Match Info: SUNDAY, JANUARY, 26, QUDOS BANK ARENA, 6:00 UTC
There have been three matches played between Sydney Kings and Melbourne United in the NBL 2019-20 season so far. Sydney has managed two victories in them while Melbourne has won one. Sydney has been the No.1 team of the season for a reason and they would be confident of repeating their winning performance when they host Melbourne United again on January 26.
Melbourne United, after showing glimpses of a spark, have declined and are currently placed at the 5th spot in the table with 11 wins and 11 losses. The last time Sydney hosted Melbourne, was in December 2019, they had secured a 111:101 win. Will things change this time? The one thing we know is that Sydney Kings-Melbourne United rivalry has provided cracking entertainment this season and we should be in for another fascinating contest.
Sydney has been in terrific form throughout the season and barring a few hiccups here and there, have maintained a steady rhythm. They have won 3 of their last 5 games and in their last match in Round 16 they had defeated South East Melbourne 98:81 at home.
Casper Ware, Brad Newley and Jae’sean Tate have been the regular stars for Sydney all through the season and are expected to be doing the bulk of the scoring in this game. 20-year-old Didi Louzada has also shown glimpses of great promise and may be a surprise package.
Melbourne United would be quite deflated at present. They have lost 4 of their last 5 games. In their last match, they received a proper drubbing by the New Zealand Breakers, losing 68:90 on the road. This sharp decline has been a result of an inability to score regularly and being dependent on individual stars to do all the work.
Shawn Long has been the lone warrior for Melbourne and has doing the work for the team almost single-handedly. Even in their loss against the Breakers, it was Long who scored 18 of the 68 points the team scored. Captain Chris Goulding too has done well along with Melo Trimble. However, the likes of David Barlow, Stanton Kidd and Shea Ili would have to step up and take the lead if they harbor any hopes of taking down a side like Sydney.
Sydney Kings vs Melbourne Utd: NBL Betting Tips
In the 3 games played between Sydney Kings and Melbourne United in the NBL 2019-20 season, 100-plus points have been scored on 5 occasions. We can thus expect another high-scoring match with the total points scored in the game ranging between 190-210.
Sydney will have the home court advantage in this game. Add to it their overall strength and the declining form of Melbourne this season, and Sydney becomes the favorite for this match. Thus, back Sydney Kings as the winners of this contest.