This will be the battle between the two bottom-placed teams of the NBL 2019-20. Both Cairns Taipans and Illawarra Hawks are having a horrible run in the ongoing NBL season so far. While Cairns Taipans are 8th on the points table with just 2 wins and 5 losses, the Illawarra Hawks are placed 9th with only 1 win and 7 losses.
The Hawks and Taipans met once earlier in the 2019-20 season where, in an incredibly close game, the Hawks won 89:88.
The Cairns Taipans will now be hosting the Illawarra Hawks for this Round 6 game on November 9. Interestingly, both the teams are coming off tough losses in their last games respectively. The Taipans lost 85:93 against New Zealand Breakers and the Hawks suffered a heavy loss of 69:83 against Brisbane Bullets.
This clash will hence be of immense significance for both the teams to get ahead in the season. The Cairns Taipans will be more confident of the two teams. Firstly, they will have the home advantage. They won their only game at home, against Melbourne United, and would be looking to continue that form.
The Taipans would be hoping that DJ Newbill, whose Points Per Game is an impressive 16 this season, maintains his form. The other players to watch out for the Taipans in this game would be point guard Scott Machado (14.29 PPG) and forward Majok Deng (14 PPG).
Meanwhile, the Illawarra Hawks, despite winning their only game of the season against the Taipans would be worried going into this clash. They have now lost their last 5 games back to back and are staring at their worst season ever. Most of their star players have under-performed. Center Josh Boone and forward Todd Blanchfield have been below average till now and this has reflected in the Hawks’ performances.
The saving grace for the team has been LaMelo Ball (13.38 PPG) who has been pretty good as the point guard. Then there have been forward Todd Blanchfield and center Andrew Ogilvy who are likely to put up a good performance in this game.
However, the Hawks haven’t played as a cohesive unit and this might be their bane in the match against the Taipans.
NBL Basketball – Cairns Taipans VS Illawarra Hawks Betting Tips
In the NBL history, the Illawarra Hawks and the Cairns Taipans have enjoyed a healthy rivalry. The two have squared off 35 times in the NBL history with Cairns winning 17 games and the Hawks winning 16.
In their second round clash in NBL 2019-20, Cairns Taipans will certainly have an edge even though they lost the first encounter of the season to the Hawks. They will have the home advantage and have better form than the Hawks who look to be completely derailed. Cairns also have more players in form than the opposition.
Like always, we can expect a very close contest between these two sides. However, Cairns Taipans should be the winners of this clash.
The total points scored in this game is likely to be in the range of 200-220.