Two of the better sides in the NBL will battle it out as they attempt to claim Australian basketball’s greatest prize, when Melbourne United take on the Adelaide 36ers in the 2018 NBL Grand Final Series.
Whoever wins will break a title drought given Adelaide haven’t won since 2002 while it’s been ten years since Melbourne won the Finals, and you won’t miss a minute of the action when watching on a standard or HD TV, or streaming live to an eligible mobile device using a Free Trial.
Melbourne United vs Adelaide 36ers Preview
The 36ers have been one of the more consistent sides in the NBL for a number of years now, continually playing in the Finals and their consistency has been rewarded with a Grand Final Berth. They earned their spot in the big dance via a thrilling Semi Final Series win over the defending champs, the Perth Wildcats, winning that series 2-0. They easily accounted for the Wildcats in the first game, winning by 35 points, but it was a nail biter in game two, with the 36ers winning 89-88, with the Wildcats coming out more hungry, and leading by as much as 18 points at one stage, but Adelaide surged hard in the second half and took the lead with 24 seconds remaining to cling on. The 36ers haven’t had much joy in the Grand Final, with their lone appearance since 2002 coming in 2014 when losing the Series to Perth 2-1.
Melbourne United, formally known as the Melbourne Tigers, have one of the best rosters in the NBL, with a stack of high class talent, namely with Chris Goulding, a regular for the Australian Boomers at national level. This will be the first Grand Final series for Melbourne under the United banner, with the last Grand Final appearance being in 2009 when known as the Tigers. They got their spot in the Grand Final via a 2-0 Series sweep over the New Zealand Breakers, a side that sit alongside Perth as the best performed side in recent years. They won the first game at home at Hisense Arena before going across the ditch where they won a thriller over the Breakers, winning 88-86 in the first period of overtime, thanks to last second lay up. When United are on and at their best, they are near unbeatable, and they have had the extra time to recover from the Semi Finals, so they will be advantaged, and you can stream the NBL Finals live using the options listed here.
United vs 36ers Live TV Times
Game 1: Friday 16 March at 7.30 pm (Fox Sports)
Game 2: Sunday 18 Mar at 4.30 pm (Fox Sports)
Game 3: Friday 23 March at 7.30 pm (Fox Sports)
Game 4: Sunday 25 March at 7.30 pm (Fox Sports)
*Game 5: TBD
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. *Best of five series, games four and five are not guaranteed. Likewise, the 2018 NBL Grand Final is not available on Free to Air TV in Australia.
NBL Live Streaming and a Free Trial
While you won’t find the NBL Finals on Free to Air in Australia, Fox Sports will provide complete coverage of every Grand Final match LIVE, in HD, along with NBL TV Replays for those who want to enjoy the action at a later time.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to consider the Foxtel Now 2 weeks Free live TV trial, which will broadcast this exciting basketball action and up to five NBA games online* every week, as well as offering live NBL Grand Final streaming to eligible mobile devices using the Foxtel Go app within just minutes of getting set-up.
2018 NBL Grand Final Preview
If you look at regular season form, Melbourne United should beat the 36ers 3-0 in the best of five series and wrap it up quickly. They met four times during the regular season, with Melbourne winning all four margins by an average margin of nearly 12 points, which is a fair margin when you consider the talent pool of the NBL. Their latest meeting came on December 22 when United won 99-91, with a 46-32 first half being the difference. But for the 36ers, if they do lose the first game, they get the chance to redeem themselves in game two at home, and you can stream the United vs 36ers live using the options listed here.