This will be the battle between the 5th and 6th placed teams of the NBL. Both Melbourne United and Adelaide 36ers have had similar fortunes in the NBL 2019-20 season. Till the beginning of Round 6, Melbourne United has registered 4 wins and have lost 4 games as well. Meanwhile, Adelaide 36ers have lost 3 matches this season while also winning 3.
Both the teams have shown traces of promise but have been inconsistent. Hence, when Melbourne hosts Adelaide for their Round 6 game on November 10 at the Melbourne Arena, the stakes will be really high for both the teams. The two teams will be clashing for the first time this season and it will be interesting to see how this rivalry pans out where Melbourne has always had an edge.
Melbourne will be more confident of the two teams. Firstly, they have the home advantage. Secondly, they have begun Round 6 with a good 104:101 win against New Zealand Breakers.
Melbourne is averaging 98 per game this season and would like to increase that number in the game against the 36ers. Shawn Long has been their standout performer this season with a Points Per Game of 22.63. Chris Goulding, Melo Trimble and Mitch McCarron are the other players to watch out for in the upcoming game. Melbourne will also hope that Melo Trimble and David Barlow, who scored 16 and 12 points respectively in the team’s last game against the Breakers, can continue their form.
Meanwhile, Adelaide 36ers would be well rested from the break after Round 5. However, the 36ers are coming off a two-point loss against the Sydney Kings in Round 5. They have now lost a couple of matches in a row and would be hoping to end their two-game losing streak when they clash with Melbourne.
They key player for Adelaide will again be forward Daniel Johnson who has a PPG of 19.83 this season. Then there are guards Jerome Randle and Ramone Moore who put up a good performance in the team’s last match against Sydney Kings. They will have a crucial role in this game. Power forward Eric Griffin (PPG 11.83) may prove to be vital as well.
Adelaide 36ers are averaging 95 per game this season – that’s 3 points less than Melbourne. This little stat might actually prove to be detrimental in this clash.
Match Betting Tips – Melbourne United vs Adelaide 36ers
Melbourne has won four of its last five games over Adelaide. However, three of them have been close contests and were decided by as less as only three points.
Melbourne has also been ahead against the 36ers in NBL history – they have 27 wins as compared to 18 by Adelaide.
The home advantage, recent form, and players looking in good rhythm makes Melbourne favorites for this clash against Adelaide. We can expect another close encounter when the two teams clash on this big Sunday match-up. However, it would be prudent to back Melbourne as they are likely winners of this contest.