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New Zealand Breakers vs Tasmania JackJumpers Tips - Teammates step up in the absence of Doyle

08 Dec 2023
Jeremy Darke 08 Dec 2023
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  • New Zealand Breakers vs Tasmania JackJumpers tips for Saturday, December 09
  • Tip-off is at 5:30 pm AEDT at Spark Arena
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Milton Doyle
Milton Doyle will be missing for the JackJumpers. (Photo by Steve Bell/Getty Images)

New Zealand Breakers vs Tasmania JackJumpers Tips

The second-placed Tasmania JackJumpers will make the trip to New Zealand to take on the Breakers on Saturday afternoon.

The JackJumpers will make the trip without their key guard Milton Doyle, who has flown back to the U.S after his father’s passing. Doyle has been an integral part of the success for Tasmania and the JackJumpers are going to need more production from fellow import Jordon Crawford if they are going to compete at Spark Arena. 

The offence of Tasmania will now be expected to run completely through Crawford in the absence of Doyle, which opens up an opportunity for increased numbers for the American. I expect Crawford to play a more central feeding role and will be backing the Over 4.5 assists which is right on his season average.

Jack McVeigh will also see more game time in the absence of Doyle and is expected to score over 15 points in the match.

  • The missing Milton Doyle averages 16.6PPG, 4.7APG and 4.0RPG
  • Jordon Crawford averages 4.5 assists per game.
  • Jack McVeigh has scored over 15 points in his last 4 games when he has played 30 minutes or more.

Head to Head

2023/24 Match Results
Nov 16, 2023: Tasmania 92-97 New Zealand

2022/23 Season Series
New Zealand won the series 3-1.

New Zealand Breakers Form & Team News

New Zealand haven’t been able to find a winning rhythm this season, unable to string together consecutive wins all season. 

After beating Adelaide on Thursday by 13 points, the Breakers could not back it up, going down by 11 points to South East Melbourne on Saturday.

New Zealand’s top-scorers Anthony Lamb and Parker Jackson-Cartwright were both restricted to just 14 points against the Phoenix. It was the first time in six matches that Lamb had scored under 20 points.

Tasmania JackJumpers Form & Team News

Milton Doyle topped the score sheet with 20 points in Tasmania’s 35-point victory over the Adelaide 36ers 94-59.

It was the JackJumpers fourth win in five matches and has them second in the NBL standings with 8 wins and 5 losses.

Doyle will miss Tasmania’s clash with the Breakers, flying home to the U.S after his father’s death.


The production of Jack McVeigh and Jordan Crawford is expected to increase with the absence of Milton Doyle against the Breakers.
Crawford will go over the 4.5 assists total while McVeigh will score over 15.5 points.
Best Bet1: J. Crawford Over 4.5 Player Assists @7/8 at Betr - 3 Units
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