We have expert betting tips for both NBL Playoff Semifinal games.
The first game is played on Friday 28th February, so the teams have had over a week to collect themselves for an NBL Finals tilt.
It’s the Wildcats vs. Taipans and Kings vs. United. Both series should be incredible to watch and we look at the first two games of the playoffs.
NBL Playoffs Round 1 Betting Tips
9:30pm Perth Wildcats vs. Cairns Taipans @ RAC Arena
Perth have made the playoffs for a 34th consecutive year and they ride a three-game winning streak into the first game. The Wildcats have been riding the play from MVP Bryce Cotton and he was a deserving winner of the award.
Cotton didn’t start the season firing on all cylinders but he quickly picked up and he’s one of the reasons why Perth gets a home semifinal.
While Perth is riding a winning streak, the Cairns Taipans rolled over in the final week of the regular season. They had the third position wrapped up but they were blown out on both occasions, which helped Melbourne get into the playoffs.
However, expect to see the Taipans improve their form with their full squad back on the court. They were the surprise package this season and it’s on the back of stellar defense and some excellent play from their imports.
It has always been a collective effort for the Taipans and that could cause Perth some troubles on Friday. The Taipans and their coach, who won Coach of the Year, will spread the flood and force the Wildcats’ defenders to make decisions.
It’s a tactic that has worked well this season and we wouldn’t be surprised to see Cairns stick with the Wildcats for most of the game. However, we’re picking Perth to come out ahead in Game 1.
Bookmakers has Perth as the 5.5 favourites, which favours Cairns’ followers. Covering that spread in a playoffs game isn’t easy, so take the Taipans to cover and Perth to win the game.
Betting tip: Cairns Taipans +5.5 @ $1.90 – Bet Now
Wildcats by 3
7:30pm Sydney Kings vs. Melbourne United @ Qudos Bank Arena
The Sydney Kings won the minor premiership from start to finish and it has been a remarkable season for them. They started last season well but fell away over the concluding stages, however, with a new coach and new players, they are now the best team in the competition.
Sydney has won four of their last five games entering this clash with Melbourne and the atmosphere at Qudos Bank Arena will be electric. They have played well at home throughout the regular season and they get the benefit of playing the fourth-ranked team.
That happens to be Melbourne United, which looked awful at times but got into the finals with three clutch performances when they needed it most. United looked out of contention but three straight wins saw them nudge Brisbane and New Zealand out of the playoff race.
It’s tough to be confident about United’s chances during these playoffs. They have the talent to beat any team on any given day, but they have looked shaky this season. United needs to play for the entire game in order to beat Sydney.
It comes as no surprise to see the Kings as firm favourites. They are the favourites to win the competition and we’re expecting them to win this fixture.
Bookmakers have the line at –6.6 for the Kings and that’s fair given their form. They should be able to establish a margin on United and pull away late.
Betting tip: Sydney Kings –6.5 @ $1.90 – Bet Now
Kings by 10