DO we need any more proof that Australian basketball is on the right track?
Melbourne United’s outstanding display against Oklahoma City Thunder over the weekend dovetailed beautifully with an action-packed opening round of the 2017/18 NBL campaign.
What will week two dish up?
Our multi odds for the second round of fixtures come courtesy of Sportsbet.com.au, where punters can enjoy new NBL Frenzy basketball betting specials every day.
NBL Round 2 multi picks
- 36ers to beat Taipans – $2
- Kings to beat Breakers – $1.80
- Wildcats to beat Hawks – $1.38
- United to beat 36ers – $1.69
- Kings to beat Hawks – $1.58
Cairns Taipans vs. Adelaide 36ers
Thursday, October 12 – 7:30pm AEDT – Cairns Convention Centre
Cairns – $1.80
Adelaide – $2
Two wins from two have the Taipans top of the NBL ladder, but how will their gritty, team-oriented game fare without Michael Carrera (knee) and big Nathan Jawai (foot)? Despite losing a close one to Melbourne on opening night, Adelaide have shown scintillating early form and look every chance to pinch the points at the Snakepit.
NZ Breakers vs. Sydney Kings
Friday, October 13 – 5:30pm AEDT – Spark Arena
New Zealand – $2
Sydney – $1.80
Both these teams are looking to bounce back after first-up defeats. The Breakers were disappointing against Cairns, recording a round-low 71 points, while the Kings conceded a round-high 105 to the 36ers. Sydney should have enough in their locker to get their campaign rolling with a win across the ditch.
Perth Wildcats vs. Illawarra Hawks
Friday, October 13 – 9:30pm AEDT – Perth Arena
Perth – $1.38
Illawarra – $3.07
The Wildcats hold the second line of Sportsbet’s NBL title betting at $4.50 odds, and they lent plenty of weight to that quote with a 96-86 win over Brisbane in their season opener. The Hawks were sloppy in their narrow defeat to the Taipans and will have to tighten up considerably to have any hope over in the west.
Adelaide 36ers vs. Melbourne United
Saturday, October 14 – 7:30pm AEDT – Titanium Security Arena
Adelaide – $2.18
Melbourne – $1.69
It was United who triumphed last Thursday as these two teams opened the 2017/18 NBL season with a seesawing thriller at Hisense Arena. The 36ers are lightning in transition and look capable of beating anyone, but it is impossible to ignore Casper Ware and United after their efforts against the Thunder.
Sydney Kings vs. Illawarra Hawks
Sunday, October 15 – 3pm AEDT – Qudos Bank Arena
Sydney – $1.58
Illawarra – $2.38
Both these sides are buttering up after tricky away trips – Sydney to New Zealand, Illawarra to Perth. Respective performances in those games will give a better indicator of where each mob is at, but the bookies have the Kings as comfortable favourites and we see no reason to dispute that judgement.
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