We have expert betting predictions for Round 2 of the 2021 NBL season, which starts on Thursday night with the JackJumpers vs 36ers.
There are seven games for punters to enjoy this week, including the highly anticipated Kings vs Hawks.
NBL Round 2 Predictions
7:35pm Tasmania JackJumpers vs Adelaide 36ers @ Mystate Bank Arena
It was a dream start for the Tasmania JackJumpers, who got the better of the Brisbane Bullets in overtime last Friday.
The new franchise didn’t need long to find their best form, taking the lead in the opening quarter and never looking back.
We were impressed with their ability to withstand multiple runs from Brisbane, which holds them in good stead against the 36ers.
Adelaide went 0-2 last week with losses to Perth and Illawarra. Bouncing back is vital, but with momentum on the side of the home team, we’re going with the JackJumpers.
Betting tip: Tasmania JackJumpers @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
JackJumpers by 7
7:30pm South East Melbourne Phoenix vs New Zealand Breakers @ John Cain Arena
The Phoenix made a good start to their season with a win over the Breakers and they could double down on that effort.
New Zealand scored only 65 points in the 89-65 loss, and we can’t see them turning that effort around any time soon.
South East Melbourne was impressive and the likes of Mitch Creek will be tough to stop again, so take the home team to score another comfortable victory.
Betting tip: South East Melbourne Phoenix –8.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Phoenix by 12
5:30pm Sydney Kings vs Illawarra Hawks @ Qudos Bank Arena
Bookmakers are having a hard time splitting the Kings and Hawks after impressive wins in the opening week.
Sydney took care of Melbourne United in a close contest, which holds them in good stead against the high-flying Hawks.
Illawarra got the better of Adelaide with an 81-71 road victory. It was a smart effort, but we think Sydney has too much depth and should win this game.
Punters get $1.82, which is excellent shopping for the home side.
Betting tip: Sydney Kings @ $1.82 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Kings by 5
8:00pm Cairns Taipans vs Tasmania JackJumpers @ Cairns Convention Centre
We didn’t think we’d be picking the JackJumpers to start 3-0, but it’s a real possibility.
Cairns looked awful when losing to the Perth Wildcats on Sunday, and although that was a much harder game, the JackJumpers have confidence on their side.
The form of the Taipans looks to have carried over from last season, which was dreadful to say the least.
It could be wise to lay off the Taipans until they start winning consistently.
Betting tip: Tasmania JackJumpers – Bet @ Sportsbet
JackJumpers by 4
1:00pm Melbourne United vs South East Melbourne Phoenix @ John Cain Arena
It’s always a good battle between the Melbourne teams, but we think the little brother could win on Sunday.
South East Melbourne has made a better start to the season, and although United had to play Sydney, they weren’t overly impressive.
Expectations are tapered for United, but the Phoenix have the makings of a playoff team. They could score an important early win over their rivals.
Betting tip: South East Melbourne Phoenix – Bet @ Sportsbet
Phoenix by 3
3:00pm Adelaide 36ers vs New Zealand Breakers @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
The 36ers and Breakers haven’t made an ideal start to the season and it could get worse for the Breakers.
They are down on players and we didn’t like what we saw in Round 1. They committed a lot of turnovers and their guards aren’t up to scratch.
Adelaide wasn’t much better, but there is talent on the roster. With home court advantage in its favor, take Adelaide to win.
Betting tip: Adelaide 36ers – Bet @ Sportsbet
36ers by 8
5:30pm Perth Wildcats vs Brisbane Bullets @ RAC Arena
The Wildcats got their season off to the perfect start with two wins in Round 1. They were dominant over Cairns last Sunday, and getting a week off is ideal.
Brisbane had its chance against Tasmania but failed to deliver when it counted. It was a concerning loss for the Bullets and facing the Wildcats at home isn’t an ideal situation.
Look for the Wildcats to take care of business.
Betting tip: Perth Wildcats – Bet @ Sportsbet
Wildcats by 10
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.