Sydney have certainly had luck on their side in recent years
2020, made the GF courtesy of some helpful reffing in game 3 of the semi final. In 30 years of watching sport, there's been very few comparable games I've seen where you can categorically say the reffing helped one team get the victory
They then bailed from the GF over covid concerns. The NBL rightfully handed the title to Perth (arguably with a small asterisk but it was still the right call) and Sydney spent ensuing years botching and moaning.
Fast forward to 2022. Chris Goulding misses game 3 and Tassie defeats United who'd been the top team all year. Instead of having to beat Vickerman and United in Melbourne, this hands Sydney home court advantage against the rookie JJ's.
2023,the Taipans are missing the MVP of the early part of the season, Pinder, plus one of McCall/Scott in each game. Sydney has quite helpful refereeing, and still doesn't seal the result until the final 2.5 minutes of game 3.