The equation for Melbourne United is simple: win both of their final-round matches and they snatch fourth spot (barring a freak points differential occurrence). A loss in either of their games leaves 13-13 United need the Bullets and Breakers to both lose. We take a look at Thursday’s (13/2/2020) NBL 2020 Round 20 match which is between the Melbourne United and Cairns Taipans.
When: Thursday February 13, 7:30PM
Where: Melbourne Arena
Bet: Bet On This Match HERE
Melbourne’s form is their biggest obstacle. They have won only three of their last eight, with two of their victories coming against the lowly Hawks – including a 95-72 result last Saturday.
Cairns Taipans are locked in for the semis, but they could potentially edge the Wildcats out of second if other results go their way. The 16-10 Taipans are in great touch, winning their last four games. Last weekend they put the 36ers to the sword in Adelaide, winning 99-80.
The Taipans have won four straight against United, including all three encounters this season. They won 93-86 and 90-85 in Cairns during the first half of the season, before snatching a 77-75 victory in Melbourne on Boxing Day.
United are 8-5 at home, winning their last two. The Taipans are just 5-7 on the road but have won their last two. Cairns have also been strong against the line this season, going 15-11. Despite a desperate host team, the Taipans look a sharp underdog option.
Tip: Melbourne United at $1.46
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change