THE usual suspects occupy the upper rungs of the ladder as we head into round four of the 2018/19 NBL season.
Perth Wildcats are top of the pops after Friday’s thrilling double-overtime win against Melbourne United, who sit second after bouncing back to beat Illawarra Hawks on Monday night.
Sydney Kings and NZ Breakers both have two wins and two losses with a couple of games to make up, while Adelaide United round out the four on three and three.
Let’s check in with BetEasy.com.au and find out where the value is for this week’s Australian basketball action.
NBA Multi of the Week – Round 4
- Wildcats to beat Breakers – $1.33
- Bullets at +6.5 against 36ers – $1.90
- United at -2.5 against Kings – $1.90
Perth Wildcats vs. New Zealand Breakers
12pm AWST Saturday, November 3 at RAC Arena
Wildcats -6.5 at $1.90
Breakers +6.5 at $1.90
A shock loss to Brisbane notwithstanding, things are going more or less to script for Perth. That vital win over United sees them a game (and plenty of percentage) clear atop the table with four wins in five outings.
The Breakers have found no consistency to speak of. They were hammered by the Bullets and the Kings, but an upset win over Melbourne and a 114-94 belting of Adelaide last time out show the game is there – when they can find it.
Don’t think too hard on this one. Perth at home is a perfect way to anchor this week’s basketball multi bet.
Adelaide 36ers vs. Brisbane Bullets
2:20pm ACDT Sunday, November 4 at Titanium Security Arena
36ers -6.5 at $1.90
Bullets +6.5 at $1.90
Ramone Moore will miss the reverse fixture in Queensland on Thursday and is no certainty to suit up for the Sixers when the Bullets come to visit three days later. Adelaide have endured a tough schedule thus far and will welcome a return to their home court after consecutive away dates in Melbourne, Cairns, Auckland and Brisbane.
It’s been a rollercoaster start for the Bullets, who upset the Wildcats in round three and revealed a day later that US import Alonzo Gee had left the club to deal with personal issues. The day after that, they were pantsed by Illawarra.
Man for man, as things stand, Adelaide should have no trouble winning this matchup at home. After four games on the road, however, they might be loose enough to let the Bullets slip inside the +6.5 handicap.
Melbourne United vs. Sydney Kings
7:50pm AEDT Monday, November 5 at Melbourne Arena
United -2.5 at $1.90
Kings +2.5 at $1.90
Chris Goulding is a doubt for Melbourne’s trip to Cairns on Friday, but the star shooter should be right in time for Monday’s grudge match with the Kings. Casper Ware stepped up in Goulding’s absence last week, netting a game-high 26 points in a win over Illawarra.
Sydney have their own injury worries with Andrew Bogut battling a back issue, but the former NBA star says it will take more than that to keep him off the court this week. Andrew Gaze’s men have won two straight to climb from bottom of the ladder into the top four.
Melbourne boy Bogut against the NBL’s glamour club makes this a tantalising prospect from all angles. The Kings will be on a roll if they beat the Hawks earlier in the round, but the likely return of Goulding should give United the edge.
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