The NBL features nine teams: Brisbane Bullets, Illawarra Hawks, Perth Wildcats, New Zealand Breakers, South East Melbourne Phoenix, Adelaide 36ers, Cairns Taipans, Sydney Kings, and Melbourne United.
The first NBL season was in 1979. The league was played during the summer months, starting in the 1998-1999 season. The regular season starts from October until March, and each team is required to play 28 season games. The top four on the board will make headway to the NBL finals. The semi-finals are played with a best-of-three system and the NBL grand finals under best-of-five.
How to Bet
Betting in the NBL has become progressively popular, with a wide range of odds available on extensive match markets and futures. Since its inaugural season, a record of nine NBL titles was won by the Wildcats, including four titles in the last six seasons. The team was crowned the 2018-2019 NBL season champions with a 3-1 score in the Grand Finals series against the defending Melbourne Champions. They are then followed in the board by Melbourne United with five titles and four titles each for Adelaide 36ers and New Zealand Breakers.
If you want to bet on the NBL, there is a range of bookmakers available such as BetEasy, Sportsbet, and Ladbrokes. You need to create a betting account with the bookmaker of your choice. You can only start browsing on all NBL markets available and place your bet with a funded betting account.
Once you have a funded account, there are various betting markets you can choose from. The most popular NBL markets for punters are head-to-head betting and line betting for both the overall points and game margin.
NBL markets are open for you to bet on all year round. However, odds change as the season progresses, and the teams play it out. Big indicators also include injuries, roster changes, and coaching staff.
Live Streaming and Media Coverage
SBS is currently the exclusive free-to-air broadcaster of the NBL games. All 126 games in the NBL 2019-2020 season will be aired free and live on the streaming platform SBS On Demand, while 67 games of the season will be broadcasted on the SBS Viceland.
The NBL awards the Most Valuable Player for every season. The betting market is also involved in notable awards in the league. The odds are available for every season for the NBL MVP, as well as the Rookie of the Year, Best Sixth Man, Most Improved Player, Best Defensive Player, Lindsay Gaze Trophy for the Coach of the Year, and the Larry Sengstock Medal give to the MVP in the NBL Grand Finals series.
The NBL Grand Final series is held every season between February and March. The series is made up of two semi-finals matches and the Grand Finals for the championship game.
Betting for the NBL Finals is open during the entire season, where you choose the team that will most likely win the NBL championship.