Fri, Feb 23, 1:28am by Staff Writer
The 2017/18 NBL regular season has now concluded and our four finalists have now been determined.
After 28 games of action for each of the ten franchises played over 20 rounds commencing back on October 5, we now reach the business end to determine who takes home the title of NBL champions.
The Melbourne United sure look the team to beat and after finishing the season with an imposing 20-8 win-loss record, they will have the luxury of having the deciders of the semi-finals and finals being at their Hisense Arena home court, rather than having to travel interstate or overseas in such crunch matches.
They are rated an overwhelming $2.00 favourite to win their first NBL championship.
The Adelaide 36ers finished the regular season a clear second place on the table and will have home court advantage in their upcoming semi-finals series. Their record of 18-10 was finalised in their dominant 105-82 win over the Brisbane Bullets last Saturday.
They are a clear second favourite for the title at $3.60.
The Perth Wildcats’ comprehensive victory over the Cairns Taipans on Sunday evening saw it lock in the third spot on the NBL table and provides the reigning back-to-back champions the opportunity to achieve the elusive three-peat, which would be a phenomenal achievement. By finishing third, they avoid semi-finals series with Melbourne United whom they lost to 85-97 last Friday night at Hisense Arena. Their semi-final opponent will now be the second placed Adelaide 36ers.
They are rated a $5.00 chance for the championship.
The New Zealand Breakers lost both their fixtures on the weekend, firstly to Illawarra on Thursday night 82-84 and then on Sunday 86-101 to the Sydney Kings to finish up with a 15-13 win-loss record and fourth position in the standings. Victories in both games would have seen the Breakers elevate themselves to third spot.
You can get the Breakers at $7.00 for taking the trophy back to New Zealand.
The NBL semi-finals kick off next Saturday night with a double header in store. First, the Breakers will meet United at Hisense Arena in the first of their best of three game series at 5:30PM AEDT immediately followed by the 36ers hosting the Wildcats at Titanium Security Arena to commence their series at 7:30PM.
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