It was a fascinating Round 1 of the 2021 NBL season with last season’s spooners in the Hawks going 2-0. The Wolf hit on his best bet with United covering a 5.5-point spread and has another couple of plays that he loves in Round 2. Check them out right here!
Brisbane Bullets vs The Hawks
Thursday 21st Jan, 7:30pm AEDT
These two clubs return for a rematch of their Round 1 game where the Hawks finished up six-point winners. It was hard to know what to expect from such fresh rosters, but the Hawks certainly looked the better of the two and were the deserving winners. The Hawks also played another game in Round 1 against the Taipans, defeating them in emphatic fashion to get off to a 2-0 start after winning just five games in all of last season. The Wolf absolutely loved what he saw from the Hawks defence in both of their Round 1 matches and expects them to have a huge bounce back season in 2021. Getting them at around $1.80 to get the job done against the Bullets again on Thursday is The Wolf’s best of the round.
Cairns Taipans vs Melbourne United
Monday 25th Jan, 7:30pm AEDT
Monday night’s game between Cairns and Melbourne is an intriguing one and definitely a must-see matchup. The Taipans scraped home with a win against the Kings in their opening game of the season, but were thoroughly outplayed in their second outing against the Hawks when losing by 16 points. Meanwhile, United were extremely impressive in their first game of the season with a dominant win over the 36ers. They had five guys with double-figure scoring and their best player in Scottie Hopson only had four points, showing there’s still plenty of room for improvement. The Taipans were underwhelming in Round 1 and United were anything but, which makes this an easy tip for The Wolf.
Adelaide 36ers vs New Zealand Breakers
Friday 22nd Jan, 7:30pm AEDT
For some value this weekend, The Wolf is banking on the NZ Breakers opening their 2021 campaign win a big win over Adelaide. The 36ers split their Round 1 games at 1-1 and have another two games in Round 2. When they take on the Breakers on Friday night this will be their fourth game in eight days, which gives the away team a big advantage in conditioning here with this being their first outing of the season. The Breakers, led by new recruit Lamar Patterson, are also the more talented of the two rosters in The Wolf’s opinion, meaning an 11+ point win is definitely in play here.
Leg 1: The Hawks ($1.82)
Leg 2: Melbourne United ($1.73)
Leg 3: New Zealand Breakers ($2)