This has all the ingredients of being a one-sided contest. After all, this is a clash between the top and bottom teams of the NBL 2019-20 season. The Sydney Kings have been the team to beat this season of the NBL and are standing pretty at the pole position after 8 wins and only 1 loss at the start of Round 7. The Illawarra Hawks, though, have had the complete opposite fortune – 9th in the points table with 7 wins and 2 losses.
Interestingly, the teams are coming off wins in their last games – Sydney crushed Perth 104:85 and Illawarra won 101:91 against the Taipans.
However, there is no question that the Sydney Kings will begin as overwhelming favorites when they host Illawarra Hawks on November 17 for this Round 7 match-up.
Sydney has been the team to beat this season and have been in terrific form. Casper Ware (20.22 PPG) has been their standout performer this season and will the main player for this match. Didi Louzada scored an amazing 28 points in the team’s last game and will be another key player along with Andrew Bogut (10.44 RPG). Guard Kevin Lisch has also been in good rhythm and will have some impact.
Meanwhile, the Illawarra Hawks are coming off a sensational win last Saturday night against the Cairns Taipans to get that much-needed second win. That victory does put them in good stead but they are up against the best team of the season.
The Hawks will be dependent on their best player of the season, Aaron Brooks (17.86 PPG), to do the bulk of the scoring. LaMelo Ball was the highest scorer for the team in the last game and is having a very good season despite the team’s failures. Another man to watch out for in this match would be guard Sunday Dech who was superb in the last match against the Cairns Taipans.
NBL Match Prediction – Sydney Kings VS Illawarra Hawks:
Revenge will on Sydney’s mind as they host the Illawarra Hawks on November 17. The two sides haven’t met this season but Sydney lost two back-to-back games against the Hawks in their last two NBL 2018/2019 games.
Things look different now. Sydney is surging in confidence and form. They have now won 4 of their last 5 games. At the same time, the Hawks have lost 4 and won just 1 of their last 5 games. Furthermore, Sydney’s Points Per Game is a solid 94.22 as compared to the below par 84.22 of the Hawks. That’s a clear 10-point difference and might prove decisive in this game.
The Illawarra Hawks, despite their impressive victory in the last match, have several issues to sort out. They are inconsistent and their scoring is poor. The Sydney Kings have really been playing like kings and have many players in form. They will enjoy the home advantage too and are likely to give the Hawks a reality check. Hence, back Sydney to win this match with comfort.
The total points scored in this game should be around 180-190.