|Cairns Taipans vs Sydney Kings NBLL betting odds and game info|
|NBL betting odds||Taipans $1.64 at Sportsbet | Kings $2.40 at BetOnline|
|When||Saturday, January 23 at 7:00pm AEST|
|Where||Cairns Pop Up Arena – Cairns, Queensland|
|Watch live||Foxtel, Kayo, SBS On-Demand|
The rivalry between the Cairns Taipans and Sydney Kings continues this Saturday when they face off again in Cairns, following the Taipans one-point win over the Kings in round one.
Winning by a single point in thrilling fashion, the Taipans currently have the edge over the visiting side, but you can never count out the Kings with their elite squad.
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Casper Ware top-scored for the Kings with 18 points in their season debut, where they led for most of the match, before the Taipans snatched the lead with two minutes left on the clock.
The close match was as tight as ever, with the lead never blowing out beyond seven points, meaning these teams are extremely well-matched.
The tight defence from both sides accounted for a sloppy statistical affair, but now that both sides have settled in, we expect a much cleaner game from the Taipans and Kings.
Cairns Taipans vs Sydney Kings NBL tips 23/1
Majok Deng Over 12.5 Points
From the two games we have seen from Deng in 2021, he has scored over 12.5 points in both of them, including his 20-point performance against The Hawks. The Taipans are looking to score more via the three-point line, meaning Deng will have a spread floor to help him score easier. Even when he shot a low percentage against the Kings, he still scored 13 points in his season debut.
Total match points Over 175.5
Almost every player on the court shot poorly in their first clash, but now they have opened their accounts for the season, so we expect all the shooters to straighten up. Most of the scoring is down across the entire league thus far, but it should not take long for every franchise to start scoring over 100 again, which was a common occurrence in previous seasons.
Sydney Kings to Win
We are taking the underdogs on this occasion because they led for most of the first match have a higher ceiling than the Taipans. The Sydney starters shot horribly from beyond the arc, embarrassingly going 3/20 last time they played. Casper Ware will not shoot 1/9 from three again, instead, the veteran guard will lead by example and help the Kings hold their lead this time around.