Match details: Friday, December 13th, 2019 8:30 UTC time at Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Adelaide 36ers vs Melbourne Phoenix Match Preview
Both Adelaide 36ers and South East Melbourne Phoenix have had similar fortunes in the 2019-20 season of the NBL. Adelaide is currently 6th on the standings with 6 wins and 7 losses. South East Melbourne, meanwhile, are 5th on the table with 6 wins and 6 losses. Both the teams have clashed twice against each other in this season, with both winning one game each. Thus, not much separates these two sides.
It will hence be a fascinating contest when Adelaide 36ers hosts South East Melbourne Phoenix on December 13 for the all-important Round 11 clash.
Adelaide 36ers have had mixed fortunes in their last 5 games. They have won 3 and lost 2 matches, including the last one on the road against Melbourne United by 112:90. However, they also registered fantastic victories against a top team like Perth on the road and against New Zealand Breakers at home. They also beat South East Melbourne Phoenix 103:91 on the road last month and would be quietly confident of their chances.
Adelaide 36ers has a bunch of players who have done well for them this season, led by the ever-impressive Jerome Randle (18.69 PPG). Daniel Johnson, Eric Griffin and Anthony Drmic are the other players who have made their impact this season and are expected to do well in this game.
South East Melbourne Phoenix, meanwhile, have slipped a little in the last few weeks. They have lost 4 of their last 5 games and are coming off a crushing 98:108 loss to Perth at home. They did win against Brisbane Bullets on the road but have become way too inconsistent. And 3 back-to-back-losses at home would have certainly dented their confidence.
Fortunately, they have a star player like Mitchell Creek who has consistently done well for them through the season. Even in their loss against Perth, Creek’s 31-point performance stole the show. It goes without saying that Creek has been their standout star this season. Apart from him, John Roberson, Ben Madgen and Tai Wesley should do the bulk of the scoring in this match.
Adelaide 36ers vs SE Melbourne Phoenix NBL Match Prediction
This is a difficult game to call as both Adelaide 36ers and South East Melbourne Phoenix are almost equally matched. Furthermore, both the teams are coming off losses in their last games. Even their Points Per Game is almost identical: 97.54 for Adelaide to 97.58 for South East Melbourne.
We can thus expect a very close contest and it will be difficult for anyone to make a prediction on this game.
That being said, Adelaide has had better form than South East Melbourne who seem to have slipped a bit in recent times and have become inconsistent. Adelaide’s commanding on the road victories over Perth and South East Melbourne Phoenix in their last few games does give them an edge in this encounter.
Hence, we back Adelaide 36ers as the winners of this contest.