The 2019-20 NBL season continues this weekend with Round 4. There’s a massive eight-game slate on this weekend with games taking place between Thursday night and Monday night.
We’ll be providing our expert betting tips for every NBL game this season, so make sure you check out our NBL Tips page regularly, as well as our NBA Tips page for some more great basketball betting tips.
Good luck to everyone following!
The Breakers started their campaign last round with two losses, although both were against the Kings who everyone expects to go really deep into the finals this year. Meanwhile, the Hawks went 0-2 in Round 3 as well and are a dismal 1-4 on the season thus far. They’re an exciting team to watch with Lamelo Ball at the point but will struggle to perform consistently throughout the season. We expect the Breakers to prove too strong on their home deck across the border.
The 36ers surprised many last round as they won both their matches despite being underdogs. It was a great response from them on the back of their loss the week prior and puts them back in the green with a 2-1 record. The Snakes were equally as good, if not better than the 36ers last round as they defeated the defending champion Perth Wildcats by over 20 points on the road. The Snakes defence was a hallmark of their win and if they bring anywhere near the same intensity into this game, then we expect them to push the 36ers all the way.
The Wildcats split their two games in Round 3 and find themselves in a fantastic position this season once again. They made sure their shock loss to the Taipans on Friday night didn’t have any side effects when they travelled to Melbourne for their game on Sunday. They won that game after trailing at half time on the back of another great clutch performance from Bryce Cotton. Phoenix continued their brilliant start to their first season in the NBL with another win in Round 3. They took care of the Hawks by four points at home thanks to another terrific performance from Mitch Creek. Phoenix are yet to lose in the NBL, but we feel that’s going to change when they travel to Perth this weekend. The Cats rarely lose at home and will be desperate to deliver their fans a better performance than they did against the Snakes last time out.
Melbourne United suffered yet another heartbreaking loss last weekend and now hold a 0-3 record to start the season. They looked the goods early against the Wildcats but would eventually fall by two points on the back of a Bryce Cotton game-winner. Meanwhile, the Breakers will be playing their second game of the round when they face United after taking on the Hawks on Thursday. United have played well without any success so far but get a great opportunity to get their first win on the board here. They get the Breakers on a quick turnaround and should be too strong on their home deck. We expect a fairly straighforward win for the home side.
The Kings have hit the ground running this season to lead all comers with their 4-0 record. They took care of the Breakers on two occasions in Round 3 in fairly comfortable fashion. In contrast, the Bullets lost their only game in Round 3 to make it two losses on the spin. The Kings are too good to oppose at the moment, but the line does seem a little large, even if they’re at home. The Bullets have plenty of talent with the likes of Sobey and Patterson and should be able to stay competitive enough to keep it interesting down the stretch. We’re keen to take the Kings to win by a small margin.
Both the Phoenix and the 36ers will be playing their second game of the round when they face off on Sunday afternoon. They’re both playing on Friday night, which means there’s less than 48 hours between drinks. To make things even more interesting/tiring for the players, these two clubs rank #1 and #2 in the league for pace and points per game this season. You can expect to see an extremely fast-paced, high-scoring clash that both the Phoenix and 36ers will have equal chances of winning. We’ll be taking the generous line on offer for the 36ers to hang around right up until the final siren.
Once again, both teams will be playing their second game of the round, meaning fatigue will play a factor for both clubs. We expect this to play into the hands of the reigning champs who are far more experienced than the Hawks. As mentioned above, the Hawks are a fun team to watch, but that’s about all they are. The Wildcats are the far better team and getting even money for them to win by 4+ points seems like fantastic value. More than happy to be on them here and will jump on early in case the line drifts during the weekend.
The final game of the round will be a Monday night fixture in Cairns with the Taipans playing host to Melbourne United. Both sides will be playing their second game of the round although the Taipans have an extra day rest. We expect them to put up a really good fight here and actually fancy them to grab the points. They took a while to form chemistry but now look like a side that can win a lot more games than they managed last campaign. There’s a lot of basketball to play out until we reach this fixture, but the Taipans line looks to be the early play.
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