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.
2016/17 NBL FINALS
- Sponsor: Swisse
- NBL Semi-Final Series Dates: 16th – 24th February, 2017
- NBL Grand Final Series Dates: 27th February – 22nd March, 2017
- NBL Grand Final Winners: Perth Wildcats defeated Illawarra Hawks (3-0)
2016/17 NBL Playoff Seedings
- Adelaide 36ers
- Cairns Taipans
- Perth Wildcats
- Illawarra Hawks
The Adelaide 36ers secured their spot at the top of the NBL Ladder and took out the title of Regular NBL Season Champions at the end of the Round 16 match between Cairns and Illawarra when the former won 85 – 79 on January 22, 2017. The remaining three NBL Playoff positions were decided during the final round of the regular season.
2016/17 NBL Grand Final Series: Teams & Games
Perth Wildcats vs Illawarra Hawks
- Game 1: Sunday February 26, 2017 – Perth Wildcats (89) defeated Illawarra Hawks (77)
- Game 2: Wednesday March 1, 2017 – Perth Wildcats (89) defeated Illawarra Hawks (77)
- Game 3: Sunday March 5, 2017 – Perth Wildcats (95) defeated Illawarra Hawks (86)
The defending NBL Champions the Perth Wildcats secured a second NBL Grand Final Series win on the trot and their eighth title after a 3 – 0 success over the Illawarra Hawks. Perth secured consecutive NBL titles for the first time since 1990-91.
NBL Finals Format
- 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|
|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
NB Finals Appearances
The Perth Wildcats have made 31 NBL Finals appearances up until 2016 including 30 straight since 1987 making them the dominant team.
The Adelaide 36ers follow with the second highest number of NBL Finals appearances and also secured their spot in the 2016/17 NBL Playoffs.
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|
|South East Melbourne Magic||7|
|New Zealand Breakers||6|
|West Adelaide Bearcats||5|
|North Melbourne Giants||4|
|Gold Coast Blaze||3|
|Southern Melbourne Saints||3|
|Launceston Casino City||1|