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Anonymous
Last year

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Are United now the team to beat?

Even though they dropped that one in Perth the other night, I've been super impressed with them since CG43 came back and they acquired Ware.

Yes, they've lost Andersen - but he probably has more value offensively then defensively, and I think they can make up for the firepower lost given how dangerous their backcourt is.

Obviously because of their flat start they have to make up some ground, but if they make the Top 4 you'd have to say they are the favourites.

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Train
Last year
16:42 11 Dec 16

Reply #612472

re: Are United now the team to beat?

There are no favourites this year lol


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Anonymous
Last year
16:43 11 Dec 16

Reply #612475

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Haha, too true, by the end of the year there will probably have been a thread proclaiming each team is the championship favourite at some point!


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Train
Last year
16:46 11 Dec 16

Reply #612476

re: Are United now the team to beat?

At this rate the final round of the regular season is going to look like an elimination final round.


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paul
Last year
16:50 11 Dec 16

Reply #612478

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Every team is the team to beat this year if you wait long enough! I think every team has been the form team at some point already.


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LV
Last year
16:51 11 Dec 16

Reply #612479

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Well by rights Sydney is the "team to beat". They've been the top team all year and they only seem to drop a game when they've just won a couple and they're a couple of games clear on top.

But, Melbourne has beaten them twice in a row and the previous loss was very close, with Melbourne extremely undermanned then some Lisch brilliance got Sydney over the line comfortably in the end. But it was a tight contest even though Melbourne had a stack of injuries.

So United has Sydney's measure right now. And they're 4-1 since Ware arrived and 7-3 with CG43.

To me, this means Syd and United are the two main teams to beat right now, in a very even comp.


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Jack Toft
Last year
16:55 11 Dec 16

Reply #612481

re: Are United now the team to beat?

I beat there'll be a lot of asst coaches putting in the time on the video tape looking for a weakness in Ware's game.

It's a tight season and since Ware they have gone 4:1. Melbourne were tipped as the top team preseason and how found some form.


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LV
Last year
17:13 11 Dec 16

Reply #612483

re: Are United now the team to beat?

It was only ever injuries that got Melbourne.

Ware's recent arrival aside, Goulding is United's best and most influential player. Take the most important piece of any teams puzzle out of the picture and tell me how they'd go? Randle- we saw what happened last season. Prather. Torrey Craig. Kirk Penney. Newley or Lisch. Rotnei Clarke.

Take any of those guys out for an extended period and I think their teams would struggle. Cairns maybe an exception cos they did ok minus Trice, but with Gliddon, Worthington and Jawai all having good seasons they've been very even. United's problems were compounded when Barlow was already out and Blanchfield then got injured shortly after CG43.

But with a full strength team it's United and Sydney for mine. Along with Cairns. And I'd struggle to pick a 4th. I lean towards Hawks- picked them for 4th before the season started, and after losing faith after 6 or 7 mostly horrible games, they're now looking like the team I expected right from day 1.


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twenty four
Last year
17:19 11 Dec 16

Reply #612485

re: Are United now the team to beat?

So it's Sydney and United, the rest of the very even comp, then daylight?


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LV
Last year
17:25 11 Dec 16

Reply #612486

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Nope it's not daylight. But Sydney and Melbourne are the top 2, yes.

Sydney have been on top of the ladder since round 2. Melbourne are loaded with talent, just signed a star whose averaged 25.4ppg over his first 5 games and is an all round talent, and have won 4 of his first 5 games.

So whilst it's not daylight, I doubt many posters here on hoops- or anyone who has seen every team a few times- I doubt many people would pick anyone other than Melbourne and Sydney if pressed to choose a top 2 teams to beat right at this second.


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paul
Last year
17:26 11 Dec 16

Reply #612487

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Melbourne, Illawarra and Adelaide are the form teams, the Hawks have won six of eight, the 36ers four in a row and United four of five.

Sydney's fast start means they still have that slender lead on top (1 or 1/2 game depending on tomorrow's result). That early streak could be very handy at season's end, but since then they're 5-5, although looking better since Blake left.

Melbourne are the opposite, the slow start holding them back but they are playing very good basketball at the moment, with the Andersen injury the question mark.

Next week they have a desperate Brisbane on the road, if they can win that it will be a statement as teams seem to win when they really need to this season.


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LV
Last year
17:31 11 Dec 16

Reply #612488

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Yep, That is the trend Paul.

Even though United led Brisbane all game last time and did look the superior outfit, and even given United's great form, I'll be very tempted to tip the Bullets because they've lost 3 in a row. Teams just have not gone on huge losing streaks, or winning streaks for that matter. I reckon Lemanis will have some well thought out plans A, B and C for Casper and United. Maybe Craig's length to try and disrupt him.

Either way, United are now back to 2-4 on the road, a respectable record and Brisbane will be desperate.

I'm keen to find out if Perth can win many on the road minus Martin. That's the big question coming up for me. If this desperation theory is correct then yes.


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paul
Last year
17:36 11 Dec 16

Reply #612489

re: Are United now the team to beat?

The one certain prediction is this league is unpredictable!

I like the way Illawarra is managing to use 11 players effectively, which in Beveridge's system is so difficult to play against.

With Sydney and Melbourne using short rotations it will make for a great contrast in styles if either players the Hawks in the playoffs. That's if they all make it!


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paul
Last year
17:40 11 Dec 16

Reply #612490

re: Are United now the team to beat?

*that should say "plays the Hawks".


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Train
Last year
17:43 11 Dec 16

Reply #612491

re: Are United now the team to beat?

36ers are the hottest team in the comp at the moment and are only off top spot by a bee's dick. Technically they are the team to beat right now. Hawks not far off. Sydney have gone 3-4 in their last 7 games and United have been taking residence at the bottom rungs of the ladder for a while now (plus lost Andersen), so while very talented teams, I think they have a bit to prove till they are given the mantle of "the team to beat".


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LV
Last year
17:43 11 Dec 16

Reply #612492

re: Are United now the team to beat?

4 of 8 teams have won at least half their road games.


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Anonymous
Last year
17:44 11 Dec 16

Reply #612494

re: Are United now the team to beat?

As of right now yeah. I'm not worried about ladder position but a 4-1 record purely due to new talent and health, makes me think they could keep that form up. They looked very relaxed and care free today. Really hungry to share the ball and the Stars made star plays when needed. Sydney who is now desperate for Julian to get back, looked miserable and on edge in the worst way.


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LV
Last year
17:57 11 Dec 16

Reply #612497

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Train, 36ers are the worst defensive team by a *big margin*. That fact alone precludes me from taking them seriously as a championship threat.

I think Melbourne and Sydney's best basketball has been very, very good and both have proven more than capable of lighting it up. And in their poorer games they've generally been quite competitive. Both are solid defensively. There aren't many teams who You could say this about. There are several NBL sides with strong D but prone to scoring droughts or without enough game changers. And other teams who can be very weak defensively at times.


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Hendo8888
Last year
18:01 11 Dec 16

Reply #612499

re: Are United now the team to beat?

If we lose to Cairns tomorrow, every team that had multiple games this weekend went 1-1. Which means that any team is the team to beat. But Sydney are still the front runners.
If we win it, that makes it 5 in a row and you'd almost have to argue we're the team to beat. Only team on 6 losses, 5 and 3 on the road, Creek just returned etc. I don't believe that, but statistically, you'd have to argue it's the case.


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Anonymous
Last year
18:16 11 Dec 16

Reply #612504

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Same United that just lost to perth? no they are not the team to beat.


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Anonymous
Last year
18:18 11 Dec 16

Reply #612505

re: Are United now the team to beat?

LV, you and Dazz should share the homer fans of the year award.


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Anonymous
Last year
18:20 11 Dec 16

Reply #612506

re: Are United now the team to beat?

God love the 36ers they are peaking now but nothing about them makes me think they could possibly sustain some good form as of right now. Sydney I can't work out they seemed to have clicked and looked set to dominate then got stung up in cairns few weeks back. United have the scoring power adelaide does but they play defense. Joey doesn't really believe in defense so think that will come back to bite. The Hawks could be the western Bulldogs of the NBL this season people's champ that shock everyone. Perth are done thankfully, cairns Brisbane don't seem to have the killer instinct in them. So think today we saw the gf matchup.


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Luuuc
Last year
18:23 11 Dec 16

Reply #612508

re: Are United now the team to beat?

There's no shame in losing in Perth when you lose a class big early in the contest. I don't think it's too homeriffic to have United up there.
Although they'll never be above the word 'daylight' for me while DD is in charge of them. He's their biggest weakness.


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Anonymous
Last year
18:24 11 Dec 16

Reply #612509

re: Are United now the team to beat?

No they are not the team to beat, they just lost to Perth without Damo & Matty Knight came off the bench.

I think Sydney needs a lil help, still Kazzough to come in, but they need another guard.

The league is to even, we'll by mid Jan who the form teams are, hard to tell now.


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AngusH
Last year
18:56 11 Dec 16

Reply #612519

re: Are United now the team to beat?

According to this forum, every team is the latest team to beat as soon as they pick up a good win.

Melbourne could win the title, or could finish outside the top 4. I have no idea. Same is true of every other team in the league.


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Anonymous
Last year
19:34 11 Dec 16

Reply #612526

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Thanks Angus so guess we are idiots for discussing it then? Pointless thing to write champ.


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ROFLcopter
Last year
20:36 11 Dec 16

Reply #612536

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Lol


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Beantown
Last year
20:38 11 Dec 16

Reply #612538

re: Are United now the team to beat?

LV, while the Sixers have been the worst defensive team, in this four game winning streak their defense has improved markedly, with only NZ (92) scoring above 86 points.

Time will tell, but if that defensive improvement is here to stay, then the Sixers will be in the hunt for a playoff spot after nearly everyone wrote them off pre-season.


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Zodiac
Last year
21:29 11 Dec 16

Reply #612543

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Melbourne then daylight?


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SteveK2
Last year
21:30 11 Dec 16

Reply #612544

re: Are United now the team to beat?

I reckon Sydney still the team to beat. Held top spot for most of the season so far. Except for 13 points losses to Brisbane and Perth, their other losses have been close.

They might have bagged that last game as well if it wasn't for the phenomenal 3pt shooting from Ware and Goulding. They both combined for 10 of 18 from outside and some of those shots are massive jaw-droppers! If United had missed just a few of those massive bombs, the complexion of the game might have been quite different.

United looks very good since Ware and Goulding came into the line-up but I think you can't underestimate the loss of Andersen. Williams would have to step up big time and I wonder if Ware can keep up his blistering form.


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Isaac
Last year
22:01 11 Dec 16

Reply #612548

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Sydney
Adelaide
Illawarra
Perth
Melbourne
Brisbane
Cairns
New Zealand

Daylight


Honestly, if Melbourne wanted to improve their chances, they'd cut an import and recruit someone solid to replace Andersen (if he's injured). That'd probably get them over the line.


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KET
Last year
22:10 11 Dec 16

Reply #612550

re: Are United now the team to beat?

36ers have the least losses....


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Train
Last year
22:14 11 Dec 16

Reply #612551

re: Are United now the team to beat?

LV : 36ers might be bad defensively , but they are also one of the best offensive teams also. Most teams had them written off at the start of the season and a month ago ppl were calling for Joey's head to be on the chopping block. They are second on the ladder and with one of the best away records. If it wasn't for that terrible charge call on Randle with Knight they would be clearly on top. They have also been without one of their best player and Captain - Mitch Creek-for most the season. How can you possibly say that United are on of the teams to beat and ignore what 36ers have accomplished.


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LV
Last year
22:26 11 Dec 16

Reply #612553

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Apart from Sydney and Melbourne who were rated pre season and everyone talks about a lot cos of the big names and big cities, the great smoky this season has to be Cairns.

Tough as nails team, strong defensively and well balanced. They're currently 6-7; and 9 of their remaining 15 games are in Cairns- a place where they have a 26-7 record over the past 2.5 seasons. And none of those 15 games will be against Sydney, either.


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paul
Last year
22:33 11 Dec 16

Reply #612554

re: Are United now the team to beat?

All the coaches and players said it pre-season, this is a year when anyone can genuinely beat anyone, and that is the way it has played out.

Joey Wright summed it up when he said those trying to make predictions on this season don't know much about the NBL but are trying to show that they do!

Re the comment on Adelaide being the worst defensive team, whoever made that was reading season averages and not watching the past few games. This season's comp changes pretty quickly.


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LV
Last year
22:39 11 Dec 16

Reply #612558

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Train, I'll happily remind you of this conversation in a couple of months time. Creek's one injury doesn't compare to the continual revolving door of players on United's injury list, often several players at once. Much harder to get chemistry in the group and harder for the coaches when it's different players getting injured. As soon as United actually had a full team, Andersen goes down. Don't even talk about Mitch Creek. SMH.

Teams who win championships usually have strong offense AND strong defence. So if a team is particularly weak at one end, like the 36ers are, then I don't think of them as much of a threat. That's especially true if the weakness is at the defensive end imo. Name me one NBA, NBL champion (or any other professional league for that matter) where the champion was in the bottom third of defensive teams in the competition. Then recall that Adelaide has been the worst. By about 5ppg last time I checked.

United v2.0 has Casper Ware. He's a totally different type of player to Cedric Jackson, so what United was doing in the first 10 games is less relevant.




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shano76
Last year
22:41 11 Dec 16

Reply #612559

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Im impressed with the 36ers. They may not make playoffs but they're very watchable. Lots of people had them struggling to win a handful of games tet they're 7-6. Not bad under a coach who many claim is useless. Fantastic season so far can't wait to see how it unfolds.


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Train
Last year
22:48 11 Dec 16

Reply #612562

re: Are United now the team to beat?

I'll be happy for you to remind me of this in a couple of months, just as I will keep reminding you of the "Sydney then Daylight" comment hehe ;) But seriously, i get what your saying....United have an amazing team and Ware is ridiculous but I just don't get why people are calling favourites or labelling teams as "the ones to beat" when the league is so tight.


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LV
Last year
22:52 11 Dec 16

Reply #612563

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Everyone keeps talking about how tight it is, and this is true. But it's also true that Sydney have been on top since Round 2. There is no reason to think that will change imo.

And they still have an import spot open. The rest of the comp will be hoping it's not a case of third time lucky...


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Train
Last year
23:20 11 Dec 16

Reply #612569

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Sydney are on top ...... by a bee's dick.... over 36ers ;) they have also lost the same amount of games as Perth , Hawks and Cairns and lost more games than 36ers.


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Train
Last year
23:21 11 Dec 16

Reply #612570

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Doesn't exactly equal daylight or "team to beat" status


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LV
Last year
23:27 11 Dec 16

Reply #612571

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Of course it does. If you've been on top of the ladder for 9 weeks in a row then you're team to beat.

If you want to use stats misleadingly, then I will point out that Sydney have won 2 more games than Illawarra and at least 3 more than everyone else


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Train
Last year
23:44 11 Dec 16

Reply #612574

re: Are United now the team to beat?

So we can use ladder position to substantiate your claims for Sydney being the team to beat? So how come United being cellar dwellers still makes them one of the "teams to beat" ?


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Anonymous
Last year
00:11 12 Dec 16

Reply #612576

re: Are United now the team to beat?

I don't know how Larry did it but the league's quality and parity have both gone uP


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SteveK2
Last year
00:23 12 Dec 16

Reply #612578

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Well Larry did it by installing a 'soft' salary cap and third import slot. To the folks that subscribes to a certain conspiracy theory, Larry probably also instructed the refs to make the ladder look pretty and exciting. For a particular salty gambling addict, the players and refs also collude in a shadowy betting racket.


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Anonymous
Last year
05:02 12 Dec 16

Reply #612584

re: Are United now the team to beat?

I don't know that the third import slot has been a massive success but getting the Aussie big names back home and the fringe NBA players to join clubs has been key.


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Anonymous
Last year
07:19 12 Dec 16

Reply #612593

re: Are United now the team to beat?

The five players under $400g rule has helped with the parity though I'm not certain how some clubs have achieved it.


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LV
Last year
07:25 12 Dec 16

Reply #612595

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Train- we've been through that. United v1.0 was last on the ladder. United v2.0 is 4-1. It's a different team now. Just like Adelaide was a different team after Randle replaced McNeill last season.

United with CG43 is 7-3 overall and has won 7 of their last 8.


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LV
Last year
07:33 12 Dec 16

Reply #612598

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Although having said all of this, We will wait and see Andersens scan results. United can do ok without him but couldn't afford an injury to Any of Majok, Williams, Wesley, Barlow or Blanchfield if Andersen is on the side lines. But as long as those guys stay healthy, United can still be in the mix without Andersen.


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LV
Last year
07:38 12 Dec 16

Reply #612599

re: Are United now the team to beat?

In fact they really can't afford an injury to Casper or Goulding either, but that would be the case irrespective of Andersen's status.


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Anonymous
Last year
10:42 12 Dec 16

Reply #612610

re: Are United now the team to beat?

No team that is 5-5 in their past 10 games is the team to beat, they are more the team that is being beaten quite regularly.


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LV
Last year
11:00 12 Dec 16

Reply #612613

re: Are United now the team to beat?

If you're 3 games clear on top of the ladder and you drop a game and then you’re 2 games clear on top, it’s pretty much a meaningless loss, isn’t it?

My point is, whether they go 28-0 or 17-11 they’ll still likely be on top. They’ll have home court advantage in the playoffs, with another import to come. Call it whatever you want. Team to beat? I would say so.


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Anonymous
Last year
14:12 12 Dec 16

Reply #612631

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Nope, they're one game clear on top, half a game if Adelaide win tonight, and only 2.5 games above last. They're not in great form, playing .500 ball, they are no more the team to beat than Illawarra are clearly the worst team in the league.


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Luuuc
Last year
14:25 12 Dec 16

Reply #612632

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Perth, NZ and Brissy are the teams to beat. Just ask the last 5 teams that have played each of them.


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LV
Last year
14:45 12 Dec 16

Reply #612636

re: Are United now the team to beat?

When someone else takes Sydney's spot on top of the ladder, that team can label themselves the team to beat. For now, the team who's held that position for 9 weeks straight can retain the mantle.


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LV
Last year
14:47 12 Dec 16

Reply #612637

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Sydney can be 5-5 in the past 10, or they could be 4-6 in the past 10, but, for better or worse they seem to be a team who only gets desperate when they really need to. As much as United was good yesterday, Sydney didn't bring their best. When Sydney is fighting to retain top spot, I suspect then you'll see the best of them. Problem is, they haven't been in that position very often since they've typically been comfortably clear in top position.


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Train
Last year
15:08 12 Dec 16

Reply #612638

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Sydney could go 0-5 in the next 5 games and you would still be crapping on about them being the team to beat blah blah blah daylight blah blah.


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LV
Last year
15:21 12 Dec 16

Reply #612639

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Just putting this out there. Sydney are hot, hot favourites by a fair margin with the bookies. I'm obviously not the only person in the Milky Way who thinks they're the team to beat....

SPORTSBET:
Sydney Kings 3.60
Melbourne United 6.00
Brisbane Bullets 6.50
Cairns Taipans 7.00
Adelaide 36ers 8.50
Perth Wildcats 9.50
New Zealand Breakers 9.50
Illawarra Hawks 10.00

TAB:
Sydney Kings 3.25
Melbourne United 4.50
Perth Wildcats 5.50
Illawarra Hawks 7.00
Brisbane Bullets 9.00
New Zealand Breakers 9.00
Adelaide 36ers 11.00
Cairns Taipans 21.00


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LV
Last year
15:22 12 Dec 16

Reply #612640

re: Are United now the team to beat?

FWIW If I was going to be betting at those odds, I'd be going with Cairns ($21) at TAB and Melbourne ($6) at Sportsbet.

But the point is, there are good reasons why Sydney are favourites.


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Train
Last year
16:04 12 Dec 16

Reply #612643

re: Are United now the team to beat?

FWIW United were clear favorites and on top of the ladder last year come finals time....we all know how that went for them. And this season is a truck load tighter than last year.


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LV
Last year
16:15 12 Dec 16

Reply #612644

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Incorrect. United weren't clear favourites. Nor were they even clearly on top of the ladder- they were tied 18-10 with Perth.

None of this means Sydney will win the title. This is the year of Leicester, Western Bulldogs, Brexit, Trump and others etc etc.

But if you're the top team, you're loaded with talent and you keep winning every time you're challenged for top spot- which they have done so far- they you deserve to be favourites.


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Anonymous
Last year
20:18 12 Dec 16

Reply #612679

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Well Adelaside beat perth and Perth beat the United so in essence Adelaide is the team to beat.


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LV
Last year
20:28 12 Dec 16

Reply #612686

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Adelaide looks like the team to beat tonight. But let's see how they go vs Sydney with top spot up for grabs


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Zodiac
Last year
20:31 12 Dec 16

Reply #612692

re: Are United now the team to beat?

We just beat Sydney in Sydney!


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Anonymous
Last year
20:35 12 Dec 16

Reply #612698

re: Are United now the team to beat?

How's that Taipans bet looking now LV?


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LV
Last year
20:37 12 Dec 16

Reply #612701

re: Are United now the team to beat?

It's looking great. My bet is on Taipans to win 10 games for the season.

Regardless of tonight, I still pick them for top 4(but don't have any money on that)


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Pelican
Last year
20:48 12 Dec 16

Reply #612707

re: Are United now the team to beat?

No Trice - No Taipans.


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Anonymous
Last year
20:49 12 Dec 16

Reply #612708

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Last time I checked Adelaide beat Sydney in Sydney a week and half ago.


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Zodiac
Last year
20:54 12 Dec 16

Reply #612709

re: Are United now the team to beat?

36ers then daylight?


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Anonymous
Last year
20:58 12 Dec 16

Reply #612712

re: Are United now the team to beat?

No United are not even in the question, pathetic thread try Adelaide...

five game win streak...

96 - 83 VS Cairns
102 - 92 VS New Zealand
92 - 86 VS Perth
91 - 85 VS Sydney
101 - 83 VS Brisbane



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LV
Last year
21:09 12 Dec 16

Reply #612715

re: Are United now the team to beat?

If one of your 5 wins is an overtime victory on your home court against an opponent minus two starters.... Then maybe you're better off hiding that inconvenient fact.

Adelaide look good, but United have worked in a new point guard, copped yet another injury to another starter and gone 4-1 with the sole loss being 3 points in Perth Arena.

The outlook is better for United.

Still, this is all speculation. We will see what happens. If Adelaide can beat Sydney twice and steal top spot then all and sundry of raving about them will be justified


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Cairns - 0 Championships
Last year
22:03 12 Dec 16

Reply #612723

re: Are United now the team to beat?

LV just clarified himself as an Adelaide hater, pathetic attempt LV, you just made them look even more impressive - they've been playing without Creek. United are not even close to Adelaide's for and as for that HILARIOUS comment:

"the outlook is better for United" - that will haunt you for many a'thread now and forever.

United were predicted to win a championship this year and have so far shown themselves to be one big running joke of a club. 36ers were trashed before the season by so many would-be ladder predicting gurus.

LV you fool - Check yourself before you wreck yourself.


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Cairns - 0 Championships
Last year
22:04 12 Dec 16

Reply #612724

re: Are United now the team to beat?

let me also remind you said United lost to that said Perth team a few games after...

"the outlook is better for United" XD - quite possibly the most ridiculous comment ever written here.


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KET
Last year
22:06 12 Dec 16

Reply #612725

re: Are United now the team to beat?

If Adelaide can beat Sydney twice


In a row? That's a harsh requirement given the way this league is. If 36ers split it with Sydney then absolutely Adelaide should be considered the in-form team.


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Train
Last year
22:09 12 Dec 16

Reply #612727

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Kings - 0.588 PCT
36ers - 0.571 PCT
Hawks - 0.533 PCT
Cats - 0.500 PCT

@LV - at what point do 36ers become a "team to beat" ?


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Anonymous
Last year
22:12 12 Dec 16

Reply #612729

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Cairns - 0 Championships with 2 meaningless posts. Thanks another dweeb on Hoops.


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Cairns - 0 Championships
Last year
22:13 12 Dec 16

Reply #612730

re: Are United now the team to beat?

LV a salty Taipan supporter who thinks the league "wants us to lose" just like his brainless Fearne.


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Train
Last year
22:18 12 Dec 16

Reply #612731

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Imagine if that flop by Knight didn't called a charge in the 36ers V Perth game...36ers could very f well been 9-5 and clearly on top of the ladder.


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Pelican
Last year
22:21 12 Dec 16

Reply #612734

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Grow up guys,

anyone can win it this year, stop picking apart teams.

Good win to the 36ers. Would not want to be the ones facing them and thankfully, my team isn't this week.


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LV
Last year
22:38 12 Dec 16

Reply #612736

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Lol at sad people who talk down at others on internet forums.

Clearly you don't spend much time here if you think I'm a Taipans fan.

Train, Adelaide becomes the team to beat if they take top spot off Sydney. Same goes for any of the other 6 teams. I'm just a little forgiving of the Kings complacency and occasional poor recent performance since it was mid October last time anyone else was on top. And Christmas is next week. But make no mistake, Adelaide, and United are bringing the heat right now.

If Adelaide beat Sydney on Friday and then give Sydney a good game a couple of days later, Adelaide is right with Sydney. If Adelaide wins a tight one then gets belted in Sydney, Kings have asserted their position. We will have to see what plays out. Only one thing is certain- if 36ers beat them twice then Adelaide are officially top dog, team to beat, numero uno and will have stolen all of the above from the Kings.


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Pelican
Last year
23:04 12 Dec 16

Reply #612744

re: Are United now the team to beat?

New Zealand are probably the weakest team in my opinion.

off the bench their only offensive option is CW...

Stockton went from hero to zero pretty fast and it looks as if paying Penney and knocking CW out of his starting spot has had an effect on CW's performances and effort.

Strong feeling he will be in another uniform next year.

As for Mitchell, I do not understand why you would not start him over the one-dimensional Vukona...


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koberulz
Last year
23:17 12 Dec 16

Reply #612745

re: Are United now the team to beat?

it looks as if paying Penney and knocking CW out of his starting spot has had an effect on CW's performances and effort.
You say that like he hasn't been garbage since December of last year.

As for Mitchell, I do not understand why you would not start him over the one-dimensional Vukona...
I do not understand why you would think Vukona is one-dimensional.

FWIW, here's what I've got:
Sydney 17-11
Illawarra 15-13
Adelaide 15-13
Melbourne 14-14

Perth 14-14
Brisbane 13-15
Cairns 12-16
NZ 12-16


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Anonymous
Last year
21:02 29 Dec 16

Reply #615483

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Maybe


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Anonymous
Last year
21:09 29 Dec 16

Reply #615487

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Not good tonight and the refs saved DD.


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paul
Last year
23:03 29 Dec 16

Reply #615506

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Sydney 17-11? What makes you think they'll go from winning two of their past eight to winning seven of their next eight?


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paul
Last year
23:05 29 Dec 16

Reply #615507

re: Are United now the team to beat?

Sorry, just read the date of your post Kobe! Still maybe a little optimistic back then but understandable!


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