Cairns Taipans v Sydney Kings – NBL Betting Preview and Prediction
Cairns Taipans and Sydney Kings will clash on Thursday, October 3, at Convention Centre in their opening fixture of the 2019/20 season, both hoping to hit the ground running by claiming their first win of the season.
Cairns Taipans’ solid pre-season results give hope
Cairns started their pre-season with a close 100:99 win over Adelaide 36ers, with Jawai’s layup in the final seconds, which awarded last year’s wooden spoon holders a much-needed morale boost ahead of 2019/20 campaign. Looking back at that fixture, Cairns played well in the second and third quarter, where they put up 27 and 34 points respectively. However, Cairns failed to keep ahold of the accumulated lead, as they let their guard down in the last quarter when they saw Adelaide outscore them 30:20. Nonetheless, Taipans showed high level of teamwork on that night, and the final result, as close as it may be, was a team effort, which turned the underdogs into alpha dogs. The man of the match for Taipans on that day was Newbill with 18 points, four rebounds and two assists.
On September 21, 2019, Taipans played their second pre-season match, this time against NBL1 All-Stars, which Cairns won with relative ease (87:68). Quarter-by-quarter, Cairns scored 23,25, 19 and 20 points and kept the opposition at 16,10,27 and 15 points. While their third quarter was nothing to boast about, seeing how Cairns leaked 27 points and scored barely 19, it’s safe to say Taipans played very well and deserved to win. On that night, it was Deng who shone the brightest with 18 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Noi who contributed 17 points and as well put up 10 rebounds.
Sydney Kings (almost) unstoppable in pre-season
Sydney Kings suffered a painful 87:96 defeat at the hands of NBL newcomers, South East Melbourne Phoenix, who bested them on September 20, 2019. With a disappointing defeat behind them, Kings were desperate to bounce back, and they got a chance to do so two days later, when they met with Perth Wildcats, who were, unfortunately, the first in line to receive a merciless beating from Sydney.
To say Sydney Kings bounced back in their fixture with Perth would be an understatement, seeing how Kings completely trashed Wildcats (103:71), who got outplayed in all four quarters. Sydney were simply ruthless on that night, which especially holds true for their offence, which scored 29, 28, 21 and 25 points, while keeping WIldcats at only 15, 24, 10 and 21 points. The final result was a group effort, but we can’t simply ignore how good D. Louzada looked on that day, with 29 points (eight threes), four rebounds and three assists to his name. While we talk about new signings, Tate was the second best scorer for Sydney, with his 15 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Most recent pre-season fixture for Sydney took place on September 26, when they met with New Zealand Breakers, who just like Perth stood no chance against last year’s semi-finalists. Coming fresh off their 103:71 win over Wildcats, Kings managed to keep their fire burning and rolled over Breakers as well. And while in a lesser extent compared to their trashing of Wildcats, Kings still managed to walk away with an impressive 17 point win margin (81:64). C. Ware was the main man for Kings on that night, with 23 points to his name, followed by Newley with 12 and Lisch with 11. Louzada, who impressed with 29 points against Wildcats ended up with only four points, however, did some good work on the board with eight rebounds to his name.
Verdict & Prediction
Sydney Kings will come into this fixture as heavy favourites and we can’t argue with that assessment. Not only did they look extremely deadly in their preseason fixtures, leading to this day, Kings also have what can easily become one of the deadliest duos in the league, which hears by the name of Bogut-Ware. There is not a lot to say about the two players that has not already been said. Bogut ended last season as the most valuable player, the best defensive player as well as found his way into All-NBL First team. Ware, while not as decorated in terms of individual awards, was recognised as one of the All-NBA First team members, which on its own tells a lot about what kind of quality the two players possess.
Sydney will aim for the title this season, and should they use all their potential, we can’t argue with their chances to get a shot at the title. It’s not only the Ware-Bogut duo that makes us believe in that, but the quality of the whole team. The whole roster looks to be very solid throughout, with enough depth to be considered as one of the elite few teams in NBL. Their first fixture of the season against Cairns will be no walk in the park, however, we can expect Will Weaver’s men to come into this match hungry for a win, and if they can show anything similar to what they did in the preseason, there are only a few teams out there that could stop them. And Cairns Taipans are not one of them.
Prediction: Sydney Kings -7.00 points
Odds: 1.85 Pinnacle