Sam
Last year

Who wins it all?

Who wins it this year?

Melbourne.... possibly Perth..

what u think

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Anonymous  
Last year

If Perth are healthy and bring third import to go with HCA it's them

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Team Player  
Last year

ABBA They predicted it in 1980. The winner takes it all, the loser standing small.

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Anonymous  
Last year

ABBA pointed out that the winner took it all but they never knew who the winner actually would be. Hot Chocolate at least started the process of identifying who the winner(s) were. But further work was still required to narrow down the winners to who won "it all". Not to be confused with who want it all, which was Queen.
We have established that it is a subset of Every 1 but still don't have the final answer.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Long way to go, if Perth get home court advantage will be favourites, Melbourne in second gear and have McCarron and Moller coming off the bench. Sydney still could figure promenantly if Bogut, Lisch, Newley, Randle can stay healthy and in form, there bench is not solid. No one else in it.

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Hogwash  
Last year

I think Melbourne will.
I hope Perth will.
Sydney an outside chance.

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Anonymous  
Last year

United Kings GF series. Too soon to say who wins. Depends how banged up Bogut Newley & Lisch are. My money is on United.

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UseTaHoop  
Last year

Anon 121.

Sadly I got all the references.

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AD  
Last year

People predicting Kings in the GF need to remember that they would ned to win a SF series, with Gaze coaching.
Their chances of even getting that far rest on their ability to replace Wear. If they can bring in a stud 4 to partner Bogut, and leave Kickert as the backup 4/5, they'll go to another level. But the rumour is the money tap has been turned off?
I guess this will be the proof of that rumour, whether or not they can afford to replace the worst import in the league.

I think Melbourne have to be favourites at this point.

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UseTaHoop  
Last year

Still an open comp.

Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney & Perth should qualify for semis.

If Sydney replace Ware they're a chance and top 4 looks pretty even.

If Brisbane get a gun third import pg they’ll have someone to drive the bullet train to the grand final series.

If Perth don’t get a third import the others are still a chance and the top 4 looks pretty even.

"Everyone’s a winner baby, that’s the truth."

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Anonymous  
Last year

i think united but if perth get hca hard to beat there

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Anonymous  
Last year

who knows...

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Udog  
Last year

People need to realize that Gaze might be coaching Sydney but Bogut is now coaching Gaze to coach Sydney. So Bogut is coaching Sydney. Gaze is just pulling funny faces and doing interviews (and doing what Bogut says). So Sydney are definitely a chance.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Melbourne

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Melbourne over Sydney

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Home court advantage for the finals will be massive, Sydney sitting in first at present should be an advantage if they maintain that spot. Don't right off Perth or Adelaide, Brisbane might go close. Melbourne don’t seem to have the balance right, very strong on paper but have been struggling in putting teams away and don’t match up to well on Adelaide or Brisbane.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

yeah whoever gets homecourt

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AD  
Two months ago

Barring injury to Ware, Melbourne would have to be the favourite now.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Brisbane if the can get into the top two, very balanced offence and defence.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

not Perth they are a joke.

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Hogwash  
Two months ago

Great insight there anon.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Happy to have had a very early bet on United. Kings may do it. Perth, hahaha

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Kings v Brisbane GF. Home side wins it all.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Sydney or Melbourne

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Melbourne looking a bit like Perth to me, struggling on the offensive end, as with Perth just run plays for two players.
They will probably win the title now to prove I no f..k all. :):)))

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Hogwash  
Two months ago

Still going with Melbourne.

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UseTaHoop  
Two months ago

Recent moves and non-moves make this thread relevant again.

Sydney- does Turner shore up their chances of winning finals series?

Perth- does their third import inaction result in missing finals, or just making their semi opponent have an easier run into grand final series?

Adelaide- will a Moore replacement occur, and can they still make finals?

Melbourne- can Boone do enough in finals to get them over the line.

Brisbane- look good to me, but no big impact point guard. Gibson could be an X factor if he gets up enough for finals. He doesn't need to play big minutes, but if he can add composure at the crucial times he could win finals for them.

New Zealand- can Ili perform and lead his team in finals?

My prediction:
Perth will squeak into finals with a couple more wins on the back of Cotton.
Sydney and Melbourne will finish 1&2, probably with Sydney on top.
Brisbane will finish 3rd or 4th.

Whoever is seeded against Perth will have an easier run through semi final series. Both Sydney and Melbourne would benefit from this, and therefore be a good chance go 2-0 to start grand final series. Hard to beat either of those teams when you’re down 2 to start a final series.

Conclusion: either Sydney or Melbourne will win it all by finishing in top 2. Whichever team plays Perth in GF series will be the winner. For you betting types, maybe try to get on as soon as we know who’s gonna lay SF against Perth.

On the other hand, the whole comp has been unpredictable, so I’m very likely to be completely wrong.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

That was five paragraphs of analysis to make the same point about Perth's opponent.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Cadee overall has had a very good season for Brisbane, even his defence has improved. If Brisbane get a little luck I believe they are a big chance certainly if they face Melbourne in GF, Lemanis seems to have worked out how to slow down Ware, Brisbane bigs match up very well on Melbourne as well.

Sydney it's all around there big four, Randle, Lisch, Newley and Bogut, they all perform at high level and get Wear or Kickett to do a bit there a chance.

Melbourne are defending champs, they will fight hard. IMO though there offence relies on Ware and Goulding to much though Barlow and Boone can be deverstating on there day. Kennedy has a big game reputation so could make the difference.

Perth should get there and still should not be written off, they are solid, if Brandt finds form and the TWO imports fire they will be fine. Solid players around Kay and Norton as well.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

"Perth will squeak into finals with a couple more wins on the back of Cotton.
Sydney and Melbourne will finish 1&2, probably with Sydney on top.
Brisbane will finish 3rd or 4th.

Whoever is seeded against Perth will have an easier run through semi final series. Both Sydney and Melbourne would benefit from this, and therefore be a good chance go 2-0 to start grand final series. Hard to beat either of those teams when you're down 2 to start a final series.

Conclusion: either Sydney or Melbourne will win it all by finishing in top 2. Whichever team plays Perth in GF series will be the winner. For you betting types, maybe try to get on as soon as we know who’s gonna lay SF against Perth."

This didn't work this way for Adelaide last year. They actually would have been swept in the GF if it weren't for the generous home cooking.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Melbourne

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Hogwash  
Two months ago

Not Sydney I can't see them beating Melbourne or Brisbane in a series and possibly not Adelaide either.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

On present form it's got to be Brisbane or Adelaide, would be great GF series.

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UseTaHoop  
Two months ago

I really have no idea who wins it all now. Anyone who claims to be able to predict this season's champion is either a genius or totally delusional.

I posted this in today’s game thread:

"Good game, might actually turn our season around. Still no clear favourite for the tittle."

Correct.

"Adelaide form team atm but still to much up and down from every team."

Have to disagree there. Adelaide too unpredictable and inconsistent, just like the other 7 teams. Hence why there's no clear favourite.

I had thought that the winner would be the team that finished 1st or 2nd, with the advantage to whichever of those played Perth in semis. But now Sydney or Melbourne might stumble over the line in 1st or 2nd, and still lose to Perth in semi final series.

Bullet train looks good, but they’re still not as consistent as you’d want them to be in the lead-in to finals.

Still plenty of interest in the season, and the finals could result in any of the 4 winning the title. This is great for generating interest in the league from casual or general audiences.

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D2.0  
Two months ago

I think Melbourne are still the best team, and with a winning coach.
However what today's game showed is just how thin they are at the 1 & 4.
No Ware would literally mean no Melbourne. And they really struggle when Barlow is off the court.

On the face of it, Sydney should be able to beat them, but the question is whether Gaze can get the best of Vickerman???

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Looks like Melbourne in box seat to host GF, will be very hard to beat from there. Only see Adelaide or Brisbane maybe having a chance and no guarantee both qualify.

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UseTaHoop  
Two months ago

#Bump

Anyone brave enough to predict it now???

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

You're joking right? Melbourne are going back to back, even if it means Larry has to ref the games himself.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

I'm hoping we draw Melbourne in the semis because that seems to be the only hope of knocking them out. Nobody wants to play them in a grandfinal it would be a farce

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Melbourne...

but Perth bouncing back

and sydney gone to shit again

its insane

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Adelaide then daylight. Unless the universe screws us over again.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Melbourne have not beaten Brisbane yet, if Brisbane end up fourth and Melbourne first, it could be interesting. Perth second could end up hosting GF again like when Adelaide choked two seasons ago and it will be shut the gate to Perth.

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UseTaHoop  
Last month

#bump

Anyone brave enough to make a prediction now?

Melbourne are looking the least vulnerable, but too many of their important players are older and might suffer with successive finals series.

Perth seem to be recovering, but it's only been a few good games, and quality guard stocks are thin.

Sydney= vulnerability personified, not enough space to outline all the reasons.

Brisbane, might struggle to make the 4.

Adelaide, will struggle to make the 4.

Illawarra= the mathematical top 4 possibility now.

NZ= gone.

Cairns= never were.

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AngusH  
Last month

No team has consistently impressed me in 2019. I think Melbourne will repeat, but they could just as easily lose in the semis.

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Anonymous  
Last month

United are clear favourites now IMO

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Anonymous  
Last month

Took United @3.5 on opening. Happy with that. I did think the early odds should be higher seeing Kings were then the favourites.

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Anonymous  
Last month

"Took United @3.5 on opening"
Might as well have backed Melbourne to do a 3-peat, the day LK took over.
The only surprise is that he persisted with Demopolis for as long as he did.

I was a little surprised they weren't more aggressive in replacing Wesley, still better late than never.

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Anonymous  
Last month

With Melbourne flying to Adelaide and Sydney flying to Perth today, you would think both Adelaide and Perth would win, this would set up Perth very nicely for the home court advantage through the finals and GF.
This would mean Sydney would play Melbourne in the semis while Perth would get the easier game against either Adelaide or Brisbane.
It's Perth to lose from here.

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AngusH  
Last month

Even if Sydney lose tomorrow, Perth have a couple of tough games at home versus Adelaide and in Melbourne to finish the season. Not home and hosed yet by any means. Sydney have a Cairns game up their sleeve but really need a win tomorrow for a realistic shot at #1... but if Adelaide finish 4th, not sure which of the top 3 would be enthusiastic about facing them first.

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UseTaHoop  
Last month

Adelaide have 1 game up on Bris.

But NBL app has them on same % (1.01).

Can Brisbane rely on finishing the season with a higher % than Adelaide? Most here thought Brisbane were ahead in the race for 4th because of % and run home.

If Adelaide can beat either Perth or Melbourne, they finish 4th. If they lose very narrowly and Brisbane beat. NZ very narrowly, that % gap might need calculating to a few more decimal places.

Interesting, but would you be tipping either team to win semi final if they limp into 4th place?

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Anonymous  
Last month

Brisbane don't deserve a spot and won’t get one.

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Anonymous  
Last month

The 36ers are still 2 points for behind Brisbane's percentage (assuming the points for and against are correct on the NBL app), so Adelaide need to win a game if Brisbane beat New Zealand.

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UseTaHoop  
Last month

But do they have the points correct???

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Who wins the East  
Last month

If Mlelbourne beat adelaide melbourne win it all..if not who knows

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UseTaHoop  
Last month

1650 AEDT

MU win against Adelaide

If Perth beat Sydney, they move to 1st
If Sydney beat Perth, they move to 1st

If Perth win today, are they guaranteed top 2?

Getting more interesting.


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LV  
Last month

If United wins their last 2, they will finish 1st unless Sydney has two massive wins

If Perth wins today and then beats Adelaide, they'll finish top 2.

If Sydney wins their last 2 they'll finish on top, and they'll finish first if United drops either of their last 2

Adelaide finishes 4th if they beat Perth. If they lose, they'll finish 4th only if Brisbane loses at home to NZ

Plenty still to happen. Every game changes the equation!

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LV  
Last month

That was meant to say...

Sydney wins their last 2 they'll finish TOP TWO, and they'll finish first if United drops either of their last 2

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Anonymous  
Last month

Another great season. Hopefully the equalisation money is even higher this season for next season so hawks and taipans get a few better imports.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Wish I had looked ahead enough to put money on Melbourne beating Sydney in the GF, back at the start of the season, or even when Cats were running amok.

Sydney will win their last game and finish 2nd. Perf will lose their last 2, and finish 3rd. So it has been written, so shall it be.

It doesn't even really matter if Joey blows it, and Perth finish 2nd. Refs can easily help Sydney to win a game in Perth.

Only real question remaining is who gets Finals MVP.

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koberulz  
Last month

My eyes rolled all the way under the couch and I can't find them...

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Anonymous  
Last month

sticking with melbourne

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Hogwash  
Last month

Melbourne

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MACDUB  
Last month

If Perth don't win it; it will be a choke on their part.

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Anonymous  
Last month

I think United is a level above. If Perth get Norton back and play their best then maybe they could challenge but I still couldn't see them winning a series.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Who ever finishes 1st will be in the box seat to win. Likely to play Brisbane in the semis who have looked pretty trash lately and so they should advance to the GF. Let 2nd and 3rd battle it out in a tough series which could go either way, then play with winner in a best of 5 series with home court.



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MACDUB  
Last month

"..If Perth get Norton back and play their best then maybe they could challenge but I still couldn't see them winning a series."

How couldn't you see them winning a series? Yet will have home advantage on a semi, and a great chance of having home advantage - How does anyone beat them at RAC Arena?

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Anonymous  
Last month

Perth won't have home court for the finals. They play Adelaide on Friday night and then fly to Melbourne to play Melbourne who will be well rested after beating Cairns and having an extra day's break. Probability of Perth winning both their games is approx 8.2%

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Anonymous  
Last month

They dont need to win both games to finish first.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Why will it be a choke if Perth dont win? They started the season ridiculously well under exceptional circumstances, they fell in a hole in the second half, but have recovered to be in the hunt for first, despite not being picked to in that place by many before and during the season.

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Lovebroker  
Last month

No one is clear favourite where there is LV type daylight between top and everyone else.

So far this season Home Court isn't as safe as that, you still need to show up.

Perth lost to Cairns and were well on their way to losing to Sydney before some missed dunks from Bogut and Turner, followed by some unlikely threes from Martin and Kay and of course Cotton heroics.

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koberulz  
Last month

"Perth would have lost were it not for the fact that they played better".

Well when you put it that way...

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Anonymous  
Last month

LK & JL have been getting in shape so they can ref the finals personally

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Anonymous  
Last month

Perth now

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Anonymous  
Last month

perths to lose

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Hogwash  
Earlier this week

I have said Melbourne all season but it's not too late to change my mind is it :)

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LV  
Earlier this week

Perth were $6 for the title at start of season

That was easily the best bet, but I decided against it out of principle

Decided that winning money from a Perth win would've made me feel too dirty

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Anonymous  
Earlier this week

But you have no issue blaming everyone else but your own team for losing games.

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LV  
Earlier this week

Wrong

United deserved to lose- you can't shoot 4 from 27 from 3 and expect to win a playoff game

(Just repeating that, since you must've missed the first 3 or 4 times I said it)

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