The 2019-20 NBL season continues this weekend with Round 11! There are another huge seven games on the card this round stretched across five days of action from Thursday through to Monday night.
We’ll be providing our expert betting tips for every NBL game this season, so make sure you check out our NBL Tips page regularly, as well as our NBA Tips page for some more great basketball betting tips.
Good luck to everyone following!
Thursday, 7:30pm AEDT
The Taipans are no joke this season. They’ve proven doubters wrong time and time again and are now sitting in fourth spot on the ladder! Last weekend they defeated the Breakers with ease before impressively knocking off the Kings in Sydney to make it three straight wins. The Wildcats also returned to form last weekend with two big wins over the Kings and the Phoenix, both of which were double-digit margins. However, they now run into a Taipans unit that they’ve already fallen to twice this season and that are filled with confidence at the moment. We have the Taipans making it four on the spin and a clean sweep over the champs.
Friday, 7:30pm AEDT
The 36ers were disappointing last weekend in their 22-point loss the United. They were no match for their old rivals and simply looked like a team that was out of their depth against a genuine contender. That loss took their season record to 6-7, which is good enough for sixth spot on the ladder. Phoenix were also disappointing losers last weekend when they went down by 10 points to a determined Wildcats outfit. Phoenix have been unable to find any consistency from week to week and currently sit in fifth with a 6-6 record. This is a hard one to pick due as both sides come in lacking form and consistency, so we’ll sit this one out.
Saturday, 5:30pm AEDT
Melbourne United bounced back from a couple of losses to defeat the 36ers with ease last weekend. Adelaide had no answer for Shawn Long who finished the night with a huge 34 points and 15 rebounds. United’s win saw them regain third spot on the ladder with an 8-6 record. The Kings had their first poor round of the year last weekend when they lost both of their games by double digits. Despite the drop off in performance, the Kings are still sitting comfortably at the top of the ladder. This should be another cracking game, but we have to give the Melbourne the edge here, simply because they’re the home team and are in a touch better form coming in.
Saturday, 8:00pm AEDT
As mentioned above, the Wildcats put an end to a run of bad form with two big wins in Round 10. They have two more games in Round 11, the second of which is a home game against the Bullets on Saturday night. The Bullets come into this in some pretty ordinary form after losing to the Breakers last time out. That loss was their third from their last four games with their lone win coming over the depleted Hawks. On recent form, it’s hard to see the Bullets keeping this close. We have the Wildcats winning by double digits at home.
Sunday, 3:00pm AEDT
The Breakers scored an impressive win to finish Round 10, defeating the Bullets comfortably at home. Scotty Hopson and Corey Webster both made a successful return from injury and immediately made the Breakers look 10x better, particularly on offence. Meanwhile, the 36ers will be playing their second game of the weekend here after taking on Phoenix on Friday night in what should be a frantically paced game. We expect the 36ers to come into New Zealand with a bit of fatigue, which will play perfectly into the Breakers hands who will be desperate to push the pace and get another win on the board. We have the home side winning comfortably in our best bet for the weekend.
Sunday, 5:00pm AEDT
Both Phoenix and the Taipans will be playing their second game of Round 11 when they meet in Melbourne on Sunday night. Both teams come into this with some decent form behind them, although at the time of writing we’re still yet to find out how they fare in their first game of the round. The market has opened with both teams around even odds, and we tend to agree with the bookies on this occasion. The Taipans do have the slight advantage in form, but the home ground factor for Phoenix should even the ledger. All things considered, this is too tough to predict, and we’ll opt to sit on the fence.
Monday, 7:30pm AEDT
The last game of the round is a Monday night clash between the Illawarra Hawks and Melbourne United in the Gong. The Hawks will again be without young stud LaMelo Ball who’s set to miss the next month or so through injury. Last time out was their first go without him and they really struggled on both ends of the ball as a result, losing by double digits to the Bullets. Meanwhile, United were big winners in Round 10 and will be playing their second game of the weekend after taking on the Kings in Melbourne on Saturday. There’s a lot of basketball to be played before this clash gets underway, but we’re still prepared to back United in to get an easy win over the depleted Hawks. Even if they play at 80%, we have them being too good in this matchup.
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