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Perth Wildcats vs Illawarra Hawks Tips - Relentless Wildcats to overpower Hawks

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  • 2nd meeting of the season between Perth & Illawarra
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Dan Hunter 24 Mar 2021
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Perth Wildcats vs Illawarra Hawks Tips


The Perth Wildcats take on the Illawarra Hawks in an NBL regular-season game on Friday, March 26. This will be the second time these two teams have faced each other this season, with Perth winning 87-70 earlier this month. The Wildcats are currently top of the NBL Season Ladder, while the Hawks are fourth.

Perth are the defending NBL Champions, and after a slow start to the 2020-21 season, are now looking more invincible with every victory. The Hawks are a good team, but I’m backing the Wildcats to defeat them again, once more by at least ten points. 

  • Perth top of NBL Season Ladder
  • Perth 11-4 this season
  • Illawarra 4th in NBL Season Ladder
  • Illawarra 9-7 this season

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Head to Head


The Perth Wildcats and the Illawarra Hawks have played each other 32 times in NBL games dating back to 2010. Overall, the Wildcats lead this head-to-head by 25 wins to 7. In their last eight matches during last season and this one, Perth lead 7-1. In their most recent encounter in March of this year the Wildcats were convincing winners 87-70.

Perth Wildcats Form


Most fans of the NBL know that the Perth Wildcats are the most successful team in the history of the championships, winning the trophy 10 times, and are the reigning  2019-20 NBL Champions. They are favorites to win an eleventh title, and after a slow start are top of the NBL Season Ladder. 

Five games into this season Perth were 2-3, but they have since lost just once in ten games. By comparison, their main rival and the team they have eclipsed at the top of the league table  – Melbourne United – have gone into free-fall, losing four out of their last five. Overall, Perth have won 11 games and lost 4 this season, most recently defeating the Adelaide 36ers 92-88 on Tuesday.

Illawarra Hawks Form


The Illawarra Hawks are currently fourth in the NBL Season Ladder, with nine wins and seven defeats. Illawarra recently enjoyed a run of three wins in four games, including a victory over Melbourne United, but United gained revenge over the Hawks this week, winning  75-65 on Monday.

This will be the second time the Hawks have played the Wildcats, with Perth defeating Illawarra in the first week of March 87-70. If the Hawks are to get anything out of this game, they are going to need their best players such as Tyler Harvey, Sam Froling, Justin Simon and Justinian Jessup to all be on their A-games. 

Perth Wildcats vs Illawarra Hawks FAQ

When is the Perth Wildcats vs Illawarra Hawks match taking place?

Perth Wildcats vs Illawarra Hawks takes place at 8:30 PM (AEDT) on Friday, March 26

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Verdict

The Perth Wildcats are the Manchester United of the NBL, and like United, they are pretty much hated by the fans of all of the other teams in the league. The reverse is true for Illawarra, whom many would pick as their second favourite team, probably due to the fact that they have been around since the league’s formation in 1979.

All sentimentality aside, after a slow start the Perth Wildcats are now motoring like a well-oiled machine, and looking increasingly unstoppable with every win. The Illawarra Hawks are a very decent team, as they showed in defeating Melbourne United last week.

However, right now the Wildcats are just too good for everyone else in the NBL. I’m backing Perth to defeat Illawarra by at least 10 points on Friday in a game that will feature 175 points or more.
Best Bet: Perth Winner @-303.03 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Perth 13-16 Winning Margin @650.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Over 179 Total Points @230.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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