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Dan Hunter 10 Mar 2021
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Cairns Taipans vs South East Melbourne Phoenix Tips


The South East Melbourne Phoenix take on the Cairns Taipans in an NBL regular season clash on Friday March 12. Phoenix are competing in only their second season in Australia’s National Basketball League, and are currently 7th in the NBL Season Ladder. 

The Cairns Taipans finished 3rd in the league last season, and earned themselves a playoff place. This season has thus far proved a struggle for Cairns who are rooted to the bottom of the NBL Season Ladder. However in this year’s extended season of 36 games, they still have time to improve on their position. 

Although Cairns defeated S.E. Melbourne twice last season, I’m backing Phoenix to beat the Taipans when they meet on Friday. Phoenix are hot-off a win over league-leaders Melbourne United, and are within touching distance of a playoff position. 

  • Phoenix 7th in Season Ladder 
  • Phoenix 6-7 this season
  • Taipans 9th in Season Ladder 
  • Taipans finished 3rd last season 

Head to Head


South East Melbourne Phoenix and the Cairns Taipans have played each other only twice, with Cairns winning both games. Both matches were during the 2019-20 season, with the Taipans defeating Phoenix 92-84 in December 2019, and then beating them again the following January 103-102.

The reason for such few games is that while the Cairns Taipans have been part of the NBL since 1999, the S.E Melbourne Phoenix only entered the league last season.

South East Melbourne Phoenix Form


S.E. Melbourne Phoenix are still finding their way in the NBL, and any improvements on last season’s finish of second from bottom will be a victory of sorts. The Phoenix came about when the NBL – looking to expand the league – sold a franchise to Romie Chaudhari, owner of English Championship side Swansea City.

The Phoenix are the latest of several Melbourne based teams that have graced the NBL, including the now defunct Melbourne Tigers (now Melbourne United), the North Melbourne Giants and the South East Melbourne Magic. Hopefully the Phoenix will have more staying power than those teams. 

Currently, S.E. Melbourne are seventh in the NBL Season Ladder, with six wins and seven defeats. As they have a similar win percentage to the 6th-placed Sydney Kings and the Adelaide 36ers in fifth spot, an impressive victory over Cairns Taipans could put them on the verge of a playoff spot.
In their most recent game, Phoenix pulled off their best win of the season thus far, defeating city rivals and league leaders Melbourne United 97-92

Cairns Taipans Form


The Cairns Taipans are currently bottom of the NBL Season Ladder after playing 15 games, of which they have won 4 and lost 11. Last season, Cairns finished third in the league and reached the playoffs, losing to the Perth Wildcats. While it’s highly unlikely that Cairns can repeat last season’s success, with 21 games of the regular season still to play they have time to radically improve their current position. 

Cairns began this season with an 87-86 one-point win over the Sydney Kings, and then lost their next six games on the bounce. They got their second win of the season in February, 84-69 over the New Zealand Breakers, and followed that up with a 101-95 victory over the Illawarra Hawks. 

Three more defeats followed before the Taipans got their fourth as last win, 96-92 against Sydney on March 4. Last week Cairns were beaten by Adelaide, and on Wednesday (March 10) they lost to the New Zealand Breakers 86-83. 

South East Melbourne Phoenix vs Cairns Taipans FAQ

When is the South East Melbourne Phoenix vs Cairns Taipans match taking place?

South East Melbourne Phoenix vs Cairns Taipans takes place at 7:30 PM (AEDT) on Friday, March 12.

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Verdict

Last season, the Taipans defeated the Phoenix twice en-route to third place in the league and the playoffs, while S.E. Melbourne finished bottom of the table. Fast forward a season, and it is Cairns who are struggling, and S.E. Melbourne on the verge of the playoffs.
 
The South East Melbourne Phoenix are a much improved team in their second season in the NBL, and have already taken some major scalps. I’m backing them to win convincingly against the Cairns Taipans on Friday, defeating them by a margin of at least ten points.

Best Bet: Phoenix Winner @-172.41 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Phoenix 11-15 Winning Margin @600.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Phoenix 16-20 Winning Margin @900.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Over 173.5 Total Points @-105.26 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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