The NBL 2019-20 season hasn’t been too great for both Brisbane Bullets and Illawarra Hawks. Brisbane is 7th on the points table with 5 wins and 7 losses. They have lost their last two games and would be happy to be back home to face a team they have done well against. Illawarra’s poor season continues as they remain in the last position in the points table with only 3 wins along with 9 losses.
Brisbane Bullets and Illawarra Hawks have met twice this season and on both occasions, Brisbane registered comfortable victories on the road. Hence they will start as favorites when they host the Hawks at home in this crucial Round 10 match.
Brisbane Bullets would be happy that they are at home and facing a struggling Illawarra Hawks. Otherwise, they themselves have been doing well only in patches. The 15-point loss to South East Melbourne in the last game would pinch them hard.
Lamar Patterson (18.67 PPG) and Nathan Sobey (16.5 PPG) have been the main players for Brisbane this season and they are expected to deliver the goods in this game as well. Jason Cadee and Matthew Hodgson are the other two players who can have an impact on the match.
For Illawarra Hawks, LaMelo Ball will again be the center of focus. The 18-year-old youngster has set the courts on fire this season and expect the crowds at the arena to be thronging to get a look at the future superstar. Ball, with a 17 PPG this season, is expected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA draft and would love to continue his form.
Aaron Brooks (17.86 PPG) has been a dependable performer for the Hawks this season and would need to be at his best if the team has to come out on top. The other players haven’t delivered consistently and that is what has plagued the team this season. However, Todd Blanchfield and Andrew Ogilvy can have some moments to shine in this game.
Brisbane Bullets vs Illawarra Hawks – NBL Prediction
This should be a sellout game as LaMelo Ball will be a huge attraction. However, despite having the star player in the lineup, the Hawks are unlikely to get past Brisbane in this game.
Brisbane has now won five games in a row against Illawarra, including two games this season, and clearly have an edge over the opposition. Furthermore, the Hawks have shown an inability to score consistently over 90 points per game and that has halted their progress.
Hence, playing at home, the Brisbane Bullets begin as favorites for this clash. Expect the Hawks to take the game close as they have been the second-best rebounding side in the league. However, it would be prudent to back Brisbane Bullets as the winners of this clash.
The total points scored in the game is expected to be 180-190.