NBL Finals 2019/20

2019-20 NBL Finals: COVID-19

The 2019-20 NBL Finals came to an early finish on March 15, 2020 with the Sydney Kings withdrawing from the best-of-five Grand Final series early due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Perth Wildcats were leading 2-1 and were awarded their 10th title.


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.

2019/20 NBL FINALS

  • NBL Semi-Final Series Start Date: Thursday February 27, 2020
  • NBL Grand Final Series Start Date: Friday March 6, 2020
  • NBL Grand Final Teams: Sydney Kings vs Perth Wildcats
  • 2020 NBL Grand Final Winners: Perth Wildcats (10th title)
  • 2020 NBL Runners-Up: Sydney Kings
  • NBL Grand Final Series Result: Perth Wildcats 2-1*

*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.

2019/20 NBL Semi Finals Series

2019/20 NBL Playoffs Seedings

  1. Sydney Kings
  2. Perth Wildcats
  3. Cairns Taipans
  4. Melbourne United 

2019/2020 NBL Grand Final Series: Teams & Games

  • Start Date: March 8, 2020 (Best of 5)
  • Teams: Sydney Kings (1) vs Perth Wildcats (2)
  • Winner: Perth Wildcats (10th title)

Game 1: Kings 86 lost to Wildcats 88

  • Result: Wildcats Lead the Series 1-0
  • Score: Kings 86 – 88 Wildcats
  • Scoring By Quarter: 26–24, 23–2824–16, 13–20
  • Date: March 8, 2020
  • Time: 5:00pm (local)
  • Venue: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
  • Attendance: 11,647

Game 2: Wildcats 85 lost to Kings 97

  • Result: Series Tied 1-1
  • Score: Wildcats 85 – 97 Kings
  • Scoring By Quarter:  27–31, 24–2622–19, 12–21
  • Date: Friday March 13, 2020
  • Time: 6:30pm (local)
  • Venue: RAC Arena, Perth
  • Attendance: Closed event due to COVID-19

Game 3: Kings 96 lost to Wildcats 111

  • Result: Wildcats Won the Series 2-1
  • Score: Kings 96 – 111 Wildcats
  • Date: Sunday March 15, 2020
  • Time: 5:00pm (local)
  • Venue: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
  • Attendance: Closed event due to COVID-19

Game 4: Perth Wildcats vs Sydney Kings

*Cancelled Due to COVID-19

Game 5: Sydney Kings vs Perth Wildcats

*Cancelled Due to COVID-19


First Semi Finals Series

  • Start Date: Friday February 28, 2020 (Best of 3)
  • Teams: Perth Wildcats (2nd) vs Cairns Taipans (3rd)
  • Winner: Perth Wildcats (2-1)

Game 1 Results: Wildcats 108 def. Taipans 107 (OT) 

  • Result: Perth leads the series 1 – 0
  • Score: Wildcats 108 – 107 Taipans
  • Scoring By Quarter: 29–20, 16–3423–17, 25–22, Overtime: 15–14
  • Date: Friday February 28, 2020
  • Time: 6:30pm (local)
  • Venue: RAC Arena, Perth, WA
  • Attendance: 10,858

Game 2 Results: Taipans 85 def. Wildcats 74

  • Result: Series tied 1-1
  • Score: Taipans 85 – 74 Wildcats
  • Scoring By Quarter: 30–16, 17–15, 16–2222–21
  • Date: Sunday March 1, 2020
  • Time: 4:00pm (local)
  • Venue: Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns, QLD
  • Attendance: 5,188

Game 3 Results: Wildcats 93 def. Taipans 82

  • Result: Perth Wins Series 2-1
  • Score: Wildcats 93 – 82 Taipans
  • Scoring By Quarter: 25–24, 27–20, 24–22, 17–16
  • Date: Thursday March 5, 2020
  • Time: 6:30pm (local)
  • Venue: RAC Arena, Perth, WA
  • Attendance: 10,215

Second Semi Finals Series

  • Start Date: Saturday February 29, 2020 (Best of 3)
  • Teams: Sydney Kings (1st) vs Melbourne United (4th)
  • Winner: Sydney Kings (2-1)

Game 1 Results: Kings 86 def. United 80

  • Result: Sydney Leads Series 1-0
  • Score: Kings 86 – 80 United
  • Scoring By Quarter: 6–20, 21–23, 23–2626–11
  • Date: Saturday February 29, 2020
  • Time: 7:30pm (local)
  • Venue: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW
  • Attendance: 13,103

Game 2: United 125 def. Kings 80
  • Result: Series Tied 1-1
  • Score: United 125 – 80 Kings
  • Scoring By Quarter: 26–24, 32–7, 45–24, 22–25
  • Date: Monday March 2, 2020
  • Time: 7:30pm (local)
  • Venue: Melbourne Arena, Melbourne, VIC
  • Attendance: 6,914

Game 3: Kings 89 def. United 87

  • Result: Kings Win Series 2-1
  • Score: Kings 89 – 87 United
  • Scoring By Quarter: 24–22, 20–2823–18, 21–19
  • Date: Thursday March 5, 2020
  • Time: 7:30pm (local)
  • Venue: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW
  • Attendance: 8,075

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