The NBL fixture has once again placed a couple of massive matches in the same round, scheduling two top-four clashes across five days of action.
Round 11 kicks off on Thursday when the Cairns Taipans will look to continue their stunning run as they take on the Perth Wildcats, who are in just as good form.
The most anticipated match of the round, and what could possibly be a championship preview, is the clash between the first-placed Sydney Kings and the third-placed Melbourne United.
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Both teams have already beaten each other this season, but the Kings have lost two straight matches. Can they snap their losing streak against one of the league’s best teams?
The Wildcats will play their second match of the round back home at RAC Arena, where the Brisbane Bullets can smell an upset.
Closing out the round will be the LaMelo Ball-less Illawarra Hawks and Melbourne United at WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong.
Can the injury-riddled Illawarra Hawks capitalise with United playing their second game of the round?
NBL multi tips for Round 11
• Cairns Taipans to beat Perth Wildcats @ $1.82
• Melbourne United to beat Sydney Kings @ $1.77
• Perth Wildcats to beat Brisbane Bullets @ $1.27
• Melbourne United to beat Illawarra Hawks @ $1.30
NBL multi odds = $5.31 with Sportsbet
NBL Round 11 betting predictions
Taipans vs Wildcats: It is fair to say that Cairns has the wood on Perth, winning both clashes this season by a combined total of 30 points. The most recent meeting was a memorable one, with Cairns scoring a game-high 31 points in the final quarter to snatch the points after trailing by 10 points at 3QT. Scott Machado has led the Taipans’ sudden rise up the ladder with his elite passing and scoring capabilities, and he will claim another victim at the Snake Pit this Thursday.
United vs Kings: The Sydney Kings could lose their third straight match of the season after a brilliant 11-1 start, as they face their toughest test yet in Melbourne United. These teams have an even record against each other this season after two matches, which were both won by the home team. The scoring trio of Melo Trimble, Shawn Long and Chris Goulding have the capacity to overwhelm the Kings’ starting five, whilst Casey Prather is gradually getting back to his best.
Wildcats vs Bullets: Following their tough match against the Taipans, the Wildcats will need to make a statement against the Brisbane Bullets. Terrico White and Bryce Cotton will need to score well in this match to counter the production from Lamar Patterson, who leads the Bullets in almost every statistical category. If Nicholas Kay can quell Patterson’s influence even a little, the Bullets will crumble everywhere else.
United vs Hawks: Given both Aaron Brooks and LaMelo Ball are currently on the sidelines, Melbourne United will see this as an opportunity to gain momentum on the road. Ball stepped up for the Hawks in Brooks’ absence, but a foot injury to the NBA draft prospect has left Illawarra without a solid guard. Chris Goulding will have a field day without a starting guard to defend him.
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