2021 NBL Round 20 – Tips, Predictions & Odds

We have expert betting predictions for Round 20 of the NBL season, which features eight games.

Action starts on Wednesday night with Cairns vs Brisbane and with the playoffs getting closer, every game is important.


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


NBL Round 20 Predictions

Wednesday 26/05/21

Cairns Taipans vs Brisbane Bullets @ Cairns Pop Up Arena

The Brisbane Bullets’ playoff chances were extinguished last week and we’re not sure about their mental state for this game.

Cairns has been up against it all season, but despite losing Cam Oliver and Adel Deng, they are capable of producing an upset.

They will be keen to win the local battle and punters get value odds in the opening game of Round 20.

Bet: Cairns Taipans +6.5 @ $1.90Bet @ Sportsbet

Thursday 27/05/21

Perth Wildcats vs Sydney Kings @ RAC Arena

The Perth Wildcats are one win out of first place behind Melbourne United and they’ll be keen to beat the Kings on Thursday.

Sydney is the only team that can catch Illawarra for the fourth position and after winning two of their last three games, they’re making a charge.

Beating Perth at RAC Arena is about as hard as it gets, so we expect Bryce Cotton and the Wildcats to take the win.

Punters should expect short odds for the home side.

Bet: Perth Wildcats to winBet @ Sportsbet

Friday 28/05/21

New Zealand Breakers vs Illawarra Hawks @ The Stockyard

The Breakers are 2-1 since returning to New Zealand, including a dominant victory over the Adelaide 36ers on Tuesday.

New Zealand won 94-76 and although Adelaide was without Josh Giddey, it was still a quality performance from the Kiwis.

Holding off Illawarra won’t be easy as it’s coming off four wins from its last five games. Tyler Harvey and Justinian Jessup are playing well, but we’re picking an upset result.

Stick with the Breakers to show the locals in Pukekohe what they’re made of.

Bet: New Zealand Breakers to winBet @ Sportsbet

Saturday 29/05/21

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

The Phoenix have battled back from mid-season blues with four consecutive victories, which is enough to see them fit in third on the ladder.

They have looked excellent over the last couple of weeks and although we like Cairns to win on Wednesday, we don’t fancy their chances against the Phoenix.

Punters should expect bookmakers to offer very short odds and the line will be around 8.5. We expect S.E. Melbourne to cover the spread.

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

Sydney Kings vs Melbourne United @ Qudos Bank Arena

Melbourne currently leads the competition with 25 wins from 32 games, so United is living up to the hype.

They own four wins from their last five games and they don’t appear to be slowing down. A big win over Brisbane on Monday knocked the Bullets out of contention and they want to do the same against Sydney.

The Kings can be hard to trust, but they get the benefit of playing at home. That should count for something, but we can’t look past the visitors.

Bet: Melbourne United to winBet @ Sportsbet

Sunday 30/05/21

Illawarra Hawks vs Adelaide 36ers @ Win Entertainment Centre

Illawarra travels back home after playing New Zealand on Friday and they should account for the 36ers.

Adelaide showed good form a few weeks back, but losing Giddey leaves a big hole in their offence and the Hawks throw plenty at you.

The Hawks are possessed with some talented shooters and Jessup hasn’t even got hot yet. The future NBA player is ready and waiting to fire and it could come against Adelaide.

Regardless of how they play on Friday, take Illawarra to score a comfortable win.

Bet: Illawarra Hawks to winBet @ Sportsbet

New Zealand Breakers vs Brisbane Bullets @ Spark Arena

The Breakers return to the home of basketball in New Zealand and a big showing is expected.

Spark Arena hosts the Breakers vs Bullets and we expect the Breakers to close out their season with some stellar form.

They posted a huge win over Adelaide in Round 19 and they could go unbeaten in Round 20. The Bullets aren’t an easy opponent, but one team has more momentum and it’s the Breakers.

Look for the Webster brothers to have another big outing in front of the home fans.

Bet: New Zealand Breakers to winBet @ Sportsbet

Monday 31/05/21

Melbourne United vs Cairns Taipans @ John Cain Arena

Bookmakers will have a double-digit line for this game and Melbourne shouldn’t have problems covering.

United is a far superior team and Cairns won’t enjoy travelling to Melbourne to play the best team in the competition.

Scotty Machado would need a career-best performance to keep Cairns, but we can’t see it happening in this situation, so take Melbourne to come away with the victory.

Bet: Melbourne United 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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