2021 NBL Round 5 – Tips, Predictions & Odds

We have expert betting predictions for Round 5 of the NBL season, which tips off on Monday with Taipans vs. Breakers.

It’s a busy schedule of eight games this week, which includes double headers on Saturday and Sunday.

We have predictions for every Round 5 NBL game.


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NBL Round 5 Predictions

Monday 8/02/21

Cairns Taipans vs. New Zealand Breakers @ Cairns Pop Up Arena

The New Zealand Breakers fought doggedly to beat Cairns last week, and it lifted them off the bottom of the table.

Cairns is currently in wooden spoon contention after winning just one of seven games. It has been a dismal start to the season for a team that was on the second line of betting.

The Breakers should start to get momentum as Lamar Patterson improves, so expect another Breakers win over Cairns on Monday.

Bet: Breakers to win @ $2.15Bet @ Sportsbet

Wednesday 10/02/21

The Hawks vs. Melbourne United @ WIN Entertainment Centre

The Hawks suffered their first loss of the season against the Phoenix on Sunday, and it won’t be easy to rebound against United.

Melbourne is a perfect 5/5 after coming from behind to beat Perth. However, the win came with a price as Chris Goulding picked up a leg injury.

The battle of the two top teams should be exciting, and we give the slight edge to Melbourne, despite Goulding not playing.

Bet: Melbourne United to winBet @ Sportsbet

Thursday 11/02/21

South East Melbourne Phoenix vs. Perth Wildcats @ State Basketball Centre

Perth had a great chance to beat United on Sunday, but they gave up a double-figure lead in the fourth quarter.

Bryce Cotton was efficient, but he didn’t get much help. A more consistent effort is needed to beat the Phoenix, who are coming off an upset win over The Hawks.

The Phoenix currently occupy a top-four spot, and given the team they have, it’s a spot they might not give up this season.

We expect money to come for both teams, but South East Melbourne gets the nod.

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

Friday 12/02/21

Sydney Kings vs. New Zealand Breakers @ Qudos Bank Arena

The Kings haven’t been the most consistent team to start this season, notching two wins and three losses.

They got the better of Adelaide last week, winning 94-75 in a dominant display. If the Kings can repeat that performance, the Breakers could be in for a long night.

New Zealand has played only three games, and it comes off a win over Cairns. It was a good offensive effort, and another big effort is needed.

Odds for this game depends on how the Breakers play on Monday, but we give the Kiwis a chance.

Bet: New Zealand Breakers to winBet @ Sportsbet

Saturday 13/02/21

Melbourne United vs. Cairns Taipans @ Bendigo Basketball Stadium

United could capitalise on a Cairns outfit that has little confidence coming into this game. The Taipans have posted only one win from seven games, and most of those games have come at home.

Melbourne is confident that it can go undefeated this season, and it has made a strong opening case. Five wins from five games, and it could pile on the pressure on Cairns.

A close game is expected, especially if Goulding remains on the sidelines. However, United has the depth to cover.

Bet: Melbourne United to winBet @ Sportsbet

Brisbane Bullets vs. Adelaide 36ers @ Nissan Arena

Adelaide was pumped by Sydney last week, but it has still been a good start to its season.

The 36ers own four wins from seven games, and although they have benefited from playing more games than any other team, they’re going well.

Josh Giddey is playing well and rising up the NBA draft ranks. He’s not quite good enough to take the 36ers team all the way, but he is doing enough.

Brisbane is capable of producing a winning streak, but it must beat teams like Adelaide. With home court advantage, the Bullets have the advantage.

Bet: Brisbane Bullets to winBet @ Sportsbet

Sunday 14/02/21

Sydney Kings vs. The Hawks @ Qudos Bank Arena

The Hawks might have lost its first game of the season last week, but we can’t see them losing both games this week.

We don’t think they will beat Melbourne earlier in the week, but Sydney is a team that relies heavily on Caspar Ware. If the Hawks can keep him contained, they have enough fire power to score the win.

Bookmakers will likely have Sydney as the favourite, so take the value with the away team.

Bet: The Hawks to winBet @ Sportsbet

South East Melbourne Phoenix vs. Perth Wildcats @ State Basketball Centre

Perth could be in a desperate situation to win this game, so we’re picking them to end the week on a positive note.

The Wildcats haven’t found their groove yet, but it has been a disrupted start to the schedule. We expect them to win at least one game this week, and it should come here.

S.E. Melbourne has been good so far this season, so it should be a close contest. However, we think Perth gets the win.

Bet: Perth Wildcats 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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