We have expert betting predictions for Round 1 of the 2021 NBL season, which starts on Friday with an opening night double-header.
There are six games for punters to enjoy this week, including the highly anticipated Melbourne United vs Sydney Kings.
NBL Round 1 Predictions
7:35pm Tasmania JackJumpers vs Brisbane Bullets @ Mystate Bank Arena
The Tasmania JackJumpers are the new kids on the block but they could be in for a long season.
It usually takes the new teams a few seasons to gel and we think the Brisbane Bullets could have a successful season under their new coach.
Playing on the road isn’t an easy task but the Bullets, but with the likes of Lamar Patterson and Nathan Sobey, they should have too much scoring for the JackJumpers.
Bookmakers are offering $1.62 in head-to-head markets and –3.5 points in spread markets. It’s a favorable line for the Bullets as the JackJumpers might need to wait another week.
Betting tip: Brisbane Bullets –3.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Bullets by 9
9:30pm Perth Wildcats vs Adelaide 36ers @ RAC Arena
We’re predicting a tough season for the Adelaide 36ers and quite the opposite for the Perth Wildcats.
The Wildcats are the hardest team to play at home, so the 36ers have an almighty task in their opening game of the season.
Bryce Cotton will be on full display at RAC Arena and we expect the Wildcats to score an easy win. Predicting what will happen in the opening week is never easy, but Perth is usually a sound bet.
It starts the season well and covering the –6.5 spread shouldn’t be too difficult.
Betting tip: Perth Wildcats –6.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Wildcats by 10
8:00pm South East Melbourne Phoenix vs New Zealand Breakers @ John Cain Arena
It could be a tough start to the season for the New Zealand Breakers, who will have numerous players missing from the opening game.
That puts the South East Melbourne Phoenix in a good position and we’re not surprised by the money coming for them throughout the week.
They have firmed into $1.36, which is mostly due to the unavailability of players. We think New Zealand will have the better season, but take the Phoenix in this situation.
Betting tip: South East Melbourne Phoenix –6.5 @ $1.87 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Phoenix by 9
1:00pm Adelaide 36ers vs The Hawks @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
The Hawks face a tough challenge playing their first game on the road, but we like their chances of winning.
They are a better shooting team than the 36ers with Tyler Harvey set to explode. That could be the biggest difference and the 36ers often struggle in their opening games.
We’re picking against the 36ers in both games in Round 1, but we can’t see them performing well.
Betting tip: The Hawks @ $1.76 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Hawks by 5
3:00pm Melbourne United vs Sydney Kings @ Qudos Bank Arena
It’s the marquee game of the week as premiership favourites Sydney face rivals Melbourne United.
The Kings have been supported to take home the NBL title, so getting off to a good start is important. They have the roster to go all the way, so they’re dangerous.
Melbourne has lost some of its firepower, so it could take a huge effort from Chris Goulding to keep them in it.
Take the Kings to win and cover the spread at home.
Betting tip: Sydney Kings –4.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Kings by 8
5:30pm Cairns Taipans vs Perth Wildcats @ RAC Arena
Perth gets the enjoyment of playing its first two games at home and we think it will go 2-0.
The Wildcats have the class edge over the Cairns Taipans, who were awful last season. Scotty Machado couldn’t get much going and his teammates didn’t help.
Playing in a hostile environment makes matters worse and this should be an easy victory for the home team.
Betting tip: Perth Wildcats –7.5 @ $1.87 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Wildcats by 11
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.