Your Expert NBL Tips

Our local basketball experts never lost their love for the NBL and will be on hand all season to share their exclusive NBL tips. Their focus will be on the Thursday and Friday night matches and we’ll aim to have these predictions available every Wednesday.

We’re pleased to share that you’ll find all the primary NBL betting markets on the Betfair Exchange too. Go where the value is for your win, total and line bets this season.


Adelaide 36ers v Sydney Kings

After an unbelievable Round 1 of the NBL, we bounce straight into Round 2 on Friday night with the Adelaide 36er’s hosting the much hyped Sydney Kings. Adelaide have owned the Kings recently, winning the last 10 meetings and 14 of the last 15.

They meet last week in Sydney in Bogut’s league debut, but it was one to forget for the big man, with an 94-83 loss. Bogut did however control the glass with 14 boards and 4 blocks.

It was a wonderful Blue Collar effort by the 36er’s who had great contribution’s from Johnson, Sobey, Wiley and Drmic, while the Kings were lead by Randle with 28 points.

We were left with some real questions about the Kings. Can Gaze coach? Can Bogut score? Are there enough pieces around Randle? The market seems to still have a fair bit of hype built into it.

That leads to a great opportunity in this game. There is no way known the Kings should be favourites on the road. When you mix the recent form, Sydney still coming together and gelling a team and the Adelaide home crowd, this looks a great spot for the 36er’s

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Adelaide at $1.80 or above

Illawara Hawks v Melbourne United

Melbourne United performed well in North America, with narrow loses to both the Philadelphia 76er’s before running out of gas against the Toronto Raptors. United have a very settled line up, who started slowly last season but they look to have overcome any chemistry issues, that slowed their roll at the start of last season.

Illawarra have added a few pieces for this season and that makes them very interesting. They added Dave Andersen as well as Todd Blanchfield and Cedric Jackson from Melbourne.

The key battle here will be on the glass. Josh Boone averages 9.4 Rebounds per game, so AJ Ogilvy who averages 7.7 rebounds per game will need to set up to try and control the game. The area that United have the edge is 3 point shooting, with Chris Goulding leading the way.

With a more NBA emphasis on coaching and a focus on the three ball, this gives them a clear edge.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Melbourne United at $1.50 or above


New Zealand Breakers v Brisbane Bullets

The most anticipated NBL season in living memory kicks of tonight, across the ditch.

Coming off the back of a hugely successful pre-season tournament in the USA against NBA opposition, interest in tonight’s double header will be enormous.

The Breakers enjoy a huge home court advantage and with the loud fans behind them and Tom Abercrombie just 16 points away from the all time scoring record, this looks a great spot to start the season.

The Bullets should improve this season but we can’t see them beating New Zealand at home.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – New Zealand Breakers at $1.40+


Adelaide 36ers v Perth Wildcats

Clash of traditional rivals, who renew hostilities after the 36er’s beat the Wildcats by a single point in last years semi-final.

A lot has been made of Perth losing to the Utah Jazz by 58 points. However, few conversations acknowledge that they pushed another NBA franchise, the Denver Nuggets, and only lost by eight points.

Bryce Cotton and the Perth Wildcats look value here and we’re backing them at odds of $2.20 and above.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – Perth Wildcats at $2.20+


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