Origin is over, but its legacy continues with players still being rested following the arduous campaign - a factor NRL tipsters need to consider.

The Storm are resting a host of stars this weekend while the Dragons haven't named star No.7 Ben Hunt.

That hasn't stopped all but one of the NRL.com expert panel from backing Melbourne to continue on their winning ways.

Before you enter your tips for Round 18, see who the experts are backing and read Brett Kimmorley's previews.

As per the rules of the NRL.com Tipping competition, all tipsters were given one point following last weekend's 90-minute draw between the Broncos and Warriors.

Round 18 tips and previews

Broncos v Bulldogs, Thursday 7.50pm at Suncorp Stadium

Brett Kimmorley says: Canterbury have found some form. Defensively they have been very good lately. They have only scored 20 points four times this year and they have won each time. Can they do that again? There has been a form turnaround from Brisbane lately, their young forwards are looking good. Broncos by 4

Match: Broncos v Bulldogs

Round 18 -

Full Time
Broncos

Home Team

Broncos

Scored 28 points
Bulldogs

Away Team

Bulldogs

Scored 6 points

Venue: Suncorp Stadium

Match broadcasters:

  • Nine Network
  • Foxtel
  • LIVE PASS

Warriors v Sharks, Friday 6pm at Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Brett Kimmorley says: Not the usual home venue for the Warriors, but a great showpiece for the game in Wellington. I a looking forward to seeing Kodi Nikorima take on Shaun Johnson. It is a great challenge for both players. Cronulla are in a massive hole and this will be a tough road trip. Warriors by 2

Match: Warriors v Sharks

Round 18 -

Full Time
Warriors

Home Team

Warriors

Scored 19 points
Sharks

Away Team

Sharks

Scored 18 points

Venue: Westpac Stadium

Match broadcasters:

  • Foxtel
  • LIVE PASS
  • KAYO

Panthers v Dragons, Friday 7.55pm at Panthers Stadium

Brett Kimmorley says: The Dragons are leaking a lot of points of late. Origin can expose any weakness you have in your roster and I think that is what we are seeing with them. As for the Panthers, Ivan Cleary has the team he wants and I expect them to keep going with the roll they are on. Panthers by 8

Match: Panthers v Dragons

Round 18 -

Full Time
Panthers

Home Team

Panthers

Scored 40 points
Dragons

Away Team

Dragons

Scored 18 points

Venue: Panthers Stadium

Match broadcasters:

  • Nine Network
  • Foxtel
  • LIVE PASS

Roosters v Knights, Saturday 3pm at SCG

Brett Kimmorley says: It was a shock loss for the Roosters last week but coach Trent Robinson will get them back on track. I expect them to respond with an enormous performance. The high-energy performances the Knights had been turning in are starting to slip a bit. No Mitch Barnett and no Lachlan Fitzgibbon really hurts. Roosters by 10

Match: Roosters v Knights

Round 18 -

Full Time
Roosters

Home Team

Roosters

Scored 48 points
Knights

Away Team

Knights

Scored 10 points

Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground

Match broadcasters:

  • Foxtel
  • LIVE PASS
  • KAYO

Raiders v Tigers, Saturday 5.30pm at GIO Stadium

Brett Kimmorley says: Wests Tigers are playing tough but their attack is very dependent on what Marshall can come up with. The Raiders looked a lot better on Sunday night, they were amazing against the Dragons. With that performance, they showed they're one of the teams that can win the competition. Raiders by 12

Match: Raiders v Wests Tigers

Round 18 -

Full Time
Raiders

Home Team

Raiders

Scored 20 points
Wests Tigers

Away Team

Wests Tigers

Scored 12 points

Venue: GIO Stadium

Match broadcasters:

  • Foxtel
  • LIVE PASS
  • KAYO

Cowboys v Rabbitohs, Saturday 7.35pm at 1300Smiles Stadium

Brett Kimmorley says: An interesting one here. The Rabbitohs got back to a high completion rate and well-structured football for about 40 minutes of the game on Saturday. With there still being no Sam Burgess they will rely a lot on Reynolds, Walker and Cook. The Cowboys are staying in the finals race. Gavin Cooper's 300th provided a massive lift last week, but can they repeat that effort without a major milestone to lift them? Souths by 4

Match: Cowboys v Rabbitohs

Round 18 -

Full Time
Cowboys

Home Team

Cowboys

Scored 18 points
Rabbitohs

Away Team

Rabbitohs

Scored 30 points

Venue: 1300SMILES Stadium

Match broadcasters:

  • Foxtel
  • LIVE PASS
  • KAYO

Titans v Storm, Sunday 2pm at Cbus Super Stadium

Brett Kimmorley says: After everything they've been through I expect the Titans to have a tough outing against the Storm, a team that gives you nothing. I've been a bit critical of Brodie Croft but last week was probably his best game this year. Cameron Smith runs the game for Melbourne so hopefully Croft can become a very good running half-back. Storm by 14

Match: Titans v Storm

Round 18 -

Full Time
Titans

Home Team

Titans

Scored 18 points
Storm

Away Team

Storm

Scored 38 points

Venue: Cbus Super Stadium

Match broadcasters:

  • Foxtel
  • LIVE PASS
  • KAYO

Sea Eagles v Eels, Sunday 4.05pm at Lottoland

Brett Kimmorley says: Both teams are in form. Manly were still good last weekend despite losing to South Sydney. Who wins halfback battle between DCE and Mitchell Moses? It will also be interesting with Clint Gutherson going back to Brookvale where he cut his teeth. Manly did enough to beat Souths, if they can learn from that they can beat Parra. I think this will be the game of the round. Manly by 4

Match: Sea Eagles v Eels

Round 18 -

Full Time
Sea Eagles

Home Team

Sea Eagles

Scored 36 points
Eels

Away Team

Eels

Scored 24 points

Venue: Lottoland

Match broadcasters:

  • Nine Network
  • Foxtel
  • LIVE PASS