It’s the final regular-season round of the NBL this week and although the top four teams are cemented, the positions could change this week.
Melboune United are clear at the top, but there’s room for change in the final three spots and in particular the third position, which is currently held by Perth based on percentage.
There are seven games to bet on this week, including three quality games this Sunday.
7:30pm Brisbane Bullets vs. Sydney Kings @ Brisbane Convention Centre
The Bullets and the Kings are desperate to avoid the wooden spoon, but one team will come away with the kitchen utensil this week.
Sydney scored a big victory over Brisbane last week, which gave them a chance to avoid finishing at the bottom of the page, but the Bullets looked good at home when beating the Hawks and returning home will be a big help.
Brisbane were left without their star player, who left on interesting terms, but they copped well with the news. However, reality might start to sink in this week and the Kings might have too much firepower.
Betting tip: Kings to win @ $2 (BET NOW)
Kings by 5
5:30pm New Zealand Breakers vs. Illawarra Hawks @ North Shore Events Centre
The New Zealand Breakers having been hitting their straps towards the end of the season after losing two consecutive games to Melbourne United last week.
The Breakers are a team that never loses to United, so it was a shock, but this week provides them a chance to rebound against the Hawks.
Illawarra have been poor by their standards this season and a loss to Brisbane last week didn’t help their cause.
There will be more desperation for the Breakers with home court advantage on Friday night and they should come away with the easy victory.
Betting tip: Breakers –6.5 @ $1.87 (BET NOW)
Breakers by 10
9:30pm Melbourne United vs. Perth Wildcats @ Hisense Arena
This will be the game of the round as the red-hot Melbourne United take on the desperate Perth Wildcats.
We’re not sure what’s going wrong with the Wildcats this season, but they have the ability to switch on at any point and that’s the danger that Melbourne faces this Friday night.
United are the current favourites after scoring consecutive victories over the Breakers and there was plenty to like about those wins.
They travelled to New Zealand and dominated a quality team and we’re not sure Perth are playing well enough to stop the roll.
It should be close for the most part, but United should pull away late.
Betting tip: United –4.5 @ $1.87 (BET NOW)
United by 7
5:30pm Adelaide 36ers vs. Brisbane Bullets @ Titanium Security Arena
Adelaide can’t catch Melbourne United at the top of the table, but their second placing isn’t secured unless they beat the Bullets on Saturday night.
That’s enough motivation for a team which has hit top gear at the right time of the season and they’re coming up against a team which is languishing near the bottom of the table.
The 36ers are coming off a stunning 111-87 victory over the Hawks last round and this could be another romp in the making.
Betting tip: 36ers –7.5 @ $1.87 (BET NOW)
36ers by 12
3:10pm Melbourne United vs. Illawarra Hawks @ Hisense Arena
United won’t have to win this game, but they’ll want to close out the regular season in style.
We’re predicting two wins this week for Melbourne United and this should be the easier of the two.
The Hawks haven’t flown this season and they’re coming off a disappointing loss to the 36ers last week and it’s tough to see them recovering from that outing.
They have players than can get hot, including Rotnei Clarke, but it would take a full team performance to cause the upset here.
Bookmakers don’t believe the upset is on the cards and neither do we as United should score an easy win.
Betting tip: United –7.5 @ $1.87 (BET NOW)
United by 14
5:10pm Sydney Kings vs. New Zealand Breakers @ Qudos Bank Arena
This is the most difficult game to predict this week as the Kings host the Breakers.
The Kings will be trying to impress their fans and get them back next season, but they’ll also be trying to avoid the wooden spoon.
On the other side of the coin, the Breakers are trying to improve their playoffs position, but it’s going to be a tough week for the Breakers, whose New Zealand-born players will be flying around the world for Olympic qualifications.
Bookmakers have the Kings as favourites and despite the Breakers being by far the best team, a loss could be imminent for the New Zealand side.
Betting tip: Kings to win @ $1.61 (BET NOW)
Kings by 5
7:10pm Perth Wildcats vs. Cairns Taipans @ Perth Arena
Cairns play for the first time this week and they’re a team that can upset the Perth Wildcats.
It happened only last week when the Taipans emerged with the 85-83 victory in Perth to stun the home crowd.
Will that happen in consecutive weeks? Probably not and you’d pick Perth to come out swinging against Cairns, which currently sit fifth on the table.
Perth’s coach will be expecting a big showing in the final game before the playoffs and it would be a good time for a blowout.
Betting tip: Wildcats –8.5 @ $1.87 (BET NOW)
Wildcats by 16