NBL: Analysing the early odds for #NBL19

As we approach the end of May, you could forgive most Aussie basketball fans for paying little attention to the roster moves being made across NBL. Indeed, basketball fans around the world have been glued to the action of the NBA playoffs, watching as the Celtics and Cavaliers, the Rockets and Warriors, put on a show for the ages in the Conference Finals.

Yet, the world keeps spinning away from the bright lights of NBA and there have been a few interesting moves in the off season in Australia. While not everything is set, we have a fair idea of how teams will shape up for the 2019 edition of NBL. Bookmakers have also made their move, putting out the outright odds for the season ahead.

Odds of course, will always be up for debate and don’t always equate to how the final picture turns out. Each team’s odds (as per Ladbrokes) for the new season are provided below, so you can decide for yourself whether the bookies have it wrong, on the money or offer enough value to make your team’s Australia’s best bets for the upcoming season.

Sydney Kings | 3.00

What has made the side that finished 7th place on the NBL Ladder bookies favourites to win it all this time around? Some shrewd business in the last few weeks, including Andrew Bogut, Kyle Adnam and David Wear. Does that justify the Kings’ favourites tag? Perhaps, but they really need to address the abysmal home form shown last year.

Melbourne | 3.50

Adnam’s departure to Sydney as yet to be addressed, but the reigning champions will still boast the one of the best rosters in NBL, especially – as has been suggested they might – they re-sign free agents Casper Ware, Josh Boone and Casey Prather.

Perth Wildcats | 5.50

The Wildcats are rumoured to be sniffing around the aforementioned Casey Prather, but the most important bit of business for Perth might just be getting last season’s league MVP Bryce Cotton back on the books. If they can re-sign the free agent, those odds might just drop a little before the season begins.

Adelaide 36ers | 6.50

Grand Final runners-up last season, 36ers don’t really look like they need major surgery before the new season. They should resign captain Brendan Teys and, perhaps, Josh Childress. The fans will be delighted that Daniel Johnson has signed for a further three years.

New Zealand Breakers | 8.00

The Breakers may have pulled off the biggest coup of the off season by acquiring guard Corey Webster. They still need to add a bit of quality to the roster if they want to be regarded as certainties to make it to the 2019 NBL Finals.

Illawarra Hawks | 10.00

The Hawks had a thoroughly disappointing season last term, certainly in comparison with their run to the Grand Final in 2017. With so many decisions to make before the start of the season (only four players are signed to the roster, six players are up as free agents), the Hawks will look completely different on day one. In that respect, punters should be cautious.

Brisbane Bullets | 13.00

The only team to post single-digit figures in the win column last season, it would be a surprise if Brisbane get near the top four. Still, they may just about clinch the second-bottom ahead of Cairns.

Cairns Taipans | 17.00

The performer under most scrutiny by Cairns fans this season will arguably be new coach Mike Kelly. He is expected to raid Melbourne United for a few players, but will it be enough to avoid finishing bottom?

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