We have expert betting predictions for Round 15 of the NBL season, which tips off on Thursday with the Phoenix vs Kings.
Punters get eight NBL games to bet on this week and we’re expecting plenty of excitement as the playoffs get closer.
NBL Round 15 Predictions
S.E. Melbourne Phoenix vs Sydney Kings @ John Cain Arena
The Phoenix didn’t do their playoff chances any good last week when losing both games, so a rebound effort is needed on Thursday.
However, they take on the red-hot Kings, which turned away South East Melbourne and the Cairns Taipans last week. The win over the Phoenix is a good form guide and punters get value odds.
We like the Kings in this position and given the $2.13 available, we suggest backing them.
Bet: Sydney Kings to win @ $2.13 – Bet @ Sportsbet
New Zealand Breakers vs Cairns Taipans @ Silverdome
We wouldn’t back Cairns with stolen money this season, so we’re giving the edge to the improving New Zealand Breakers.
The Kiwi-side did well to win both games last week and it puts them just five wins outside playoff contention. It’s still a long way back, but we like the way they’re playing.
News that they will be heading home to play for the remainder of the season should excite them and they should handle the woeful Taipans on Friday.
Bookmakers agree having installed them as $1.42 favourites.
Bet: New Zealand Breakers –5.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Perth Wildcats vs Brisbane Bullets @ RAC Arena
Brisbane’s struggles continued in Round 14 after losing consecutive games and we can’t see their form turning around any time soon.
It has been a rough period for the Bullets, who sit in sixth with 10 wins and 12 losses. The majority of those losses have come over the last two weeks.
Perth has lost two of its last four games to come back to earth a touch. However, the Wildcats still look good and they will want to wrestle the top spot from Melbourne United.
We’re not surprised Perth is the favourite to win and it should be easy money.
Bet: Perth Wildcats to win @ $1.42 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne United vs Adelaide 36ers @ John Cain Arena
Melbourne continues its winning streak and we’re expecting another win on Saturday.
United has risen to the top of the NBL ladder on the back of strong performances, and they’re not even fully healthy.
Adelaide has improved recently with three wins from its last four games. However, those wins haven’t come against the likes of Melbourne.
We think Melbourne’s depth will be too much for the 36ers to handle.
Bet: Melbourne United to win @ $1.42 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Illawarra Hawks vs Sydney Kings @ WIN Entertainment Centre
Illawarra is now out of a playoff spot after consecutive defeats and there is trouble in paradise. They made a great start to the season, but have consistently fallen down the rankings.
Looking to add to their pain are the Sydney Kings, which have hit form at the right time of the season.
Sydney is playing good basketball at the moment and Caspar Ware has been filling up the stat sheet. It has been good to watch and we expect that form to continue against Illawarra.
Punters should get value odds for the away team.
Bet: Sydney Kings to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Brisbane Bullets vs S.E. Melbourne Phoenix @ Nissan Arena
It could be another long week for Brisbane and we’re backing against them to win both games in Round 15.
S.E. Melbourne has much more upside and if Mitch Creek can get going, they should be tough to stop in this situation.
There are plenty of players for the Phoenix ready to have a big game and Brisbane’s confidence is right down. Betting on a low-confidence team isn’t wise in the NBL, so steer away from Brisbane.
Bet: S.E. Melbourne Phoenix to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Cairns Taipans vs Perth Wildcats @ Cairns Pop Up Arena
Cairns and Perth square off again and we expect the result to be similar. Perth has to travel to Cairns, but they are the much better team.
Bryce Cotton has been tearing up the court and there is no player on the Taipans’ roster that can stop him.
Most of the money should be on the Wildcats to win and put pressure on Melbourne at the top of the table. We expect a comfortable win for the visitors and it could come by double digits.
Bet: Perth Wildcats to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
New Zealand Breakers vs Adelaide 36ers @ Silverdome
New Zealand has a great chance to rise up the NBL ladder this week and it could be capped off with a win over Adelaide.
We like what the Breakers are doing at the moment and there is a much better flow without Lamar Patterson in the squad.
We expect an even betting market on Monday and our tip is to back New Zealand.
Bet: New Zealand Breakers 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.