July 18 2019
This weekend is the last weekend of the NBL1 regular season and the Melbourne Tigers Men have a chance of making finals.
The good news is that the Men have two games left and the bad news is that one is against the leading team Ballarat whilst the other one is against Eltham.
If Bendigo loses against Geelong and the Tigers win against either Ballarat or Eltham then the Tigers are in.
Bendigo, Dandenong, Melbourne and Waverley all have 10 wins, Bendigo has one game left and Dandenong, Melbourne and Waverley have two.
Waverley have to play against the teams from Tasmania and is tough to win over there, the Huskies are a tough team and the Tigers were lucky to get a win against them at MSAC after getting a pasting in Hobart weeks earlier.
Melbourne’s weakness is Free Throws, the side has had very bad luck with Free Throws and it has cost the team several victories.
Dane Pineau is a major key to Tigers success, the Tigers are a better side with him because he can score, rebound and block but most importantly he brings others into the game.
The Tigers have plenty of scoring options and if they can get each other into the game then they will be a problem for Ballarat and Eltham.
The Women have had a tougher season but if they can beat Ballarat and Eltham and Waverley loses both their games and 2% then there is a chance they can make it.
The chances of success are small as Waverley has both Tasmanian teams away but if Waverley stumbles there’s a chance providing the Tigers bag both wins.
If the players shoot accurately and get each other into the game then it is going to be an interesting weekend.