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NBL Round 8 Tips - Previews & Predictions for all games

  • NBL Round 8 features eight games starting on January 21
  • Round 8 gets underway with the Brisbane v Sydney
  • Previews for all fixtures below, which are streamed live at bet365
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Jonah Baker 20 Jan 2022
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Round 8 of National Basketball League will hold eight matches and gets underway with the Hawks v Kings.

Latest NBL Premiership Odds (Ladbrokes): Illawarra $4.00 Perth Wildcats $4.00, Melbourne $4.50, S.E Melbourne $5.00, Sydney Kings $8.50, Brisbane Bullets $13.00, NZ Breakers $26.00, Cairns Taipans $41.00, Adelaide 36ers $51.00, Tassie Jack Jumpers $201.00

Brisbane vs Sydney - Friday 7:30pm @ Nissan Arena


We predict Brisbane to defeat Sydney to kick off round eight. Last week the Bullets were able pull of an impressive upset, defeating the Phoenix by 16 points. Nathan Sobey scored a match high 18 points and Robert Hanks took a game high 10 rebounds. To kick off round seven the Kings went down to the third placed Hawks by eight points. Jarell Martin was impressive with 23 points and Xavier Cooks took a match high 14 rebounds. 

Match Odds: Brisbane $1.39 vs Sydney $2.84 (Sportsbet

Adelaide vs Melbourne - Saturday 5:30pm @ at Adelaide Entertainment Centre


The top of the ladder United should defeat 36ers who are seventh on the ladder. Last week the 36ers upset the second placed Wildcats by 13 points. Daniel Johnson scored a match high 21 points including three 3 pointers and Mitch McCarron had the most assist for the game with eight. In round seven Melbourne defeated the Breakers and Hawks. They defeated NZ by 11 points largely thanks to Chris Goulding who scored 23 points including four 3 pointers. Their managed to scrape a four-point victory over Illawarra with some Matthew Dellavedova brilliance (33 points, four 3 pointers. 

Match Odds: Adelaide $3.03 vs Melbourne $1.35 (Sportsbet)

Illawarra vs Perth - Saturday 8:00pm @ at WIN Entertainment Centre


We are tipping Perth to bounce back and defeat the third placed Hawks. In round seven Perth lost to Adelaide by 13 points with Victor Law having the most rebounds with 14. Illawarra played two matches last week for a win and a loss. To kick off round two they defeated Sydney by eight points Sam Froling scoring a match high 27 points and 10 rebounds. In their second match they succumbed to Melbourne by four points. Justin Jessup hit five three pointers from eighteen points and Sam Froling had a match high 14 rebound. 

Match Odds: Illawarra $1.72 vs Perth $2.10 (Sportsbet)

Sydney vs Brisbane - Sunday 1:00pm @ Qudos Bank Arena


We predict Brisbane to defeat the Kings in the second match up between the two teams for the round. In round seven Sydney the Breakers by seven points with Xavier Cooks scoring a team high 19 points and 12 rebounds. The Kings also lost to Illawarra by eight points Jarell Martin scoring a team high 23 runs and 10 rebounds. Last week the Bullets were able pull of an impressive upset, defeating the Phoenix by 16 points. Nathan Sobey scored a match high 18 points and Robert Hanks took a game high 10 rebounds. 

Tasmania vs S.E Melbourne - Sunday 3:00pm @ at My State Bank Arena


We predict the fourth placed Phoenix will be able to defeat the second last Jack Jumpers. Last week S.E Melbourne were defeated by Brisbane 100-84 however; we expect them to bounce back. Mitch Creek scored a game high 19 points and collected eight rebounds. Tasmania’s last match was three weeks ago against Melbourne when they lost by four points. Josh Adams scored a game high 23 points and Mikyle Mcintosh took a team high six rebounds. 

Illawarra vs Adelaide - Monday 7:30pm @ at WIN Entertainment Centre


We believe the third placed Hawks will easily defeat the sixth placed Bullets. Last week the 36ers upset the second placed Wildcats by 13 points. Daniel Johnson scored a match high 21 points including three 3 pointers and Mitch McCarron had the most assist for the game with eight. The 36ers will face Melbourne in round eight before they face the Hawks. Illawarra played two matches last week for a win and a loss. To kick off round two they defeated Sydney by eight points Sam Froling scoring a match high 27 points and 10 rebounds. In their second match they succumbed to Melbourne by four points. Justin Jessup hit five three pointers from eighteen points and Sam Froling had a match high 14 rebound. The Hawks will face Perth earlier in round eight before facing Adelaide. 

S.E Melbourne v Cairns - Tuesday 7:30pm @ Gippsland Indoor Sports Stadium


We predict the fourth placed Phoenix to defeat the fifth placed Taipans next Tuesday night. Last week S.E Melbourne were defeated by Brisbane 100-84; Mitch Creek scored a game high 19 points and collected eight rebounds. The Phoenix will face Tasmania in a match where they will go in as favourites. The Taipans last match was in round six when they were defeated by the Wildcats by six points. Majok Dong scored a team high 27 points and Stephen Zimmerman collected nine rebounds. 

Brisbane v Melbourne - Wednesday 3pm @ Nissan Arena


We are confident Melbourne United will stay on top of the ladder with a victory over Brisbane. Earlier in the round Melbourne will face Adelaide in another match where they will go in as favourites. In round seven Melbourne defeated the Breakers and Hawks. They defeated NZ by 11 points largely thanks to Chris Goulding who scored 23 points including four 3 pointers. Their managed to scrape a four-point victory over Illawarra with some Matthew Dellavedova brilliance (33 points, four 3 pointers. Last week the Bullets were able pull of an impressive upset, defeating the Phoenix by 16 points. Nathan Sobey scored a match high 18 points and Robert Hanks took a game high 10 rebounds. Brisbane will be facing the Kings twice earlier on the world. 
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