2021 NBL Round 7 – Tips, Predictions & Odds

We have expert betting predictions for Round 7 of the NBL season, which tips off on Monday with the Hawks vs. Breakers.

It is a busy week in the NBL with punters enjoying an incredible 11 games. It’s an NBL feast, so let’s get into Round 7 game previews.


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NBL Round 7 Predictions

Monday 22/02/21

Illawarra Hawks vs. New Zealand Breakers @ John Cain Arena

The Hawks continue to play well and currently sit in second position after posting five wins from eight games. However, a 101-95 loss to Cairns last week wasn’t a good defensive display.

Giving up 101 points to the offensive-struggling Taipans is a concern for this club. New Zealand is a team that can score big totals, so defense will be key.

The Breakers have been poor to start the season, scoring only one win from five games. They are talented, but the Hawks could take the opening game of Round 7.

Bet: Illawarra Hawks to win @ $1.72Bet @ Sportsbet

Melbourne United vs. Cairns Taipans @ John Cain Arena

Melbourne lost its first game of the year against the Perth Wildcats last week, but a loss was expected given its injury problems.

United has been the best team in the competition so far and despite the injuries, they are favoured to beat the Taipans.

Cairns got back to form with a big win over Illawarra, but Melbourne is a well-rounded team that should come out ahead.

Bet: Melbourne United to win @ $1.62Bet @ Sportsbet

Tuesday 23/02/21

Adelaide 36ers vs. S.E. Melbourne Phoenix @ John Cain Arena

It was a tough loss for Adelaide against Sydney on Sunday night and they’ll need to bounce back quickly.

Despite leading at the half, Adelaide shot poorly in the second half. Facing a dangerous Phoenix outfit could add to its pain on Tuesday.

South East Melbourne owns five wins from nine games, and if Mitch Creek gets firing, they could go on a lengthy winning streak.

Take the Phoenix to win at the neutral venue.

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

Thursday 25/02/21

Sydney Kings vs. New Zealand Breakers @ John Cain Arena

The Breakers are in desperation mode this week and if they lose to the Hawks on Monday, a win against the Kings is necessary.

New Zealand has made a slow start to the 2021 NBL season, but there are no real excuses. However, with fitness under the belt, punters should expect better now.

Sydney is a hot and cold team, which showed on Sunday. They got some key players back and it made a difference.

A close game is expected here, but go with the Breakers at value.

Bet: New Zealand Breakers to winBet @ Sportsbet

Adelaide 36ers vs. Melbourne United @ John Cain Arena

It is listed as an away game for Melbourne, but they won’t have to travel far for this Melbourne-based game.

United has a chance to put some space on the field this week, which could include a win over the Adelaide 36ers. United is big enough to contain the twin towers of the 36ers, and they are a much better shooting team.

Adelaide made a good start to the season, but they could struggle in Round 7.

Bet: Melbourne United to winBet @ Sportsbet

Friday 26/02/21

Brisbane Bullets vs. Illawarra Hawks @ John Cain Arena

The Bullets have lost three of their last four games, so getting off to a positive start in Round 7 will be important.

Brisbane is a team capable of beating the Hawks and although Illawarra has started better, we predict the Bullets to come out ahead.

They just need the outside shooters to find some rhythm, and given their quality coach, he should have ironed out any problems.

Bet: Brisbane Bullets to winBet @ Sportsbet

Cairns Taipans vs. Perth Wildcats @ John Cain Arena

Cairns got back to form when beating the Illawarra Hawks last week, but Perth is a tough team to beat.

The Wildcats have won two of their last three games, including a tough Round 6 battle against Melbourne United.

Playing at a neutral venue helps the Wildcats in this situation and punters should get value odds with Perth this week.

Expect a close game where Bryce Cotton could score more than 30 points.

Bet: Perth Wildcats to winBet @ Sportsbet

Saturday 27/02/21

Adelaide 36ers vs. New Zealand Breakers @ John Cain Arena

It is a big week for both the 36ers and Breakers, with both teams playing three games across six days.

Adelaide started the season nicely but with three losses from its last four games, there are signs of worry for this franchise.

New Zealand has lost four of its last five, but we’re expecting improvement in the middle stages of this season.

Take the Breakers to win in a close contest.

Bet: New Zealand Breakers to winBet @ Sportsbet

Melbourne United vs. Sydney Kings @ John Cain Arena

We all love a United vs. Kings clash and it should be an entertaining game this Saturday.

United made a terrific start to the season before losing its first game last week to the Illawarra Hawks. Injuries finally caught up to Melbourne, but they should be tough to beat this week.

Sydney is a team that has upside, especially when healthy. It showed that when beating the Adelaide 36ers on Sunday.

Take United to score in a tight contest.

Bet: Melbourne United to winBet @ Sportsbet

Sunday 28/02/21

S.E. Melbourne Phoenix vs. Illawarra Hawks @ John Cain Arena

S.E. Melbourne has improved throughout the season and it’s a team that could threaten Melbourne at the top of the ladder.

They are the pieces and a top-level guard duo to cause most teams headaches this season. Mitch Creek and Keifer Sykes are tough to stop and it will be a tough game for Illawarra.

The Hawks could be in for a tough week, so take the Phoenix to score.

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

Brisbane Bullets vs. Cairns Taipans @ John Cain Arena

We liked what we saw from Cairns last week and that momentum could carry over to Sunday night.

The Taipans got the better of the Hawks in a high scoring affair, which should give the Taipans confidence going forward.

Brisbane has a light schedule this week, but take the Taipans to win.

Bet: Cairns Taipans to winBet @ Sportsbet


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Daryl Curnow
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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