5:30pm AEDT Saturday, November 2 – Melbourne Arena
South East Melbourne Phoenix: $2.07 with Sportsbet
Melbourne United: $1.80 with Bet365
This game is the rematch of the 2019/20 NBL season opener, but this time South East Melbourne will host Melbourne United.
Phoenix currently have the edge in their young rivalry with United, winning their first clash by three points.
Two Australian national stars in Chris Goulding and Mitchell Creek will face off again in what will be a scoring bonanza.
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The difference in the first clash was the output from the two benches. United only managed four points from the pine, but SEM piled on a whopping 26.
Looking at the NBL ladder, Phoenix enter the round in third place with four wins from five matches, whilst Melbourne United are down in eighth with only a single win from their five games.
The story of this match will be whether the United starters can score enough when they are on to compensate for their bench.
South East Melbourne Phoenix vs Melbourne United betting predictions
Total match points over 186.5 @ $1.90 with Sportsbet
South East Melbourne average around 90 points per game, but a low-point of 79 against the Wildcats drops that figure considerably. In fact, Phoenix have scored over 100 in three of their four games. Melbourne United have scored well enough in their games this season, but they have also conceded large totals. With more emphasise on offence, this will be a high-scoring clash.
Highest-scoring half – first half @ $1.71 with Bet365
When the starters are on the court and still fresh, you will see more made baskets. The first half of most matches is the higher scoring because of the slow decline in skill as the game progresses, and since the teams have not travelled interstate, they will be more fresh than usual.
SE Melbourne Phoenix to win by 1-10 points @ $2.95 with Sportsbet
The South East Melbourne roster defeated Melbourne United in the opening game of the season, and now they have the home court advantage and momentum from the first clash, they will win again. Melbourne United will not go down without a fight, which is why taking Phoenix by 1-10 is the best option.
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