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NBL (National Basketball League) Betting Guide

2022/23 NBL is the 45th edition of the NBL having been first established in 1979 when the St Kilda Saints were the first team to be crowned NBL champions. Unfortunately, the Saints no longer compete in the competition, but the most successful club in the NBL’s history, the Perth Wildcats, will feature in the 22/23 season. The Wildcats have won 10 NBL Championships in total, all of them coming between 1990 and 2020.

The reigning champions are the Sydney Kings, who despite only finishing fourth in the regular season ladder last term, beat the Tasmania JackJumpers 3-0 in the best of five Grand Final series. The Kings will be hoping to defend their title this term and will feature in many NBL betting tips to do so.

In this NBL betting guide, you will learn more about the tournament, and it will highlight the teams that are taking part. The guide will also highlight the NBL betting odds and lines you can wager on.

What is NBL (National Basketball League)

The National Basketball League is a professional men’s basketball competition that is based in Australasia. There are currently 10 professional teams that compete in the NBL, nine in Australia and one in New Zealand. They are:

  • Adelaide 36ers
  • Brisbane Bullets
  • Cairns Taipans
  • Illawarra Hawks
  • Melbourne United
  • New Zealand Breakers
  • Perth Wildcats
  • South East Melbourne Phoenix
  • Sydney Kings
  • Tasmania JackJumpers

The regular season will see 140 games played between these teams, which are spread across 18 rounds. The ladder placings are determined on the ‘winning percentage’, with the top four teams advancing to the Final Series.

This consists of two best-of-three semi-finals, where the highest ‘seeded’ team (based on the finishing position in the regular season ladder) hosts the first and third games. The winners then progress to a best-of-five Grand Final, where the higher seeded team hosts the first, third and fifth games.

NBL (National Basketball League) Schedule

The standard NBL season lasts 28 weeks, from October to February of the following calendar year, with each team playing 14 home games and 14 away matches.

NBL Semi-finals and Finals are usually played during the second and third weeks of February.

How to Bet on NBL (National Basketball League)

NBL betting is simple, but you must first navigate yourself to the online sports betting page and select Basketball. From there, scroll down to the ‘International’ competitions where you will see ‘Australia’. Select this option and you will open up all the available NBL betting lines that will cover both ‘outright’ and ‘events’.

NBL (National Basketball League) Betting Lines

If you- want to explore NBL betting and want to learn where to find the best NBL betting odds, knowing the betting lines will help. One of the first markets that will be available for NBL betting is to bet on the outright winner of the NBL Championship. This is where you can simply place a bet on who you think will win the overall competition.

When the individual games are announced, there will be lots of game lines to get involved with offering good NBL betting odds. These lines include total points in a game, top scorer, match winner, or you could try parlays. This is a bet that combines multiple wagers into one bet by rolling over the winnings from each individual bet into the next leg of the wager.

NBL Results History

The Perth Wildcats, who have won nine NBL Grand Finals series and the Championship since joining the league in 1982, are the most successful team in the current NBL.

The Sydney Kings, who won their fourth championship in the 2021–22 season, the Adelaide 36ers, and the New Zealand Breakers all have four championship victories in NBL history between them.

Overall, Melbourne United has won six NBL Championships, but their first after changing their name was in the 2018 NBL Grand Final Series, and they won it again in the 2021 championship game.


How many games are played in the NBL season?

The regular NBL season consists of 140 games played during 18 rounds.

How many games does each team play in the NBL?

Each team plays 14 games.

How long is the Australian NBL season?

The regular NBL season is played from October to February next year.