2022 NBL Grand Final Series Game 1

We have expert betting predictions for Game 1 of the NBL Finals between the Sydney Kings and Tasmania JackJumpers.

It has been a wild season for both franchises, but it all leads to a potential title and Game 1 is always important in the best of five series.

We look at where punters can find the best value for the opening game on Friday night in Sydney.

All odds are with Ladbrokes. You can join Ladbrokes by clicking HERE.

Sydney Kings vs Tasmanian JackJumpers Game 1 Prediction

The Sydney Kings finished third in the regular season and the Tasmania JackJumpers fourth, so they’re both coming off upset semifinals appearances.

Tasmania came from one game down to beat title favourites Melboune United with a spirited display. They were picked to be one of the worst teams in the competition in their first year, so it’s a fairytale NBL story.

They started the season poorly but picked up their game towards the end and we have to respect their ability to beat United on the road.

The Sydney Kings were just as impressive when beating the Illawarra Hawks, who had some of the best form heading into the NBL playoffs.

Sydney, who weren’t favoured to get this far, have shown toughness all season and they are the firm favourites to take the opening game on Friday.

The Kings are $1.28 to win in front of their home crowd, which is a short quote on face value. However, when you have a team featuring Xavier Cooks and Jaylen Adams, anything is possible.

Cooks and Adams combined for 58 points in a 99-87 win over the Hawks last week, and if that production level continues, the JackJumpers will need to play excellent offensive basketball to keep up.

That’s the danger Sydney possesses and it also has the likes of Jarell Martin, who can light up the scoreboard on any given night.

Looking to counter for Tasmania will be the likes of Jack McVeigh and Josh Adams, but the emphasis is always on defence for the JackJumpers.

They scored just 76 points to beat Melbourne in Game 3, so they should make it harder for the Kings to score easily, which could frustrate the favourites.

Punters get $3.60 and a +8.5 line for the JackJumpers, which could be tough to turn down. They are outclassed on paper but this team has a belief in themselves and it could become a rough playoff-style contest.

We couldn’t back Sydney at such a low quote, so take the JackJumpers to keep Game 1 close.

Bet: Tasmania JackJumpers +8.5 @ $1.90 Bet @ Ladbrokes

Sydney Kings vs Tasmania JackJumpers Exotic Picks

We think it will be a lower-scoring game than expected, but there is a player who we think can score over 20 points.

We expect Jack McVeigh to have a big game for the JackJumpers, mostly because the Sydney Kings defence likes to crowd the paint.

That will leave McVeigh open on the wings to slot some three pointers and the sportsbook are offering $3.60 for McVeigh to score over 20 points.

The current favourite at $1.52 is Jaylen Adams and with good reason, but we’re looking for value and McVeigh, along with Jarell Martin at $2.95, could be the better players to choose in this option.

We also fancy the total points line of Under 164.5. It’s a moderate line to start the series, but with defence at the forefront, we think it could be a rugged 80-76 score line.

Take the under and play a same-game multi on the JackJumpers to cover the spread.

Bet: Jack McVeigh Over 20 points @ $3.60 Bet @ Ladbrokes

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About the Author: Daryl Curnow

After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.

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