2018 NBL Finals

The 2018 NBL Finals were the championship series of the 2017–18 NBL season and the conclusion of the season. The semi-finals started on 3 March and ended 9 March 2018. The Grand Final series started on 16 March and ended on 31 March 2018. Melbourne United won its fifth NBL championship title.

2018 NBL Finals
Dates3–31 March 2018
Season2017–18
Teams4
ChampionsMelbourne United (5th title)
Runners-upAdelaide 36ers (8th finals appearance)
Semifinalists

FormatEdit

The 2017–18 National Basketball League Finals will be played in March 2018 between the top four teams of the regular season, consisting of two best-of-three semi-final and one best-of-five final series, where the higher seed hosts the first, third and fifth games.

QualificationEdit

Qualified teamsEdit

Team Date of
qualification
Round of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Previous
appearance
Previous best
performance
Melbourne United 2 February 2018 17 22nd 2016 Champions (1993, 1997, 2006, 2008)
Adelaide 36ers 4 February 2018 17 25th 2017 Champions (1986, 1998, 1999, 2002)
Perth Wildcats 4 February 2018 17 32nd 2017 Champions (1990, 1991, 1995, 2000, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2017)
New Zealand Breakers 4 February 2018 17 8th 2016 Champions (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015)

LadderEdit

Team Pld Won Lost Last 5 Streak Home Away For Against % Pts % Won
1 Melbourne United 28 20 8 4-1 L1 11-3 9-5 2,434 2,298 105.92% 71.43%
2 Adelaide 36ers 28 18 10 3-2 W3 10-4 8-6 2,654 2,527 105.03% 64.29%
3 Perth Wildcats 28 16 12 2-3 W1 9-5 7-7 2,388 2,271 105.15% 57.14%
4 New Zealand Breakers 28 15 13 1-4 L4 9-5 6-8 2,364 2,387 99.04% 53.57%
5 Illawarra Hawks 28 12 16 2-3 W2 7-7 5-9 2,474 2,539 97.44% 42.86%
6 Cairns Taipans 28 11 17 1-4 L1 8-6 3-11 2,215 2,281 97.11% 39.29%
7 Sydney Kings 28 11 17 4-1 W4 6-8 5-9 2,418 2,504 96.57% 39.29%
8 Brisbane Bullets 28 9 19 1-4 L3 6-8 3-11 2,347 2,487 94.37% 32.14%

Ladder ProgressionEdit

  • Numbers highlighted in green indicate that the team finished the round inside the top four.
  • Numbers highlighted in blue indicates the team finished first on the ladder in that round.
  • Numbers highlighted in red indicates the team finished last place on the ladder in that round.
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Adelaide 36ers 4 4 3 3 4 4 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 2 2 3 2 2
Brisbane Bullets 7 7 6 6 7 6 7 7 6 5 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8
Cairns Taipans 1 3 4 4 6 7 5 5 5 6 5 6 6 6 5 6 6 5 6
Illawarra Hawks 5 8 7 8 5 5 6 6 7 7 7 5 5 5 6 5 5 6 5
Melbourne United 3 2 5 5 3 3 4 4 3 3 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
New Zealand Breakers 8 5 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 3 3 3 3 4 2 4 4
Perth Wildcats 2 1 2 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 1 1 2 4 3 4 3 3
Sydney Kings 6 6 8 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7

SeedingsEdit

  1. Melbourne United
  2. Adelaide 36ers
  3. Perth Wildcats
  4. New Zealand Breakers

The NBL tie-breaker system as outlined in the NBL Rules and Regulations states that in the case of an identical win-loss record, the overall points percentage will determine order of seeding.

BracketEdit

Semi-finals Grand Final
            
1 Melbourne United 88 88 X
4 New Zealand Breakers 77 86 X
1 Melbourne United 107 95 101 81 100
2 Adelaide 36ers 96 110 98 90 82
2 Adelaide 36ers 109 89 X
3 Perth Wildcats 74 88 X

Semi-finals seriesEdit

(1) Melbourne United vs (4) New Zealand BreakersEdit

Game 1Edit

3 March 2018
5:30pm EDT
Melbourne United 88, New Zealand Breakers 77
Scoring by quarter: 21-24, 22-19, 24-18, 21-16
Pts: Casper Ware 33
Rebs: Josh Boone 8
Asts: Tai Wesley 4
Pts: D. J. Newbill 19
Rebs: Alex Pledger 10
Asts: Shea Ili 5
Melbourne leads series, 1–0
Melbourne Arena, Melbourne
Attendance: 6,833
Referees: Michael Aylen, Matt Townsend, Jon Chapman

Game 2Edit

5 March 2018
7:30pm NZDT
New Zealand Breakers 86, Melbourne United 88 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 26-13, 12-20, 25-25, 15-20Overtime: 8-10
Pts: D. J. Newbill 21
Rebs: Rakeem Christmas 8
Asts: Thomas Abercrombie 5
Pts: Josh Boone 33
Rebs: Josh Boone 15
Asts: Chris Goulding 6
Melbourne wins series, 2–0
Spark Arena, Auckland
Attendance: TBA
Referees: Vaughan Mayberry, Michael Aylen, Damien Lyons

Regular season series

Tied 2–2 in the regular season series; 351-346 points differential to New Zealand:

(2) Adelaide 36ers vs (3) Perth WildcatsEdit

Game 1Edit

3 March 2018
7:00pm CDT
Adelaide 36ers 109, Perth Wildcats 74
Scoring by quarter: 19-18, 31-26, 26-18, 33-12
Pts: Josh Childress 22
Rebs: Mitch Creek 11
Asts: Shannon Shorter 7
Pts: Bryce Cotton 22
Rebs: Brandt, Cooke 6
Asts: Jarrod Kenny 4
Adelaide leads series, 1–0
Titanium Security Arena, Adelaide
Attendance: 6,000
Referees: Vaughan Mayberry, James Boyer, Chris Reid

Game 2Edit

9 March 2018
6:30pm WST
Perth Wildcats 88, Adelaide 36ers 89
Scoring by quarter: 28-15, 21-25, 18-23, 21-26
Pts: Bryce Cotton 31
Rebs: Angus Brandt 9
Asts: JP Tokoto 5
Pts: Josh Childress 25
Rebs: Josh Childress 10
Asts: Nathan Sobey 5
Adelaide wins series, 2–0
Perth Arena, Perth
Attendance: 12,055
Referees: Vaughan Mayberry, Chris Reid, Michael Aylen

Regular season series

Tied 2–2 in the regular season series; 367-360 points differential to Perth:

2 February 2018
Perth Wildcats 111, Adelaide 36ers 90

Grand Final seriesEdit

(1) Melbourne United vs (2) Adelaide 36ersEdit

Game 1Edit

16 March 2018
7:30pm EDT
Melbourne United 107, Adelaide 36ers 96
Scoring by quarter: 29-28, 24-19, 26-24, 28-25
Pts: Chris Goulding 26
Rebs: Josh Boone 7
Asts: Wesley, Hooley 5
Pts: Daniel Johnson 18
Rebs: Mitch Creek 9
Asts: Creek, Moore 4
Melbourne leads series 1–0
Hisense Arena, Melbourne
Attendance: 8,699
Referees: Vaughan Mayberry, Chris Reid, Michael Aylen

Game 2Edit

18 March 2018
2:30pm CDT
Adelaide 36ers 110, Melbourne United 95
Scoring by quarter: 27-19, 30-22, 25-23, 28-31
Pts: Majok Deng 18
Rebs: Mitch Creek 9
Asts: Nathan Sobey 5
Pts: Casey Prather 20
Rebs: Casey Prather 7
Asts: Tai Wesley 3
Series tied 1–1
Titanium Security Arena, Adelaide
Attendance: 7,000
Referees: Vaughan Mayberry, Michael Aylen, Matt Townsend

Game 3Edit

23 March 2018
7:30pm EDT
Melbourne United 101, Adelaide 36ers 98
Scoring by quarter: 33-22, 20-31, 28-22, 20-23
Pts: Casper Ware 25
Rebs: Casey Prather 6
Asts: Ware, Hooley 3
Pts: Daniel Johnson 20
Rebs: Creek, Deng 8
Asts: Mitch Creek 5
Melbourne leads series 2–1
Hisense Arena, Melbourne
Attendance: 9,362
Referees: Michael Aylen, Vaughan Mayberry, Chris Reid

Game 4Edit

25 March 2018
2:30pm CDT
Adelaide 36ers 90, Melbourne United 81
Scoring by quarter: 29-21, 26-10, 16-27, 19-23
Pts: Daniel Johnson 21
Rebs: Daniel Johnson 9
Asts: Shannon Shorter 3
Pts: Casey Prather 23
Rebs: Casey Prather 7
Asts: Chris Goulding 4
Series tied 2–2
Titanium Security Arena, Adelaide
Attendance: 7,500
Referees: Vaughan Mayberry, Michael Aylen, Chris Reid

Game 5Edit

31 March 2018
6:00pm EDT
Melbourne United 100, Adelaide 36ers 82
Scoring by quarter: 34-22, 23-22, 21-25, 22-13
Pts: Goulding, Ware 23
Rebs: Josh Boone 12
Asts: Tai Wesley 3
Pts: Shannon Shorter 20
Rebs: Mitch Creek 10
Asts: Ramone Moore 7
Melbourne wins series and NBL Championship, 3–2
Hisense Arena, Melbourne
Attendance: 10,300
Referees: Michael Aylen, Vaughan Mayberry, Chris Reid
Starters: Pts Reb Ast
SG 43   Chris Goulding 23 4 1
PF 42   Tai Wesley 14 9 3
SF 23   Casey Prather 19 11 1
PG 21   Casper Ware 23 1 2
C 3   Josh Boone 10 12 1
Reserves:
PF 13   David Andersen 0 1 0
SF 20   David Barlow 3 5 0
PG 8   Kyle Adnam 0 0 0
C 22   Majok Majok 0 0 0
C 14   Tohi Smith-Milner 0 0 0
SF 9   Craig Moller 2 1 0
PG 7   Peter Hooley 6 1 2
Head coach:
  Dean Vickerman
 
 
 
 
Melbourne
 
 
 
 
Adelaide


2017/18 NBL champions
 
Melbourne United
(5th title)
Starters: Pts Reb Ast
C 21   Daniel Johnson 17 8 2
PF 55   Mitch Creek 15 10 1
SG 20   Nathan Sobey 7 9 3
SF 10   Ramone Moore 10 2 7
PG 12   Shannon Shorter 20 4 3
Reserves:
PG 7   Brendan Teys 0 0 0
PG 19   Adam Doyle 0 0 0
PG 8   Nelson Larkins 0 0 0
C 1   Matt Hodgson 2 0 0
PF 13   Majok Deng 1 1 0
SF 22   Anthony Drmic 10 3 0
Head coach:
  Joey Wright

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