MELBOURNE are coming off arguably their worst performance of the season, but you can be sure they’ll be ready to respond in this one.
Coach Dean Vickerman returns to the arena he spent assisting Andrew Gaze in hope that his side can rediscover their offensive rhythm.
Kings fans have spent the past 48 hours basking in the news that last season’s MVP Jerome Randle is headed back to the NBL to play in the Purple & Gold – although his debut will have to wait a little longer.
Fellow new recruit Jeremy Tyler however has been cleared to make his first appearance for the team and they could certainly do with any extra help they can for Perry Ellis.
Ellis has remained the Kings one shining light so far this season, but while they will be buoyed by Tyler’s presence they will be without Travis Leslie as a result.
While a new roster is needed to inject some life into the Kings on both ends of the court it will be interesting to see how their chemistry fares in the early exchanges.
United will know what they need to do after a humiliating performance in Cairs on Thursday night.
The team were simply outworked across the floor with the team giving up far too many second-chance points and the defence not doing enough to stop the Taipans from penetrating inside.
While the Kings move the ball as well as anyone in the league (they currently rank second in assists per game) they do have a tough time finding a route to the basket and we don’t see that changing against a team who will be focused on preventing any easy lanes to the bucket.
United are a different team entirely on their home court and we absolutely fancy them to cover here, especially with the line shifting in our favour. Our projections have Melbourne at comfortable double-digit favourite so get the 9.5 on offer while you can.
Tip: Melbourne United -8.5 @ $1.90 (Sportsbet)