Match Details: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22, 3PM, WIN ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
This will be the battle of the two bottom-placed teams in NBL 2019-20. Both Illawarra Hawks and New Zealand Breakers have had a forgettable season so far and have struggled to move up the ladder. Illawarra Hawks are 9th on the points table with just 4 wins and a whopping 11 losses. New Zealand Breakers have done marginally better, securing 5 wins and 10 losses to stand at 8th in the points table.
The two teams have clashed twice in the ongoing NBL season and both the times, the Breakers have registered convincing wins.
It will hence be interesting to see how things fare when Illawarra Hawks host New Zealand Breakers on December 22. Both the teams will be desperate for victory to move up the ladder and this game might be their best chance to do so.
Illawarra Hawks have had a horrible last few weeks. They had lost 4 of their last 6 games at the end of Round 11. However, they began Round 12 with a superb 93:84 victory against Adelaide on the road. This win might just help them revive their fortunes.
Aaron Brooks has been their reliable performer this season and would be counted on to make a difference in this game. LaMelo Ball, who had scored an outstanding 57 points in his last two games in Round 11, is expected to continue his form.
The other two men to watch out for from the Hawks are Todd Blanchfield and Andrew Ogilvy.
New Zealand Breakers
New Zealand Breakers are coming off a 90:84 win against SEM Phoenix in Round 11. It was a close game and they fought well till the end to seal a comfortable victory.
The Breakers have won 3 of their last 6 games and are in better form than the Hawks. The loss of Glen Rice Jr. notwithstanding, they still have capable performers in Corey Webster, Scotty Hopson, Sek Henry and Brandon Ashley. Webster has scored over 20 points thrice in the last 4 games and can be the key man in this match.
Illawarra Hawks vs New Zealand Breakers NBL Betting Tips
One point worth noting is that the Hawks have managed only two wins from seven games at home this season. Moreover, the Breakers have now clinched 4 games in a row against the Hawks. In NBL history, the Breakers have a 23:14 win-loss advantage over the Hawks.
That being said, both these teams cannot be trusted. They have faltered to deceive on one day and have been very good on another.
However, considering the recent form of both the teams and the overall strengths, the New Zealand Breakers should be backed as the winners of this contest.
New Zealand Breakers to Win @ 1.91 at Bet365