Perth Wildcats vs. Cairns Taipans Prediction, Tips & Odds – Sep. 17, 2022  12:00 CET

September 16, 2022
Perth Wildcats vs. Cairns Taipans Prediction

The new Aussie NBL season starts in just two weeks. Preseason is already well underway and will culminate this weekend with the start of the annual NBL Blitz tournament.

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Perth Wildcats vs. Cairns Taipans Odds

Spread Odds (-5.5/+5.5): 1.95/1.85

Total Over/Under (171.5): 1.87

Perth Wildcats Team News

Last season marked the end of an era for the Wildcats. Trevor Gleeson´s dynasty came to an end last year when Scott Morrison took over, but his tenure was short-lived. After 35 years Perth failed to make the playoffs, which resulted with Morrison leaving and the Wildcats entering a process of rebuilding their team.

The backbone of their roster remains more or less the same, with familiar faces such as captain Jesse Wagstaff, import Bryce Cotton, defensive machine Mitch Norton and sharpshooter Todd Blanchfield. Very talented youngster Luke Travers will also remain for one more year before heading to the NBA.

One of the new players to watch is definitely the new import Brady Manek, who impressed in his preseason debut with 15 points and 5 rebounds.

Cairns Taipans Team News

Adam Forde had a tough inaugural season as the new Taipans coach. Cairns had a disappointing year and finished the regular season in 9th place, missing out on the playoffs for the second straight season.

The Taipans had to go through a period of transition in the last couple of years after their long-serving coach Aaron Fearne left in 2018. In the last five seasons they only made the finals once, which means making the playoffs this season will be the top priority and vital for the survival of the Taipans franchise.

As far as their roster is concerned, they managed to keep their core together but also lost some key pieces. Their main superstar and team captain Scott Machado opted to leave, but Cairns secured the services of imports DJ Hogg and Shannon Scott to steady the ship.

Perth Wildcats vs. Cairns Taipans Prediction

After winning the title four times between 2016 and 2021, the Wildcats didn´t even make the playoffs last season. The transition to a Gleeson-less erahas been very tough, but this year Perth should be able to return to the finals.

Under new coach John Rillie, they will be looking for a strong start in the NBL Blitz but the Taipans will be hungry as well. However, the Wildcats are already in rhythm and have two wins over Adelaide from last week so we are backing them to win and to cover the spread.

Date and time: 17.09.2022 12:00 CET

Prediction: Perth Wildcats (-5.5)

Odds: 1.95

Bookmaker: Bet365

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