Brisbane Bullets vs Illawarra Hawks, NBL Tips

Sunday NBL Action continues in Brisbane, where the Brisbane Bullets will host the Illawarra Hawks after spending the week in Perth.

They had a split record against the Perth Wildcats team and now face an Illawarra Hawks side at home, fresh off a double-overtime win against the New Zealand Breakers.

Saturday NBL Action saw the Sydney Kings bounce back, and the intense defence from the Cairns Taipans made easy work of the Adelaide 36ers in a surprising result.

The Brisbane Bullets vs Illawarra Hawks clash is shaping up as the match of the day for Sunday, December 19th. Brisbane Bullets import Robert Franks has been in red hot form to start NBL22 averaging 22.7 Points and 10.7 Rebounds per game. He is no stranger to filling up the stats sheet, averaging 21.6 Points and 7.2 Rebounds in his senior year for Washington State.

Here are some NBL Tips and NBL Predictions for the Bullets vs Hawks at 3 pm Eastern Standard Time.

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Brisbane Bullets vs Illawarra Hawks

Venue – Nissan Arena

Tip Off – 3pm Eastern Standard Time

Season Record


Season Team Statistics

TeamPPGOpp PPGRebsAssistsTu
Brisbane 80.386.751.015.016.7
Illawarra 90.083.743.015.09.0

Shooting Statistics

TeamFG %3PT %FT %
Brisbane 39.3%27.3%61.7%
Illawarra 42.9%30.8%68.4%

Player Stat Leaders

Brisbane R.Franks 22.7R.Franks 10.7L.Patterson 4.0
Illawarra D.Reath 21.3D.Reath 9.3T.Harvey 2.7

Last 3 Head to Head Matches

DateMatchupScore Margin
7th April, 21Illawarra vs Brisbane82-88(Bullets by 6 Pts)
29th March, 21 Illawarra vs Brisbane 96-72(Hawks by 24 Pts)
26th Feb, 21Brisbane vs Illawarra97-91(Bullets by 6 Pts)


Nathan Sobey was hurt in the loss to the Wildcats, and it will be interesting to see if he suits up for this clash. However, the form and confidence of Bullets big man Robert Franks has been convincing, and he could provide a lot of headaches for the Hawks in Brisbane’s first home game.

Brisbane has looked ok away from home in the first few rounds of NBL22, and they should be tougher to beat at home. The Hawks are coming off a big double-overtime win, and a win in Brisbane may be a big ask, but this is a tough match to pick.

Prediction – Brisbane Bullets (Win) ⭐