New Zealand Breakers vs Sydney Kings NBL betting odds & info
• NBL betting odds: Breakers $2.31 at Sportsbet | Kings $1.62 at Sportsbet
• When: Friday, January 17 at 7:30pm NZDT (5:30pm AEDT)
• Where: TSB Arena – New Plymouth, New Zealand
• Watch live: Viceland, SBS, Kayo
New Zealand Breakers vs Sydney Kings NBL betting preview
The New Zealand Breakers and the Sydney Kings will kick off NBL Round 16 with a Friday night clash at TSB Arena in New Plymouth on the west coast of NZ’s North Island.
Both these teams have already played each other twice, which were the opening two matches of the season for the Breakers.
Time has gone by quickly since October, when the NBL season began, and both teams have changed somewhat since their previous matches.
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The Breakers desperately want to win this match as they are sitting two wins outside the top four with only five rounds remaining in the regular season.
Sydney has sat on top of the ladder all season long, but a sudden rise in form from the Perth Wildcats could see the Kings fall if they drop any matches.
With high stakes and two of the most exciting teams to watch, this is an NBL match you can’t miss.
New Zealand Breakers vs Sydney Kings NBL player tips
Scotty Hopson over 19.5 points @ $1.76 with Sportsbet
If not for his foul trouble in the last round, Scotty Hopson would have scored over 16 points in all of his previous four matches. As a forward that can also pinch hit as a guard, Hopson shoots the ball more than most Breakers, but he can often be hindered by his lower shooting percentages. Hopson dropped 27 points in NZ’s first game against the Kings and so will take confidence into Friday’s bout.
Jae’Sean Tate over 16.5 points @ $1.76 with Sportsbet
Jae’Sean Tate is in a very good place right now. He is scoring at an alarming rate, averaging over 19 points in his last three matches. Playing second fiddle to Casper Ware in most matches, Tate is just as capable of a scorer, but he doesn’t shoot the ball enough considering his field goal percentage leads the Kings at 65%. If the small forward wants to win this game on the road, he needs to step up and shoot the ball more.
New Zealand Breakers vs Sydney Kings NBL total points odds
Total match points under 179.5 @ $1.87 with BetEasy
All three of the Sydney Kings’ most recent matches have been under the 180-mark, leading us to believe this will be another low-scoring affair. The New Zealand Breakers are very good scorers against poor defence but have struggled against the better teams, whilst the Kings are good on both ends of the court. One clash between these teams earlier in the season didn’t even exceed 145 points, giving us great confidence in this tip.
New Zealand Breakers vs Sydney Kings NBL betting predictions
Sydney Kings to win @ $1.62 with Sportsbet
Sitting on top of the ladder from the first round of the season proves that the Kings are a class above, and their away record is good enough at 6-4 to justify taking them against the Breakers. We might have considered New Zealand if the team had more production off the bench, but for now we will side with the NBL Championship favourites.
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