Both Brisbane Bullets and South East Melbourne Phoenix started off the 2019-20 NBL season on a roll but slipped as the rounds progressed. Currently, the Brisbane Bullets are 6th on the points table with 5 wins and 6 losses. South East Melbourne are marginally better – 4th in the standings with 5 wins and 5 losses.
Brisbane has lost 2 and won 1 of their last 3 matches and South East Melbourne have lost all of their last 3 games. The two sides had clashed earlier in the season where South East Melbourne registered a comfortable 113:93 win against the Bullets. Hence, when Brisbane hosts the Phoenix on November 30, we can expect a closely fought contest but Brisbane will certainly have an edge as it’s a home game.
Brisbane is coming off a loss against Melbourne United. But their narrow 106:104 win against Adelaide in the game before that will still be fresh in their minds. Forward Lamar Patterson (19.09 PPG) has been a superstar for Brisbane this season and a lot will depend on his performance in the game. Guard Nathan Sobey (16.73 PPG), along with Jason Cadee and Matthew Hodgson will be the other players who can have impact on this game.
The South East Melbourne Phoenix will be a worried lot, meanwhile. Three back-to-back losses will be hard to digest for a team that started so well and were looking to be table-toppers for long. The 86:90 loss against Sydney at home will really hurt them and they would be eager to get back on the right track.
Mitchell Creek (21.6 PPG) has been the team’s most consistent performer this season. He will be expected to continue his form. John Roberson (19.5 PPG) and Ben Madgen (10.4 PPG) will be the other players the Phoenix will depend on. Tai Wesley can be the surprise performer of this match.
Brisbane Bullets vs S.E. Melbourne Phoenix Betting Tips
The Brisbane Bullets have had a terrific record at their new home – Nissan Arena (the armory). They have a 3-1 record here till now and will be looking to extend it in the game against the South East Melbourne Phoenix. It goes without saying that the Bullets are a strong force at home. And despite the fact that Melbourne Phoenix smashed them in their last meet in Round 3 in Melbourne, Brisbane will still be confident of clinching a win in this game.
South East Melbourne Phoenix undoubtedly have a very good team. But they seem to have lost their rhythm as a unit. This, coupled with the fact that Brisbane finds its best at home, makes things dicey for them.
Expect a good fight from the Melbourne Phoenix but Brisbane should dominate this game and should take a lead by the half-time itself. It would hence be prudent to back the Brisbane Bullets for victory in this match.
The total points scored in the game should be in the range of 190-200.