NBL Round 3 – Selected Previews & Betting Tips

The following are previews with betting tips for selected fixtures in Round 3 of the 2022/23 NBL season.

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Adelaide 36ers

Adelaide 36ers vs Tasmania JackJumpers

Thursday Oct 13, 7:30pm
Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Tasmania JackJumpers

The 36ers get their season rolling against the JackJumpers at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. A dreaded fortress for visiting opposition sides, given Adelaide have triumphed in nine of their last seventeen games there. Two of those wins came against their current opposition in the form of Tasmania and two versus the Bryce Cotton-led Wildcats as well. Meanwhile with ‘Tassie’ having lost five straight H2Hs on the road, everything seems to be in favour of the hosts right here.

During Adelaide’s historic 134-124 preseason win against the Phoenix Suns, Shooting Guard Craig Randall II was an absolute menace with 35PTS, 3REB and 2AST amongst other stats. The 26-year-old shot the lights out from the floor. Meanwhile in this debut affair he promises to threaten a depleted and struggling Tasmania team. A Tasmania team that just gave up 16/31 from beyond the arc no less against Brisbane of all teams. Whilst prior to that they let Cairns go off for 26/32 free throw attempts! It’s easy to connect the dots here and see how this matchup could and more than likely will play out.

At what should be a packed out home crowd to get their season underway and up against a seemingly disjointed JackJumpers side, Adelaide should get the dub, even if it’s tight. Some raw magic from Scott Roth just won’t cut it.

Betting tips: Bet on Adelaide to be victorious at $1.28 (BoomBet)

Also pick Q1 to see a combined 43+PTS scored by both sides at $1.90 (TexBet)

And back Craig Randall II to score over 20.5PTS at $1.95 (Bet365)


Sydney Kings

Sydney Kings vs Cairns Taipans

Friday Oct 14, 7:30pm
Qudos Bank Arena

Cairns Taipans

Xavier Cooks is the name on everybody’s lips at the moment as he absolutely murdered Melbourne Centre Isaac Humphries at the John Cain Arena last Sunday afternoon. During his sides commanding 20-point win he committed a vicious one-on-one dunk on the former King, leaving him helpless during the murder. Cooks for the match ended up with 60% shooting, good for 23PTS, to go along with 9REB, 2AST, 1STL and 1BLK in what can only be described as a monster performance from the Sydney big man. With Cairns still heavily reeling from their 29-point loss against Perth, they’ll have to work extremely hard on both ends of the floor in order to limit his impact in this encounter.


Out of all the Taipans to play against the Wildcats, just two shot 50% from the floor. Majok Deng went 3/6, but he produced only 8PTS. While Ben Ayre shot 1/2 and he had only 2PTS. The rest of the teams shooting was abysmal, including Shannon Scott, 2/7, Bul Kuol, 3/9 and Mirko Djeric, 0/3. Cooks momentum certainly shows no signs of slowing down currently, alongside the likes of Dejan Vasiljevic and Derrick Walton Jr. Additional poor shooting from Adam Forde’s men could result in another thrashing right here.

Post match Forde spoke on the importance of “learning from a loss.” Expect him to have rammed home that point in the lead up to this much anticipated matchup against his former employers. But Kouat Noi’s explosiveness versus his old side, amongst other factors, should see Sydney slide through to victory.

Betting tips: Look for a Kings win at $1.13 (Bet365)

Also look for them to edge out Q4 at $1.51 (TexBet)

And look for them to also be dominant to start off the match as well by winning Q2 as well at $1.42 (TexBet)


Perth Wildcats

Perth Wildcats vs Melbourne United

Friday Oct 14, 9:30pm
RAC Arena

Melbourne United

The Wildcats pounced and tore the Taipans to shreds during their latest clash in Cairns, as they claimed an emphatic 105-76 victory. The produced 23PTS in the opening quarter, whilst they really came out swinging in Q2, fashioning an incredible 37PTS, whilst locking down defensively on the hosts to the tune of them scoring just 13PTS during that period of play. The energetic Bryce Cotton led them as per usual with 24PTS, 7REB and 3AST. Whilst Todd Blanchfield had 17PTS and five three-pointers in what was his record 350th NBL appearance.  Their team play absolutely stunned the up until then 2 and 0 Taipans and another similar performance may well see them tick off Melbourne next on their checklist.

Melbourne have been very, very shaky as of late, having won just four of their last twelve contested clashes (NBL, Playoffs, Blitz and Trials). Dean Vickerman is a quality coach, but he needs to change things up and in a stern manner at that, otherwise United could very well potentially be facing another heavy defeat. One thing they most assuredly need as things currently stand is a huge energy injection within the team. So playing the likes of Lachlan Barker (born 1996) and Makuach Maluach (born 1998) might be able to help shore that up a bit, given they put up 10 and 9PTS against the Kings respectively. With the latter also coming up with 1X steal and 1X block. The vets ain’t getting it done at the moment, but with some more game time, the youth have highlighted that they just might be able to complete the task at hand.

I am shockingly predicting that United will grab a much needed rebound victory in this exciting clash. Whenever these two teams face off it never disappoints and you can bet your bottom dollar that Melbourne will look add to that ever burgeoning book in this all-in tasty affair.

Betting tips: Look for United to claim an exciting dub at $3.60 (BlueBet)

Also look for under 86PTS to have been scored throughout H1 at $1.82 (TexBet)

And look for Melbourne to also score over 70.5PTS at $1.18 (Bet365)


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