Cairns vs Perth, NBL Prediction Round 5

After a stack of cancelled NBL22 games to finish off 2021, we have a game on New Year’s Eve between the Cairns Taipans and the Perth Wildcats.

Both sides are coming off long breaks with no matches as games have been cancelled, and it will be interesting to see how they adapt to getting back on the court.

The Taipans have been impressive at home to start the season, whilst this is the first time the Wildcats have left their home court in NBL22.

Here is an NBL Tip and NBL Prediction for the Cairns Taipans vs Perth Wildcats.

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A Star Rating is used to show the confidence level of each Head to Head NBL Match Prediction.

⭐ = A Tough Match to Pick

⭐⭐ = A Decent Chance

⭐⭐⭐ = Should Get the Win

Season NBL Prediction Form

NBL TipsResult%
1 Star ⭐4/757.1%
2 Star ⭐⭐10/1283.3%
3 Star ⭐⭐⭐4/580%
Overall Season Tips 18/24 75%

Cairns Taipans vs Perth Wildcats

Venue – Cairns Convention Centre

Tip Off – 8pm EST

Season Record


Season Team Statistics

TeamPPGOpp PPGRebsAssistsTu

Shooting Statistics

TeamFG %3PT %FT %

Player Stat Leaders

CairnsT.McCall 16.3S.Zimmerman 11.7T.McCall 6.0
PerthV.Law 24.2L.Travers 8.4B.Cotton 4.4

Last 3 Head to Head Matches

DateMatchupScore Margin
5th Dec, 21Perth vs Cairns90-67(Wildcats by 23 Pts)
21st May, 21 Perth vs Cairns 100-79(Wildcats by 21 Points)
17th May, 21Cairns vs Perth 78-89(Wildcats by 11 Pts)


The Perth Wildcats have won 9 out of their last 10 matches against the Cairns Taipans, but all the game cancellations and the need to travel to different destinations may take its toll.

Mitch Norton is a welcome return for the Wildcats defensively, and this should free up Bryce Cotton from extensive ball-handling duties.

The Taipans have been good at home so far, and their import Tahjere McCall and Stephen Zimmerman have shown what they can provide on both ends.

The Taipans will have a real crack in this match and may even pinch the win, but Bryce Cotton and Vic Law may be too strong on the offensive end.

Prediction – Perth Wildcats (Win) ⭐