We have expert betting predictions for Round 17 of the NBL season, which features only four games on Saturday and Sunday.
Round 17 kicks off with the all-Melbourne clash and also on the cards is Brisbane vs Cairns, Sydney vs Adelaide and Perth vs New Zealand.
NBL Round 17 Predictions
S.E. Melbourne Phoenix vs Melbourne United @ John Cain Arena
The winning run of Melbourne United came to a crashing end on Wednesday when Perth won 82-69 in a one-sided display.
Melbourne didn’t show any of its premiership credentials and they could be there for the taking against South East Melbourne on Saturday.
This is a must-win game for the Phoenix, who have lost four of their last five. It hasn’t been a good stretch for the team and losing Keifer Sykes to injury was a key reason for that.
We think they can improve and a win over United would be a statement. Beating the bigger brother would go down well and United were poor on Wednesday, so they’re no sure thing.
Bet: S.E Melbourne Phoenix to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Cairns Taipans vs Brisbane Bullets @ Cairns Pop Up Arena
With only seven wins and 20 losses, it has been a hellish season for the Cairns Taipans. It could get worse when the Brisbane Bullets travel north on Saturday.
The Brisbane Bullets have lost four of their last five, which has knocked them out of playoff contention. However, they are only three wins behind S.E. Melbourne, so there is everything to play for.
Cairns is playing for pride and to avoid the wooden spoon. We’re not sure if that’s enough, especially with Cam Oliver leaving the squad mid-season.
Brisbane has struggled with the injury to Vic Law, but they still have one of the more capable teams in the competition.
Take the Bullets to score a close win.
Bet: Brisbane Bullets to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sydney Kings vs Adelaide 36ers @ Qudos Bank Arena
Sydney is one of the more dangerous teams in the NBL and despite losing its most recent game, the form prior was excellent.
Caspar Ware has been playing at an MVP level and it reminds us of his days playing for Melbourne United. He is controlling everything that happens on the offensive end and it’s pretty to watch.
The Kings haven’t had much luck injuries and players being signed to the NBA, but they’re still competitive and good enough to beat a resurgent Adelaide.
The 36ers have won their last two and although they have played more games than most teams, they’re only two wins out of a playoff spot.
It should give them enough excitement to push teams like Sydney close. However, we expect the professionalism of the Kings to be too much.
Bet: Sydney Kings to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Perth Wildcats vs New Zealand Breakers @ RAC Arena
Perth vs New Zealand has been the best rivalry this season and we hope it continues on Sunday night.
The Wildcats are just two wins back of Melbourne after beating United on Wednesday, but they were beaten by New Zealand in Round 16.
It was one of the best games this season and New Zealand always plays well against Perth. However, it’s much harder to win in Perth than at the Silverdome in Tasmania.
Bryce Cotton is on track for another MVP after averaging 24.08 points per game and teammate John Mooney is grabbing 11.92 boards per game.
Perth is a quality team and although the Breakers could make a late run, it’s unlikely to start on Sunday.
Bet: Perth Wildcats to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
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