NBL Round 19 Tips & Preview

Just like when you’re churning through an all-you-can-eat buffet at the old Sizzler/Pizza Hut, you just don’t know when to stop and nor should you.

That’s the exact feeling NBL fans are enjoying right now as this non-stop feast of Hoops every single night continues as we gorge on Aussie Basketball every single night.

We’ll update this page with our best bets from NBL Round 19 throughout the week-long round, so be sure to stop by here as we find you some top value!

WEEKEND MATCHES

There’s plenty of NBL action to get around over the weekend, so be sure to keep an eye out on our markets for the best value.

On Saturday, the New Zealand Breakers and Sydney Kings meet again for the second time in just under 48 hours as the long-starved Kiwi fans get another taste of NBL action.

Both the Brisbane Bullets and South East Melbourne Phoenix have come off big wins and will fancy their chances on Saturday night as the two teams face each other at Nissan Arena, as the Bullets make the most of their home-court advantage.

The Perth Wildcats will be back on the road for their 4th game in eight days, as they head down to the City of Churches to take on the Adelaide 36ers.

The Wildcats will want to ensure their place in the top two is cemented.

Both Illawarra and Cairns will have just 48 hours to back it up from Friday night with the two meetings in Wollongong.

The Hawks will need to keep on winning if they want to book their place in the playoffs.

On Monday night, the Brisbane Bullets are back home again this time against league leaders Melbourne United who will be well rested after a six-day break.

Round 19 of the NBL then finishes up on Tuesday night in Christchurch with the New Zealand Breakers playing host to the Adelaide 36ers in what will be another exciting hit-out, especially with the locals getting their team back on home soil.

As always keep an eye out for our comprehensive and top value NBL markets over the weekend, with Same Game Multi’s in play you’ll be sure to take it to the Neds level.

FRIDAY NIGHT - Perth Wildcats v Cairns Taipans
Under 166.5 @ $1.90

After a tour of duty in the Sunshine State, the Perth Wildcats are back at home facing the Taipans for the second time in less than a week.

Perth will just have under 48 hours to get back at it after a surprise 91-88 loss to the Bullets on Wednesday night, but will make the most of their home-court advantage along with playing against the bottom of the table Taipans.

With the Wildcats into the playoffs for the 35th, that’s right 35th season in a row, along with home court and on the rebound, I really wouldn’t want to be in the Cairns Taipans position and cannot make a case for an upset.

The Wildcats have won their past six against Cairns, and they’ll make it seven come Friday night.

With the home side at Winx-odds of $1.08 head to head, it’s best to play the margins.

Backing the unders when the Wildcats play has been a frequent occurrence in season 2021, and while we all expect Perth to win, it’ll probably not be a shoot-out.

Under 166.5 seems about right.

FRIDAY NIGHT - Adelaide 36ers v Illawarra Hawks
Adelaide United @ $1.90

A Josh Giddey-less Adelaide 36ers play host to the Illawarra Hawks in what should be an absolutely cracking contest.

This looms as a must-win clash for Brian Goorjian’s Illawarra Hawks, who have been one of the best stories of the 2021 NBL season but are now just out of the final five after being put in their place by Melbourne United on Tuesday night.

The Adelaide 36ers have lost their past two matches and will need to make the most of their home-court advantage if they are to make the most of their mathematical playoffs hopes.

At the time of publishing, the market cannot split these two with both at $1.90 head to head, that is likely to change as betting progresses, and it’ll most likely go in favor of the 36ers.

Fresh legs, home-court advantage, and the novel stat that the Illawarra Hawks have lost seven of its last eight Friday games, is good enough for me to back the home team in this one.

THURSDAY NIGHT - NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS v SYDNEY KINGS
New Zealand Breakers 1-10 @ $2.75

After months on the road, it will be an emotional homecoming for the New Zealand Breakers who finally play in front of their adoring home fans at the Trusts Arena in Auckland against the Sydney Kings.

The Breakers will not only finally get some home-court advantage, but they’ll also have somewhat fresher legs with both sides backing it up from the weekend.

At the time of publishing, the punters can’t split these two with the Kings the narrow $1.87 favorite with the Breakers $1.95 underdogs.

This game looms as a must-win for the Sydney Kings to ensure their spot in the playoffs as they draw closer.

However, sometimes you need to back the sense of occasion and it will be hard to go past the New Zealand Breakers in their return game at home for the first time in over 14 months.

I’ll take them in a close one at the 1-10 margin.

 

BRISBANE BULLETS v PERTH WILDCATS
Perth Wildcats 1-10 pts @ $2.60

It’s the second meeting between these two sides in the space of five days, and the Perth Wildcats third game in five days as their whirlwind tour of the Sunshine state continues.

Perth has already secured their spot in the playoffs, for the 35th year in a row – which would have to be one of the most phenomenal runs in world sport.

This looms as a must-win game for the 6th placed Brisbane Bullets if they want to make the playoffs, currently sitting on 13 wins, 15 losses they can simply not afford to drop this one.

At least they’ll have somewhat fresh legs going into this game, and enough time to study the tape as to what they can improve on from their 90-102 loss to the Wildcats on Saturday.

Perth will have to back it up 48 hours from getting the job done over the Taipans on Monday night.

Much interest in this game will be how the Brisbane fans react to favorite son turned Wildcat Will Magnay is received by the crowd, with Lamar Patterson telling news.com.au

“I heard a little bit of booing at him but I wish the fans would have let him have it a little bit more.

“I hope they boo the crap out of Will this time. This is his hometown but they should just let him have it now that he’s with Perth.”

It should be an entertaining contest, but the Wildcats should be too good.

Take them at the 1-10 margin.

ILLAWARRA HAWKS v MELBOURNE UNITED
Hawks (-6.5) @ $1.90

We’ve got a potential finals preview on our hands here with the 4th placed Illawarra Hawks playing host to top-of-the-table Melbourne United and this is set to be a beauty.

Melbourne United is still very much the team to beat but is starting to show some signs of weakness having lost two of their past five games.

The prospect of playing them on the rebound after a loss, especially when it was at the hands of cross-town rivals South East Melbourne Phoenix in the Throwdown will see them coming out and breathing fire.

Illawarra has fought out three gutsy wins of recent, after a tough April, and can cement their spot in the playoffs if Brian Goorjian’s boys can upset Melbourne United.

The Hawks recent record against Melbourne United hasn’t been great, with United winning seven of their last eight.

Tonight presents a terrific opportunity for Illawarra to take it up to Melbourne United, especially with the quick turnaround in matches.

I’ll take them at the line.