Sydney Kings will take on Melbourne United in the NBL tournament on Sunday night at Sydney, hoping to bounce back in this game after their first semi-final game against Melbourne United on Thursday night. The crucial 22-point loss in their semi-final series opener against United meant the Kings are on the brink of elimination from the NBL championship race.
Melbourne United were in offensive mood from the start until the finish to take a 95-73 win and a 1-0 lead in the best of three semi-final series at Melbourne Arena. The confidence was fueled by a strong performance from the defending champions in the second quarter. The club allowed only 11 points while scoring 28 points special thanks to Chris Goulding who scored 11 of his 17 points in the decisive second quarter.
Meanwhile, Sydney Kings coach Andrew Gaze has confirmed he will quit the club after this year’s National Basketball League playoffs, but he’s still focused on the NBL finals. He urged the Kings to use the pain as motivation to be better in Game 2 in Sydney.
Sydney Kings vs Melbourne United NBL Prediction
Both teams have already met five times this season which ended in four wins for Melbourne United and one win for Kings. Melbourne United are more able than Kings to dribble, pass, and shoot the ball. The Kings have been the favorites through-out the season, but considering their past performances and scoring abilities, we predict Melbourne United will come out as a winner in the end.
Sydney Kings vs Melbourne United NBL Prediction: Melbourne United to win @ 1.86 at 888 Sports