Melbourne United will welcome another sell-out crowd to Hisense Arena when they take on the Perth Wildcats for their last home game of the regular season today.
Coming into the last round of the season, Melbourne have a huge road game on Friday night against the NZ Breakers, and today’s home game is another must win. As far as finals scenarios go, there are plenty – with one possibility being five teams finishing on 14 wins.
Heading into the team’s fourth hit-out against Perth, they currently have the season series, winning the last three games. All margins have been within three points so you can expect Melbourne to be throwing everything on the line for this one.
Melbourne will be looking to their bigs Boone and Andersen alongside Majok and Wesley to continue their dominance on the boards as they have the last few games, with Todd Blanchfield having the difficult task of trying to shut down Casey Prather.
Ware and Goulding will have their work cut out for them with Martin and the dominant Bryce Cotton but these matchups will also be some of the most fun to watch.
Players to watch:
Josh Boone has dominated his last two games for Melbourne with consecutive double-doubles against Sydney and Illawarra. He’s now leading the league in rebounds and will be a huge key for Melbourne heading into the finals should they make the cut.
Casey does not care if you stand between him and the ring, the athletic beast might just jump over you. His athleticism makes him exciting to watch but also a tough player to defend. Equally athletic, Todd Blanchfield will have his work cut out for him this afternoon.
Casper Ware vs Bryce Cotton
Bryce Cotton has been a force for the Wildcats offense since he joined the team and we expect nothing less this afternoon. Ware and Cotton had a fun battle last time we visited Perth and they won on the buzzer but we don’t think Casper will be letting him off the hook this time round.