The NBL season is definitely heating up as two of the top teams, the Brisbane Bullets and Sydney Kings, clash in a thrilling game this Friday night. Both teams have been in stellar form, with both winning their last three games and steadily climbing the ladder.
The bookies have given a slight edge to the Bullets, who have home court advantage and a slightly deeper bench. However, dont underestimate the Kings, as they boast some of the league’s best players and a strong defensive system.
Who’s going to come out on top in this exciting match-up? Let’s take a look at some of the key factors that might decide the outcome.
Why I think the Kings will get up
The Sydney Kings are coming into this game with a lot of momentum and confidence. They have won their last four games, including a thrilling overtime victory against the Perth Wildcats. They have also beaten the Brisbane Bullets twice this season, both times by double digits. ‘So the Kings might get up, and here’s why :
- The Kings have a balanced and strong offence, led by star import Jarell Martin. He’s averaging 21.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. He is supported by veteran guard Shaun Bruce, who is shooting 43.8% from the three-point line, and young gun Dejan Vasiljevic, who is scoring at 16.9 points per game.
- The Kings have a solid defence and rank third in the league in points allowed per game (82.9) and second in steals per game (7.6). They have also held the Bullets to an average of 74 points in their two previous meetings, well below their season average of 86.4 points.
- The Kings have a psychological edge over the Bullets, having won six of their last seven games against them. They also have the home court advantage, playing at Qudos Bank Arena, where they have a 9-3 record this season.
I believe that the Kings have what it takes to defeat the Bullets once more and extend their winning streak to five games. They are playing with a lot of energy and cohesion, and they have proven that they can handle the pressure of close games. The Bullets will put up a fight, but I think the Kings will prevail in the end.
Why I think the Bullets will get up
The Brisbane Bullets are facing the Sydney Kings in a what may be a crucial NBL game this Friday night. Both teams are fighting for a spot in the playoffs, but I definitely think the Bullets have the edge in this game. Let’s look at why:
- The Bullets have won four of their last five games, while the Kings have lost three of their last four. The Bullets are in form and have momentum on their side.
- The Bullets have a more balanced and versatile roster. There’s players like Nathan Sobey, Lamar Patterson, and Matthew Hodgson who contribute in different ways. The Kings rely too much on Casper Ware and Jarell Martin, who can be inconsistent and inefficient at the best of times.
- The Bullets have the home court advantage at the Nissan Arena with their loyal fans. The Kings have struggled on the road, losing six of their nine away games this season.
The Bullets have form, the depth, and support. It should hopefully be a close and exciting game, but I’m hedging my bets with a counter on the Bullets to prevail.
What do the bookies say?
The bookies are favouring the Sydney Kings to win the upcoming NBL game against the Bullets. The Kings are currently leading the competition, while the Bullets are still looking for that elusive win.
- According to BetOnline, the Kings are paying $1.53 to win, while the Bullets are paying $2.50
- Sofascore also predicts a 68% chance of a Kings victory, based on their community votes and previous head to head results.
However, the Bullets have some star power in their roster, with former NBA players Tyler Johnson and Aaron Baynes joining Nathan Sobey and Jason Cadee.
The game is expected to be a high-scoring affair, with Bet Experts suggesting a total match points over 175.5 at $1.90 odds.
The key matchup will be between the two starting guards, Tyler Johnson and Dejan Vasiljevic, who are both capable of shooting from deep and creating opportunities for their teammates. Whoever performs better on the day will have a big impact on the outcome of the game.
The Kings have a strong record against the Bullets, having won three of their last four meetings, including a 10-point victory in their previous encounter. The Kings also have a balanced and potent offense, led by Derrick Walton Jr, Xavier Cooks and Dejan Vasiljevic, who can score from inside and outside the arc. The Bullets, on the other hand, have struggled with consistency and discipline. Yes, they have some talented players like Tyler Johnson, Aaron Baynes and Nathan Sobey but they’ll need to improve their shooting and defence to really bring it to the Kings.
Based on the current odds from various betting sites , the Kings are paying around $1.50 to $1.80 to win the game, while the Bullets are paying around $2.50 to $3.00. It’s more likely that the Sydney Kings will prevail over the Brisbane Bullets in this NBL clash.