The following are previews with betting tips for Round 10 of the 2021 NBL season.
Friday, March 19
Sydney Kings vs Melbourne United
Qudos Bank Arena
Sydney currently has a 7-8 record and are in 6th on the table. For Melbourne they have a 10-2 record and are in 1st on the ladder.
The Kings latest match was a commanding 119-108 victory over the Bullets at JCA (John Cain Arena). For United they lost to the Hawks 77-69 at JCA. SYD’S key Q was the 3rd where they won 38-24. For MEL, their key Q was the 4th, there they inexplicably lost 21-9!
Some of the Kings standout performers include Ware, Martin and off the bench Moller. Ware hit 5 from deep as he had 25PTS. He also had 4REB, 10AS and 1ST. Martin shot 8/14 from the floor, as he scored 21PTS. He also went 4/4 from the FT line and pulled in 3 boards. And Moller shot an insane 80%, as he scored 15PTS and also had 7REB, 1AS, 2ST and 1BL.
For United McCarron scored 16PTS, Goulding 13 and Landale 12, all starters. McCarron hit 6/9 shots, as he also had 3REB, 4AS and 1ST. Goulding hit 3 triples, as he also pulled in 3 boards. And Landale shot 55.6% on his 2-point attempts, as some of his other stats included 8REB and 3AS.
Whenever these two archrivals face off, one of the major story lines is always how will Ware fare against his former side. The Californian born PG played for United from 2016-19 and was an NBL Champion during his short, yet successful time there. He poured in 25PTS during his most recent match vs Brisbane. And during his most recent clash against his former side, he scored 21PTS and dished out 5 dimes in what was a closely contested 3-point defeat. He always turns the motors on against Melbourne and this one should be no different. Expect him as usual to have a heavy impact on the direction of the game.
Betting tips- Pick Sydney to win at $1.90 (Sportsbet)
Also pick them to win Q1 at $1.85 (Bet365)
And pick them to score 20 points first at $1.87 (Bet365)
Perth Wildcats vs Cairns Taipans
Perth is 9-4 so far and sit in 2nd on the ladder, just a victory off top spot. For Cairns they are dead last in 9th place with a 4-12 record.
The Wildcats overcame a 26-point deficit in their latest matchup, as they prevailed 97-88 over the 36ers at JCA. For the Taipans they could consider themselves a bit unlucky as the Phoenix beat them 85-81 at JCA. PER’s key Q was the 3rd, they won here 25-8! For CNS it was the 1st, as they were defeated 20-14.
Looking at the Wildcats simply crazy win, Cotton lit up the stadium for 34PTS. He hit 6 from beyond the arc, as he also got 2REB, 7AS and 3ST. Blanchfield scored 20, as he channelled his inner Harden to make 4 from deep. He also had 5REB and a ST. And Mooney scored 17, as he went 4/4 from the FT line. He also grabbed a massive 16REB, had 3AST and a swat to his name.
For the Taipans, Machado scored 24PTS, as he shot 9/15 to heat up in Victoria. He also had 5REB and 3AS. Backing him up strongly was Oliver with 22, who shot 8/11. He also had 7REB, 2AS and 1BL. And Krslovic also made his presence felt with 7PTS, as he converted on 2/3 2-point makes to help him get there. He also had 8REB, 1AS, 2ST and 1BL.
Carins close defeat to S.E.M saw only two players score in double figures. That was Machado with 24PTS and Oliver with 22. Djeric shot 2/7, Koi 2/6, Krslovic 3/7 and Kenny 0/2. In what was ultimately a pretty low scoring affair, a lack of shots and/or baskets from those guys hurt them a lot. So, suffice to say they need to step up to the plate a lot, lot better in this one. For example, for somebody like Koi it’s particularly disappointing when you consider he scored 27 vs Melbourne earlier in the year. As well as 18 and 12 in 2 of his 3 games against the Breakers. If he and the others can step up, then they’ve got a massive shot in this one.
Also pick them to win Q1 at $1.55 (Bet365)
And pick the Taipans to win Q3 at odds of $2.00 or more when they become available
Saturday, March 20
South East Melbourne Phoenix vs Adelaide 36ers
John Cain Arena
The Phoenix at the moment are playing some strong Basketball and deservedly so have a 9-7 record as a result of that. That is good for 4th position. For the 36ers they have a 7-10 record and in 7th on the ladder.
The Phoenix’s latest clash was a comprehensive 103-89 beating of the Breakers at JCA. For the 36ers they were lacklustre and overall poor as they turned a 26-point lead into a 9-point loss against the Wildcats at JCA. S.E.M’s key period was the 2nd, here they won 27-22. Whilst for ADL it was comfortably the 3rd, as they were pummelled 25-8!
South East Melbourne had some extraordinarily strong contributors in this one. They include both Adnam and Creek with 21PTS each and Moore with 17 electric PTS off the bench. Adnam shot 60%, as he also got 2REB and 7AS. Creek shot an even better (how is that possible!) 66.7%. He also had 4REB and 4AS. For Moore, he went 8/9! Some of his other stats also included 5REB, 1AS and 3ST.
Adelaide’s best players in their disappointing loss to Perth were former San Antonio Spur off the bench Paul with 25PTS. McVeigh also posted a strong 12PTS coming off the pine. And Giddey had 14PTS as a starter and a future NBA prospect. Paul went an absolutely ballistic 6/10 from deep, as he also got 3 boards. For McVeigh he ended up with 80% of his shots made, as he also had 2 boards, 1 dime and 1 swat to his name. Giddey went mad, as he made 4/8 from 3-point range. His other stats included 8REB, 13AS and 2ST.
Mitch Creek recently got hit with some profoundly serious assault charges. One of the main candidates for this seasons MVP award season is in tatters at the moment. Until further notice he will neither play nor train with the former Net and Timberwolve in some serious strife here. Although innocent until proven guilty, this doesn’t exactly paint him in a positive light and throws his team’s season into tatters. How they respond with all this external stuff going on will go a long way to dictating the direction that they head in for the rest of the campaign. Skyes, Broekhoff, Wetzell and Co your up!
Betting tips- Pick S.E.M to be victorious at $1.38 (Bet365)
Also pick them to win Q1 and Adelaide to win Q2 at odds of $1.40 and $1.50 or more when they each become available (respectively)