We have expert betting predictions for Round 2 of the NBL season, which tips off on Wednesday with Adelaide vs. S.E Melbourne.
The opening round had plenty of excitement, but now punters get to enjoy the Breakers and Wildcats joining in the action.
We have betting tips for all six games in Round 2 of the NBL.
NBL Round 2 Predictions
Adelaide 36ers vs. S.E. Melbourne Phoenix @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
The 36ers lost their opening game to Melbourne, but they hit back against the Phoenix on Sunday, scoring a 116-108 overtime win.
Both teams meet again to kick off Round 2, and we’re predicting a different result. The Phoenix appeared to have needed the game, and they were rusty.
However, with that game under their belt, Mitch Creek and his teammates should be ready to fire this week.
South East Melbourne has slightly more upside than Adelaide, and punters get value odds.
Bet: S.E Melbourne Phoenix to win @ $1.97 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Brisbane Bullets vs. The Hawks @ Brisbane Convention Centre
It was an impressive start to the season for The Hawks, which scored wins over Brisbane and Cairns.
They won 90-84 against Brisbane on Saturday, but the best win came against Cairns. Despite being $3.80 underdogs, The Hawks rattled off a wire-to-wire 92-76 win.
Coach Brian Goorjan scored back-to-back premiership wins when he last coaches in 2008, and he hasn’t wasted time getting back into winning form.
The win over Cairns came without two starting players, which made it even more impressive. We respect Brisbane, but The Hawks look impressive.
Bet: The Hawks to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Adelaide 36ers vs. New Zealand Breakers @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
It won’t be easy for the New Zealand Breakers to face an Adelaide team having its fourth game. However, the Breakers should be in for a terrific season.
They have signed quality players, and with the likes of Tom Abercrombie and Rob Loe playing, they should be tough to hold out.
Adelaide has the benefit of experience, and they looked good beating the Phoenix last week. If they can score over 100 points, this game could be there’s for the taking.
It will be a tough game, but give the edge to the Breakers.
Bet: New Zealand Breakers to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Cairns Taipans vs. Sydney Kings @ Cairns Convention Centre
Sydney had only the one game last week and it was an 87-86 loss to the Cairns Taipans. They will be looking to get revenge on the narrow loss this week, and it’s possible.
Not much is expected of the Kings this season, but those expectations could be increased after what they showed on Saturday.
Casper Ware played well in the opening half, and although his shot went missing in the second half, Sydney still stuck with the Taipans.
Punters should expect another close game, but this one could go to the Kings.
Bet: Sydney Kings to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Perth Wildcats @ S.E. Melbourne Phoenix @ RAC Arena
Perth gets its campaign underway on Sunday and although expectations are lower this season, we have high hopes.
The Wildcats don’t miss the playoffs, and that has become a fact of life in the NBL. When you have current MVP, Bryce Cotton, in your team, nothing is impossible.
They face the Phoenix, which pushed the 36ers to overtime last week, but ultimately lost by eight points.
We’re not sure what to make of the Phoenix to date, but Perth rarely loses at home, and we don’t think this will be any different.
Bet: Perth Wildcats to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Cairns Taipans vs. Melbourne United @ Cairns Convention Centre
Cairns have a busy schedule to start the season, and although they were our pre-season picks to win, there are troubling signs.
The heavy loss to The Hawks was a worrying sign for Cairns, which plays its fourth game in the first two rounds.
Melbourne started its season with an 89-65 win over Adelaide, and it has enjoyed over a week to prepare for this game. The schedule is certainly favouring the premiership favourites, so they could come out ahead on Monday.
Chris Goulding had a big opening game, and there is plenty of improvement to come from Scott Hopson. Therefore, United could remain unbeaten after two weeks.
Bet: Melbourne United to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
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