Melbourne United vs Sydney Kings: NBL Prediction and Preview
Match details: Saturday, December 14, 5:30PM, Melbourne Arena
Melbourne United vs Sydney Kings Match Preview
After appearing almost unbeatable for half of the season, the Sydney Kings have suddenly slipped. They lost two games in a row in the last round – to Perth on the road and to Cairns at home. Sydney is still the No. 1 placed team of the season with 11 wins and 3 losses but those back-to-back losses would have certainly hurt them. Whether it makes them more aggressive and determined or whether it dents their confidence we will see in Round 11.
Sydney Kings begin round 11 by facing the strong Melbourne United on the road. The two teams have clashed twice this season: United made Kings taste their first defeat of the season by defeating them 107-104 in Round 5 at home but were then beaten by Sydney on the road 101:111 two weeks back.
This should hence be a fascinating contest.
Sydney Kings are still at the pole position in the points table and for a reason. They have the best team in the tournament. Casper Ware (20.79 PPG) has been their most consistent superstar and is 5th in the Top 5 League Leaders of the season list.
Then they also have Jae’Sean Tate, Brad Newley and Didi Louzada. These 4 provide Sydney with enough depth and ability to put pressure on the opposition and they would be expected to do the bulk of the scoring in this game.
Meanwhile, Melbourne United put two back-to-back losses behind them to defeat Adelaide 112:90 in the last round at home. They have now won 7 of their last 9 games and are finding good rhythm and balance as a team.
Shawn Long was sensational in United’s 22-point drubbing of Adelaide and scored 34 points in the game. Melo Trimble has of course been one of the best performing players this season with a PPG of 22.14 and would like to leave his impact in this game too.
Chris Goulding (18.92 PPG) is another player to watch out for as he has been really consistent for the United. Mitch McCarron too can do something special this time.
Melbourne United vs Sydney Kings NBL Betting Tips
In NBL history, Melbourne United has a 26-13 advantage over the Sydney Kings. Another point worth mentioning is that Sydney is on a seven-game losing streak against United in Melbourne. The last time they beat the United on the road was way back in November 2016.
Furthermore, United have won 7 games in a row at home while Sydney has a 5-2 record on the road this season. Hence, you would have to give Melbourne United the edge in this game against the table-toppers Sydney.
Sydney is expected to come back hard after their miserable Round 10 performance and may well get past Melbourne as they are the best team of the season after all. However, Melbourne United’s home form and their record against Sydney in their own den might be the key yet again.
Hence, back the Melbourne United to be winners of this contest.