It’s a huge round of the NBL this week, which gives punters than chance to bet on eight games. That’s rarely seen in this day and age and the NBL ladder is going to change significantly throughout the course of the week.
We start early on Wednesday night with the United vs. Hawks clash and it only gets better throughout the week.
7:50pm Melbourne United vs. Illawarra Hawks @ Melbourne Arena
United have been premiership favourites one week and then not the next. After losing to the Perth Wildcats last week, they have fallen to the second spot on the ladder but they’ll be hoping to defeat the firing Hawks.
It was an incredible comeback for the ages from the Hawks, who downed the Breakers after trailing by as many as 15 points late in the third quarter. That win effectively put the Breakers out of contention and put the Hawks within touching distance of the top four.
Beating Melbourne at home won’t be easy but this could be the Cinderella team of the 2018/2019 season.
Betting tip: Hawks to win @ $2.62 – BET NOW
Hawks by 6
5:50pm New Zealand Breakers vs. Cairns Taipans @ TSB Stadium
It’s fair to say that we had high expectations from the Breakers, especially after winning two in Round 13, but last week was a shocker and they’re all but out of playoffs contention.
Losing to the Hawks after holding a commanding 12-point lead was the tip of the iceberg for the Breakers, who have a great team on paper but no sense of direction.
They backed that loss up with a 106-98 defeat at the hands of the Tapians and making the playoffs for either team looks done and dusted.
Tough game to call but we’re sticking with the better side on paper.
Betting tip: Breakers to win @ $1.64 – BET NOW
Breakers by 10
7:43pm Brisbane Bullets vs. Sydney Kings @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre
What a game this shapes up to be as the Bullets, currently in fourth position with 12 wins and nine losses, take on the Kings with 13 wins and eight losses.
Which team has been better over the last few weeks? That’s arguably, but the Bullets were the more impressive win in Round 14 when beating the Taipans 99-68. The Kings lost to the 36ers 119-99 and that defensive effort wouldn’t have impressed coach Andrew Gaze.
This should be a close game with many highlight reel plays but the Bullets are formidable at home and could take away the win.
Betting tip: Bullets to win @ $1.74 – BET NOW
Bullets by 5
9:53pm Perth Wildcats vs. Adelaide 36ers @ Perth Arena
We’re not sure what to make of Perth this season but they surely needed that win over United last week to kick-start their offense.
Despite only scoring 84 points, the win was a much-needed one for a club that replies on putting up big numbers. Coach Dean Vickerman will still have his troubles as he faces a 36ers team which can put up big numbers.
Adelaide is coming off a 119-point win over the Kings where they looked simply brilliant and anything close to that sees them pushing Perth close here.
The only negative is the trip away to Perth and that can be tough for some teams.
Betting tip: Wildcats to win @ $1.57 – BET NOW
Wildcats by 6
2:50pm Illawarra Hawks vs. Cairns Taipans @ WIN Entertainment Centre
The Hawks and Taipans would have already played this round but despite not knowing those result, we’re sticking with the firing Hawks in this situation.
They are coming off a stellar win over the Breakers and although Cairns are as well, the Hawks are destined to make the playoffs and Cairns are destined to finish last on the competition ladder.
Bookmakers are being generous with the $1.54 on offer for the home side.
Betting tip: Hawks to win @ $1.55 – BET NOW
Hawks by 10
12:20pm New Zealand Breakers vs. Brisbane Bullets @ Spark Arena
There are three reasons why the Breakers have underachieved this season. The first is the lack of point guard play from Shae Ili, the second is the foul trouble from Shaun Long and the third is the lack of heart showing by the leadership.
We understand being a first season coach can have its ups and downs, but this mix’n’match season for the Breakers won’t attract any big names next season. Shaun Long came to the Breakers to win a title, but that’s looking less and less likely by the day.
How a team can lose against the Hawks in such fashion is mind-boggling and expect the hangover to continue against the Bullets.
Betting tip: Bullets to win @ $2.05 – BET NOW
Bullets by 4
2:50pm Sydney Kings vs. Perth Wildcats @ Qudos Bank Arena
This promises to be another barnstorming game as two of the best teams go at it in Sydney.
If results go their way this week, the Wildcats could find themselves at the top of the leaderboard. That’s just weeks after they were being touted as missing the playoffs for the first time in years.
What a week makes in the NBL but Sydney won’t be an easy beat. They are tough to beat in all areas and Andrew Bogut is a dominating force inside the paint.
If the Wildcats can figure out a way to sit him on the bench with foul trouble, Perth could out-score them with the likes of Bryce Cotton getting hot.
Betting tip: Wildcats to win @ $2.45 – BET NOW
Wildcats by 2
7:50pm Adelaide 36ers vs. Melbourne United @ Titanium Security Arena
What a marquee match to close Round 15 of the NBL and the red-hot 36ers take on the Melbourne United for a potential ladder-swapping position.
With both teams sitting on 12 wins for the season but United in second and Adelaide in fifth, a result in favour of Adelaide could see United down by the wayside.
This shapes up as a huge game for both teams and bookmakers are finding it hard to split the teams. We are too, but we’re sticking with the home side based purely on the crowd.
Betting tip: 36ers to win @ $1.80 – BET NOW
36ers by 3