Sydney Kings v New Zealand Breakers – NBL Betting Preview and prediction
New Zealand Breakers will take a trip to Qudos Bank Arena this Friday, October 18, to clash with Sydney Kings at their home soil, in hopes they can kick off their 2019/20 NBL season with a W. However, with the last five fixtures between the two sides ending in favour of Sydney, Breakers know they are in for one tough fight.
Kings charging towards their third win of the season
Sydney Kings are entering their third game of the season with a perfect 2-0 score which earned with a strong performance against Cairns (71:79) in game one and a dominant win over Adelaide (102:80) last week. With that they are now one of the only three teams in the league who have not yet lost a match and they will hope they can keep that title as they venture deeper into the season. Looking back at Kings’ match against Adelaide on Saturday, October 12, it was a fairly one-sided affair throughout. Kings earned a respectable 16 point lead after the first quarter alone (30:14) which they managed to increase to 17 points by the end of Q2 (29:28), meaning they entered the second half with a comfortable 59:42 lead. As the two sides entered the second half, Sydney showed no signs of stopping, seeing how they outscored Adelaide once more (25:24), further increasing their lead before the final quarter took off. Unlike the past three quarters, the fourth and final was a fairly low scoring one (18:17), yet it once again finished in the home side’s favour, who accumulated a massive 22 lead and finished well above Adelaide who started off their 2019/20 season on the wrong foot.
Johnson finished the match as the top scorer with 26 points, to which he added six rebounds. The second deadliest scorer was Newley with 18 points and six rebounds, and third was Randle, who played well in his return to Sydney, scoring 16 points, adding three rebounds and five assists. While we talk about top performing players, we can’t ignore Tate, who scored 16, added seven rebounds and four assists. All in all, all players from Sydney Kings stepped up in that fixture, including their bench with Kickert and Moller who scored 16 and 12 respectively.
Breakers hoping for a strong start of the season
New Zealand Breakers enter the 2019/20 season with high hopes, yet we don’t trust them they can produce any miracles, seeing how their team looks fairly weaker compared to last season. There is one small exception that is RJ Hampton, but overall, it’s fair to assume they will struggle to compete with the top dogs of the NBL.
Looking at Breakers’ two most recent fixtures, they lost to Memphis Grizzlies (108:94) and Oklahoma City Thunder (110:84). Prior to that, Breakers defeated Melbourne United (76:90), lost to SE Melbourne Phoenix (102:95), lost to Adelaide 36ers (93:67) and lost to Sydney Kings (81:64). From their pre-season, it’s easy to see Breakers will struggle to keep up the pace of the top dogs in NBL and from what we have seen it’s hard to imagine Breakers will break into the top six.
Verdict & Prediction
As the odds suggest, this fixture will be a hard one for Breakers and we can’t argue with that. Not only do Sydney Kings look much stronger on the paper, but they also come into this fixture with match fitness, something Breakers will lack due to their participation in NBLxNBA. Historically Breakers struggle against Sydney Kings and considering Sydney are looking stronger with each passing game, we believe they have the needed quality to defeat the visitors with at least eight points to spare.
Prediction: Sydney Kings -7.00 Points
Odds: 1.93 Pinnacle