2021 NBL Round 12 – Tips, Predictions & Odds

We have expert betting predictions for Round 12 of the NBL season, which tips off on Thursday with the Hawks vs Phoenix.

Punters get seven NBL games to bet on this week, including the Good Friday clash between Melbourne United and Cairns Taipans.


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NBL Round 12 Predictions

Thursday 1/04/21

Illawarra Hawks vs S.E. Melbourne Phoenix @ WIN Entertainment Centre

The Hawks got back to their best form when beating Brisbane 96-72 on Monday night.

The short turnaround shouldn’t hurt their chances, especially if Tyler Harvey shoots the house down like he did earlier this week. Harvey was incredible for the Hawks and he is now averaging over 20 points per game.

S.E. Melbourne scored only 60 points against United last week and the loss of Mitch Creek is huge. We expect them to struggle for the rest of the season, including this Thursday.

Bet: Illawarra Hawks to winBet @ Sportsbet

Perth Wildcats vs Sydney Kings @ RAC Arena

Perth continues to defy expectations after notching its 13th win from 17 games this season. The Wildcats are tearing through the competition and another win over Sydney is on the horizon.

The Wildcats scored an 89-65 win over Sydney in Sydney last week, so returning to RAC Arena is only going to boost their chances.

Sydney looked all at sea in the loss and Caspar Ware doesn’t look as confident as he once was. Bryce Cotton has the wood over the other imports and he leads the league with 26.06 PPG.

Expect the home side to win this game comfortably.

Bet: Perth Wildcats to winBet @ Sportsbet

Friday 2/04/21

Melbourne United vs Cairns Taipans @ John Cain Arena

United had been struggling for consistency but after notching three straight victories, they’re back on track.

The preseason favourites have now pulled even with the Perth Wildcats on 13 wins and that is bad news for Cairns, which got a rare win last week.

The Taipans defeated Adelaide in what was only their fifth win this season. It has been a dour season for one of the preseason premiership favourites and we don’t think they stand a chance on Friday.

United has too many guns and that should be reflected in the betting.

Bet: Melbourne United to winBet @ Sportsbet

Saturday 3/04/21

Sydney Kings vs Brisbane Bullets @ Qudos Bank Arena

Two teams that desperately need a win are the Kings and Bullets, but more so the Bullets after dropping three of their last four games.

Brisbane started the season well but they haven’t been able to keep that momentum. A heavy loss to Illawarra and a five-point loss to the Breakers last week has them reeling.

Sydney isn’t quite in the same situation, but they didn’t look impressive against Perth last week. Their performance on Thursday will be a good guide, but we’re going with Brisbane here.

They don’t have to travel to Perth and back, so the Kings could be tired.

Bet: Brisbane Bullets to winBet @ Sportsbet

Adelaide 36ers vs Illawarra Hawks @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Adelaide is currently riding a lengthy losing streak and we don’t think it will come to an end against the impressive Hawks.

The 36ers couldn’t muster much against Cairns last week and that’s saying something. They are in dire need of a victory, especially with their main playmaker out for the season.

Illawarra has looked impressive over recent weeks and slowing down the likes of Harvey and Jessup isn’t easy, so expect the Hawks to cruise home on Saturday night.

Bet: Illawarra Hawks to winBet @ Sportsbet

Sunday 4/04/21

S.E. Melbourne Phoenix vs New Zealand Breakers @ John Cain Arena

The Breakers play their first game of Round 12 following a gutsy win over the Brisbane Bullets last week.

It was a much-needed win for the Breakers, who are playing with only one import at the moment. Lamar Patterson left the club, and due to quarantine procedures, they are down a player.

S.E. Melbourne is also down a player in Mitch Creek, and it has struggled since. Keifer Sykes is a good player in his own right, but not good enough to carry this team.

Punters should get value for the Breakers on Sunday afternoon.

Bet: New Zealand Breakers to winBet @ Sportsbet

Cairns Taipans vs Melbourne United @ Cairns Pop Up Arena

Nothing is going right for the Cairns Taipans and we don’t think they have enough energy to beat Melbourne on Sunday.

United has been playing better over the last two weeks and with a healthy unit, they are still one of the teams to beat.

Cairns doesn’t have enough pieces to win consistently and something is clearly troubling the likes of Cam Oliver and Scott Machado.

Bookmakers will have United as favourites and they should get the job done.

Bet: Melbourne United to winBet @ Sportsbet


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Daryl Curnow
About the Author: Daryl Curnow

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.

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