Bay Hawks vs. Southland Sharks Prediction, Tips & Odds – Jun. 9, 2022 09:30 CET
The Southland Sharks travel over 1300 km to Hawke’s Bay to take on the Hawks searching for their form. The hosts are the favourites and look like one of the main title candidates so far despite still not having a center. They will look to win this crucial game in their fight for the top of the ladder against the vulnerable Sharks who are desperate to end their four-game losing streak.
Bay Hawks vs Southland Sharks Odds
Bay Hawks Odds: 1.565
Southland Odds: 2.205
Total Over (171.5): 1.82
Total Under (171.5): 1.84
Odds presented by 22Bet.
Bay Hawks Team News
The Hawks have dominated the league so far but find themselves in fourth place. The situation is extremely tight as four teams have an equal amount of points so they can easily end up second after this weekend.
Even though they had a full roster, they lost without giving a proper fight to Auckland in their sole game of last week. In the end, it was a bearable 99:88 defeat which ended their run of three straight wins. After beating the league leaders with a huge comeback in the second half earlier in the season, they were simply outscored this time as Auckland’s entire starting five scored in double-figures.
However, the Hawks had a good game and recently signed a new foreign import Tajuan Agee. They will have to be at the same level offensively from the game against Auckland but improve their defense, which has been one of the best in the league so far conceding below 79 points per game.
Siler Schneider posted a 20-10-8-3 line for the Tuatara and Dontae Russo-Nance scored 20👏
— Sal’s NBL (@nznbl) June 4, 2022
Southland Sharks Team News
The Sharks have kept their core but also changed a major part of their last season’s team. Going through a lot of roster issues this season, it is no wonder they are only seventh and outside the playoff zone.
Last week in their only game they were without their coaching staff but fought bravely against the Nelson Giants and even had a double-digit lead at halftime. With just a couple of minutes left on the clock they wasted a six-point lead conceding three straight threes.
Despite not having their starting point guard Alonzo Burton, they played well and could hold on against the Hawks for maybe two to three quarters but overall the hosts are better and should be able to secure a comfortable win.
— Sal’s NBL (@nznbl) June 2, 2022
Bay Hawks vs Southland Sharks Prediction
The bookmakers see the Bay Hawks as favourites but they need to have a bigger advantage. Around four weeks ago the Hawks dominated away from home against Southland coming away with almost a 20-point win (87:68). The Sharks are definitely not going down without a fight but the home team is expected to cover the spread and rebound with a top performance at home.
Prediction: Handicap Bay Hawks (-3.5)
Date and time: 09.06.2022 09:30 CET
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