Perth Wildcats v New Zealand Breakers – NBL Betting Preview and Prediction
Perth Wildcats and New Zealand Breakers are set to clash this Sunday, November 17 at RAC Arena in what will be a must-win fixture for the hosts, who have just recently dropped a match against current league leaders Sydney Kings. That said, Breakers have the same thing on their agenda, as they need to bounce back after three consecutive defeats.
Perth Wildcats title ambitions crumble
Perth Glory are entering the Sunday’s fixture with a 7-3 record, which sits them firmly at the second spot in the league. While a solid run from the NBL champions, they can’t be too happy with what they have produced, seeing how Perth are well behind Sydney Kings, who are entering this weekend with an 8-1 record next to their name. What makes the whole situation even worse is that Perth lost to Sydney Kings last week (104:85), which ultimately means they will have a hard time catching up to them in the title race. On a more positive note, Perth Wildcats bounced back after their defeat against Sydney with a close win against Adelaide (95:99) this Friday and will look to make it two in a row on Sunday.
Perth’s clash with Adelaide was a close one, yet it was Perth who deservingly came out ahead. Q1 ended with a 25:22 in favor of Adelaide, who slightly underperformed in Q2 (21:23), meaning the teams entered the second half one point apart. In Q3 it was Perth who outscored Adelaide by six points (25:31), meaning they got themselves in a five-point advantage ahead of Q$ (24:23), which in the end proved to be more than enough to secure a win. It was a close bout which seemed like it could go either way. Kay was Perth’s top scorer with 21 points to which he added sight rebounds and five assists. Hunt scored 19, added eight rebounds and an assist, Cotton scored 18 and added three rebounds and two assists, while White scored 14, added four rebounds and three assists.
Breakers woes continue
New Zealand Breakers will enter the Sunday’s fixture as the eighth team in the league with a 2-6 record next to their name. Looking back at their most recent five league matches, Breakers won only one and lost all of their last three against Perth (79:84), Melbourne United (101:104) and most recently against SEM (103:78).
Breakers’ most recent game against South East Melbourne was a dismissal effort on their behalf as they got smashed by 25 point margin (103:78). Q1 ended with a marginal lead for SEM (18:17), and we even got to see Breakers win Q2 (24:31), but they somehow threw all that away in Q3 (29:14) and Q4 (32:16), when they severely underperformed. That said, the match could have easily ended the other way around if Hampton had not been sent off just over four minutes into the match. We will never know for sure whether Breakers would end up victorious with Hampton, but seeing how he is one of the best players in the team, we will give them the benefit of the doubt.
Webster ended the match as the top scorer of the night with 22 points, five rebounds and three assists. Rice was close behind with 19 points, seven rebounds and one assist while Ashley impressed with a double-double he earned with 17 points, 12 rebounds and one assist.
Verdict & Prediction
Perth Wildcats and New Zealand Breakers met at the start of November when they produced a close fixture (79:84) and we can expect something similar here. That said, we do feel like Breakers have a legitimate chance of winning this one. They might be sitting at eighth place in the league, but they are only three wins from reaching the top three and they can start their journey to the top this weekend.
The fact that Perth will need to play their second game in the span of two days won’t do them any good and seeing how they had their moments of weakness against Adelaide, it’s easy to see how they could end up losing here. Breakers still have a lot of work left to be done to bounce back from their poor start of the season, but they usually play wall at home and should Hampton avoid another sending off, Breakers can make something happen here.
Prediction: New Zealand Breakers to win
Odds: 3.60 Bet365