2021 NBL Round 3 – Tips, Predictions & Odds

We have expert betting predictions for Round 3 of the NBL season, which tips off on Tuesday with Brisbane vs. Sydney.

It’s a terrific way to start Round 3, as the Kings are one of the more exciting teams in the competition this season.

Eight games are scheduled this week and we have betting tips for every Round 3 NBL game.


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


NBL Round 3 Predictions

Tuesday 26/01/21

Brisbane Bullets vs. Sydney Kings @ Brisbane Convention Centre

Brisbane was well-handled by The Hawks last week and we don’t have high hopes for them this season.

Sydney comes to town on the back of a quality win over Cairns, and scoring 99 points in the NBL will win almost every game.

Casper Ware is capable of winning games by himself and although Sydney has some players out, they should beat Brisbane.

Bet: Sydney Kings to win @ $1.82Bet @ Sportsbet

Wednesday 27/01/21

Adelaide 36ers vs. New Zealand Breakers @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre

In a repeat of last week’s game, the Adelaide 36ers will look to put New Zealand in an 0-2 hole early in the season.

The game was there for the Breakers to win, after leading by eight points in the fourth quarter. However, a brain snap from Lamar Patterson allowed Adelaide back into the game, which they eventually won in overtime.

The Breakers should make amends for the loss, as they are the better team.

Bet: New Zealand Breakers to win @ $1.81Bet @ Sportsbet

Thursday 28/01/21

Cairns Taipans vs. The Hawks @ Cairns Pop Up Arena

The Taipans enjoy another home game to start the season, but if they lose to Melbourne on Monday, the pressure really goes on.

We think they will come out ahead on Monday, but if they don’t, they face The Hawks with only one win from six games. All six games have been played at home, so they would struggle for the rest of the season.

The Hawks have been impressive to date, winning all three games despite low expectations to start the season. They are well-coached, so expect another tough game, but we give Cairns the slight edge.

Bet: Cairns Taipans to winBet @ Sportsbet

Friday 29/01/21

Perth Wildcats @ S.E. Melbourne Phoenix @ RAC Arena

Perth kicked off its season with a win over the Phoenix on Sunday, but the game was a lot closer than it appeared.

The Wildcats won by 12 points, but South East Melbourne had the lead with only five minutes left. The Phoenix played better basketball for the most part, but they committed stretches of turnovers that was tough to watch.

The Wildcats will be happy with the result, but we think the Phoenix get revenge on Friday night.

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

Saturday 30/01/21

Brisbane Bullets vs. Cairns Taipans @ Brisbane Convention Centre

We are once again going with the Cairns Taipans, which played its first game away from home this season.

Cairns are a team that should improve as the season progresses, and although we respect the Brisbane Bullets, it could be a long season for them.

The all-Queensland battle should provide plenty of excitement, but Cairns is the play in this situation.

Bet: Cairns Taipans to winBet @ Sportsbet

Adelaide 36ers vs. Sydney Kings @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Adelaide had a busy start to its 2021 NBL season and scoring a win over New Zealand last week was a good result.

They showed that they can compete on any given night, despite relatively low expectations. Facing the Kings on Saturday night won’t make it easy, but don’t overlook their chances.

Adelaide has a strong presence in the paint, and if Ware can’t get it going from outside the three-point line, Adelaide could get the job done.

Stick with the 36ers, who should be paying generous odds with bookmakers.

Bet: Adelaide 36ers to winBet @ Sportsbet

Sunday 31/01/21

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

It has been a relaxed start to the season for United, who would have played only two games up until this point.

Depending on its result against Cairns on Monday, Melbourne United could face the Phoenix with an unbeaten 2-0 record. However, the Phoenix won’t lie down easily.

They come home after a tough road trip against Perth, which should have them battle-hardened. We think the Phoenix will be tough to stop, but United should get it done narrowly.

Bet: Melbourne United to winBet @ Sportsbet

Perth Wildcats vs. New Zealand Breakers @ RAC Arena

We love the Wildcats vs. Breakers rivalry and another great edition should be played on Sunday night.

The Wildcats got their 2021 season off to a winning start against the Phoenix, and the Breakers were left to lick their wounds against Adelaide.

New Zealand unearthed a star in Tai Webster, who looked like an NBA prospect. He was amazing on the court, and although he’s got plenty to learn on defense, he could give Bryce Cotton a run for his money this season.

Breakers with the upset win in Perth.

Bet: New Zealand Breakers to winBet @ Sportsbet


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

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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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