The table-topping Sydney Kings will try to regroup on their home court after fourth-placed Melbourne United turned the 2020 NBL playoffs on their head. Thursday’s (05/3/2020) NBL Game 3 Semi Finals 2020 match is between Sydney Kings and Melbourne United. We take a look at both teams odds and give our tips and value tips for the match.
When: Thursday March 5, 7:35PM
Where: QUDOS Bank Arena
Bet: Bet On This Match HERE
The Kings covered the 5.5-point line with an 86-80 victory in Friday’s Sydney-hosted opener, but they seemed headed for a shock defeat during the last quarter. Melo Trimble and Shawn Long combined for 57 points to put United on course for a boilover. But the Kings went on a 24-2 fourth-quarter run to snatch a vital lead in the semi-final rubber.
Being pushed to the wire at home was the least of the Kings’ troubles in game two, however, subjected to a 125-80 humiliation in Melbourne. United went on a staggering 38-0 run at one stage, with Long (26 pts, 11 reb) again dominating the box score. The Kings’ vaunted defence gave up 45 points in the third quarter. Ex-NBA star Andrew Bogut came in for some furious criticism after an anonymous display.
Melbourne United grabbed a 107-104 home win in the teams’ initial clash this season, but the Kings won the remaining three encounters by double-digit margins. The Kings averaged 107 points per game against United in the regular season.
United have lost their last four away from Melbourne. The Kings are a dominant 13-2 at home this season. Those stats are confronting, but the key is the Kings’ ability to put their Melbourne Arena capitulation out of their mind.
Sydney have been the NBL’s best team all season and should find a way – but it shapes as another tight one at Qudos Bank Arena.
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Tip: Melbourne United at $2.13
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change