The four teams for the NBL playoffs have been confirmed, but there’s still some great regular-season games to be contested.
Perth, New Zealand, Adelaide and Melbourne are all secured a playoff spot and now they’ll be jostling for a better position on the table.
United currently leads on 17 wins, two clear of the Breakers and Wildcats.
It’s going to be a great run to the finish and there are six great games to bet on this week.
7:30pm Brisbane Bullets vs. Illawarra Hawks @ Brisbane Convention Centre
The Hawks are currently favoured to win this game, but we’re heavily in the camp of the Brisbane Bullets.
Don’t get us wrong, the Hawks are the better side, but after losing consecutive games to the Breakers when they needed to win in order to stay in playoff contention, the air has been deflated from them.
Brisbane sit on only eight wins from 24 games this season, which isn’t a record to boast about, but they have the pieces to put in a big performance this Thursday.
The $2.10 on offer from bookmakers is worth taking and the home team always has a good advantage.
Betting tip: Bullets to win @ $2.10 (BET NOW)
Bullets by 10
7:30pm Melbourne United vs. New Zealand Breakers @ Hisense Arena
United’s top spot could be under threat if they lose this Friday night and there’s a big chance of that happening.
The New Zealand Breakers have the wood over United and they got back into form last week with multiple wins over the Illawarra Hawks.
United have also been playing lights out basketball towards the end of this season and they look like a team capable of going all the way.
Standing in their way are the Breakers, which swept United in the playoffs last season. It would be a rare win over the Breakers for United and bookmakers are offering short odds only.
Sportsbet has United at $1.36 to win, which is far too short and the clear value is with the Breakers with the points start.
Betting tip: Breakers +5.5 @ $1.87 (BET NOW)
Breakers by 1
9:30pm Perth Wildcats vs. Cairns Taipans @ Perth Arena
The Wildcats are the shortest favourite of the week and bookmakers appear to have this game on the money.
Despite showing signs of disarray this season, the Wildcats are a formidable side and even more so when it comes to this stage of the season.
A 111-90 win over the Adelaide 36ers at Pertn Arena last week instilled some confidence back into the side and Cairns shouldn’t pose much of a threat.
The Taipans were beaten at home by Sydney last week and this game could be over by the first quarter.
Betting tip: Wildcats –10.5 @ $1.87 (BET NOW)
Wildcats by 17
5:30pm Sydney Kings vs. Brisbane Bullets @ Qudos Bank Arena
This should be one of the better games of the week as both teams look to improve on poor seasons.
The Kings were expected to finish higher up the order this season, but they remain at the bottom of the table despite showing some positive signs late.
American guard Jerome Randle has been expected to do all the heavy lifting, but he needs help from his talented supporting case.
They’re in the rebuilding stage for next year and that can make them vulnerable, but we have seen enough from the Kings lately to suggest that the bookmakers have this one right.
Brisbane are capable and we think they should take one of their two games this week.
Betting tip: Kings –4.5 @ $1.87 (BET NOW)
Kings by 8
1:00pm New Zealand Breakers vs. Melbourne United @ Spark Arena
Take two of the United vs. Breakers rivalry happens this Sunday at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.
One of these teams will be coming off a confidence-building victory earlier in the week and we think that could be the New Zealand Breakers.
Either way, returning home is only going to help their chances and the Breakers simply don’t lose at home to United.
That’s echoed in the bookmakers’ odds ($1.53) and the local crowd should be enough to see the Breakers continue their dominance over their Melbourne counterparts.
Betting tip: Breakers to win @ $1.53 (BET NOW)
Breakers by 5
3:00pm Illawarra Hawks vs. Adelaide 36ers @ WIN Entertainment Centre
Adelaide suffered a minor setback when losing to the Perth Wildcats last week, but they remain in a strong playoff position.
The 36ers have won 16 games so far, which puts them second in order of wins, but they have played two games more than United and the Breakers.
Coach Joey Wright knows how vital winning games at this stage of the season is and securing home court advantage is what every team in a playoff position is after.
The Hawks will need to call upon everything they’ve got to get over the line here, but we’re expecting a polished performance from the visiting team.
Betting tip: 36ers to win @ $1.72 (BET NOW)
36ers by 4