Cairns Pop Up Arena will play host to Saturday's Round 1 NBL game between Cairns Taipans and Sydney Kings. The game kicks off at 8:05 pm with Cairns Taipans heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Cairns Taipans vs. Sydney Kings game and give you our free tips and bets.
When: Saturday January 16, 2021 at 8:05 pm
Where: Cairns Pop Up Arena
Bet: Bet On This Match HERE
Cairns Taipans vs Sydney Kings Odds
Cairns Taipans vs Sydney Kings Preview
Last year’s feel-good underdogs the Cairns Taipans takes on the team that’s still filthy about having a championship series cancelled, resulting in the Wildcats winning the title – the Sydney Kings at a makeshift arena that was once a Bunnings Warehouse.
Just who will snag the win?
And will lowest price recruits be just the beginning?
Which team can fashion a DIY win to start their season on the right level?
There’s a lot to be excited about the Cairns Taipans this season and the good news is that most of their 2019-20 roster that took them to the playoffs remains in tact for this season – even with DJ Newbill leaving.
Being based in Cairns, which hasn’t copped the brunt of COVID-restrictions, has also meant the Taipans pre-season training has been relatively smooth, unlike many of the other NBL clubs.
Not only have the Sydney Kings have time to stew over their NBL championship loss, they’ve also lost their coach in Will Weaver and a host of key players such as Andrew Bogut, Jae’Sean Tate and Kevin Lisch have departed.
Casper Ware will have to carry a fair bit of the Kings this season and it’s very much a new look team.
When it comes to this clash, you simply can’t go past the Taipans and their home-court advantage in this one.
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