Perth Wildcats v Cairns Taipans – NBL Betting Preview and Prediction
Perth Wildcats venture into round three of NBL with a perfect 2-0 scored next to their name, and they will hope they can make it 3-0 this Friday. Seeing how they are facing Cairns Taipans, who are arriving at REC Arena with a dismissal 0-3 record the home side will surely fancy their chances, yet they still have a lot to prove this Friday, October 18 following their 94:93 win over Melbourne United in round one, which was a bit too close for comfort.
Perth Wildcats chasing their third win of the season
Perth Wildcats are entering their third fixture of the 2019/20 NBL season following an incredible performance against Hawks last week (103:76) and will hope their momentum can translate into the Friday’s fixture where they face off against Cairns. Looking back at the clash with Illawarra Hawks, Perth ended the first quarter with a six-point lead (28:22), to which they added another seven with a dominant performance in the second quarter (27:20). Meaning they ended the first half with an impressive 13 points lead (55:42).
Entering the third quarter, Hawks hoped they can find the right recipe to bounce back, and while they did their best to do so, the final result proved to be quite the opposite of what they had hoped for. Third-quarter was quite the massacre, seeing how Perth crushed Hawks by 15 points (29:14), further asserting their dominance and extending the lead to 28 points. With 28 points separating the two sides, the last quarter was more or less only a formality, as there was no way Hawks would manage to bounce back. Q4 finished 19:20 in favour of the visitors, meaning the final score showed 103:76 in favour of Perth.
Cotton ended the match with impressive 28 points, to which he added seven assists and three steals. White was the second-best scorer with 19 points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal, whereas Hut ended the match with a double-double. He scored 16 points and added 10 rebounds. For Hawks, Ball scored 15, added two rebounds, eight assists and two steals, however, even that was not nearly enough to help his team avoid losing their second fixture of the season.
Cairns Taipans still searching for the first W of the season
Cairns Taipans are entering game four of the season with a 0-3 record next to their name, meaning they are sitting firmly at the bottom of the league. So far, Taipans lost to Sydney (71:79), Brisbane Bullets (90:74) and most recently Illawarra Hawks (89:88) and will look to end their streak this Friday, yet they know it won’t be an easy task.
In their clash with Hawks, Cairns started off strong with a 23:18 first quarter, which gave them a solid five-point lead ahead of Q2. With momentum on their side, Cairns extended their lead to 11 points a few minutes into the Q2, but lost it all in a matter of few attacks. At one point, Hawks even gained a one-point lead (36:35), however, it was Cairns who pulled away and ended the quarter back where they started, with a five point (38:43). It’s easy to see Cairns proved to be the stronger team in the opening two quarters, however, their bubble burst in Q3, when Hawks outscored them 28:17, which not only closed the gap, but tipped the scale into the home side’s favour, who ended the quarter with a six-point lead (66:60). Last quarter, was a very exciting one, featuring six lead changes. Cairns put up a show in the opening minutes and closed the gap at 73:73. From there onwards they even gained a three-point lead, but failed to keep a hold for it for long. In the final minutes, the two sides went back and forth, however, it was the home side who came out ahead with a minimal margin. Match ended with a final score of 89:88.
Top scorer of the match was Newbill with 26 points, three rebounds and three assists, followed by Blanchfield with 20 points, three rebounds and two assists and Ogilvy at third with 19 points, six rebounds, one assist and five steals. Brooks ended the match tied in points with Ogilvy to which he added five rebounds, six assists and one steal. The Hawks prodigy Ball ended the match with nine points, five rebounds, five assists and a steal.
Verdict & Prediction
This fixture heavily favours Perth and looking at what the two sides have shown so far, we can agree with that. Not only have Cairns failed to impress with their results, but their defence also looked very sloppy, especially when it came to preventing opponents scoring from behind the arc. That on its own will work in favour of Perth, who can be deadly from deep and we can be sure they will take advantage of that. All in all, Cairns look to be in a terrible form, and while they put up a solid show in the opening quarter of their fixture against Hawks, we don’t believe they have what it takes to stand up against Perth. Inconsistency is Cairns biggest enemy and they will have to produce a miracle to stop Perth who are coming fresh off a 103:76 win against Hawks. And if that is anything to go by, the home side should have this one in the bag early.
Prediction: Perth Wildcats -12.50 Points
Odds: 1.93 SBOBET