The Perth Wildcats received a lump of coal in their NBL stocking with a fourth consecutive loss bumping them off the top of the table. Trevor Gleeson’s head will be spinning as the Wildcats fell all the way down to third behind Melbourne United and the Sydney Kings in one round. The futures market has reacted by installing Melbourne United ($2.75) as the new favourite to win the NBL Championship with the Kings ($3.00) just behind them.
The Wolf takes a look at all the matches from Round 11 of the NBL.
|MATCH/TIME (AEST)||NBL BEST BETS|
|MELBOURNE UNITED v ADELAIDE 36ERSMELBOURNE ARENA WED 26 DEC 0750PM||Melbourne United ($1.45)|
|SYDNEY KINGS v BRISBANE BULLETSQUDOS BANK ARENA SAT 29 DEC 0250PM||Brisbane Bullets +3.5 ($1.90)|
|ADELAIDE 36ERS v NEW ZEALAND BREAKERSTITANIUM SECURITY ARENA SUN 30 DEC 0250PM||Adelaide 36ers ($1.52)|
|ILLAWARRA HAWKS v BRISBANE BULLETSWIN ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE MON 31 DEC 0520PM||Brisbane Bullets ($1.70)|
|CAIRNS TAIPANS v PERTH WILDCATSCAIRNS CONVENTION CENTRE MON 31 DEC 0750PM||Perth Wildcats ($1.50)|
Poor Andrew Gaze! The NBL legend was caught on the live time-out microphone painting the air blue against the Taipans last weekend. The Kings lost their second match of round 10 against Melbourne United who they are yet to defeat this season.
This is the first time these two teams have played this season and the Wolf thinks that it will be a close one. The Bullets are playing some impressive basketball with recent wins over both Melbourne United (twice in round 8) and the Perth Wildcats.
The key player for the Wolf is someone punters might not expect. It isn’t Jerome Randall or Lamar Patterson but Cam Gliddon who was superb against the Wildcats, shooting 6/11 from the field, 3/4 from the perimeter and a perfect 9/9 from the charity strike. If the Bullets can spread their attack through Patterson, Gliddon and Bairstow the Wolf thinks they will push the Kings all the way.
Can the Taipans sink their teeth into the wounded Wildcats?
The Wildcats have lost to Melbourne United, Sydney, Brisbane and now Illawarra as the Hawks fought back from 15 points down to defeat Perth 81-77 in round 10. The Wildcats are making a bad habit of giving up big leads late in games although the Wolf knows this is a problem they can work their way through. Despite what the media are saying it isn’t red alert just yet.
The big question for punters is whether they can trust the Wildcats to bounce back against a Taipans side that has won just the single game under Mike Kelly this season. The Wolf thinks that the Wildcats are still doing 90% of the right thing…after all they were up by 14 against the Bullets and 15 points against the Kings…they just need to finish the game off.
We expect them to bounce back with a win in this game and punters can ride the Wildcat’s poor form to some extra value…you certainly wouldn’t have found $1.50 in the head to head market in this game a few weeks ago.