Illawarra Hawks vs Adelaide 36ers Prediction, Tips & Odds – Sep 22, 2022 12:00 CET
The penultimate round of the NBL Blitz brings us an exciting clash between the Illawarra Hawks and the Adelaide 36ers. There is no real rivalry between these teams, but whenever they meet, we witness very interesting and mostly high-scoring affairs.
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Illawarra Hawks vs Adelaide 36ers
Spread Odds (+5.5/-5.5): 1.89/1.89
Total Over/Under (165.5): 1.87/1.87
Illawarra Hawks Team News
The Hawks started their last game on fire and had a huge 17-point lead against the Breakers after the opening quarter. However, the Breakers didn´t want to go down without a fight and managed to claw their way back. At the start of the final frame, the game was tied, but Illawarra managed to keep their composure and came away with an 85:81 victory.
After picking up two wins, the Hawks will now face their toughest opponent. They have a flawless record and look like title contenders, but the clash against the 36ers will show if they are truly championship material.
Adelaide 36ers Team News
The old run-and-gun 36ers were regular championship contenders, but the new-look Adelaide team was simply not getting it done. After losing two playoff finals between 2014 and 2018, the 36ers have failed to make the playoffs for four consecutive years. That was one of the main reasons they decided to go all out this preseason and make some blockbuster moves.
They switched more than half of their roster but decided to keep one of the best point guards in the league Mitch McCarron along with the Filipino star Kai Sotto. Their biggest signings were Robert Franks, who arrived after a terrific season with the Bullets, and Antonius Cleveland, who signed after dominating for the Hawks.
The 36ers have won both of their Blitz games so far and look like the main title favourites. Can they finally restore their former glory and give their fans something to cheer about? Only time will tell, but we are certain their crowd will be much louder than in the last couple of years.
Illawarra Hawks vs Adelaide 36ers Prediction
Almost every time these teams meet, we back the Total Over. We have watched a lot of games between them over the years and all of them have the same pattern. The tempo is always very high, there are plenty of shots and free throws, which guarantees a high-scoring game.
Even if the game transposes into a positional battle, which we doubt, both of these teams have top imports who can knock down contested shots. We think the total is too low and should be closer to 170 points, so we are backing the Total Over.
Date and time: 22.09.2022 12:00 CET
Prediction: Total Over 165.5