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Dan Hunter 06 May 2021
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Melbourne United @ SE Melbourne Phoenix Tips 


Current league leaders Melbourne United take on their city rivals SE Melbourne Phoenix in an NBL regular season game on Saturday, May 8. United are currently top of the NBL Season Ladder, with SE Melbourne fourth. This will be the fourth time these two teams have played each other in a "Melbourne derby" this season, with United ahead 2-1. In their most recent meeting in March, Melbourne United won 80-60.

Melbourne United were the 2019 NBL Champions, and are the slight bookies favorites to win their second title in three seasons, just ahead of 2020 winners the Perth Wildcats. In truth, apart from a four-match blip, United have been rock-solid this season and thoroughly deserve to be top of the table. That said, second-placed Perth have just beaten them, and have cut United’s lead to just one victory.

The SE Melbourne Phoenix finished eighth in last year’s Season Ladder in what was their maiden season in the NBL. Before losing five of their last seven matches, SE Melbourne where third in the table and dark horses to pull off what would have been a sensational championship win. While still the bookies’ third favorites behind Melbourne United and the Perth Wildcats, their loss of form hardly guarantees them a place in the playoffs, let alone potential NBL championship winners. 


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I’m backing Melbourne United to add to SE Melbourne’s plight by handing them another defeat on Saturday.

  • United top of NBL Season Ladder
  • United 21-6 this season 
  • Phoenix 4th in NBL Season Ladder
  • Phoenix 14-13 this season 

Head to Head


Melbourne United and the SE Melbourne Phoenix have played each other just six times, as SE Melbourne are a new team that only joined the NBL in time for the 2019-20 season. United lead their head-to-head 5-1. In their most recent fixture in March 2021, Melbourne United were winners by 80-60.

Melbourne United Form


As has been the case for most of the season, Melbourne United are currently top of the NBL Season Ladder, with a 21-6 record.  Their nearest rivals and recent conquerors the Perth Wildcats still trail them by a single defeat and one less victory, and look determined to end the regular season on top of the table. The fact is United and the Wildcats are building up a nice rivalry, having won the last two NBL championships between them, which can only be good for Aussie basketball.

On Wednesday, May 5, Melbourne were beaten by Perth 82-69, their first defeat after winning 11 straight matches. United still have nine matches left to play of the regular-season, including two more against Perth as well as two against city rivals SE Melbourne Phoenix, the first of which takes place on Saturday. While they would clearly like to finish top of the Season Ladder going into the playoffs, Melbourne and their fans are well aware of what a difficult run-in they have.

SE Melbourne Form 


Every NBL fan knows the story by now; after finishing second from bottom last year in their first ever NBL season, the SE Melbourne Phoenix have been nothing short of sensational in 2021. Currently fourth in the table, SE Melbourne were briefly in third, and could have been even higher had they started this season stronger, and not lost their way of late. 

With just two wins in their last seven matches, the Phoenix desperately need to start winning matches regularly or they are going to slip out of the playoff places. They have won only once in their last five matches, and that was over the ninth placed Cairns Taipans. Recently SE Melbourne were beaten by the Brisbane Bullets 94-82, a team they had defeated convincingly in February. 

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When is the Melbourne United vs SE Melbourne Phoenix match taking place?

Melbourne United vs SE Melbourne Phoenix takes place at 6:30 PM (AEDT) on Saturday, May 8

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Verdict

Maybe it was a case of too much too soon for SE Melbourne Phoenix in what is after all only their second season of existence. One thing is for sure, ever since they reached the dizzy heights of third in the NBL Season Ladder, they have gone into freefall, losing five of their seven matches since.

Unfortunately, city rivals Melbourne United are about to make things even worse for their little brother; I’m backing United to defeat the Phoenix on Saturday by a margin of at least 10 points, in a matchup that will feature more than 175 points.
Best Bet: Melbourne United Winner @-208.33 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Melbourne United 11-15 Winning Margin @600.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Over 173.5 Total Points @-109.89 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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