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Perth Wildcats vs Cairns Taipans Tips - Wildcats to wallop withering Taipans

  • Perth Wildcats vs Cairns Taipans predictions for Thursday’s NBL match
  • 2nd meeting of the season between Perth & Cairns
  • Perth defeated Cairns in February 89-69
  • Stats, preview, predictions and player news
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Dan Hunter 17 Mar 2021
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Perth Wildcats vs Cairns Taipans Tips


The Perth Wildcats take on the Cairns Taipans in an NBL regular-season game on Thursday, March 19. This will be the second time these two have played each other this season, with Perth winning by a 20 point margin in February 89-69. The Wildcats are currently second in the NBL Season Ladder, while the Taipans are bottom of the table.

The Taipans finished 3rd in the NBL league table last season, rallying late to win 9 out of 10 games and reach the playoffs. Cairns will have to wait to stage their comeback, as I’m backing Perth to win this game convincingly by a 10-point-minimum margin. This game’s total points will be more than 175.


Perth Wildcats NBL
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  • Perth Wildcats vs Cairns Taipans predictions for Thursday’s NBL match
  • 2nd meeting of the season between Perth & Cairns 
  • Perth defeated Cairns in February 89-69 
  • Stats, preview, predictions and player news 

Head to Head 


The Perth Wildcats and the Cairns Taipans have played each other 35 times in NBA games dating back to 2013. Overall, the Perth Wildcats lead this head-to-head by 20 wins to 15. In their most recent seven meetings during last season and this one, Perth lead 4-3. In their most recent encounter in February of this year the Wildcats ran out convincing 89-69 when is winners.

Perth Wildcats Form


The Perth Wildcats are the most successful team in the history of the NBL, having won the championship 10 times including the 2019-20 season. Perth are currently second in the NBL Season Ladder (or league table) with nine wins and four defeats from their 13 games for a 62.23 win percentage. Currently top of the table are Melbourne United, although should Perth defeat Cairns and results go their way, they will top the table come this weekend.

After a shaky start to the season that saw them lose three of their first five games, the Perth Wildcats have won seven of their last eight matches, including their last three. Included in that run are wins over Melbourne United, South East Melbourne Phoenix, and the Illawarra Hawks, the three other teams currently in playoff positions.

Cairns Taipans Form


The Cairns Taipans are currently bottom of the NBL table, with four wins and 12 defeats for a 25% win percentage. Cairns actually won their first game of the season, defeating the Sydney Kings by a single point, and then subsequently lost their next six games. Cairns suffered wretched during that sequence, and aside from two heavy defeats by the Illawarra Hawks, their other losses were by just a handful of points each time, and could easily have gone the other way.

On February 8, Cairns got their second win of the season over the New Zealand Breakers, which was quickly followed by their third in which they gained a measure of the revenge over the Illawarra Hawks, defeating them 101-95. 

Since then the Taipans have won only one of their last six matches, beating the Sydney Kings earlier this month. Once again many of their losses have been ridiculously close, including their last two, which saw them lose to the New Zealand Breakers 86-83 and the South East Melbourne Phoenix 85-81.

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When is the Perth Wildcats vs Cairns Taipans match taking place?

Perth Wildcats vs Cairns Taipans takes place at 8:30 PM (AEDT) on Thursday, March 18

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Verdict

Last season, the Cairns Taipans finished third in the NBL table. What put them there was a late season surge that saw them win 9 out of 10 games. Based off that, and considering this season comprises 36 games, it is way too early to count Cairns out of making this season’s playoffs.
 
However, for now I cannot see them defeating the Perth Wildcats, who are the best team in the NBL by some distance. I’m backing Perth to win this game by at least 10 points in a match that will feature at least 176 points.
Best Bet: Perth 7-9 Half Time Winning Margin @650.00 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Perth 11-15 Winning Margin @500.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Over 170.5 Total Points @-120.48 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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