2021 NBL Round 9 – Tips, Predictions & Odds

We have expert betting predictions for Round 9 of the NBL season, which tips off on Wednesday with the Breakers vs. Taipans.

Punters get another busy week of NBL action and we analyse every game on the Round 9 card. The features games this week include Phoenix vs. United and Wildcats vs. Breakers.


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NBL Round 9 Predictions

Wednesday 10/03/21

New Zealand Breakers vs. Cairns Taipans @ John Cain Arena

The Cairns Taipans have had a horrible start to the season after winning just four of their 14 games.

They have lost four of their last five and at a time when improvement was expected, Cairns have gone the other way.

New Zealand didn’t start well either, but it has improved nicely since. Back-to-back wins was followed by a narrow loss to Melbourne, so the form reads well.

The Breakers should get the victory to open Round 9 of the NBL.

Bet: New Zealand Breakers to winBet @ Sportsbet

S.E. Melbourne Phoenix vs. Melbourne United @ John Cain Arena

Melbourne suffered just its second loss this season when going down to Brisbane on Sunday afternoon.

It was a gutsy effort after being down by 17 points at one stage and it looked as though United were going to pull through. However, injuries to key players are what’s holding them back.

The Phoenix haven’t been great over the last week, losing three of their last four games. For a team that promises so much, better results are expected now.

United is still the team to beat and we fancy their chances on Wednesday evening.

Bet: Melbourne United to winBet @ Sportsbet

Thursday 11/03/21

Brisbane Bullets vs. Adelaide 36ers @ John Cain Arena

Brisbane scored a quality win over Melbourne United on Sunday and that holds them in good stead against Adelaide.

The Bullets are steadily improving this season and find themselves in a playoff position. With four wins from their last five games, the Bullets are one of the form teams in the NBL.

Adelaide rebounded from three consecutive losses with a win over Cairns. Beating the Taipans isn’t the best form guide this season, but they should be competitive on Thursday.

However, take the Bullets to come out ahead.

Bet: Brisbane Bullets to winBet @ Sportsbet

Sydney Kings vs. Illawarra Hawks @ John Cain Arena

After starting the season so well, the Illawarra Hawks have come back down to earth recently. They have lost three of their last four games and they now own a record of 7-6.

It looked as though the Hawks could stay near the top of the NBL ladder, but pre-season expectations are starting to come true.

Sydney comes off a 91-85 win over the Phoenix, which stacks up well for this contest. The Kings have been tough to follow this season, but the talent is there.

If the Hawks can bring their best basketball to the court, they should win. Look for Jessup to get cooking from the opening whistle.

Bet: Illawarra Hawks to winBet @ Sportsbet

Friday 12/03/21

Perth Wildcats vs. New Zealand Breakers @ John Cain Arena

Despite some pre-season concerns, the Perth Wildcats are showing why they should never be underrated.

The Wildcats come off a thrashing of the Illawarra Hawks and it was their fourth win from the last five games. There is plenty to like about what they’re doing, but the Breakers always pose a threat.

New Zealand found its groove with a historic win over Adelaide last week. They lost no admirers when losing to Melbourne, so there is improvement to come. However, Perth is playing too well at the moment and they should get the job done.

Bet: Perth Wildcats to winBet @ Sportsbet

Cairns Taipans vs. S.E. Melbourne Phoenix @ John Cain Arena

The Phoenix needs to show improvement at this stage of the season, but facing the Taipans provides some light relief.

Cairns has been relatively awful to start the season and considering the talent it has on the roster, it has been surprising.

Punters are expecting Cairns to play better during the middle stages of the season, but Phoenix is playing better basketball and they are the classier side.

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

Saturday 13/03/21

Brisbane Bullets vs. Sydney Kings @ John Cain Arena

If the Brisbane Bullets can contain Caspar Ware, we expect them to beat the Sydney Kings on Saturday.

Brisbane showed its willingness to win the big games when beating Melbourne United on Sunday. It was a top-level game and they shot it well from behind the three-point line.

Nathan Sobey has taken his game to a new level and unless Ware drops 30+ points on Saturday, Brisbane should fire the best shot.

Bet: Brisbane Bullets to winBet @ Sportsbet

Illawarra Hawks vs. Melbourne United @ John Cain Arena

The betting line for this game depends on how the Hawks and United play during the week, but we give the edge to United.

Melbourne couldn’t quite overcome a big halftime deficit against Brisbane on Sunday, but taking the lead in the fourth quarter require some resolve.

Illawarra is desperately seeking to get back to its old form. A heavy loss to Perth wasn’t what it wanted, but it can rebound this week with some quality performances.

Betting will be tight but Melbourne should come away with the victory.

Bet: Melbourne United to winBet @ Sportsbet

Sunday 14/03/21

New Zealand Breakers vs. S.E. Melbourne Phoenix @ John Cain Arena

Given how well they have played over the last two weeks, we can’t see the Breakers losing twice this week.

The Breakers have improved with Lamar Patterson off the court, which we didn’t expect to be the case before the season started.

Patterson’s fitness was a big talking point, but with him off the court, there is a sense of unity for the Breakers.

S.E. Melbourne has been inconsistent to start the season, and although they are dangerous, we pick the Breakers to score the win.

Bet: New Zealand Breakers to winBet @ Sportsbet

Perth Wildcats vs. Adelaide 36ers @ John Cain Arena

Perth could take advantage of a struggling 36ers outfit on Sunday. The Wildcats are one of the form NBL teams and Adelaide is struggling to hold on.

The 36ers scored a gritty win over Cairns last Saturday night, but they should struggle against the scoring power of the Wildcats.

Perth and Adelaide both have seven wins this season, but the Wildcats have played only 11 games. We expect their record to improve and Adelaide to fall back to the pack.

Bet: Perth Wildcats 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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