It all comes down to this; the Sydney Kings and the Perth Wildcats, which battle it out over a best-of-three game series starting on Sunday.
Can the Sydney Kings finally get their hands back on the NBL championship? Or, will Perth add yet another title to their impressive resumé?
We look at the best series bets, and what team is going to come out as the winners. Action starts on Sunday night, so there isn’t much time to get your NBL series bets on.
NBL Grand Final Series Betting Tips
Kings vs. Wildcats Form
The Sydney Kings had one of the most incredible playoff series against Melbourne United. In Game 1, they won after being 16 points behind with only six minutes to go. In Game 2, they were thrashed by 45 points, but it all turned around in Game 3.
Sydney was able to take advantage of some friendly whistles, and although we believe they were outplayed by Melbourne, they did well to get themselves back in the game and pull away late.
The Kings have a potent lineup that has been led by Jae’Sean Tate. He has been the shining light this season, because the likes of Caspar Ware and Andre Bogut have performed at a much lower level than expected.
It’s clear that Bogut is playing injured, because he isn’t being productive on either side of the ball. He showed little effort in Game 3 last Friday night and the Kings need him to play at his best.
Perth comes into the finals’ series having also gone to three games. They scored both wins at home, and they looked impressive winning Game 3 on Friday night.
It has been yet another quality season for the Wildcats, who have MVP winner Bryce Cotton, and a wealth of finals experience. That could be the difference between these two sides, with Perth seemingly getting to the finals every year.
However, travelling from Perth to Sydney on two occasions could play against them. It will be a huge factor this Sunday and if they play Game 3 next Sunday. It’s only two days between games, and it could count against them.
Kings vs. Wildcats NBL Finals Predictions
Bookmakers have framed a close market and that was to be expected. They currently have the Sydney Kings as $1.80 favourites, with Perth coming in at $2.
The winner of this series could well be the winner of Game 1. It’s going to set the tone for the rest of the series and we believe Sydney has the narrow edge. They play two of the three games at Qudos Bank Arena, and they have always been a confident team.
Sydney needs some inside presence and they won’t win if Andrew Bogut is ineffective. His health could determine the winner of this series, but we’re not doubting his class.
We respect the ability of this Perth Wildcats team, however, Sydney has been the best team throughout the season and they’re deserving of a title.
Bet: Sydney Kings to win the series ($1.80) at Sportsbet.com.au – Bet Now
NBL Finals MVP Betting Tips
NBL fans get to see some exciting players take to the court this series, and the finals MVP race is wide open.
The current market favourite is Bryce Cotton, ahead of Caspar Ware. However, we’re liking the look of two Sydney Kings’ players who should give punters a good run for their money.
Jae’Sean Tate @ $4.50 – Bet Now
The American import was the reason why the Sydney Kings won their series against Melbourne United. His impact was huge and he gave them a much-needed energy boost when they were behind on the scoreboard.
Tate plays with a lot of emotion, so it can boil over at times. However, he’s a rising star of this league and the $4.50 offered by bookmakers is well worth taking.
Xavier Cooks @ $34 – Bet Now
Cooks was awarded Player on the Game on Friday night and he’s another Kings player that makes an impact.
He goes about his business quietly, so he doesn’t have the same appeal as Caspar Ware or Jae’Sean Tate, but his MVP chances are good.
Punters get $34 and if he plays at his usual level, those odds will drop throughout the series.
Terrico White @ $13 – Bet Now
White hasn’t had his best year for Perth, but if he’s ever going to get hot, it will be this week.
The American was been relatively quiet this season but once he gets going with the three ball, he’s tough to stop.
We thought he would be paying around $8 to win the MVP, so take the $13 for a fair bit of value.