday: $2
Perth Wildcats ($2) v Sydney Kings ($1.72), Perth Arena, 9:30pm, Thursday 17 November
New Zealand Breakers ($1.45) v Illawarra Hawks ($2.75), North Shore Events Centre, 5:30pm, Friday 18 November
Melbourne United ($1.65) v Cairns Taipans ($2.25), Hisense Arena, 7:30pm, Friday 18 November
Adelaide 36ers ($1.78) v Brisbane Bullets ($2.05), Titanium Security Arena, 5:30pm, Saturday 19 November
Sydney Kings ($1.56) v Perth Wildcats ($2.44), Qudos Bank Arena, 7:30pm, Saturday 19 November
Illawarra Hawks ($1.90) v New Zealand Breakers ($1.90), WIN Entertainment Centre, 3:00pm, Sunday 20 November
All times are Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time*
Odds were provided by Sportsbet and were correct at the time of publishing*
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