Geelong Supercats - Sandringham Sabres
First round of the playoffs of the Australian SEABL and elimination series in which the winner of this game takes it all between 3rd placed Geelong and 4th placed Sandringham inside the East.
Start of the match: 13.08.2017.-06:00 CET
Geelong finished the regular season on a high level with 5 consecutive wins and on the 3rd place of the conference with the home floor advantage in this 1st playoff round against an opponent they beat at home(86:84) and previously lost on their floor(80:84) so home floor will be of great importance in this matchup. Quality is on the side of the hosts who also own a longer bench and they would have to use the drop in form at Sandringham whose team couldn´t equally cope with stronger names in the second part of the season. A huge problem also will be Geelong´s point guard Gatlin who is the best defensive player in the league at his position.
Probable starting lineup: Gatlin, Herbert, Hicks, Blicavs, Medved
In our opinion maximal achievement of Sandringham this season was this first playoff round and against on away floor they don´t have too many chances. They entered the playoffs after beating Canberra in the final round of the regular season(102:81, whose team was without an import the entire second half season. We are convinced they don´t have the quality to surpass this margin and threaten Geelong who can leave the guests below this line even in a run and gun affair.
Probable starting lineup: Crosswell, Evans, Hadziomerovic, O´Day, Batish
Geelong Supercats - Sandringham Sabres TIP
Geelong is statistically one of the best defensive teams in the league besides the title favorites Mt. Gambier and on home floor statistically they concede below this given margin in average. Geelong is a class superior teams at this moment and they finished the regular season in a great win streak so we believe they go through without too many problems and leave the guests below their margin so we tip away team under.
TIP: away team under 82. points