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Last updated: 02 Feb 2024
Gary Emmerson 02 Feb 2024
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Illawarra Hawks vs Brisbane Bullets Preview


Illawarra have the chance to embed themselves further into the finals bracket with a victory over the Bullets on Saturday night.

The Hawks have dragged themselves off the bottom of the ladder and get move into fourth place with a win this weekend and put them in the driver’s seat heading into the final fortnight of the regular season, having games in hand on their opponents.

The Hawks returned to form again winning both of their games last weekend by playing a much tighter and more urgent defensive style of game. Brisbane has shown that they do not shoot well under the pressure of a good defensive system and this is where the Hawks will get the advantage.

I expect Brisbane to score no more than their average point per game, staying under 87.5 points in this game. The Hawks are 4.5 point favourites, which is too large for my calculations so I will take the Illawarra money line.

  • The Hawks have won their last 2 matches.
  • Brisbane have lost 2 of their last 3 matches.
  • The Hawks have held their opponents under 87.5 points in 4 of their last 5 victories.
  • Brisbane have failed to score over 87.5 points in their last 4 losses.

Head to Head 


2023/24 Match Results
Jan 14, 2024: Brisbane 110-103 Illawarra
Dec 03, 2023: Brisbane 78-77 Illawarra

2022/23 Season Series
Brisbane won the series 3-0.

Illawarra Hawks Form & Team News


The Hawks are back on a roll winning their last two games after a three-game skid in the middle of January.

Round 17 was a positive one for illawarra getting a surprising 18-point victory over Perth at RAC Arena in the west. The Hawks then backed that up by keeping New Zealand under them in the standings, beating the Breakers 89-85.

Illawarra locked back down defensively last weekend and that is what swung the pendulum back into their favour and secured a double victory. 

The Hawks had allowed over 90 points against in their three losses prior to last weekend, however, they restricted the league’s best offence, holding Perth to just 77 points, which was their lowest score of the season. They then backed it up by containing New Zealand to just 85 points..

Brisbane Bullets Form & Team News


The Bullets dropped their only game of round 17, going down to Melbourne 93-77 on Friday at Nissan Arena. 

The loss was Brisbane’s second in three matches after losing to Perth and beating Cairns the week before their loss to United.

The Bullets brought themselves back into contention with a string of four wins, however, their inability to score points against the higher rung of defences in the NBL has cost them over the last couple of weeks.

Verdict

The Hawks will continue their flight up the ladder with a win over Brisbane.

Illawarra will do so by keeping the Bullets contained offensively and restricting their total to under 87.5 points.

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