We have expert betting predictions for Round 14 of the NBL season, which tips off on Wednesday with the Taipans vs 36ers.
Punters get eight NBL games to bet on this week and we’re expecting plenty of excitement.
NBL Round 14 Predictions
Cairns Taipans vs Adelaide 36ers @ Cairns Pop Up Arena
Cairns continue to struggle in the NBL and we’re surprised at the bookmakers’ odds for this game. They are the favourites to beat Adelaide, who have won two on the bounce.
Adelaide stormed back into contention with consecutive wins last week, including one over the Perth Wildcats. They were top efforts and that momentum should take them close.
We like what Adelaide has been doing recently and Cairns are a tough team to follow.
Bet: Adelaide 36ers to win @ $2.11 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sydney Kings vs S.E. Melbourne Phoenix @ Qudos Bank Arena
Sydney is doing its playoff chances no good by losing four of the last five games. Not much is going right for the Kings, including the injury toll.
Looking to add to the Kings’ pain are the Phoenix, which have scored three wins from their last four games.
With Mitch Creek back in the team, it has added stability and class for this team. The Phoenix are title contenders and we’ll happily take the $1.82 available with bookmakers.
Bet: S.E. Melbourne Phoenix to win @ $1.82 – Bet @ Sportsbet
New Zealand Breakers vs Brisbane Bullets @ Silverdome
New Zealand was robbed against Perth on Tuesday night. The Breakers were three points up with 1.7 seconds left, but Bryce Cottom seemingly had around three seconds to get his shot up.
It was a heartbreaking loss for the Breakers, who need to end the season with an amazing winning streak to have any chance of a playoff spot.
Brisbane hasn’t looked good recently, losing four of its last five. It could be a good chance for the Breakers to get revenge.
Bet: New Zealand Breakers to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Perth Wildcats vs Illawarra Hawks @ RAC Arena
Perth was extremely lucky to beat New Zealand, all thanks to a Cotton three-pointer on the buzzer. It was the first three-pointer Cotton hit in the game, so it came at a good time.
The Wildcats’ form has tapered off a touch in recent weeks, which included a heavy loss to the Adelaide 36ers last week.
They are no longer at the top of the table and beating Illawarra isn’t easy. When the Hawks are firing, they are tough to hold out.
It’s a tricky game to call, but we give the slight edge to Perth at home.
Bet: Perth Wildcats to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
S.E. Melbourne Phoenix vs Adelaide 36ers @ John Cain Arena
Both teams play their second game of Round 14 and earlier results will factor into the game. However, we expect the Phoenix to be too strong.
They have the more physical team and some talented scoring guards, which Adelaide has been lacking. The 36ers have looked better recently, but this game should go to the home team.
Bookmakers will have South East Melbourne as firm favourites.
Bet: S.E. Melbourne Phoenix to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sydney Kings vs Cairns Taipans @ Qudos Bank Arena
Two teams that desperately need a win face off on Saturday as the Kings host the Taipans.
Cairns has been at the bottom of the ladder throughout the season and although the Breakers are giving them a run for their money, they should stay there.
Excitement levels are at an all-time low for Cairns and Sydney should take advantage. Caspar Ware and the Kings should have too much scoring power and score a comfortable victory at home.
Bet: Sydney Kings to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne United vs Illawarra Hawks @ John Cain Arena
United plays its first game of the round against the Hawks and they have had plenty of time to rest.
Melbourne now finds itself at the top of the NBL ladder and although Illawarra is a quality team, United should get it done here.
Injuries have threatened to derail their season, but they keep finding ways to win. Jock Landale has been superb and with home court advantage, take Melbourne to win.
Bet: Melbourne United to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Perth Wildcats vs New Zealand Breakers @ RAC Arena
In a rematch of the controversial Round 13 game, the Perth Wildcats host the struggling New Zealand Breakers.
Beating Perth at RAC Arena is tough and although we like what the Breakers are doing, we’re not sure they’ll recover from the heartbreaking loss.
Bryce Cotton won’t shoot that poorly from the three again, so Perth should come out on top.
Bet: Perth Wildcats to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
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.