Wellington Saints vs. Bay Hawks Prediction, Tips & Odds – Jul. 14, 2022 09:30 CET
A do or die game awaits the reigning champions Wellington this Thursday in the New Zealand NBL. If they want to stay alive in the playoffs race, they will have to beat their direct playoff rivals, the Bay Hawks. There is no doubt we will be in for a very dramatic and interesting game which you can watch for free and without registration on the following LINK.
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Wellington Saints vs. Bay Hawks Odds
Spread Odds (-4.5/+4.5): 1.87/1.85
Total Over/Under (182.5): 1.90/1.80
Wellington Saints Team News
Because of their slow start the Saints are in a difficult situation at the moment but can still make the playoffs. They started off the season with a very weak and limited team without imports which explains all of their heavy early season losses. When their “heavy artillery” started arriving, they immediately started playing better and have entered some solid form lately.
With the end of the regular season looming, the Saints can´t afford to lose anymore games so they decided to upgrade their team recently by bringing in a new talented American import Reggie Upshaw. With a couple of strong European seasons behind him, he was instrumental against the Otago Nuggets last week and led his new team to victory with 19 points and 6 rebounds.
Welcome Reggie Upshaw Jr pic.twitter.com/ZN2GpQD0xS— Saints Basketball (@saintswgtn) July 10, 2022
Bay Hawks Team News
The recent and ongoing FIBA competitions have destroyed the stellar offensive rhythm of the Hawks but they still have all it takes to take down the Saints. The Bay Hawks were without a couple of very important pieces in their last couple of games and as a result suffered a huge drop of form.
Even their playoff spot is in danger now but with the quality they have at their disposal they should be fine. After losing to the Jets two rounds ago with a heavily shorthanded team, they were only without one of their starters, Jordan Hunt, in their last game against the Nuggets. However, their old starting center Jack Salt finally recovered from his injury and had a solid comeback game after being out for a very long time. In the end his presence wasn´t enough as his team lost to the Nuggets at the buzzer.
Josh Aitcheson tips it in at the buzzer to give the @otagonuggetsnbl the 84-82 win over @NZBayHawks 🚨@Traytb1 dropped 30 PTS for the Nuggets and @Williams15Keith scored 24 💪@_Agee12 totaled 21 PTS and 14 REB for the Hawks 👏#SalsNBL #LetsGo @skysportnz pic.twitter.com/1duanM4Bp5— Sal’s NBL (@nznbl) July 11, 2022
Wellington Saints vs. Bay Hawks Prediction
It is shaping up to be a very dramatic and tight game and the spread confirms it. The bookmakers decided to give a slight edge to the hosts and we agree with that. However, we don´t agree with the total for this game. It is true both teams are very talented offensively, but it´s a season-defining game so we expect more defensive intensity then usual.
The Bay Hawks actually play excellent defense and only concede 82 ppg. They will have to be at a very high level defensively if they want to get anything out of this match so we will back the Total Under.
Date and time: 14.07.2022 09:30 CET
Prediction: Total Under 182.5