New Zealand vs Illawarra, NBL Tips Round 13 March 1st
Tuesday Night NBL Action, and we have the final game of Round 13 for NBL22.
The New Zealand Breakers will take on the Illawarra Hawks at the MyState Bank Arena in Tasmania.
This is a New Zealand home game on paper, but they have not played a game at home in New Zealand all season, due to travel restrictions.
The Breakers are currently on the bottom of the NBL table, but not having a single official home game all season, makes it challenging in a league with some of the most intense defence you will see.
Many had the Illawarra Hawks as championship contenders at the season’s start, but they have failed to live up to the hype this season.
The Hawks are coming off a win at home to the 36ers, but when these two sides clashed in early Feb at this same court, the Breakers won comfortably.
Here are some NBL Tips and NBL Predictions for the New Zealand Breakers vs Illawarra Hawks on Tuesday March 1st.
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New Zealand Breakers vs Illawarra Hawks
Venue – MyState Bank Arena
Tip Off – 7.30pm EST
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Quick Game Facts
- This may be New Zealand home game on paper, but New Zealand has not played a game at home all season due to travel restrictions. They are playing their home games at MyState Bank Arena in Tasmania, which is the home court of the Tasmania JackJumpers
- The Illawarra Hawks have not backed up home wins well in recent times. They have lost 9 of their last 10 away games following a home win
- The Breakers have been fast starters against the Hawks in recent times. They have won 12 consecutive first quarters against them when the match is played at night
- The combined Game Total average for the last five head to head matches between these two sides is 151 points
- New Zealands’s 4 wins this season have come in their last 8 games. They got off to a rough start in NBL Season 2022
- When the Breakers lose, they lose bad. Their last four losses have been by an average of 22.3 points
- The Hawks have won 5 of their past 6 games against the Breakers
- Breakers big man, Yannick Wetzell is out of this clash
Quick Player Facts – New Zealand Breakers
- Finn Delany has an average of 8.7 rebounds across his last 6 games against the Hawks
- Finn Delany has scored 9 points or less in 6 of his past 8 matches
- Yannick Wetzell has had double-figure rebounds in just 2 of 13 matches this season
- Hugo Besson is averaging 15.5 points across his last 2 games
- Peyton Siva has been a scorer since coming back from injury. He is averaging 15.9 points across his last 7 games
Quick Player Facts – Illawarra Hawks
- Tyler Harvey has an average of 24.7 points per game in his last 6 games against the Breakers
- Tyler Harvey has had the green light from beyond the arc against the Breakers. He has jacked up 60 three-point attempts across his last 6 games against them, but only hitting them at 31.7%
- Duop Reath is averaging 19.3 points across his last 4 games
- Antonius Cleveland has had 9 blocks across his last 4 games
- Xavier Rathan-Mayes is averaging 6 rebounds and 5.6 assists across his last 5 games
- Justinian Jessup has had 3+ rebounds in 7 of his past 8 matches
The Illawarra Hawks will be looking to make up for a massive loss to the Breakers back in early Feb. The Breakers led from start to finish, and won the match 90-67.
New Zealand are coming off a heavy defeat to Melbourne United, and will be looking to make up for a below par performance.
This is a match the Illawarra Hawks simply should win, but beware of the Breakers as they can occasionally turn it on.
The Hawks should get this done, but it is hard to be confident picking them due to their inconsistency this season.
Breakers big man, Yannick Wetzell is out of this clash and the Hawks will now have a significant advantage in the front court.