Illawarra Hawks vs. Melbourne United Prediction, Tips & Odds – Sep. 18, 2022 12:00 CET
The hectic NBL Blitz schedule has two games in store for us this Sunday. The matchup between the Bullets and the Breakers is an interesting one, but the game of the day is undoubtedly the clash between Illawarra and Melbourne.
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Illawarra Hawks vs. Melbourne United Odds
Spread Odds (+1.5/-1.5): 1.77/2.02
Total Over/Under (166.5): 1.87
Illawarra Hawks Team News
The Illawarra Hawks are poised to have a big year after being eliminated in the playoff semi-finals twice in a row. They built their team around their superstar and walking bucket Tyler Harvey, who will co-captain the team this season along with the national team center Sam Froling.
The Hawks were unable to bring back Justin Simon, who opted to sign for Sydney, but probably got an even better player in Justin Robinson. Overall, the Hawks are looking like a title contender and should make some noise this season with their athleticism and scoring prowess.
Melbourne United Team News
After a disappointing last season that ended in the playoff semi-finals, Melbourne United are looking to reascend to the throne. They kept their team core more or less intact and showed they mean business this year with the signing of Rayjon Tucker.
He is expected to emerge as the team´s new scoring leader and cover the loss of Matthew Dellavedova, who returned to the NBA. One player to keep our eye on is Makuach Maluach, who averaged impressive numbers in the NBL1 this summer and could be the revelation of the season.
Illawarra Hawks vs. Melbourne United Prediction
We expect a high-scoring game and decided to back the Total Over.
It´s still early days so we don´t expect a lot of defensive intensity. Illawarra have a very versatile roster with a lot of players capable of putting up big numbers, but the same could be said about Melbourne. Whenever these team meet, there is no shortage of points. Last season, all head-to-head matches ended above the 166.5 line, including the preseason Blitz game.
Date and time: 18.09.2022 12:00 CET
Prediction: Total Over 166.5