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Dan Hunter 01 Apr 2021
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Melbourne United vs Cairns Taipans Tips 

Melbourne United take on the Cairns Taipans in an NBL regular season game on Friday, April 2. This will be the third time these two teams have faced each other this season, with the score at 2-0 to Melbourne.  United are currently second in the NBL Season Ladder, while Cairns are bottom. 

Melbourne were the NBL Champions in 2019, and are attempting to win their second title in three seasons. They were top of the Season Ladder for the first three months of the season, but a run of four-straight defeats cost them that lead, with the Perth Wildcats now top of the table. 

Cairns were last year’s NBL Championship runners-up, but they grabbed only their fifth win of the season on Monday, defeating the Adelaide 36ers 79-65. That victory snapped a five match losing streak for the Taipans.

Based off both team’s current form, I’m backing Melbourne United to defeat the Cairns Taipans on Friday by at least ten points. 

  • United 2nd in NBL Season Ladder
  • United 13-5 this season 
  • Taipans 9th in NBL Season Ladder
  • Taipans 5-14 this season 

Head to Head

Melbourne United and the Cairns Taipans have played each other 46 times, with Melbourne leading their head-to-head 27-19. In their six matches over the past two seasons, they are tied at 3-3. In their most recent meeting in February of this year, United won 88-81. 

Melbourne United Form

Melbourne United are currently second in the NBL Season Ladder, with 13 wins and five defeats. After spending most of the season in pole position, United surrendered top-spot to the Perth Wildcats two weeks ago following a sequence of four-straight defeats. Perth are themselves the reigning NBL champions, and are currently enjoying an eight-match winning streak. 

United have since won their last three matches, and last time out they defeated city rivals SE Melbourne Phoenix 80-60. As the Phoenix had beaten them two weeks earlier, it was a particularly satisfying victory.  

Cairns Taipans Form

Last season the Cairns Taipans finished second in the Season Ladder and came close to winning the NBL Championship when they were beaten 2-1 in the finals against the Perth Wildcats. Fast forward to now, and while Perth are top of the table, Cairns are rock bottom, with a 5-14 record. 

This loss of form is partly due to Cairns losing their Convention Center home ground for redevelopment, and having to play their home matches in an old warehouse that’s been adapted to hold 2,000 people. The Taipans ended a sequence of five defeats with a 79-65 victory over the Adelaide 36ers on Monday. 

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Melbourne United vs Cairns Taipanstakes place at 5:00 PM (AEDT) on Friday, April 2

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Melbourne United are once again looking like title threats after their 20-point win over upstart-neighbors the SE Melbourne Phoenix on Sunday. That was their third straight win, and keeps the pressure on league leaders Perth.
Unfortunately for the Cairns Taipans, their bad season is about to get worse, and I’m backing Melbourne to score a dominant win over Cairns by at least 10 points, in a match that will feature around 175 points.
Best Bet: Melbourne 7-9 Half-Time Winning Margin @650.00 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Melbourne 11-15 Winning Margin @500.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Over 172.5 Total Points @240.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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