We have expert betting predictions for Round 6 of the NBL season, which tips off on Monday with 36ers vs. Bullets.
It’s a shortened schedule this week, with Melbourne going into lock down. There are five games for punters to enjoy in the NBL and we have predictions for each contest.
NBL Round 6 Predictions
Adelaide 36ers vs. Brisbane Bullets @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
It was Adelaide that got the better of Brisbane last week and a repeat could be on the cards on Monday.
The 36ers weren’t expected to beat Brisbane on the road, but the 85-70 win was an impressive outing and returning home to Adelaide only helps their cause.
It was the duo of Isaac Humphries and Daniel Johnson who tore through the Bullets defense last week, combining for 44 points and being stout of defense.
A better performance from the likes of Victor Law and Nathan Sobey is needed for Brisbane to turn it around, but we can’t see it happening in such a short turnover.
Bet: Adelaide 36ers to win @ $1.49 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Cairns Taipans vs. Illawarra Hawks @ John Cain Arena
Cairns scored a much-needed win over the New Zealand Breakers last week, which got them off the bottom of the table.
It was been slim pickings for one of the pre-season favourites, but there is still time to make headway this season.
The Taipans have had over a week to prepare for this game, so they are well-rested and ready to fire against a dangerous Illawarra Hawks outfit.
Illawarra comes off an 85-82 win over the Sydney Kings, which steadied the ship after consecutive losses. The Hawks are capable of going all the way this season, but Cairns won’t lie down easily on Saturday.
Bet: Cairns Taipans to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne United vs. Perth Wildcats @ John Cain Arena
Melbourne was confident of going unbeaten this season, and although it’s unlikely, going 6-0 is an impressive start.
United comes off a 91-88 win over Illawarra last week, where they played without Chris Goulding and Shea Ili. It was a top win without two of their best players, and Perth could be up against it this week.
Perth scored a 106-75 win over S.E. Melbourne last week, but the celebrations didn’t last long. The Wildcats were then soundly beaten by the Phoenix 96-71 on Sunday, in what was a 56-point turnaround.
We expect Melbourne to be too strong for Perth, which outside of Bryce Cotton, doesn’t have many scoring options.
Bet: Melbourne United to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
S.E. Melbourne Phoenix vs. Brisbane Bullets @ John Cain Arena
The Phoenix were smashed by Perth early last week, but an impressive 56-point turnaround puts them back into contention.
Defense ramped up in the return game, holding the Wildcats to only 71 points. It was an improved performance from the Phoenix, who are good enough to make the playoffs this season.
Mitch Creek and Keifer Sykes are a good one-two combination and they could get the better of the Bullets on Sunday.
Brisbane plays its second game of the week and it could be desperate for a win. They didn’t play well last week, and if it doesn’t beat Adelaide on Monday, it will fall further down the NBL ladder.
We expect the Phoenix to come out ahead this weekend.
Bet: S.E. Melbourne Phoenix to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sydney Kings vs. Adelaide 36ers @ John Cain Arena
Sydney plays its first game of the week on Sunday and the seven-day rest could be what it’s looking for after losing to Illawarra.
It was only a three-point defeat to the Hawks and the Kings played well, so they should take plenty of confidence coming into this game.
Adelaide has been playing well this season and they are capable of beating any NBL team on any given day. It has quality players across the floor, and if the US imports step up to another level, they could make a title run.
Sydney has the likes of Caspar Ware, who can win the game by himself. However, the Kings still have injury problems and Adelaide could take advantage.
Take the 36ers in an upset to close Round 6 of the NBL.
Bet: Adelaide 36ers to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
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