NBL Finals 2021

The NBL Finals series plays out after the regular National Basketball League season is complete and pits the top four teams against each other in the race to the NBL Championship title.

NBL Finals teams are determined by rankings on the NBL Ladder. The two top-ranked NBL clubs on the ladder get home venue advantage in the opening best-of-three rounds during the NBL semis hosting the fourth and third ranked teams respectively.

2021 NBL FINALS

  • NBL Semi-Final Series Start Date: TBD
  • NBL Grand Final Series Start Date: TBD
  • NBL Grand Final Teams: TBD
  • 2020 NBL Grand Final Winners: Perth Wildcats (10th title)
  • 2020 NBL Runners-Up: Sydney Kings
  • NBL Grand Final Series Result: TBD

*The 2020 NBL Grand Finals series only featured three games with the Sydney Kings opting to withdraw early, the final two games cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021 NBL Semi Finals Series

2021 NBL Playoffs Seedings

  1. TBD
  2. TBD
  3. TBD
  4. TBD

2021 NBL Grand Final Series: Teams & Games

  • Start Date: TBD
  • Teams: TBD
  • Winner: TBD

Game 1: TBD vs TBD

Game 2: TBD vs TBD

Game 3: TBD vs TBD

Game 4: TBD vs TBD

Game 5: TBD vs TBD


First Semi Finals Series

  • Start Date: TBD
  • Teams: TBD
  • Winner: TBD

Game 1 Results: TBD v TBD

Game 2 Results: TBD v TBD

Game 3 Results: TBD v TBD


Second Semi Finals Series

  • Start Date: TBD
  • Teams: TBD
  • Winner: TBD

Game 1 TBD v TBD

Game 2 TBD v TBD

Game 3 TBD v TBD


NBL Finals Format

NBL Semi-Finals

  • 1st plays 4th: Best of three games
  • 2nd plays 3rd: Best of three games

NBL Grand Final

  • Winners of the two Semi-Finals series face off for the NBL Championship

The system in place for all National Basketball League finals is the best-of-three series tournament and the winners of the NBL Finals Week 1 progress onto the Grand Final.

The NBL Grand Final Series – also a best-of-three format – sees the series 1 winner take on the champion in the second series from the earlier round. The highest seeded of the two teams left in the title fight gets home court advantage.

The Perth Wildcats are the most successful team to date boasting seven NBL Championship titles.

NBL Finals Betting

The NBL Finals bring the season’s playoffs to an end and betting on the NBL Grand Finals series is hugely popular. NBL Championship betting is open all season with outright basketball odds on offer for each team to take out the title.

Recent Finals Results: NBL Champions

Year NBL Champions Runners-Up Grand Final Series Score
2019/20 PERTH WILDCATS SYDNEY KINGS 2-1 (Series canceled following Game 3 due to COVID-19)
2018/19 PERTH WILDCATS MELBOURNE UNITED 3-1
2017/18 MELBOURNE UNITED ADELAIDE 36ERS 3-2
2016/17 PERTH WILDCATS ILLAWARRA HAWKS 3-0
2015/16 PERTH WILDCATS NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS 2-1
2014/15 NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS CAIRNS TAIPANS 2-0
2013/14 PERTH WILDCATS ADELAIDE 36ERS 2-1
2012/13 NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS PERTH WILDCATS 2-0
2011/12 NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS PERTH WILDCATS 2-1
2010/11 NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS CAIRNS TAIPANS 2-1
2009/10 PERTH WILDCATS WOLLONGONG HAWKS 2-1
2008/09 SOUTH DRAGONS MELBOURNE TIGERS 3-2
2007/08 MELBOURNE TIGERS SYDNEY KINGS 3-0
2006/07 BRISBANE BULLETS MELBOURNE TIGERS 3-1
2005/06 MELBOURNE TIGERS SYDNEY KINGS 3-0
2004/05 SYDNEY KINGS WOLLONGONG HAWKS 3-0
2003/04 SYDNEY KINGS WEST SYDNEY RAZORBACKS 3-2
2002/03 SYDNEY KINGS PERTH WILDCATS 2-0
2001/02 ADELAIDE 36ERS WEST SYDNEY RAZORBACKS 2-1
2000/01 WOLLONGONG HAWKS TOWNSVILLE CROCODILES 2-1
1999/00 PERTH WILDCATS VICTORIA TITANS 2-0

NBL Finals Records

NBL Finals betting at Ladbrokes

The Adelaide 36ers have featured in the second most NBL Finals Series.

NBL Finals Appearances

The Perth Wildcats have made 32 NBL Finals appearances up until 2018 including 32 straight since 1987 making them the dominant team.

The Adelaide 36ers follow with the second highest number of NBL Finals appearances and also played in the 2018 NBL Grand Final Series against Melbourne United, which they lost in a 3-2 best-of-five game thriller.

The Illawarra Hawks are the only NBL team to have played all seasons since 1979 of the current active teams listed in the below Finals records.

Team NBL Finals Appearances
Perth Wildcats 34
Adelaide 36ers 25
Brisbane Bullets 21
Illawarra Hawks 19
Melbourne United 19
Sydney Kings 17
Canberra Cannons 11
South East Melbourne Magic 7
New Zealand Breakers 7
Cairns Taipans 7
West Adelaide Bearcats 5
North Melbourne Giants 4
Sydney Spirit 4
Gold Coast Blaze 3
Newcastle Falcons 3
Southern Melbourne Saints 3
Victoria Titans 3
Geelong Supercats 2
Hunter Pirates 2
South Dragons 2
Launceston Casino City 1
Townsville Crocodiles 1