In Game 1 of the second South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) semifinal, the top-seeded in SEABL East Nunawading Spectres (15-5), who eliminated Ballarat in the first round of the playoffs, are hosting the second-seeded in SEABL East Kilsyth Cobras (15-5), who eliminated Bendigo in the quarterfinals.
Date/Time: 08-11-2017, 04:30 EST
Spread: Nunawading -4
Nunawading Spectres finished the regular season with a 15-5 record and were placed first in the SEABL East. They have four consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against Ballarat with 109-103 score in overtime, eliminating them. They are led in scoring by Thomas Wright with 19.4 ppg, adding 4.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. He is followed by Simon Conn with 19.1 ppg and a team high 8.1 rebounds per game, while Dain Swetalla adds 11.8 ppg and 6.8 rebounds per game.
Kilsyth Cobras finished the regular season with a 15-5 record and were placed second in the SEABL East. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against Bendigo with a 111-88 score, eliminating them. They are led in scoring by Isaac Turner with 18.6 ppg, while Felix Von-Hofe follows with 15.1 ppg. Chris Patton adds 13.2 ppg, 3.1 dimes and a team high 7 boards per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Nunawading won on the road with a 75-97 score. Nunawading have a 9-2 home record so far this season, while Kilsyth are 7-3 on the road. Kilsyth are better offensively, scoring 91.2 ppg to Nunawading’s 89.7, while Nunawading are better defensively, allowing 81.4 ppg to Kilsyth’s 82.1. Kilsyth have better percentages in 2-pointers, shooting with 54.9% to Nunawading’s 54.3% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 38.6% to Nunawading’s 35.2%, while Nunawading have a better free throw percentage (75.4% to 71.8%). Nunawading’s are better in assists made, with 19.8 to Kilsyth’s 16.6 and in turnovers committed (10.3 to 13.1), while both teams grab exactly 37.5 rebounds per game. Nunawading have been playing much better lately and have had more rest since they didn’t compete in the quarterfinals. Vegas odds give them a -4 spread and expect them to beat the odds for another easy victory against Kilsyth this season.
Kilsyth vs Nunawading Prediction: Nunawading -4 (-114)
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