The Brisbane Heat can potentially sneak into the finals by winning their last game of the BBL10 regular season, but they’ll need other results to fall in their favour, and standing in their way are the table-topping Perth Scorchers.
Yet another inconsistent season has plagued the Heat and while they did look to be on track for a finals berth just after Christmas, the wheels have fallen off again recently.
The Scorchers lost their first three matches but have subsequently lost just one of their last ten to charge into the four and ultimately usurp the Sixers for first place.
They are full of running and will likely win but there isn’t much value left in their quote, so I’m going to couple the result with Jhye Richardson taking two wickets or more for better value.
The Renegades have been the only side out of the finals hunt for a long time now, but they can potentially deny the Hurricanes a berth as well by winning this match.
Threw wins and ten losses is how the ledger reads for the Red side of Melbourne and quite frankly, they’re probably lucky to have won that many.
The ‘Canes are another side who have largely been undone by inconsistency, but they’ve done enough to maintain a position in the top five for virtually their entire campaign, and a win here would confirm a berth.
Given they knocked off the Sixers on Sunday, it’s hard to make a case against the Hurricanes again today.
Easily the match of the day looks like materialising when the Stars take on the Sixers in the primetime slot.
The Stars have comfortably been BBL10’s biggest disappointment. Yet again, they have boasted one of the league’s best sides on paper and look good early on, but failed to capitalise on the start and enter this match seventh on the ladder.
The Sixers meanwhile have been one of the two standout sides (alongside the Scorchers) and are all but assured a favourable finals run.
This isn’t much more than an opportunity to complete a favourable lead-in to the knockout stage, and I won’t be betting against them.