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 16 Predictions
Melbourne United vs New Zealand Breakers @ John Cain Arena
The Breakers played well to beat Adelaide on Monday and they are on the quick back-up two days later.
We’re unsure if that’s a positive or negative for this game, as they face table-topping Melbourne United, which extended its winning streak last week.
United is firing on all cylinders and despite injury concerns this season, they have come out the other side.
They should be too strong with home court advantage on Wednesday.
Bet: Melbourne United –9.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
S.E. Melbourne Phoenix vs Brisbane Bullets @ John Cain Arena
The Phoenix have slipped a touch over the last two weeks, which included a three-game losing streak. That ended last week, so getting back to its consistent roots could help.
Brisbane is going through a tough stretch after losing three on the bounce. They haven’t been able to recapture the magic from earlier this season.
Bookmakers expect the Phoenix to get the job done and it’s tough to disagree. They are the better team and we have no confidence with Brisbane.
Bet: S. E. Melbourne Phoenix –6.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
New Zealand Breakers vs Perth Wildcats @ Silverdome
New Zealand faces its second tough game of the week. They take on the top two teams in the NBL, and Perth should take this one.
The Wildcats own three wins from their last four games and they are keen to take the top spot away from Melbourne United.
Bryce Cotton is playing excellently and with the Breakers down on talented importers, Perth should get the job done comfortably on Saturday night.
Bet: Perth Wildcats –4.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Adelaide 36ers vs Brisbane Bullets @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Despite a Josh Giddey triple-double, the Adelaide 36ers couldn’t get close to the Breakers on Monday night.
It was his first career triple-double and it could translate to another top performance against the Brisbane Bullets.
Adelaide is a team that hasn’t got much from their imports. However, Giddey, Isaac Humphries and Daniel Johnson have been doing their job.
Brisbane looks lost at both ends of the floor and they could slip below Adelaide on the ladder after Round 16 is completed.
Bet: Adelaide 36ers to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne United vs Sydney Kings @ John Cain Arena
Sydney is one of the form teams in the competition after notching four consecutive wins. The Kings are playing excellent basketball, so they could give Melbourne a run for its money.
Casper Ware is back to his best and he looks like making every shot he puts up. Melbourne is a quality team, but they could be there for the taking.
Sydney gets the benefit of rested legs and punters will get value odds.
Bet: Sydney Kings to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
New Zealand Breakers vs Illawarra Hawks @ Silverdome
It’s a busy week for the Breakers and although they’re near the bottom of the table, we can’t see them losing all three games.
However, Illawarra has had plenty of time to get over their heartbreaking loss to the Kings last week. They had a chance to win in regulation before eventually losing in overtime.
It was a tough loss to take and we think the Breakers could pounce on them. There isn’t much between these teams, so take the Breakers to score an upset.
Bet: New Zealand Breakers to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Adelaide 36ers vs Cairns Taipans @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Cairns plays its first game of the round and rested legs should help. The Taipans have been awful this season and we can’t see it changing any time soon.
With just seven wins from 26 games, Cairns have failed to launch. Adelaide isn’t much better, but they have been improving over the last few weeks.
Playing at home helps and punters should get value odds for Adelaide.
Bet: Adelaide 36ers to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne United vs Perth Wildcats @ John Cain Arena
Round 16 closes with a top of the table clash between United and the Wildcats. It should be a cracking contest and it could be an early look at the finals.
Melbourne has been on a winning tear and they don’t appear to be slowing down. As the team continues to get healthy, they only become more dangerous.
We like what we’re seeing with Perth, but they might come off second best against United. Melbourne will enjoy staying at home and they should be ready to fire.
Bet: Melbourne United 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.