NBL Saturday Round 3, NBL Predictions

NBL Saturday Round 3 NBL Predictions
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NBL Saturday, and we have two games to get through for Round 3 of NBL22.

It all starts in Sydney, where the Sydney Kings will be looking to bounce back at home after an abysmal performance against Melbourne United on Thursday Night. Melbourne United got the early jump on the Kings, and the Kings were never in the match, shooting the ball at just 21% from the field and 14% from the three-point line. Kings coach Chase Buford will have his work cut out for him if they are to turn that form around.

For the evening match, we head up to Far North Queensland, where the Cairns Taipans will host the Adelaide 36ers and the possible debut of Kai Sotto.

Another fine day of hoops to look forward to

Here are some NBL Tips and NBL Predictions for Saturday 18th December and Round 3 of NBL 22.

Be sure to check back before each NBL22 Match for NBL Previews, NBL Head to Head Predictions, NBL Tips, NBL Picks and NBL Predictions for each match of NBL Season 22.

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


Sydney Kings vs South East Melbourne Phoenix

Venue – Qudos Bank Arena

Tip Off – 5.30pm Eastern Standard Time

Season Record

TeamWin/LossHomeAway
Sydney1-21-10-1
SEM3-02-01-0

Season Team Statistics

TeamPPGOpp PPGRebsAssistsTu
Sydney70.085.046.015.716.7
SEM92.779.734.716.79.7

Shooting Statistics

TeamFG %3PT %FT %
Sydney35.7%24.5%72.0%
SEM50.0%44.1%69.1%

Player Stat Leaders

TeamPointsRebsAssists
SydneyJ.Adams 15.0X.Cooks 8.0X.Cooks 3.7
SEMM.Creek 23.7Z.Qi 6.0X.Munford 5.0

Last 3 Head to Head Matches

DateMatchupScore Margin
22nd, April 21SEM vs Sydney81-101(Kings by 20 Pts)
15th, April 21Sydney vs SEM97-90(Kings by 7 Pts)
11th, April 21Sydney vs SEM84-98(Phoenix by 14 Pts)

Prediction

The Sydney Kings were well out of sorts on Thursday Night, and Melbourne United took advantage and won the match comfortably. Some Sydney players looked a little disinterested at times, and coach Chase Buford will be up against it to get them ready for Saturday’s clash with the Phoenix.

The Kings may be at home, but they come up against a Phoenix side full of confidence and shooting the ball well. Throw in the form of big man Zhou Qi, and it is hard to see them losing this match.

South East Melbourne should be too strong and get the win in Sydney

Prediction – South East Melbourne Phoenix (Win) ⭐⭐


Cairns Taipans vs Adelaide 36ers

Venue – Cairns Convention Centre

Tip Off – 8pm Eastern Standard Time

Season Record

TeamWin/LossHomeAway
Cairns1-11-00-1
Adelaide2-21-11-1

Season Team Statistics

TeamPPGOpp PPGRebsAssistsTu
Cairns 68.076.044.514.021.0
Adelaide 81.382.843.817.214.8

Shooting Statistics

TeamFG %3PT %FT %
Cairns 38.2%28.3%69.0%
Adelaide 44.3%33.7%73.0%

Player Stat Leaders

TeamPointsRebsAssists
Cairns T.McCall 18.0S.Zimmerman 13.0T.McCall 4.5
Adelaide D.Johnson 17.5M.McCarron 8.0M.McCarron 5.0

Last 3 Head to Head Matches

DateMatchupScore Margin
4th May, 21Adelaide vs Cairns92-76(36ers by 16 Pts)
14th April, 21Cairns vs Adelaide91-88(Taipans by 3 Pts)
9th Jan, 21Cairns vs Adelaide96-88(Taipans by 8 Pts)

Prediction

The Cairns Taipans got the win over the JackJumpers in Round 2, but it is difficult to read too much into it as Tasmania shot the ball at just 31% from the field and 14% from beyond the arc. However, the Taipans defence has to be credited, and it will need to be on if they are any chance against the 36ers.

Adelaide got off to a poor start last week against New Zealand, but outscored the Breakers by 20 points in the second half to finish off the game strong. They shot the ball at 48% from the three-point line and will be full of confidence heading up to Cairns.

Cairns may be a slim chance at home if Scott Machado does suit up, but the 36ers look too strong in this clash.

Prediction – Adelaide 36ers (Win) ⭐⭐

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