For tonight’s match, we are travelling to the land down under, where we will see Cairns Taipans hosting Brisbane Bullets at the Cairns Convention Centre.
Cairns Taipans are currently the last team in the league by a huge margin. Their overall record stands at 4-21 which means they have won only 16% of their matches. Looking at their recent matches, Cairns have managed to win against New Zeland Breakers (106:98), however, they did not manage to win in the next 4 games, which means they are on a 4 game losing streak as of now. In the course of those 4 games, Cairns lost to New Zeland Breakers in a rematch (113:106), Illawarra hawks (82:81), Adelaide (91:100) and most recently again against Illawarra Hawks (110:95). The match against the Hawks started off fairly close for both sides. In the first quarter, Hawks accumulated 3 point lead, which was soon lost in the 2nd quarter when Cairns outscored Hawks 24:30. This meant the teams went into the 2nd half of the match separated by 3 points (54:57). The 3rd quarter, however, was heavily dominated by the home side, who outscored Cairns by 14 points. Hawks good run extended into the last quarter when they once again outscored Cairns by additional 4 points, which saw the match ending with a final score of 110:95 for Hawks who won their 12th match of the season, while Cairns suffered 21st defeat. Final score: 110:95.
Brisbane Bullets are currently at the 5th spot in the league after a terrible run of 4 defeats in the recent matches. In the course of those 4 matches, Brisbane were defeated by Sydney on 3 occasions; 91:97, 93:95 and 107:91 and New Zealand Breakers 109:96. On the bright side, Brisbane Bullets managed to defeat Illawarra Hawks in their most recent match after overtime (98:87). In the mentioned match, there was not a lot separating the teams. By the end of the 3rd quarter, Bullets were ahead by 4 points, but they lost their lead in the last quarter when Hawks outscored them by 4 points. This meant the match proceeded into the overtime, which was heavily dominated by the Bullets who outscored Hawks by 11 points and ultimately won the match. Final score: 98:87.
The last time these two teams met, Brisbane won by a huge margin (99:68). The mentioned match took place in Brisbane on January 19th 2019. On the paper, Brisbane are not in a great form as of now, winning only 1 out of their last 5 games. However, 3 out of their 4 defeats were against Sydney, who are currently sitting at the top of the league with a 17-9 record. While Brisbane failed to win against Sydney, they will be facing a much easier opponent tonight, Cairns. Cairns are deservingly at the bottom of the league, with only 1 win in their last 7 games and a total of 4 wins in the whole season. There is simply no hope left for Cairns to finish much higher up, as they are far behind the 7th placed New Zealand Breakers (10-15). Despite the fact this match will be played in Cairns, Bullets are a far better team and I expect them to show us that. Expect Bullets to win their 2nd game in a row.
Prediction: Brisbane Bullets -3.00
Odds: 1.83 Pinnacle