Franklin Bulls vs. Bay Hawks Prediction, Tips & Odds – Jul. 16, 2022 09:30 CET
Two playoff-bound teams clash this Saturday in the New Zealand NBL in a promising matchup with some of the best basketball talent Aotearoa has to offer. The Franklin Bulls take on the Bay Hawks and for the first time this season we will be able to see Franklin´s dynamic trio of Webster–Potts–Bezzant together on the court.
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Franklin Bulls vs. Bay Hawks Odds
Spread Odds (-3.5/+3.5): 1.83
Total Over/Under (168.5): 1.83
Franklin Bulls Team News
It´s like the Bulls have had two separate regular seasons this year. They were struggling during the early stages but then the biggest New Zealand basketball superstar, Corey Webster, finally joined them after finishing his stint in Egypt. After his incorporation the Bulls have been looking like a completely different team, but they wanted even more and signed an American import Giddy Potts.
He gave them an extra dimension and lifted their team recently during the absence of a couple of key starters. One of them was Jayden Bezzant who is now back from his international duties and is one of Franklin´s top scorers this season. He will finally join forces with Webster and Potts as this will be the first time they will all play together this season.
Their offense now becomes seriously formidable and perhaps even unstoppable but the Hawks are a well-organized team and will not go down without a fight.
Bay Hawks Team News
After their embarrassing blowout loss to the Saints in Wellington this Thursday, it is safe to say the Hawks have completely lost their form from mid-June. They have now entered a very dangerous 4-game losing streak which has even put their playoff position in jeopardy.
The Hawks have to come to their senses as soon as possible because the Bulls are one of the toughest opponents they can face at the moment. Absences of a couple of key players in the previous weeks and the current absence of their starter Jordan Hunt can´t be excuses for their subpar performances.
In addition, they had their former center Jack Salt return two rounds ago so it seems there is something going on in their locker room that has affected them.
🚨🚨🚨 Mike Smith leads the Saints to a 117-87 win over the Hawks at home; Wellington with a 35-14 third quarter and 19 triples on the night.— Sal’s NBL (@nznbl) July 14, 2022
Smith dropped 23 pts and 8 assists, Cooks with 21, Samuel 19, Upshaw Jr. with 17 and Tuffin with 14 🙌#SalsNBL #LetsGo @skysportnz pic.twitter.com/IpBt6aoJDw
Franklin Bulls vs. Bay Hawks Prediction
The tide is turning against the Hawks. Snapping their losing streak away from home against a team led by Corey Webster and Giddy Potts is an extremely tough and ungrateful task and to add fuel to the fire the Hawks will be playing their third game in just five days.
A win in this game will propel one of these teams into the playoffs and we think that team will be the Bulls so we will back them to cover the spread.
Date and time: 16.07.2022 09:30 CET
Prediction: Franklin Bulls (-3.5)