Wed, Nov 30, 2:25pm by Jake Equid
I started last week’s preview by talking up the amazing run of form from the home teams and then the boys went out on court and turned me into a liar, with Adelaide winning in Brisbane and Sydney on the same weekend.
Then, on Sunday, the biggest road win of not only this season, but many a campaign took place with the Hawks winning in Perth for the first time in 26 attempts.
That result was incredible, as was Casper Ware’s match-winning three-pointer at Hisense Arena on Saturday night. That win gave bottom-placed Melbourne United the points over top-of-the-table Sydney Kings – further illustrating the evenness of this league.
As we catch a breath and try to make sense of Round Eight, the next round of action begins in Perth on Thursday when the Wildcats host the Bullets.
Perth will of course go in as strong favourites to bounce back into the winners’ circle after their shock loss to the Hawks at home on Sunday. The reigning Champs are $1.44 favourites to do just that and they shouldn’t have too many problems against Brisbane ($2.62) who are coming off that horrific 18-point loss at home to the 36ers.
Next up, the giant killing Hawks will be aiming for another huge road win when they head to New Zealand for the early game on Friday against the Breakers.
Despite their incredible win in Perth, they’ll still go in as underdogs when they meet the second of last season’s Grand Finalists in as many games. The Hawks are $2.62 with the Breakers at $1.44.
If the Hawks are a chance, they’ll be hoping for more of the same from Rotnei Clarke who was inspired on Sunday, finishing with 20 points. The Breakers lost their second game in a row in Cairns on Sunday but should be too strong at home.
Speaking of Cairns, they travel to Brisbane on Saturday and for me, they are the best underdog chance of the round at $2.20. As mentioned, the Bullets were terrible last start, on this very court, last Thursday, losing 101-83.
The visitors also have the toughest road trip in the league to contend with on Thursday night (Perth), before having to back up in this one. Big man Nathan Jawai is starting to hit his straps for the Taipans after being injured to start the season, he scored 17 points.
I’m going to take the $2.20 on offer for the Taipans to beat the Bullets ($1.61).
The next game on Saturday sees the 36ers ($1.72) host the Wildcats ($2). Adelaide will be looking for their third straight win after toppling the Kings 91-85 in Sydney on Sunday night.
The ladder-leading Kings had a horrible time last weekend, twice losing to the bottom-placed team, Melbourne on Saturday and Adelaide on Monday. They’re not in action until Monday night this week when they travel to Illawarra ($2) as slight favourites at $1.72.
Before that match, Melbourne United are $1.44 favourites to beat New Zealand Breakers ($2.62) at home on Sunday. United are bottom of the ladder but are only a win away from second place, in an incredibly tight season.
Suggested Bet: Taipans to beat the Bullets: $2.20
Perth Wildcats ($1.44) v Brisbane Bullets ($2.62), Perth Arena, 9:30pm, Thursday 1 December
New Zealand Breakers ($1.44) v Illawarra Hawks (2.62), North Shore Events Centre, 5:30pm, Friday 2 December
Brisbane Bullets ($1.61) v Cairns Taipans ($2.20), Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, 5:30pm, Saturday 3 December
Adelaide 36ers ($1.72) v Perth Wildcats ($2), Titanium Security Arena, 7:30pm, Saturday 3 December
Melbourne United ($1.44) v New Zealand Breakers ($2.62), Hisense Arena, 3:00pm, Sunday 4 December
Illawarra Hawks ($2) v Sydney Kings ($1.72), WIN Entertainment Centre, 7:30pm, Monday 5 December
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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