This has the ingredients to be the best match of Round 7 in the NBL 2019-20 as the No.2 and No.4 teams lock heads. South East Melbourne Phoenix and Melbourne United have clashed twice already in the season with both teams winning a game each in close contests. Hence, when Melbourne hosts S.E. Phoenix on November 16, we are set to have a cracker of a game.
Melbourne United is on a roll at present and have won 4 back-to-back games. They now have 5 wins and 4 losses in the season and are standing 4th in the points table. Melbourne registered a comprehensive 109:90 win against Adelaide in the last match and would be really surging in confidence.
Melo Trimble has been an absolute superstar for Melbourne United and has been one of the key players for the team’s string of victories. The American point guard scored a season high of 32 points in the team’s last game against Adelaide 36ers and would look to continue that form in this game. Center Shawn Long (21.89 PPG) along with guard Chris Goulding (21 PPG) are the other two players who can have a big impact on this game.
South East Melbourne too are coming off a win in their last game – they beat New Zealand Breakers 103:78 in a clinical performance.
Forward Mitchell Creek (21 PPG) has been the lead star for the team in the 2019-20 season and will have the responsibility of doing the bulk of the scoring. Point Guard John Roberson (20.14 PPG) has been the other consistent performer for South East Melbourne and was very good in the last game against the NZ Breakers. Forward Dane Pineau is also looking in good rhythm and might play a key role. Ben Madgen’s performance as a guard will be crucial as well.
Match Prediction – Melbourne United vs S.E. Melbourne Phoenix:
South East Melbourne Phoenix and Melbourne United don’t have a long rivalry as some of the other noted ones in NBL. The two teams have just played twice – both of the games happened on the 2019-20 season.
It will be interesting to see how things turn out when Melbourne hosts South East Melbourne Phoenix on November 16.
Phoenix have had a better season thus far but have been inconsistent in the last few games. Melbourne United will hence be having an edge in this game. They are the home team and are on a victory-spree at the moment. Their players look in great rhythm and it will be difficult to stop them. Furthermore, Melbourne’s Points Per Game this season is 99.22 as compared to Phoenix’s 98.71.
We are thus backing Melbourne United to be the winners of this contest.
The total points scored in this match should be in the range 200-210.