The SEM Phoenix will look to continue their unbeaten start to the season when they host the Adelaide 36ers on Sunday.
In their first-ever season in the NBL, the Phoenix have started with a bang. They have won their first three games and are second in the table. They faced Melbourne United in their first game and recorded a 91-88 win. Mitch Creek was the star man then, and he had 28 points and 11 rebounds. The next game was against the Brisbane Bullets, and the Phoenix won 113-93. Creek was the driving force yet again, and he had 25 points, 7 assists, and 7 rebounds. John Roberson top-scored for the Phoenix with 30 points.
Phoenix played the Hawks in their last game and claimed a 106-102 win. Creek and Roberson were the main reason for the win yet again. After playing with the Adelaide 36ers for eight seasons, Creek signed with the Phoneix this summer. Roberson is playing in the NBL for the first time, and the point guard is looking like a great signing already.
Both of them are averaging 25.3 points per game, which is the best in the league right now. Roberson’s 6.3 assists per game are second in the division. Phoenix’s 103.3 points per game is a great rate right now, and they have one of the best offences in the league. A playoff spot will be a great success in the first season for coach Simon Mitchell, and it is looking likely at this juncture.
After starting the season with a loss, Adelaide have picked themselves up quite well. Two wins on the bounce have seen them rise in the table. Adelaide’s first game ended in a very demoralising loss. The Sydney Kings handed them a 102-80 loss. Daniel Johnson top-scored for the 36ers in that game with 26 points. In the next match, Adelaide faced the Bullets and recorded a 104-98 win. It was a great team performance, and six players scored more than 10 points in the game.
Another win by a margin of six points followed as they beat the Illawarra Hawks 98-92. Daniel Johnson has 21 points, and 11 rebounds in the game, but his teammates contributed as well. Five players scored 14 or more points in the game. Coach Joey Wright has excellent depth at his disposal, and it is being reflected in the games.
After failing to qualify for the playoffs last season the onus is on Adelaide to cross the barrier this time. Wright is entering his seventh year at the franchise, and his best finish was in 2018 when they lost to Melbourne in a close final series.
South East Melbourne Phoenix vs Adelaide 36ers Betting Tips
The Phoenix will be the favourites to keep their winning run going and beat the Adelaide 36ers. Both sides’ offence has looked great, and we should see Over 226.5 points in the game. But Phoenix have enough to get the win, and they should beat the 36ers by a close margin.