Mon, Mar 19, 9:40am by Head Editor
Much of the talk in the lead-up to NBL’s Grand Final series surrounded the depth of the respective benches and Adelaide’s advantage in that area was on full display in their series-levelling win on Sunday.
Majok Deng, who came off the bench, led the scoring for the 36ers, finishing with 18 points and six rebounds. He was supported by Mitch Creek and fellow second stringer Ramone Moore also had 17 as the home team levelled the series at 1-1 with a 110-95 home win.
The dominant victory came on the back of a complete performance by the hosts, who had seven players in double figures by the end of the match, compared with Melbourne’s four.
Former Championship winning Perth Wildcat Casey Prather did his best for United, scoring 20 points but despite fellow shooting-guard Chris Goulding’s (19 points) efforts, too many of Melbourne’s stars failed to deliver.
That wasn’t the case on Friday night in the Victorian capital, when the Minor Premiers won the opening game of the series by a score of 107-96 in front of their adoring fans at Hisense Arena.
That venue also plays host to the next game in the five-game Championship deciding series, on Friday night, when United are a $1.44 favourite to take a 2-1 lead ahead of the 36ers, who are out at $2.62.
With the series back level, the odds have returned to almost what they were before tip-off in Game 1, when the Victorian club were $1.57 to secure their fifth NBL Championship, ahead of the South Australian’s, who were $2.42.
Those odds have now moved to $1.50 and $2.60 respectively, as punters struggle to get a grip on who will take out this mouth-watering series.
Melbourne’s NBA import Casper Ware played through a hip injury in Game 1, finishing with 20 points, but he did look hampered by it on Sunday, which will have United’s coaching staff sweating.
The only injury concern for Adelaide came in the fourth quarter when forward Josh Childress landed awkwardly on his shoulder, which ended his night and he was seen in a sling after the match, which raising concerns about his availability for Friday’s blockbuster in Melbourne.
NBL Grand Final Series Odds – Sportsbet
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