Match Info: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16, MELBOURNE ARENA, 3PM
South East Melbourne Phoenix have only got themselves to blame for the situation they are in currently. They have slipped from bad to worse in the last few weeks and started Round 20 with an 83: 92 loss against New Zealand Breakers on the road. This means, they have now lost 7 games in a row. To suffer such a slide at the ending stages of the season killed all chances of the Phoenix to rise up the ladder and make their entry into the playoffs. They are now rooted to the 8th spot in the table and are unlikely to budge from there.
South East Melbourne Phoenix will now return home and will be hosting Melbourne United in their last game of the season on Sunday. This will be a challenge as Melbourne is still in contention for the semi-finals and will be fighting hard to secure their place.
SEM Phoenix Match Form
Not much has gone right for South East Melbourne Phoenix in the past few weeks. Even stars like Mitchell Creek, John Roberson and Ben Madgen haven’t been able to arrest their slide. Phoenix have lost some close games recently – they lost by 3 points against Sydney and by just 1 point against Cairns. So, luck hasn’t completely gone their way as victories against these two top sides would have certainly boosted their morale.
Now that they are out of the playoff race, the Phoenix will hope to sign off this season on a high and give their fans something to cheer about.
Melbourne United Match Form
Melbourne United have everything to play for in this game. They are in the 5th place in the standings and have to win big in this game if they hope to topple New Zealand Breakers from the 4th position and make their play-off spot.
Melbourne has had a nice last couple of weeks where they have won 3 matches out of 5. They have won 2 matches in a row and began Round 20 with a terrific 99:83 win over No.3 placed Cairns at home. This will keep them in good stead and they will come hard at Phoenix.
For Melbourne, Melo Trimble has been a superstar all season and has a Points Per Game of 19.41. Even in the last match against Cairns, Melo scored an impressive 19 points. Chris Goulding too is in terrific form and so is Shawn Long. Getting past these three players would be the ultimate challenge for the Phoenix.
S.E. Melbourne Phoenix vs Melbourne United NBL Betting Tips
South East Melbourne Phoenix and Melbourne United have clashed thrice this season – two of those games were won by Melbourne while one by Phoenix. The last time United played Phoenix on the road this season, they scored an emphatic 110:98 win.
Don’t expect things to change much when the two teams clash one final time this season. While Phoenix will have the home court advantage, it doesn’t count for much as they have been hapless at home recently. The game might go down to the wire, but back Melbourne United to score a win given the form and confidence they are in.