|Melbourne Storm vs Wests Tigers NRL Betting Odds and Game Info|
|NRL betting odds||Storm $1.09 at BetOnline | Tigers $9.60 at PlayUp|
|When||Saturday, June 19 at 7:35pm AEST|
|Where||Sunshine Coast Stadium – Bokarina, Queensland|
|Last time they met||Storm 50-22 Tigers (R19, 2020)|
|Watch live||Foxtel, Kayo|
The Melbourne Storm will look to continue their unbeaten run at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday evening when they play host to the Wests Tigers in Round 15 of the 2021 NRL Premiership.
The Storm are 7-0 at the venue since they were forced to relocate due to COVID-19 restrictions last year, and that streak includes a 28-point win over the Tigers back in September. The Panthers losing two in a row has opened up the race for the minor premiership, and a game like this against the 13th-placed Tigers is one that many expect the Storm to take care of.
Wests had a let-down against Parramatta after showing some good form in the weeks prior, adding more frustration to coach Michael Maguire’s never-ending search for consistency. The Tigers have named what might be their strongest team of the year, with former Warriors winger Ken Maumalo set to make his debut for the joint-venture club.
Melbourne Storm vs Wests Tigers betting preview
The Melbourne Storm have scored 40 or more points in eight games so far in 2021, and with another 10 bites at the cherry left, they look set to smash the NRL record of nine 40-point games in a season. This shapes as a game where they can pass that mark again, with the Tigers showing last week that they don’t have the cattle to compete with top teams at full strength.
The -23.5 line looks big, but many punters will take that on and feel cheated if the Storm don’t win by at least four converted tries. Justin Olam, Nicho Hynes and Josh Addo-Carr shape up as the best options in the tryscorer betting, and they should all be thrown in a same-game multi.
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Blake Green beat the Wests Tigers twice in eight days last season when he left the Warriors for Newcastle, and now Ken Maumalo will play the Storm twice in six days. Winning both games is out of the question for Maumalo, but he did score a hat-trick only days ago in his farewell appearance for the Warriors. Is the $51 price worth throwing a few bucks on in the case of lightning striking twice? Realistically, the $2.50 for Maumalo to cross the stripe at any time is a fantastic option for same-game multis.
The Tigers are at astronomical odds to win this game, but taking the overs on the 51.5 total points line makes a ton of sense. Five of the last six Tigers games have gone over, and the Storm have been scoring points for fun in 2021.
Key matchup: Harry Grant vs Jacob Liddle
Harry Grant put himself on the NRL map as a loan player for the Tigers in 2020, and he could absolutely carve his former side up when he makes his way onto the field from the interchange bench. The Storm have the luxury of starting Brandon Smith at hooker to keep Grant fresh, but unfortunately for Jacob Liddle, the Tigers have no such option. Liddle showed against the Panthers that he still has some pace despite two ACL surgeries, but unless the Tigers are able to make some inroads through the middle, he will play off the back foot. If that is indeed the case, Grant could run wild.
Storm vs Tigers predictions & best bets
Line result: Melbourne Storm -23.5
Sorry Tigers fans, but the Storm will run up a cricket score on the Sunshine Coast. They will score 40 points for the ninth time this season and comfortably cover the -23.5 line, so hop on board.
Melbourne Storm -23.5
Same game multi: 5 legs @ $19.25
Storm -23.5 with Justin Olam, Nicho Hynes, Josh Addo-Carr and Ken Maumalo to all score a try at $19.25 with Sportsbet would cap off Super Saturday in terrific style.
Storm -23.5 / Addo-Carr anytime / Hynes anytime / Olam anytime / Maumalo anytime
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