The following is a preview with betting tips for game 4 of the the grand-final series between the Perth Wildcats and Melbourne United in the 2018/19 NBL season.
Sunday, March 17
Melbourne United v Perth Wildcats
Perth, Perth, Perth. Here come the mighty Wildcats looking to add yet another Championship to their ever growing collection. They absolutely whipped Melbourne to the tune of 29 points in their utter thrashing of the reigning champs as it was all one way traffic. Perth scored 96 points in the process and kept United to only 67!
The Wildcats won every single quarter and convincingly at that bar the 2nd quarter. There they won 21-20. Q1 they won by 5 points, Q3 by 13 points and Q4 by 10 points. Those scores were 21-16, 28-15 and 26-16 respectively. One more win and it’s all over. Perth will have another trophy while Melbourne will be left wondering what could’ve been after they killed the Kings in their two-game series in the lead up to the Grand Final. They gotta come out in this match and give it their all.
For the victors, White lit them up for a huge 31 points as he went crazy from beyond the arc as he got seven three pointers. He also had three boards and seven dimes. Cotton had three from deep as he had a nice all round effort of 16 points, four rebounds, nine assists, three steals and one block. Brant also scored nine as he had five boards and a dime. Kay only had eight points while Jervis was their leading scorer of the bench with six.
For the losers Ware was noWare to be seen as he went 3/15 and a pathetic 1/9 from deep. He ended the game with only 10 points as he registered no boards or dimes or blocks or steals. In addition he also had two TO’s. Both Barlow and Kennedy also scored 13 points a piece for United. Barlow also had five rebounds and two assists as he made five FT’s. Kennedy hit his only shot from deep as he had nine boards, six dimes and a steal. Pledger had only three points of the bench and Moller two but worse was Goulding. Or Flopping. Whichever you like! He had just five points on a bad, bad 2/11 shooting.
This was one of Melbourne’s worst matches of the season without a doubt. They put up only 67 points in a game in which had they won they’d be leading 2-1. However, instead because of their poor play they are in fact the ones down 2-1 and a game away from relinquishing their Championship.
McCarron had only eight points and Boone six. Better offensive contributions are needed from these two players. 12 points or more each and their doing their job well offensively. They are as crucial as anyone to United’s Championship puzzle. In addition to them the absolutely horrendous shooting shown from Ware & Goulding needs to be fixed ASAP. Both players need to re-find their touch quickly as Ware shot 1/9 from beyond the arc and Goulding 1/6. Both are massive bucket-getters for Melbourne and can’t properly function within their respective roles if their not performing at a decent rate. If these four things happen then there’ll be a Game 5, without a doubt!
Good luck to both teams in what is a massive, massive game! For Perth win and the NBL season is over. If Melbourne win it stays alive for another game. And so to the two best teams in the League, it’s over to you!
Betting tip: Pick United to win their do or die game at $1.50 (PalmerBet)
Also pick the under/over to be over 166.50 at $1.90 (Sportsbet)