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Dan Hunter 26 Mar 2021
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SE Melbourne Phoenix vs Melbourne United Tips


Melbourne United take on SE Melbourne Phoenix in an NBL regular season game on Saturday March 27. This will be the third time these two teams have faced each other this season, with the score at one win each. Melbourne United are currently second in the NBL Season Ladder, while SE Melbourne are third. 

United were NBL Champions in 2019, and are attempting to win their second title in three seasons. The Phoenix are taking part in only their second season in the NBL, and have already shown massive improvement on the team that finished eighth last year. In fact, based off each team’s recent form, I’m backing SE Melbourne to defeat their city rivals again on Saturday by a ten-points or less margin. 

  • United 2nd in NBL Season Ladder
  • United 12-5 this season 
  • Phoenix 3rd in NBL Season Ladder
  • Phoenix 10-7 this season 

South East Melbourne Phoenix
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Head to Head


Melbourne United and the SE Melbourne Phoenix have played each other just 5 times, as SE Melbourne are a new team that only joined the NBL last season.  United lead their head-to-head 4-1, but crucially, in their last game the Phoenix triumphed 97-92. 

SE Melbourne Phoenix Form


After a stuttering start, the SE Melbourne Phoenix are up to third in the NBL Season Ladder,  on a run of four-straight victories, and look as if they aren’t finished yet. All this hardly seemed possible when the Phoenix began the season alternating wins and losses for eight straight matches, a sequence that finally ended when they defeated the Brisbane Bullets in February. 

In early March, SE Melbourne lost to the Perth Wildcats – ten-time NBL champions and now top of the table – by a single point 93-92. That result showed everyone how far this young team had come in little more than one season. Their current four-match winning run includes a 97-92 victory over Melbourne United – SE Melbourne’s first ever win over their more famous city rivals. 

Melbourne United Form


Melbourne United are currently second in the NBL Season Ladder (league), with 12 wins and five defeats. Two weeks ago, United surrendered top-spot to the Perth Wildcats after losing four-straight games. Perth are the reigning NBL champions, and chasing an 11th title. 

United have now won their last two matches, defeating Illawarra Hawks 77-69, and most recently, they edged past the New Zealand Breakers 82-79 on Thursday. The win over New Zealand – the team ranked second from bottom of the table – was extremely close and could have gone either way, and shows that United are still vulnerable and lacking confidence. 

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

Melbourne United vs SE Melbourne Phoenixtakes place at 7:00 PM (AEDT) on Saturday March 27

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Verdict

Melbourne United may have won their last two games after losing four on the bounce, but last time out were made to work hard for victory over the 8th placed New Zealand Breakers. After losing to them four times, SE Melbourne scored their first ever victory over United on March 10.
 
Phoenix won’t have to wait so long for their second victory over United; I’m backing them to defeat their city rivals on Saturday, by less than ten points in a match that will feature around 180 pts total
Best Bet: SE Melbourne Winner @140.00 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: SE Melbourne 6-10 Winning Margin @525.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Over 172.5 Total Points @110.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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