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These two teams will play their 9th game of the season on 23rd of November at Spark Arena, Auckland, the home of New Zeland Breakers.
First, let’s focus on the visiting team, Perth Wildcats, who are currently sitting at the top of NBL league with an overall record of 8-1, only losing against Brisbane Bullets on 25th October (100:96). In their last 5 matches, Perth hasn’t lost a match, although 2 of them went into overtime. Their last match took place at Cairns Convention Centre, the home of Cairns. The match was one of the 2 that went into overtime after teams being leveled at 75:75 at the end of the last quarter. Starting at the 1st quarter, Cairns managed to get a decent lead of 7 points before going into the 2nd quarter, where they were outscored by 4 points. At the halftime mark, the scoreboard showed 39:36 for the home side. The third quarter was once again in Perth’s favor, and they managed to close the gap of 3 points. Now with teams leveled at 53:53 it all came down to who will perform better in the last quarter, but we did not get an answer to that, as both teams scored 22 points, which meant the match went into overtime. The overtime was quite one-sided. Perth shot with a 62.5% accuracy from the field and kept Cairns at only 25%. Although Cairns had more shots on the basket, their accuracy was not high enough to utilize them. Perth went on to win the overtime 8:13 and with that their 8th game of the season. Final score: 83:88.
The home side, New Zeland Breakers are not enjoying the best run at the moment, they are on a 2 game losing streak which in total means they suffered 3 defeats in the last 5 matches. Their most recent defeat was against Sydney, where we saw Sydney winning by 13 points (100:87). The mentioned match was disappointing for Breakers, who out of 4 quarters only won the last one by 2 points. However with a 15 point lead accumulated by Sydney up until the last quarter that was not nearly enough. Breakers shot poorly with 41.8% accuracy. On the other hand, Sydney managed to hold a 62% accuracy from the field. Final score: 100:87.
These two teams met each other on the 3rd of November when Perth walked away victorious (92:78). Now, do we expect Breakers to perform better at the home ground and avenge the defeat? Not likely… Breakers are not in the form they would like to be at the moment and they seemingly struggle to win games. In the last 5 matches, they won one of their games against Brisbane Bullets by only 1 point and the other win came against Cairns, who are 1-7. Anytime they are faced against a decent team Breakers just don’t perform up to par. Tonight that might be the case, but we need to keep in mind Perth has 3 players injured (Wesley, Abercrombie and Webster). This will make the match much more interesting and the result is expected to be closer than if Perth had all their squad available. Still, I don’t believe Breakers have it in them to win against Perth, even if they are weakened. Perth is still Perth and I expect them to win their 9th game in a row against Breakers.
Prediction: Perth to win
Odds: 1.95 Pinnacle, 2.05 Bet365