We have expert betting predictions for Round 4 of the NBL season, which tips off on Thursday with Brisbane vs. Melbourne United.
Four games are scheduled this week and we have betting tips for every Round 4 NBL game, which includes some highly-anticipated games.
The schedule has changed significantly this week, with the drama surrounding the Wildcats. Our previews have the updated schedule.
NBL Round 4 Predictions
Brisbane Bullets vs. Melbourne United @ Nissan Arena
Melbourne United has started the season as expected with three consecutive wins. They looked good beating South East Melbourne on Sunday, and we’re not surprised to see them start as favourites for this game.
Brisbane has looked good to date, and it pulled off an incredible win over the Cairns Taipans last Saturday night. The Bullets were well behind for most of the game, but a fourth quarter comeback sealed their second win from four games.
Nathan Sobey has been good for the Bullets, and although their imports are outclassed by most imports, the locals are firing. Matthew Hodgson is playing well, and there is plenty of hype surrounding Victor Law.
Melbourne United presents a different challenge from Brisbane. The Bullets’ defence isn’t very good, and they’re about to take on a hot offence.
United has a plethora of attacking options, and we’re expecting that to be too powerful on Thursday night.
Bet: Melbourne United –5.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Cairns Taipans vs. Brisbane Bullets @ Cairns Pop Up Arena
The Bullets play for the second time in three days, and how they play on Thursday will affect the NBL markets. However, this game could be more about the Cairns Taipans.
They were our pick to win it all this season, but after a 1-5 start, we have well and truly jumped off their backs.
Something needs to change on the defensive end for Cairns, which scored 103 points when losing to the Brisbane Bullets last week. They have no problem scoring, but the Taipans can’t seem to stop any team from scoring easy buckets.
There is only so much scoring Scott Machado and Cam Oliver can do, but they are liabilities on the defensive end. Oliver gets a pass mark for his blocking, but Machado isn’t big enough to worry any shooters.
The loss of DJ Newbill has had a major effect on this club, but they still have time to launch a comeback, and it starts against Brisbane.
Expect an improved performance at home.
Bet: Cairns Taipans to win @ $1.72 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Adelaide 36ers vs. Sydney Kings @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Adelaide has enjoyed most of its games being played at home, which is again the case on Saturday night.
The 36ers own a record of six games for four wins and two losses, which is better than where most had predicted they would be.
Adelaide doesn’t have the most talented roster in the NBL, but Isaac Humphries has been a beast with 18.5 points per game, and he leads the league in blocked shots.
He has single-handedly taken the 36ers to a 4-2, as they don’t have the best roster. Josh Giddey has a bright future, but he needs to develop a shot, especially playing in the point guard position.
Sydney relies heavily on Caspar Ware to fire, and if he’s not on his game, it spells trouble. That was the case last week, when Sydney lost 85-80 to Adelaide.
Return games are always tough to predict, but if the Kings want revenge in Adelaide, Ware is the catalyst. However, injuries to the Kings haven’t helped and they could struggle again.
Bet: Adelaide 36ers to win @ $1.57 – Bet @ Sportsbet
S.E. Melbourne Phoenix vs. The Hawks @ State Basketball Centre
The Hawks have started their season with four consecutive wins, and they’re exceed pre-season expectations by a long way.
Tyler Harvey is giving the MVP title race a shake up, and the professional American is shooting lights out. He has been helped by the likes of future NBA players Sam Froling and Golden State Warriors signing, Justinian Jessup.
Adding to the Hawks roster is Justin Simon, who is odds-on to win Defensive Player of the Year. “Just Say No” had been electric on defense, and he can shoot the ball as well.
The Phoenix have won two from five games after losing to United on Sunday. It was a solid performance, but they could be a team that shows inconsistency all season.
We are surprised to see the Phoenix as favourites with bookmakers. The Hawks are the better team and they have a better coach.
Take The Hawks to remain unbeaten.
Bet: The Hawks to win @ $1.99 – Bet @ Sportsbet
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.