NBL Round 11 – Selected Previews & Betting Tips

The following are previews with betting tips for selected fixtures in Round 11 of the 2021/22 NBL season.

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S.E. Melbourne Phoenix

South East Melbourne Phoenix vs Sydney Kings

Thursday Feb 10, 7:30pm
John Cain Arena

Sydney Kings

Both S.E.M and Sydney head into their top-tier contest in Melbourne Park with recent triumphant victories to their name. For the Phoenix, playing away in Wollongong, they toppled the Hawks 88-87. Xavier Munford turned up in the clutch with two late made FTs (00:01 seconds left on the clock), to seal the deal. Whilst the Kings smashed the Breakers at home, 84-65. As Dejan Vasiljevic lit up Homebush for 23PTS (4/8 from deep included). With both competitors strongly vying for a Top Two berth this clash isn’t to be missed.

Vasiljevic is roaring lately. The ex-Miami College sharpshooter hit four big ones from beyond the arc against New Zealand. While only two games prior against Perth he went 3/8 from deep. And before that against Brisbane he had 23PTS and went 5/11 from beyond the arc. Whilst before that, also against the Bullets, he went 5/10 from deep. He has shown throughout the current campaign that he’s not afraid to shoot the ball … and score at will. Only Brandon Ashley hit 3+ 3s in South East’s latest victory, going 3/7 from the floor. And before that against Perth they made just a dismal four in total via 22 attempts! He could well prove to be the scoring edge that the Kings need to hold out this matchup and win.

Betting tips: Look for Sydney to eventually prevail and win at $2.02 (Bet365)

Also back the Kings to win Q1 at $1.95 (Bet365)

While you can also choose Jarell Martin to produce over 15.5PTS at $1.87 (Bet365)

 

Brisbane Bullets

Brisbane Bullets vs Adelaide 36ers

Friday Feb 11, 7:30pm
Nissan Arena

Adelaide 36ers

Brisbane have lost their last four games in a row, meanwhile Adelaide have lost three of their previous four, in what is a battle of two rivals strongly trying to stay in touch with a Finals berth. Yet with each passing round, they witness it slipping further and further away from their grasps. Sitting in 9th and 8th respectively, a win is vital here not only for their end of season hopes, but also to boost their generally dwindling morales. This is the sort of matchup where the likes of Robert Franks, Lamar Patterson and Daniel Johnson really need to stand up and show what they’re capable of.

In the Bullets latest eight-point defeat to Cairns, former Orlando Magic Forward Franks played out of his skin. The Seattle-born and former G-League Champion scored 22PTS on 57.1% shooting, to go along with his 6REB, 2AST, 4STL and 1BLK! Now when analysing Adelaide’s latest efforts vs Melbourne, Mitch McCarron had 5TO, Daniel Johnson 4TO, along with both Cam Bairstow and Kai Sotto who had 3TO each, showing that they can be pretty sloppy even at their best (occurred during their OT win vs Melbourne). Franks is a certified winner and it’s up to him to help the James Duncan coached Bullets take advantage of it in order to claim a much needed win.

Betting tips: Pick the Bullets to fire up and win at $1.58 (Bet365)

Also look for H1 (Q’s 1 & 2) to be the highest scoring one at $1.75 (Bet365)

And choose Brisbane to have the games highest individual scoring Q at $1.83 (Bet365)

 

Illawarra Hawks

Illawarra Hawks vs Cairns Taipans

Saturday Feb 12, 5:30pm
WIN Entertainment Centre

Cairns Taipans

As the Hawks prepare to play hosts to the Taipans, they do so having won a simply incredible 14 of their past 16 H2Hs against them. The last time Cairns beat Illawarra at home was in October of 2016! Travis Trice was still a Taipan then, while Rotnei Clarke was with the Hawks! Regardless this is the perfect chance for Adam Forde’s men to pounce and ‘eat up’ their opposition given that last week the dejected Hawks were displaced in the Top Four by the JackJumpers. Anything can happen in the NBL and we’re all here for it’s raw and alluring beauty.

While Trice may no longer be plying his trade in the NBL, that’s no worries for the Taipans, as they have Guard Tahjere McCall in their ranks to ‘call’ upon. His latest game alone vs Brisbane saw him go 1/1 from deep and 4/4 from the FT line en route to 19PTS, 8REB, 6AST, 4STL and 1BLK! And on the season his averages aren’t too dissimilar (mostly). The former Brooklyn Net and Philadelphia-born athlete is a tough player who doesn’t go down easily. Playing for this team first orientated Taipans side should see him get some nice stats throughout the encounter and perhaps, just perhaps, help lead his side to a sneaky, sneaky dub.

Betting tips: Look for the Hawks to soar and win at $1.47 (Bet365)

Also look for them to reach 20PTS scored first at $1.65 (Bet365)

While you can also back Illawarra to have over 87.5PTS scored and Cairns over 82.5 at $1.85 and $1.80 respectively (Bet365)

 

Melbourne United

Melbourne United vs Perth Wildcats

Saturday Feb 12, 8:00pm
John Cain Arena

Perth Wildcats

As Melbourne prepare to play Perth, this game is the perfect chance for every NBL supporter far and wide to get a good glimpse at what could well prove to be this seasons Grand Final Series. For United, they’ve won eight of their past 10 clashes and sit in 3rd on the ladder. While the Wildcats have won seven over the same span and occupy 1st. Not only that, Melbourne posses Matthew Dellavedova, a former NBA Championship winner, while Perth have Bryce Cotton, an athletic ‘freak of nature’, who realistically didn’t even need an introduction. This is one of the matchups of the season right here!

Luke Travers had himself a game last time out in his sides demolition job 22-point victory over the Phoenix. The 20-year-old and projected NBA Draft pick exploded for 24PTS on 7/12 shooting, in addition to his 7REB, 3AST and 1BLK. The 2020 NBL Champion has upped the ante massively this season in what is arguably his breakout campaign in Australian Basketball. He’s gone from 4.9PPG last season to 7.5PPG, along with increasing his boards to 6.4RPG, double that of last season. He’s also gone from 0.9APG to 2.2APG. Now playing against Melbourne, a fierce team and one of the best in the business, it presents the perfect opportunity for him to further his game play and name on a global stage, with no doubt a few important ‘people’ tuning into this affair.

Betting tips: Look for Perth to edge this encounter out at $2.02 (Bet365)

Also pick Melbourne to have fashioned over 42.5 H1 PTS at $1.85 (Bet365)

And look for Perth to win the race to 20 and 25PTS at $1.90 and $1.87 respectively (Bet365)

 

Best Bets of the Round: Look for Sydney to eventually prevail and win at $2.02 (Bet365)

Also back the Kings to win Q1 at $1.95 (Bet365)

While you can also choose Jarell Martin to produce over 15.5PTS at $1.87 (Bet365)

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