NBL Round 15 Tips & Preview

We’re down to the business end of the 2019-20 NBL season and Round 15 is set to be a sensational weekend of hoops, with six big games over the weekend.

With finals spots on the line and make or break moments for every team right now, the NBL season just gets better and better.

It’s a tough round for punters but we’re confident we can bring home the bacon.

CAIRNS TAIPANS VS NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS
Taipans 11+ @ $2.85

Cricket fans claim that “You can’t stop the Snake, you can’t stop the Snake.” Well, when it comes to the NBL, the Cairns Taipans are on a roll with four wins on the trot.

If I had also told you that the Breakers would find themselves on a winning streak a few weeks back, you’d have laughed in my face and they are now on a five-game winning streak. 

This is set to be a cracking contest to start Round 15 and it’s a bloody hard one to tip.

With that in mind, it’s best to back the home team as the Breakers record isn’t so great when they are on the road.

New Zealand is currently 4 wins, 6 losses when playing across their ditch and I can’t justify backing against the Taipans on their home court.

Expect the Taipans to put on a show on their home court and burst the Breakers’ bubble. 

ILLAWARRA HAWKS VS PERTH WILDCATS
Wildcats (-6.5) @ $1.90

The Wildcats head to Illawarra off the back of consecutive losses but fortunately for them, the Hawks have lost four of their last five and are having a Barry Crocker of a season, sitting bottom of the ladder.

In an exciting development for Perth, the signing of NBA veteran Miles Plumlee this week is sure to inject some razzle-dazzle into the Wildcats lineup, who are still currently 2nd on the ladder and very much in the hunt.

When the Wildcats last lost back-to-back matches, they belted the Sydney Kings and you would think something similar will happen in this contest. 

Illawarra has not managed back-to-back wins once this season and facing the Wildcats on the rebound and with a hot new recruit isn’t going to help their plight. 

With the line at -6.5, you just have to take the Wildcats in this one. 

SYDNEY KINGS VS CAIRNS TAIPANS
HT/FT Taipans /Kings @ $6.50

This Saturday afternoon’s clash between first and fourth is set to be a cracker with the Sydney Kings looking to get back to back wins.

The Kings had a rough start to the New Year but managed to conjure up a 14 point belting of the Adelaide 36ers and they’ll want to get even with the Taipans after they dished out an 11 point loss a month ago.

This top four clash is a fascinating one for punters and depending on how the Taipans fare on Thursday night they could be on a five-game winning streak.

Expect this one to be a thriller and it’s worth a crack at the Half Time/Full-Time lead market with the Taipans up at the main break and the Kings to get the job done on their home court. 

ADELAIDE 36ERS vs MELBOURNE UNITED
United (-2.5) @ $1.90

Both teams have weathered a bit of a rough patch of late, but both also took advantage of the whipping boys the Hawks last weekend to get back on the winner’s list.

The 36ers have struggled to get back-to-back wins this season and at time of publishing, they are trying to close the gap between the Taipans for 4th spot on the NBL ladder. 

They need to win this game, so they will welcome the fact it’s on their home court. 

Their recent record against Melbourne isn’t great, having lost their past four matches against them and with the line being -2.5, it’s best to take United who should be able to get the job done. 

NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS VS BRISBANE BULLETS
Breakers 1-10 @ $2.60

The Kiwis hop back across the ditch to play the other team from Queensland, the Bullets on Sunday.

The Breakers have had plenty of good luck over Brisbane, having beaten them twice already this season, but the Bullets will be well-rested going into this match.

Brisbane is coming off a 12-point win over the Wildcats at home, but have lost their last four games played in Auckland.

With that in mind, when in doubt  – back the home team. 

The Breakers are playing some good basketball right now and the 1-10 margin looks about right. 

ILLAWARRA HAWKS VS S.E. MELBOURNE PHOENIX
Hawks @ $2

This will be three home games in a row for the Illawarra Hawks and you’d think it might be third time lucky for them this Sunday, when they face fellow cellar-dwellers South East Melbourne Phoenix.

At time of publish, the Hawks have lost four out of their last five, as have the Phoneix.

This will be Phoenix’s first hit out for the weekend. The Hawks are meanwhile having to back it up from Friday night. 

These two teams can be quite unpredictable but for value and the fact it’s the Hawks third attempt for a win on their home court, I’m backing the home team head to head at the $2.