The Best of the Day preview takes it to the hole with NBL tips for an apparent mismatch between Cairns Taipans and Perth Wildcats.

NBL Tips – Cairns Taipans V 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.

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.

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.

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.

Tip: Handicap – Wildcats -14.5 @ $1.90