We have expert betting predictions for Round 3 of the 2021 NBL season, which starts on Thursday night with United vs Kings.
There are eight games for punters to enjoy this week, so there are plenty of opportunities for punters to cash in.
NBL Round 3 Predictions
7:30pm Melbourne United vs Sydney Kings @ John Cain Arena
It hasn’t been an ideal start for Melbourne United, who look to win their first game against Sydney on Thursday.
The 0-2 start isn’t like United, who usually start well. They will need to improve to beat Sydney, which is 1-1, but bookmakers expect United to come out firing.
We think they’ll notch their first win in a desperate situation.
Betting tip: Melbourne United @ $1.76 – Bet @ Sportsbet
United by 5
7:30pm Illawarra Hawks vs New Zealand Breakers @ WIN Entertainment Centre
Not much is going right for the New Zealand Breakers, who had a chance to beat the Phoenix last week, but failed to close it out.
Illawarra has made a solid start after winning both games, so the Hawks are looking like a potential playoff team.
It’s not surprise to see bookmakers favouring the Hawks, and with the Breakers’ point guards not standing up, we think the Hawks will cover easily.
Betting tip: Illawarra Hawks –7.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Hawks by 10
9:30pm Perth Wildcats vs Brisbane Bullets @ RAC Arena
The Wildcats were rocked by the Bullets when losing 97-94 last Sunday, so they will be keen to avenge that loss.
Perth shot the ball well enough, but allowing the Bullets to score almost 100 points will worry the coach. However, it should make adjustments and get the win in the double-header.
Brisbane has a team capable of winning consecutive games in Perth, but it doesn’t happen often.
Betting tip: Perth Wildcats –5.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Wildcats by 7
5:30pm Sydney Kings vs South East Melbourne Phoenix @ Qudos Bank Arena
The Kings play their second game of the week and the odds will be determined by how they play on Thursday.
We expect the South East Melbourne Phoenix to open as favourites. They look to have more ability than the Kings at this stage, and they have confidence after starting unbeaten after three games.
Take the Phoenix to score a valuable road win.
Betting tip: South East Melbourne Phoenix – Bet @ Sportsbet
Phoenix by 6
8:00pm Cairns Taipans vs Adelaide 36ers @ Cairns Convention Centre
Cairns got on the board with a hard-fought win over the JackJumpers last week, but the injury to Scotty Machado is a concern.
His status is unknown at this stage, but we think the Adelaide 36ers could enter enemy territory and come away with the win.
They have already played four games, so the time to gel has been there. Punters get $1.82, which is a price worth taking.
Betting tip: Adelaide 36ers @ $1.82 – Bet @ Sportsbet
36ers by 5
1:00pm Melbourne United vs New Zealand Breakers @ John Cain Arena
We wouldn’t be backing the New Zealand Breakers until they start showing some cohesion.
They have been very average to start the season, which was expected after a number of off-court interruptions, not to mention playing every game on the road.
United should be primed for this game and take the win with home court advantage.
Betting tip: Melbourne United – Bet @ Sportsbet
United by 8
3:00pm Brisbane Bullets vs Illawarra Hawks @ Nissan Arena
Brisbane returns home following a huge victory over Perth and it should give it confidence against the Hawks.
Illawarra is a tough team to beat when its scorers are firing, but the Bullets scored 97 points against the Wildcats, so they’re good enough.
Bookmakers should frame a close market, but we give the edge to the home side.
Betting tip: Brisbane Bullets – Bet @ Sportsbet
Bullets by 5
5:30pm Perth Wildcats vs Tasmania JackJumpers @ RAC Arena
The JackJumpers have looked solid to start their NBL career, but beating Perth at home could be too tough.
The Wildcats are expected to bounce back this week following an upset loss to Brisbane, so they will be playing to impress the home crowd.
Getting the better of Bryce Cotton is tough and we don’t think Tasmania has enough scoring power.
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.