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Dan Hunter 18 Mar 2021
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SE Melbourne Phoenix vs Adelaide 36ers Tips


The Adelaide 36ers will take on the South East Melbourne Phoenix on Saturday, March 20 in an NBL regular-season game. This will be the fourth time these two teams have played each other this season, with Adelaide leading 2-1. In their most recent meeting in late-February, the 36ers triumphed 99-94. Adelaide are currently seventh in the NBL Season Ladder, three places below SE Melbourne who are in fourth. 

SE Melbourne are already showing significant improvement on the team that made their NBL debut last season, and have already taken some major scalps including current table-toppers and city rivals Melbourne United. I’m backing SE Melbourne to defeat the Adelaide 36ers in a close, hard-fought game by a winning margin of less than 10 points in a match that will feature 180 points or over.


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  • SE Melbourne fourth in NBL Season Ladder
  • SE Melbourne 9-7 this season
  • Adelaide seventh in NBL Season Ladder
  • Adelaide are 7-10 the season

Head to Head


The Adelaide 36ers currently lead their head-to-head with the South East Melbourne Phoenix 5-2. The briefness of this rivalry is due to SE Melbourne being a new team that only played its first season in the NBL last year. These teams have already played each other three times this season, with Adelaide 2-1 up. In their most recent meeting in February of this year, the 36ers were victorious 99-94.

Adelaide 36ers Form


The Adelaide 36ers are currently seventh in the NBL Season Ladder, with 7 wins and 10 defeats. They are 1-4 in their last five games and currently on two-match losing streak. On a positive note, Adelaide are the team with the second highest total points scored in the league with 1,438, second only to SE Melbourne. Unfortunately Adelaide also have the highest total of points  conceded, with 1,543.

Adelaide made a great start to the season, winning four of their opening six matches. That was in January, but their  form began to fall apart in February, and since then they have gone 3-8, including losing their last two games, to the Brisbane Bullets 109-104 and to the Perth Wildcats 97-88 on March 14.

South East Melbourne Phoenix Form


The SE Melbourne Phoenix made their debut last season, finishing eighth in the nine-team league table. This season the Phoenix have been determined to improve on that performance. After a shaky start that saw them lose three of their opening five games, they have made great strides and are now a force to be reckoned with. 

SE Melbourne Phoenix are currently fourth in the NBL Season Ladder, with nine wins and seven defeats. They are 3-2 in their last five games, and currently enjoying a three-match winning streak that includes a 97-90 to victory over current league leaders Melbourne United. In their most recent game SE Melbourne defeated the New Zealand Breakers 103-89. 

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When is the Adelaide 36ers vs SE Melbourne Phoenix match taking place?

Adelaide 36ers vs SE Melbourne Phoenix takes place at 4:30 PM (AEDT) on Saturday, March 20

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Verdict

Last season SE Melbourne Phoenix finished eighth in the table, one place behind the Adelaide 36ers. Fast forward to now, and Adelaide are still in seventh place, while SE Melbourne are up to fourth and dreaming of the playoffs. What’s more, should the Phoenix defeat the 36ers and results go their way, they will be third in the table by the weekend.

I’m backing SE Melbourne Phoenix to defeat the Adelaide 36ers in a competitive game in which SE Melbourne will triumph by a ten-point margin or less. This game’s total points will be over 180.
Best Bet: SE Melbourne Winner @-161.29 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Over 179.5 Total Points @115.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Value Bet: SE Melbourne 18/5 Winning Margin @360.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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