NBL Grand Final Series Preview & Betting Tips

March 7th 2019, 5:25pm, By: Jake Smit

After one of the most exciting NBL seasons in recent memory, the Grand Final is now upon us! Both the Perth Wildcats and Melbourne United swept their opponents in the semi-finals to set up a blockbuster best-of-five game series that is set to get underway on Friday, the 8th of March. Check out our preview and betting picks for the Grand Final series below!
 

NBL Grand Final Series Betting Tips

Perth Wildcats

There were plenty that were doubting the prospects of the Perth Wildcats before the embarked on their 2018-19 campaign. They lost a star player in JP Tokoto in the off-season and didn’t recruit as well as they’d have liked. However, they’ve defied the odds yet again and find themselves in a Grand Final series for the seventh time in the last 10 seasons (4x winners in that span).

The Wildcats have gone through plenty of swings of momentum during this campaign. They started off the season in terrific fashion, winning 10 of their first 11 games to pull clear of the rest of the competition. However, they then lost two of their next 10 games in a trying stretch for their ball club, but managed to regain momentum to close with eight wins from their last nine games to clinch top spot in the standings. They then went on to make light work of the Bullets in the semi-finals with two straight forward wins to sweep their way to a Grand Final match up with last year’s champions.

Melbourne United

It was always going to be a difficult season with for Melbourne United with plenty of ups and downs along the way. Coming off a season where they were crowned champions is always hard, but they’ve met all expectations this campaign and find themselves in a Grand Final series for a second straight season.

Melbourne United pretty much had their season go exactly to plan to this point. They were dealt with injuries to key players throughout the regular season, but never took the foot off the gas and were able to remain consistent. Like the Wildcats, United finished the regular season with an 18-10 record and made light work of their opponents in the semi-finals.

2018-19 Regular Season Meetings

27/10/2018 Perth Wildcats vs Melbourne Victory (101-96)

17/12/2018 Perth Wildcats @ Melbourne Victory (65-82)

20/1/2019 Perth Wildcats vs Melbourne Victory (84-79)

17/2/2019 Perth Wildcats @ Melbourne Victory (70-81)

Prediction

The home team won all four regular season meetings between these teams this season, however, the playoffs, as well all know, are a completely different beast. The Wildcats hold the homecourt advantage in this best-of-five game series, which has them enter as slight favourites over United. It makes sense that they do enter as favourites, but we simply don’t agree. United have firepower all over the court and will have four of the six best players on the court after tip-off. We expect them to pinch either Game 1 or Game 3 on the road and take care of business at home in Game 2 and 4, which will ultimately end the series in favour of Melbourne 3-1 in front of their home fans.

 

Finals MVP

Chris Goulding was the recipient of the Finals MVP in last season’s title winning year for Melbourne United, and we see no reason why it won’t be the case again this time around. He may have a different role coming off the bench, but as we saw in the semi-finals, he can light it up quickly and completely turn a game on its head. Bryce Cotton (Wildcats) and Casper Ware Jr (United) are the two clear favourites with the bookies, but we see real value in Goulding at the $7 mark.

TIPS

Bendigo Racing Tips: Sunday May 19th

Sunday horse racing sees us head to Bendigo for a big eight-race card. Check out our racing preview and betting tips for every race here! read more

Australian Betting Sign Up Bonuses Ending Soon!

The end of an era in Australian online sports betting is fast approaching! As of the 26th of May, Australian bookmakers will no longer be allowed to offer sign up bonuses to new customers! Take advantage of the offers that are still available here. read more

2019 AFL: Round 9 Sunday Preview & Betting Tips

Great little three game slate to look forward to this Sunday in the AFL, headlined by a big clash between the Hawks and Tigers at the MCG! Catch our preview and tips for all three games here read more

2018-19 A-League: Grand Final Preview & Betting Tips

The biggest day for domestic soccer in Australia is here with the 2018-19 Hyundai A-League Grand Final on this Sunday night! Check out our Perth Glory vs Sydney FC preview and betting tip here! read more

ARTICLES

Harness racing form: what are the most important things to consider

Harness racing form can be daunting to punters that are new to the sport and form analysis for the trots is certainly different to that of the gallops or greyhounds. We've listed what we think the most important factors to consider are when studying the form for a trots race. read more


Harness Racing Barrier Draws

Barrier draws are crucial in racing and they are especially important in harness racing. We've explained why barriers are such a key part of harness racing form study and their importance to determining a horse's chances here. read more


Harness Racing Glossary

There are many common terms used in harness racing that may not make sense to those new to the sport. Our harness racing glossary will help you understand what some of the key terminology means. read more


Australian Harness Racing Classes Explained

When assessing harness racing form, having a basic knowledge on what the different classes and grades mean, will go a long way to helping understand how strong a race is and whether certain horses will measure up to that grade. We've explained how the class system works in Australian harness racing here. read more


BLOGS

2019 AFL Brownlow Medal Vote Predictions Round 8

We have nine players within three votes of the leader in the race for the 2019 Brownlow Medal after Round 8 of the AFL season. Check out where our votes went and who the big movers are here: read more


2019 AFL Round 9 Odds

We're up to Round 9 of the 2019 AFL season, with the action kicking off on Friday night with West Coast hosting Melbourne. Here's the Round 9 betting odds and lines for every match of the round, with thanks to BetEasy. read more


2019 ICC Cricket World Cup Schedule

The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup will be held from England starting on the 30th of May! If you're a bit like us and find it tenuous to convert the starting times in your head, we have you covered with the full tournament schedule in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) right here! read more


2019 AFL Round 8 Odds

Round 8 of the 2019 season will see seven home town underdogs which could throw up a couple of surprise results. Here's the betting odds for all Round 8 matches thanks to TopBetta. read more


Ladbrokes Bonus

TopBetta