Hawks vs Phoenix, NBL Prediction Dec 23rd

Round 4 of NBL22 starts on a Thursday night, and we have an intriguing encounter between the Illawarra Hawks and the South East Melbourne Phoenix.

Both sides have looked decent so far in NBL Season 22, but are coming off losses and will be hungry for a win on Thursday Night Hoops.

The Illawarra Hawks are coming off a narrow loss to the Brisbane Bullets, whilst the South East Melbourne Phoenix were beaten by the Sydney Kings last Saturday.

Here are some NBL Tips and NBL Predictions for the Hawks vs Phoenix on Thursday, December 23rd 2021.

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Illawarra Hawks vs South East Melbourne Phoenix

Venue – WIN Entertainment Centre

Tip Off – 7.30 pm EST

Season Record


Season Team Statistics

TeamPPGOpp PPGRebsAssistsTu
Illawarra 90.586.842.215.89.8
SEM 87.880.837.015.510.8

Shooting Statistics

TeamFG %3PT %FT %
Illawarra 43.6%30.9%67.9%
SEM 45.8%38.4%72.6%

Player Stat Leaders

Illawarra D.Reath 19.8S.Froling 9.2T.Harvey 2.5
SEM M.Creek 23.2Z.Qi 7.8X.Munford 3.5

Last 3 Head to Head Matches

DateMatchupScore Margin
9th April, 21Illawarra vs SEM82-80(Hawks by 2 Pts)
1st April, 21 Illawarra vs SEM 63-95 (Phoenix by 32 Pts)
28th Feb, 21SEM vs Illawarra93-76(Phoenix by 17 Pts)


The Phoenix have won 6 out of 7 against the Hawks, but the Hawks won the last head to head match and have been playing tight defence to start NBL22.

The Phoenix are coming off a poor 34% shooting performance in their loss to the Kings and will need to improve if they are any hope in Illawarra.

Expect Illawarra to crank up the defence in this clash as they usually do, with the last three Hawks homes games averaging just a combined 152 points per match.

If the Hawks can stop Mitch Creek and reduce the impact of Phoenix big man Zhou Qi, they will more than likely win the match, but the Phoenix will be no pushover.

Prediction – This match has been postponed