Melbourne United vs South East Melbourne Phoenix Prediction, Tips & Odds – Sep. 28, 2023
Melbourne United vs South East Melbourne Phoenix Prediction 28.09.2023. The Australian NBL is finally back. Immediately we have treat on our hands as the season curtain-raiser will be played between two fierce intra-city rivals, Melbourne United and South East Melbourne Phoenix, with United being desperate to gift a win to more than 10 000 fans at the John Cain Arena this Thursday.
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Melbourne United vs South East Melbourne Phoenix Odds
Melbourne United Team News
Following a disappointing last season, one of the main heavyweights in the league decided to go all out in the preseason market and have put together a redeem team that is set to take the league by storm.
One of the biggest headlines in Melbourne´s camp was the comeback of Matthew Dellavedova who was joined by one of the most promising NBL talents and potential NBA player Luke Travers, who crossed over from the Perth Wildcats. In addition, United have also added experienced center Rob Loe with premiere shooter Chris Goulding remaining with the team.
Overall, the squad had an excellent preseason Blitz tournament and is one of the favourites to win the title this season.
Game week. pic.twitter.com/8EFGPKXXwn— Melbourne United (@MelbUnited) September 25, 2023
South East Melbourne Phoenix Team News
South East Melbourne Phoenix are not entering the new season with the same hype and excitement as last year. The coaching duties were taken over by Mike Kelly who is working with a new-look team lead by a familiar face in Mitch Creek.
The old backbone of the team is gone, but the Phoenix managed to sign some promising new imports like Will Cummings and Tyler Cook and also managed to keep hold of last season´s imports Gary Browne and Alan Williams.
However, their team will be shorthanded in the season opener as Browne and Williams won´t be ready, which gives a solid opportunity to United to kick off the season with a bang in front of their fans.
🚨 INJURY NEWS🚨— South East Melbourne Phoenix (@SEMelbPhoenix) September 27, 2023
Star guard set to miss season opener.
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Injuries and suspensions
Melbourne United: Ian Clark, Jo Lual-Acuil
SE Melbourne Phoenix: Alan Williams, Gary Browne
Melbourne United vs South East Melbourne Phoenix Prediction
Even though Melbourne United are incomplete for this big season opener against their main rivals, the South East Melbourne Phoenix have bigger worries as they will have to enter the game without their import duo Gary Browne and Alan Williams. This should give clear edge to the hosts, who should start off the season with a victory in a packed John Cain Arena.
Kick-off Time: Thursday, 28.09.2023. 07:30 PM Local Time GMT+10/11:30 CET
Prediction: Melbourne United (-3.5)
Odds(when tipped): 1.87