2021 NBL Round 18 – Tips, Predictions & Odds

We have expert betting predictions for Round 18 of the NBL season, which features a huge round of 10 games.

Action starts on Tuesday with Illawarra vs Adelaide and concludes on Monday night with Cairns vs Perth.


All odds are with Sportsbet – our No. 1 rated bookmaker. You can join Sportsbet by clicking HERE.


NBL Round 18 Predictions

Tuesday 11/05/21

Illawarra Hawks vs Adelaide 36ers @ WIN Entertainment Centre

The Hawks broke a three-game losing streak and it was much-needed. They now sit in fifth spot, one win behind South East Melbourne Phoenix.

Adelaide has rattled off three consecutive wins to give themselves a chance. It has been a significant turnaround and we think that form could carry over to Tuesday.

The 36ers are favourites and that’s not surprising.

Bet: Adelaide 36ers to win @ $1.81Bet @ Sportsbet

Wednesday 12/05/21

S.E. Melbourne Phoenix vs New Zealand Breakers @ John Cain Arena

The Phoenix haven’t been playing well of late, including four wins from their last five games.

It has been a bad stretch and the New Zealand Breakers are good enough to score an upset win on Wednesday.

Despite losing their last two, the Breakers have been playing better. They match up well against South East Melbourne and punters get value odds.

Bet: New Zealand Breakers to win @ $2.59Bet @ Sportsbet

Thursday 13/05/21

Brisbane Bullets vs Sydney Kings @ Nissan Arena

Brisbane has won two of its last three games and it’s only two wins out of a playoff-bearing position.

Sydney is comfortably in the mix, but losing back-to-back games in Round 17 won’t do its chances any good.

The Kings weren’t quite at their brilliant best last week and beating Brisbane at home won’t be easy. Take the Bullets to win and rise up the rankings.

Bet: Brisbane Bullets to winBet @ Sportsbet

Perth Wildcats vs Melbourne United @ RAC Arena

Melbourne responded well to a loss against Perth by beating the Breakers 90-76 on Wednesday. It was a good bounce-back effort, but they now play Perth at home.

The Wildcats have proven tough to beat at RAC Arena and although they have lost two of their last five games, they’re still a top-level team.

It’s first vs second and we’re giving the edge to the home side.

Bet: Perth Wildcats to winBet @ Sportsbet

Friday 14/05/21

S.E. Melbourne Phoenix vs Cairns Taipans @ John Cain Arena

Two out of form teams battle on the hardwood and we give the edge to the Phoenix, who have much more to play for.

Despite winning only one of their last five, the Phoenix are still inside the top four. Cairns are at the bottom of the table and don’t appear to leaving. Losing Cam Oliver was a big blow and wooden spoon title looks likely.

Bet: S.E. Melbourne Phoenix to winBet @ Sportsbet

Saturday 14/05/21

Brisbane Bullets vs Perth Wildcats @ Nissan Arena

Perth has been tough to beat throughout the season, but it could be vulnerable in this situation.

The Wildcats will put most of their time into the United game at home, so they could be easier to beat when travelling to Brisbane.

It’s a good chance for the Bullets to find momentum and punters will get value odds.

Bet: Brisbane Bullets to winBet @ Sportsbet

Illawarra Hawks vs New Zealand Breakers @ WIN Entertainment Centre

It’s an important week for the Hawks and Breakers. Another loss for the Hawks could see them slip further down the rankings and a loss for New Zealand would eliminate their playoffs chances.

We expect the Kiwis to come out with plenty of energy and they have the length to shut down Tyler Harvey and Justinian Jessup.

Punters will get juicy odds and they’re worth taking.

Bet: New Zealand Breakers to winBet @ Sportsbet

Sunday 16/05/21

Melbourne United vs S.E. Melbourne Phoenix @ John Cain Arena

The all-Melbourne Derby should be a quality game, but the edge is firmly with United.

They lead the competition after 17 rounds following four wins from their last five games, and they’re good enough to beat the struggling Phoenix.

Not much is going right for the Phoenix and they don’t match up well against the talented core of United.

Bet: Melbourne United to winBet @ Sportsbet

Sydney Kings vs Adelaide 36ers @ Qudos Bank Arena

Sydney needs to bounce back after consecutive losses, but facing an in-form Adelaide team poses a challenge.

The 36ers defeated the Kings last week and a repeat could be on the cards. Adelaide is playing with confidence and despite not having a superstar roster, they have combined well.

Adelaide should be underdogs for the game and it’s worth backing.

Bet: Adelaide 36ers to winBet @ Sportsbet

Monday 17/05/21

Cairns Taipans vs Perth Wildcats @ Cairns Pop Up Arena

Perth plays its third game of the round and although being on the road can be tiring, it should get past the struggling Taipans.

Nothing is going right for Cairns and there simply isn’t enough talent on the roster to be competitive at this level.

The Wildcats should win and win comfortably.

Bet: Perth Wildcats to winBet @ Sportsbet


All odds are with Sportsbet – our No. 1 rated bookmaker. You can join Sportsbet by clicking HERE.

Daryl Curnow
About the Author: Daryl Curnow

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.

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