THE 2018/19 NBL season is rapidly evolving into a two-horse race for top spot.
Perth Wildcats went into the international break with a 10-1 record after back-to-back wins over New Zealand Breakers.
Hot on their heels are Melbourne United, who improved to 9-3 with their two-point victory over Sydney Kings last time out.
United remain the $2.60 title favourites at Sportsbet.com.au, while the Kings and the Wildcats share the second line of betting at $3.75.
This week sees each of the top three playing away from home, so there is plenty of value out there at Australia’s best basketball betting sites.
NBL Multi of the Week – Round 8
- Wildcats to beat Kings
- United to beat Bullets
- 36ers at -6.5 against Hawks
Sydney Kings vs. Perth Wildcats
7:50pm AEDT Thursday, December 6 at Qudos Bank Arena
Kings -2.5 at $1.90
Wildcats +2.5 at $1.90
Sydney’s momentum was halted with their 84-82 loss to Melbourne United in round seven.
They are the only side to beat the Kings since round two, although Andrew Gaze’s men have not yet faced the league leaders this season.
The Wildcats are shooting for their eighth win on the bounce, but not all of those results have come easy.
Three of their 10 victories were completed in overtime, including each of their last two away games.
We dare you to bet against Perth when they are offering this kind of value for money.
Brisbane Bullets vs. Melbourne United
1:50pm AEST Saturday, December 8 at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Bullets +3.5 at $1.90
United -3.5 at $1.90
Brisbane might be the best of the teams outside the big three, but a winning percentage of well under 50 per cent says they are miles behind the genuine contenders.
The Bullets will have a new-look roster for the weekend, with Jeremy Kendle coming in as a short-term replacement for the departing Stephen Holt.
United, meanwhile, have lost only one of their last eight games and are now aiming at five wins on the trot.
Melbourne’s man on fire is Casper Ware, who has shot 23 points or more in four consecutive games.
Underdogs have made a habit of getting up in Brisbane of late, but United are a class above.
Adelaide 36ers vs. Illawarra Hawks
2:20pm ACDT Sunday, December 9 at Titanium Security Arena
36ers -6.5 at $1.90
Hawks +6.5 at $1.90
Some loose defence cost the 36ers last time out as they went down 120-109 in Illawarra.
There is no doubting their firepower, however, as Adelaide’s average return of 94.9 points per game is the best in the league.
The Hawks have shown they can beat the big boys on their day, but there is a big margin between their best and their worst.
Consider Illawarra’s last visit to the Titanium Security, where they were thumped by a whopping 25 points.
Online bookmakers are saying the Sixers should have another big win this weekend, and we like them to cover the -6.5 line.
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