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  • Sydney Kings vs South East Melbourne Phoenix tips for Sunday, December 10
  • Tip-off is at 4:00 pm AEDT at Qudos Bank Arena
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Alan Williams has been a revelation for the Phoenix. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

Sydney Kings vs South East Melbourne Phoenix Tips


Sydney will be in their safe haven of Qudos Bank Arena when they take on the Phoenix, who have been outside of Melbourne this season.
  • Sydney Kings vs South East Melbourne Phoenix Tips
  • Head to Head 
  • Sydney Kings Form & Team News
  • South East Melbourne Phoenix Form & Team News

Sydney have lost just once this season at home, while SE Melbourne only mustered one victory outside of John Cain Arena this season. 

It is going to be a tall ask for Phoenix to get a victory in Sydney and that is why they are starting as 5-point underdogs. I suspect that this game is still going to be a contest, but the confidence of Sydney in their own house will get them the victory. I am weary of the 5 points though, so will be taking the Kings money line.

The battle of the boards is going to be the key to be a real highlight in this game. Alan Williams has been a revelation for the Phoenix and he will once again prove that he is the best rebounder in the NBL by registering over 10 boards for the fourth time in his six games played in the league. With Williams' dominance, I do not expect Jordan Hunter to come up to 7 rebounds in the game.

  • South East Melbourne have won just 1 of 6 matches away from home this season.
  • Sydney have won 4 of 5 matches at Qudos Bank Arena this season.
  • Jordan Hunter has recorded less than 6.5 rebounds in 2 of his last 4 games.
  • Alan Williams averages 10.5 rebounds per game.

Head to Head 


2023/24 Match Results
This is the first time South East Melbourne and Sydney have met this season.

2022/23 Season Series
Sydney won the series 2-1.

Sydney Kings Form & Team News


The Kings survived a scare against Cairns on Thursday, with a last-minute three by the Taipans being ruled out, leaving the hands a split-second too late, which would have sent the game to overtime, with the game finishing 83-86 in favour of the Sydney.

The win broke a two-game losing streak for the Kings as Jaylen Adams got back to his best, scoring 24 points in the match and registering 7 assists.

South East Melbourne Phoenix Form & Team News


The Phoenix will play their first game of the weekend after getting victory against the New Zealand Breakers in round 9, beating the visitors 90-79, outscoring the Kiwi team by 10 points in the fourth quarter to pull away in what was a real back-and-forth affair at John Cain Arena.

Mitch Creek led the team with 26 points, while Alan Williams had another impressive game for the Phoenix with 14 rebounds and 7 assists in the win. 

Verdict

The Kings will win this one in what can potentially be a tight contest, so the money line is the safe bet here.

Alan Williams will register over 10 rebounds again this season and Jordan Hunter will not reach 7 boards.
Best Bet1: Sydney Money Line @9/20 at Betr - 3 Units
Best Bet2: A. Williams Over 10.5 Player Rebounds @3/4 at Ladbrokes Australia - 2 Units
Best Bet3: J. Hunter Under 6.5 Player Rebounds @7/8 at Neds - 2 Units
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