NBL Round 13 Tips & Preview

Round 13 of the NBL brings us seven big games from Friday night to Tuesday night.

With our Head Honcho of Hoops kicking his feet up on vacation, our Post-up Prophet has come off the bench and dished up a few value packed dimes for the punters to get around!

ILLAWARRA HAWKS V SOUTH EAST MELBOURNE PHOENIX
Phoenix (-5.5) $1.90

South East Melbourne hit the road in search of their third straight win.

Standing in their way are the Illawarra Hawks, who are starring down the barrel of four straight defeats, including a 32-point rinsing to the Phoenix a week back.

Historically, the Phoenix have terrorised the Hawks, winning all six previous meetings at an absolute canter.

South East Melbourne cruised to 15+ point victories across their last two trips to Illawarra and should coast to another big win here.

ADELAIDE 36ERS V PERTH WILDCATS
Wildcats (-6.5) $1.90

Perth Wildcats are out to extend their incredible winning streak to nine games when they travel to SA and take on the struggling 36ers.

This pair met twice in Perth in March, with the Wildcats strolling victory on both occasions.

The Wildcats have looked comfortable on the road this season, holding a 6-2 record away from home.

With an average point differential of +8.2 this season, Perth will be confident of blowing out the defensively inept 36ers here.

MELBOURNE UNITED V NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS
United (-5.5) $1.90

Melbourne look to complete a regular season sweep over the Breakers when they meet at John Cain Arena on Saturday night.

United have already seen off the Breakers twice in Victoria, and can put pressure on the Wildcats at the top of the standings with their sixth win on the bounce here.

The Breakers are coming into this fixture off the back of a 7-point loss to the Phoenix at John Cain, a court where they hold a 2-8 record.

If United consider themselves real title contenders this season then they should put this one away before the fourth quarter.

SYDNEY KINGS V SOUTH EAST MELBOURNE PHOENIX
Kings $1.70

As good as South East Melbourne have been this season, they still haven’t been able to get past their boogey side the Kings.

The Kings have won the last five outings between this pair, the two most recent wins coming on Phoenix’s home deck.

Sydney come into this fixture with a rest advantage and should improve on their already solid record at Qudos Bank Arena.

ILLAWARRA HAWKS V CAIRNS TAIPANS
Hawks to Cover $1.90

Bad plays worse, as the Illawarra Hawk welcome the Cairns Taipans to the WIN Entertainment Centre.

The Taipans have a revolting record on the road this season, going 0-8 when playing outside of Cairns!

Despite being on a three game losing streak the Hawks will see this game as a gimme, seeing off Cairns by 20 and 16 points respectively on their own patch.

Back in NSW the Hawks have no excuse not to tear through their visitors here.

MELBOURNE UNITED V BRISBANE BULLETS
Bullets to Cover $1.90

The regular season series is up for grabs here, with both Brisbane and Melbourne splitting the spoils across their previous two meetings.

Surprising it’s been he away side who have dominated this fixture of late, with three of the last four meetings claimed by the visitor, most recently the Bullets went +8 at John Cain.

Brisbane have convincingly won three of their last four visits to John Cain Arena, while only one other side has managed to knock off United at home!

I have the Bullets claiming another win on the road here, though I’m more than happy to take the extra insurance at the line.

NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS V PERTH WILDCATS
Unders $1.90

It’s time to pack up your bags and head back to New Zealand, this game is already over.

The Breakers take their home fixture to Tasmania, where they are undefeated this season (0-0).

The Wildcats  have won nine of their last ten outings against the Kiwi outfit and will be licking their lips as they look to pull clear atop of the NBL standings.

I’m expecting both sides to be a little sluggish following a packed week of schedules and travel.

The Wildcats should walk to their 10th win on the trot here, but I’ll be taking the value on offer in the Unders market.