Bay Hawks vs. Manawatu Jets Prediction, Tips & Odds – Jul. 31, 2022 07:00 CET
After ten days, the Bay Hawks are back in action in the New Zealand NBL and should have an easy one against the undermanned Jets. The hosts still haven´t secured a playoff berth and will have to win two of their remaining games to make sure they end up in the top 6. On the other hand, the Jets are losing games and players and probably want this season to end as soon as possible.
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Bay Hawks vs. Manawatu Jets Odds
Spread Odds (-16.5/+16.5): 1.84/1.82
Total Over/Under (173.5): 1.82/1.84
Bay Hawks Team News
During the FIBA Asia Cup the Hawks were without Jordan Hunt which resulted with a huge drop of form. Even though they had almost a complete roster and were only missing one player, they couldn´t run their usual fast break offense without him.
Other teams took advantage of that including the defending champions Wellington Saints. The Hawks looked great in the first quarter ten days ago but the star-studded Saints team managed to turn it around with a brilliant performance in the third quarter.
Canterbury managed to win their game yesterday which puts additional pressure on the Hawks to deliver this Sunday. The most interesting thing is the fact they are playing against their main playoff rivals Canterbury in the final round next week. That means it would be a major disaster if they failed to win this game against the Jets, whose wounded team has lost all chances of making the playoffs.
Manawatu Jets Team News
The Manawatu Jets have recently lost five games in a row and consequently lost all chances of making the playoffs. Just like the Southland Sharks, they are only playing for pride but we definitely didn´t see any pride from them in their last game.
Last week they welcomed the surging Saints and suffered an embarassing 39-point blowout. It was over quickly as the Saints managed to run away with in the opening quarter and only allowed the Jets to score a measly 4 points.
After that dreadful performance, the Jets will be looking to rebound with a much better showing. That is easier said than done because they will be without one of their best players Zane Najdawi who is out for the season.
Bay Hawks vs. Manawatu Jets Prediction
Considering their recent performances and the major absence in their roster, the Jets don´t stand a chance against the Hawks away from home. Hosts have some questionable players but their key starter Jordan Hunt is back which should result with a convincing loss for the Jets.
Date and time: 31.07.2022 07:00 CET
Prediction: Bay Hawks (-16.5)