The Best of the Day preview takes it to the hole with NBL tips for an apparent mismatch between Cairns Taipans and Perth Wildcats.
19:30 (AEST), Mon 17th May @ Cairns Convention Centre
History: Played 51: Wildcats 29 V Taipans 22
Last meeting: March 19, 2021: Wildcats 93 d Taipans 75 at RAC Arena
Final thoughts: The Best of the Day preview breaks down the Monday night NBL action as Perth Wildcats attempt to keep the race for top spot alive.
The 21-8 Wildcats have second place under lock and key but can still run down ladder-leading, 23-7 Melbourne United.
Time to book our ticket to the finals!https://t.co/d7EfEXCDl9
— Perth Wildcats (@PerthWildcats) May 16, 2021
Perth have won three of their last four, bouncing back from a 99-91 loss to United on Thursday with a 102-90 road win over the Bullets two days later.
Todd Blanchfield went off for 31 points, while Bryce Cotton and Mitch Norton scored 24 each.
Bounced 🔙 onto the winners list with a big W over Brisbane.
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— Perth Wildcats (@PerthWildcats) May 15, 2021
The 7-22 Cairns Taipans are fighting an uphill battle to avoid the NBL wooden spoon.
Touted as likely semi-finalists at the start of the season, the Taipans have endured a torrid campaign. They have lost their last four games by an average margin of 18.5 points – including a 106-77 demolition at the hands of the Phoenix on Friday.
— Cairns Taipans (@CairnsTaipans) May 14, 2021
The Wildcats have won five of their last six against the Taipans, including both encounters so far this season.
Bryce Cotton (23 pts, 8 ast) and John Mooney (17 pts, 12 reb) dominated an 89-69 win during the NBL Cup in Melbourne. Cameron Oliver (19 pts, 14 reb) was a shining light in a poor Taipans performance.
Cotton (28 pts, 4 ast) and Mooney (21 pts, 8 reb) were equally influential in a 93-75 result in Perth in March.
The teams’ last four clashes were decided by 11-plus margins.
It shapes as a case of the $1.07 Best of the Day favourite Wildcats by how many. And it should be by enough to cover a hefty line against the hapless Taipans.