Match Details: Thursday, December 26, 7:30 pm, Melbourne Arena
The No.3 and No.4 teams of NBL 2019-20 season will clash to begin Round 13. Melbourne United are placed at the 3rd position on the points table right now with 10 wins and 7 losses. Cairns Taipans, meanwhile, have now become the No.4 team of the season with 8 wins and 9 losses.
Melbourne United and Cairns Taipans have clashed twice earlier this season and on both the occasions, the Taipans were victorious. However, both of those were home games for the Taipans. United will now host the Taipans on Boxing Day and we are in for a close and entertaining contest.
Melbourne United played just one game in Round 12 where they registered a thumping 87:74 win against 2nd placed Perth Wildcats on the road. It was a terrific win and was made possible because Melbourne played as a unit and never allowed Perth to take the home advantage. Melo Trimble and Shawn Long scored 23 points each and established their presence as the top two stars of United this season once again.
Both Trimble and Long, along with Chris Goulding and Mitch McCarron are expected to fire on all cylinders in the game against Cairns Taipans. Melbourne have now won two games in a row and playing at home they would be confident of extending that victory spree.
After suffering two back-to-back losses, Cairns made a great return back to form with a terrific 94:86 win against Adelaide at home in Round 12. Captain DJ Newbill led from the front in that game with 26 points and Cameron Oliver was next with 21. Both these players have been the two most consistent ones for the Taipans and the team would be happy that they have maintained their form.
Scott Machado, Mirko Djeric, Majok Deng and Kouat Noi provide further depth to the squad and have been playing well.
Melbourne United vs Cairns Taipans Betting Tips
In the last 6 games between Melbourne United and Cairns Taipans, both the teams have won 3 matches each. This indicates that both the teams are equally matched and have not one of them has been able to hold the advantage over the other for long. Cairns will take confidence from the fact that they have now beaten United in 3 games in a row.
That being said, United are playing at home which will certainly give them an advantage. They have looked really polished with all bases covered in their last two back-to-back victories and will be coming hard at the Taipans.
Thus, back the Melbourne United to be the winners of this game.