NBL Round 13 Predictions, Saturday, Feb 26
Saturday NBL Action for Round 13 of NBL22, and we have some exciting matches to look forward to.
A struggling Brisbane Bullets will host the red hot Tasmania JackJumpers at the Nissan Arena to kick things off, whilst the South East Melbourne Phoenix will play host to the Perth Wildcats at John Cain Arena for Saturday Night Hoops.
The Bullets are coming off a loss to the Cairns Taipans and were disappointing in that match, whilst the new kids on the block, the JackJumpers, have been hitting three-point shots from everywhere.
This is a tough match for the Bullets, and many would have had this pencilled in for a win at the season’s start, but coach Scott Roth and The JackJumpers are playing some decent basketball.
The South East Melbourne Phoenix will be looking for revenge for their big defeat to the Wildcats earlier in the year, whilst the Perth Wildcats will be looking to avoid a three-game losing streak.
Here are some NBL Round 13 Predictions for Saturday, Feb 26
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
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Brisbane Bullets vs Tasmania JackJumpers
Venue – Nissan Arena
Tip Off – 5.30pm EST
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Quick Game Facts
- Tasmania games have been low scoring this season. The Game Total has gone under the projected number in 8 of their last 10 games
- The Brisbane Bullets have lost 7 of their last 8 games
- Tasmania have won 5 of their past 6 matches
- Tasmania games have been higher scoring away from home. The Game Total average is 171 points away from their home court
- The JackJumpers have shot the three-ball at 39.3% over their last 5 wins
Quick Player Facts – Brisbane Bullets
- Lamar Patterson has scored 16+ points in 8 of his past 11 matches
- Robert Franks is 15/33, at 45.5% from beyond the arc over his last 5 games
- Nathan Sobey has struggled over his last 4 games, averaging just 12.5 points and 2.5 assists in that period
- Jason Cadee is averaging 7 assists across his last 5 games
- Anthony Drmic has scored 8 points or less in 11 of his 14 matches this season
- Isaiah Moss has had exactly 1 rebound in 7 straight matches
- 7ft5 big man Chuanxing Liu is averaging just 5.6 minutes per match, and blocked just the 1 shot all season
Quick Player Facts – Tasmania JackJumpers
- Josh Adams is averaging 19.7 points across his last 6 games
- Josh Adams is 14/25, at 56% from the three-point line across his last 3 games
- Josh Magette is 19/39, at 48.7% from the three-point line across his last 5 games
- Jack McVeigh is getting more opportunities with an average of 27.6 minutes across his last 5 games. He is averaging 14.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in that period
- Import MiKyle McIntosh has been a factor in recent games. He is averaging 10.3 points and 5.3 rebounds over his last 3 games, in under 20 minutes per match
A tough match to pick to kick things off on a Saturday, but can the JackJumpers keep hitting three-point shots at such a high clip? If they don’t fall they will lack rebounding presence, with Will Magnay still out with injury.
Tasmania were hitting shots from everywhere in their win over the Hawks, but the Hawks still hung around until the closing stages of that contest.
The Bullets have been disappointing this season, but Nathan Sobey got the chance to get back in the action in their loss to the Taipans and they came from behind to almost pinch the match.
The Bullets are every chance at home, but if the Tassie guards keep hitting threes like they have been, Brisbane will be in strife.
Prediction – Brisbane Bullets (Win) ⭐
South East Melbourne Phoenix vs Perth Wildcats
Venue – John Cain Arena
Tip Off – 8pm EST
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Quick Game Facts
- The Perth Wildcats have won 7 of their last 8 away games following an away loss
- The Wildcats have been involved in some higher scoring entertaining matches lately. Their last 6 games have gone over the projected Game Total
- The Phoenix have won 5 of their past 7 home matches
- The Wildcats have not lost three straight games since last years Grand Final series loss to United
- The Perth Wildcats have won 7 of their past 9 against the Phoenix
- The average winning margin between these two sides is 17.7 points
- The Wildcats average winning margin against the Phoenix is 19 points
- The combined Game Total average for the last 5 matches between these two sides is 178 points
Quick Player Facts – South East Melbourne Phoenix
- Kyle Adnam has an average of 18.3 points over his last 4 games against Perth
- Mitch Creek has an average of 8 rebounds over his last 5 games against the Wildcats
- Mitch Creek has had 3+ assists in 6 of his past 7 matches
- Xavier Munford has scored 14+ points in 9 of his 12 matches this season
- Big man Zhou Qi has had 0 assists in 6 straight matches
- Ryan Broekhoff is averaging 16 points across his last 4 games
- Cam Gliddon is 15/31, at 48.4% from beyond the arc this season
Quick Player Facts – Perth Wildcats
- Luke Travers, Mitch Norton and Majok Majok were left wide open from beyond the arc in their last win over the Phoenix. They made them pay for a combined 6/9, and a total 43 points between them
- Bryce Cotton has an average of 23 points and 6.5 assists across his last 6 games against the Phoenix
- Veteran Wildcat Jesse Wagstaff is 10/14, at 71% from beyond the arc in his last 4 games against the Phoenix
- Bryce Cotton is averaging 26.2 points across his last 6 games and shooting the three-point shot at 45.6% in that period
- Vic Law is in a mini slump, averaging just 11.7 points across his last 3 games
- Luke Travers is 6/11, from behind the three-point line over his last 3 games, and averaging 14.7 points in under 20 minutes per match in that period
- Mitch Norton has been given plenty of room from opposition sides in recent matches and he is punishing them. He is 7/12 from beyond the arc, and averaging 14.8 points over his last 4 games
- Big man Matt Hodgson has almost been a non-factor this season. In just 11.6 minutes, he averaging 3.3 points and 2.4 rebounds
It is hard to see such a talented side like the Perth Wildcats losing three consecutive matches.
They have a good record against the Phoenix, but being away from home for over 2 months may be beginning to take its toll.
South East Melbourne have an advantage in the big man department, but Zhou Qi has been less than impressive since the start of the season.
Another tough match to pick, but the Wildcats have Bryce Cotton and sharpshooter Todd Blanchfield is back in for this clash.
Perth are every chance to continue their impressive record over the Phoenix.