Fifth plays sixth on Saturday in an afternoon blockbuster between two sides hoping to turn things around. We take a look at Friday’s (13/12/2019) NBL 2019 match which is between the Adelaide 36ers and South East Melbourne Phoenix.
When: Saturday December 14, 5:30PM AEDT
Where: Melbourne Arena
Bet: Bet On This Match HERE
South East Melbourne’s 10-point loss to Perth last week marked the Phoenix’s fourth defeat in their last five games. As a result, our bookmakers are favouring the 36ers by -3.5 with home-court advantage – but if you’ve caught a glimpse of Adelaide recently, you’ll know wins are far from a guarantee.
The 36ers also lost last week in blowout fashion to Melbourne United on the road. Adelaide leads the league in field-goal percentage, but their lack of offensive rebounds continues to cause problems.
These two teams have met twice already this year earning one win apiece. Both games have been decided by double-digits, which isn’t surprising considering both teams rank inside the top three in points-per-game.
South East Melbourne’s recent run is hardly convincing, but their 3-1 record as the away underdog at the line certainly is. Adelaide is yet to hold an opponent to under 90-points at home this year, so take the Phoenix to keep this close.
Tip: Adelaide 36ers at $1.50
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change