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Mick
Last year

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Playoffs 2013 - The Battle for 3rd & 4th

NZ and Perth are locks for the top two, but how is the rest going to go down?

Will Sydney stay in third place?

I think the Hawks are definitely out.

Townsville has the softest run home out of any team in the league, but are facing a huge uphill battle out of the hole they dug themselves early. Dropping two seemingly unloseable games to Perth and NZ the last few rounds didn't help either.

Adelaide aren't mathematically out, but are in horrid form and with Clarke at the helm will struggle to stay off the bottom. I think it will just get worse from here as the coaching staff lose their players' trust and confidence.

Cairns are just a weird team without an identity but might bring it together. Not sure.

Melbourne are playing half-decent and have a leg up with the best record outside of the four.

So for my money it will be NZ, Perth, and Sydney, with either Townsville or Melbourne rounding out the four. Townsville are the better ball club but have more work to do.

Should the Crocs make the playoffs after their 0-10 start, it will be an NBL record for an in-season turnaround, I believe...

What's everyone's thoughts?

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Mystro
Last year
18:35 27 Jan 13

Reply #401133

re: Playoffs 2013 - The Battle for 3rd & 4th

I think you are on the money.


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Jack Toft
Last year
19:37 27 Jan 13

Reply #401164

re: Playoffs 2013 - The Battle for 3rd & 4th

Bang on with NZ & Perth - only guaranteed teams at this stage. Sydney should hang on and I reckon Melbourne will sneak into the 4 at Wollongong's expense. The Gong has a hard draw.


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natwhereyouat
Last year
20:09 27 Jan 13

Reply #401170

re: Playoffs 2013 - The Battle for 3rd & 4th

Might be another player down with Sav as well. Hard times!


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Quickie
Last year
22:41 27 Jan 13

Reply #401224

re: Playoffs 2013 - The Battle for 3rd & 4th

Tigers or Crocs for 4th


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Ingles13
Last year
02:57 28 Jan 13

Reply #401250

re: Playoffs 2013 - The Battle for 3rd & 4th

Good topic but I doubt it will matter. Perth and NZ are on course for a rematch unless Jackson gets injured. Kinda feels weird to be two thirds into the season already...


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Anonymous
Last year
07:04 28 Jan 13

Reply #401256

re: Playoffs 2013 - The Battle for 3rd & 4th

Yes, I think you are pretty much right Mick although I think there is a slim chance that the Kings could also miss out given their poor recent form.


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paul
Last year
07:20 28 Jan 13

Reply #401259

re: Playoffs 2013 - The Battle for 3rd & 4th

If Saville is out then I think the Hawks are gone, if he is ok I give them as much chance as anyone with Grant on board.

It could well come down to the two Melbourne v Townsville games in the last two weeks, which are both TV games.

The Crocs probably have to win both to claim the season series, but with only one of their last 10 against the top two they have a real chance. Theyll need to improve their road form though with six away from home.

It could literally come down to four or five teams playing for two spots on the last weekend. I hope so.


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Ash
Last year
15:58 29 Jan 13

Reply #401525

re: Playoffs 2013 - The Battle for 3rd & 4th

NZ and Perth are locks.

Sydney I'm not convinced on, don't forget that a lot of people wrote them off at the start of the year. They had a great start to the year but have dropped of a bit of late. They are also in the position of playing the most games in the league so far and therefore are very much looking behind to see who can catch up on their double game rounds.

Wollongong are gone, although they have a softish run home, games against Perth, Melbourne and then New Zealand in the next couple of weeks will go a long way to determining their fate. Unfortunately injuries will cost them as.

For 3rd and 4th i thinks it's going to be a battle between Sydney, Melbourne and Townsville.

Cairns are a sneaky chance but are unlikely and Adelaide simply haven't got enough wins on the board for the amount of games played and are struggling to get the W now.


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Ash
Last year
16:00 29 Jan 13

Reply #401526

re: Playoffs 2013 - The Battle for 3rd & 4th

Probably should have proof read that before posting.....


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