New Year’s Eve NBL best bets as the Cairns Taipans face the Perth Wildcats and then it’s off to the Apple Isle when the Jack Jumpers face the reigning NBL champion.
All the tips and plays you need to be on as we bring an end to 2021.
cairns taipans vs. perth wildcats
december 31st 8:00pm
The first-place Perth Wildcats make the road trip up North when they prepare to face the fourth-place Cairns Taipans on New Year’s Eve.
The Wildcats romped their way to 4-1 through five games after demolishing the newly-found Jack Jumpers to the tune of 18 points on Sunday.
Perth will face stiff opposition in the form of the Taipans this weekend who are coming into this game off COVID-interrupted fixtures.
The Taipans are yet to play a game since their crushing 93-67 victory over Adelaide back on December 18, which saw Majok Deng and Stephen Zimmerman dominate on the boards and on the scoreboard.
This is arguably the toughest test to date for both teams, but the fresh legs of the Taipans might prove an advantage on their home deck.
They have shown more than enough this season to suggest they can challenge for finals and cause some damage.
Cairns Taipans +6.5 at $1.90
tasmania jack jumpers vs. melbourne united
January 1st 5:30pm
The reigning NBL champion is on the road when Melbourne United travel down to the Apple Isle for an inaugural clash against the newly-found Tasmania Jack Jumpers.
This game shapes as the second massive test for the Jack Jumpers in as many fixtures after succumbing to Perth last Sunday.
After starting the season at 0-2, United has quickly reversed losing form with three consecutive victories and hit this contest full of momentum after toppling Sydney for the second time this season.
The return of Chris Goulding has no doubt coincided with the turn around in form and his influence will certainly be felt in this game alongside Caleb Agada who has been sensational.
Goulding and Agada might very well be the next great duo since Mario and Luigi.
This could turn into an easy kill for United as they look to impose their will and gain respect from the Jack Jumpers.
Suggested Bet: United -7.5 at $1.82