Storm To Steady the Ship
The Melbourne Storm have been far from impressive so far, but NRL lines have them at -6½ against the Gold Coast Titans on Saturday.
However, the Storm have a superior head-to-head record against the Titans, so history suggests they’ll be tough to beat on the road.
Riding Out the Storm
The 26-12 loss is the worst we have seen the Storm play since they entered the NRL, which is saying something. They were run over by one of the worst teams in the competition, so losing Cameron Munster to a fractured wrist had a big impact.
However, they have players good enough to bounce back, especially against a moderate Titans outfit. Jahrome Hughes needs to orchestrate things in the midfield, and he has the likes of Justin Olam and Nick Meany on his outside.
There aren’t too many excuses for the Storm underperforming. They were one of the pre-season favorites with sport betting markets, so they need to start living up to their potential in 2023.
Titans Prepared for Battle
The Titans looked good in Round 1 when beating the Wests Tigers 22-10, and although the Tigers are terrible, it was still a confidence building effort.
They didn’t look as good last week when losing to the St George Dragons. They were ahead at halftime, but slipped badly in the second half.
It’s something Kieran Foran wants to address, as NRL news reports.
“In those moments, but we just fell away badly there, which was frustrating”, Foran said.
“(For this week) I think you’ve got to prepare as well as you can each and every week, but even more so when you’re playing a Melbourne team coming off the back of a loss that they’ve been sprayed for so, we know what we’re in for. They’re going to be right up for it, they always are”.
Getting +6½ points from online gambling markets is a fair head start at home. Bettors should expect the Storm to be better than last week, but can they turn around a 14-point deficit into at least a seven-point win?
Titans vs Storm Head-to-Head
It’s one-way traffic for the Storm, who have a 19-6 advantage over the Titans, including the last two games with a combined score of 66-34.
The Storm have an excellent against the spread record, so that’s the task facing the Titans in Round 3.
Titans vs Storm Game Information
- Game: Storm (1-1) vs Titans (1-1)
- Day/Time: Saturday, March 18, 12 a.m. ET
- Location: Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, QLD
- Storm vs Titans Live Stream: RugbyPass
Titans vs Storm Betting Lines
Titans vs Storm Picks and Prediction
Given the Storm’s recent success over the Titans, and their ability to bounce back from losses, we’re picking them to win and cover the spread.
Our NRL picks expect the Storm to come humming with a big first half performance, which should please coach Craig Bellamy.
Melbourne is listed at -240 in our Vegas NRL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Storm, there’s a chance to win $42. Gold Coast is +170, offering a chance to win $170 on a $100 wager. The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Melbourne a 70.59% chance to win, with the Titans at 37.04%.