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  • Illawarra Hawks at Perth Wildcats Tips
  • The Hawks' defence has been successful in containing Bryce Cotton, the league’s top scorer.
  • Expect a low-scoring game with the total likely to go under 182.5 points.
  • Preview, stats, head-to-head, team news & more
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Illawarra Hawks, Perth Wildcats
Hawks have a chance to sweep the Wildcats 3-0 this season.(Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Illawarra Hawks vs Perth Wildcats Tips


The Hawks will look to sweep the series 3-0 against the Perth Wildcats and book their place in the play-in with one game remaining in the season.
  • Illawarra Hawks vs Perth Wildcats Tips
  • Head to Head 
  • Illawarra Hawks Form & Team News
  • Perth Wildcats Form & Team News
  • Illawarra Hawks vs Perth Wildcats Frequently Asked Questions

The Hawks defence has been able to contain the league’s best point scorer, Bryce Cotton, restricting hte wildcats’ import to 20 points over the two matches played, which is 3.3 points below his average for just one game. The Illawarra wins have also been by hefty margins, which is why I will be backing the home team to cover the 1.5 point line as favourites.

Illawarra will go a long way to winning this game if they can continue to reduce the effect of Bryce Cotton on the scoreboard, which will be a big part of the game plan. The Hawks have been playing tight defensively again since dropping 3 games in the middle of January, allowing just 84.2 points against over their last 5 matches.

With that in mind, I will be backing the total to go Under 182.5 points as we see the Hawks stop Cotton again and get away with the win, by two points of course.

  • Illawarra have beaten the Wildcats by 18 points in both games this season.
  • Illawarra has won 4 of their last 5 games.
  • Bryce Cotton has scored just 13 points and 7 points in his two games against the Hawks.
  • Both games between the Hawks and the Wildcats have gone Under 182.5 points.

Head to Head 


2023/24 Match Results
Jan 25, 2024: Perth 77-95 Illawarra
Dec 08, 2023: Illawarra 100-82 Perth

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

Illawarra Hawks Form & Team News


Illawarra have won 4 of their last 5 games, however, they dropped an important match last weekend against New Zealand 88-85 which now puts their play-in position in jeopardy if they lose both of their matches in the final round of the season, against the top two teams in the league.

The Hawks were able to recover from their loss against the Breakers by beating the Sydney Kings for the second time this season with a 105-96 win. Gary Clark had a quiet game to his standard against New Zealand but rebounded 2 days later with a team-high 22 points, outscoring Tyler Harvey, who had 21 points.

Perth Wildcats Form & Team News


Bryce Cotton was back to his old self in round 19 after being a little off over the last few weeks. Cotton bucketed 26 points in the Wildcats 117-88 victory over the Taipans and led the team with 4 assists. Next Star Alex Sarr had his best performance under the rim recording a season-high 12 rebounds, 3 blocks and 14 points.

Perth have already locked in second-place in the standing and a direct route to the second stage of the finals. However, if Melbourne drop both of their games in round 20, there is a possibility to take first, a very slim one.

Illawarra Hawks vs Perth Wildcats Frequently Asked Questions

What time does Illawarra Hawks vs Perth Wildcats start?

Tipoff between Illawarra Hawks vs Perth Wildcats is at 7:30 PM AEDT, Thursday, February 15

What channel is Illawarra Hawks vs Perth Wildcats on?

You can watch Illawarra Hawks vs Perth Wildcats on ESPN via Kayo and Foxtel.

Verdict

The Hawks will book their place in the play-in with a 2-point or more win over the Wildcats.
 
The game will be D-heavy so expect the Under game total to hit.
Best Bet1: Illawarra -1.5 Handicap/Line @32/33 at Justbet - 2 Units
Best Bet2: Under 182.5 Game Total @10/11 at Betr - 3 Units
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