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Bryce Cotton is tearing apart the NBL at the moment. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Illawarra Hawks vs Perth Wildcats Tips


Perth will be looking to extend their win streak to seven matches when they square up against the last-placed Hawks in Illawarra on Friday night.

The Wildcats have been unstoppable, riding on the shoulders of the hurricane that is Bryce Cotton, who has been destroying any defence that stands in his way.

Cotton hit 41 points in Perth’s latest win against Sydney and has averaged 30 points per game in the Wildcats six-game win streak. 

Illawarra have played the best defence they have all season in their last 3 games, reducing their points against average to 74.6 over the last 3 matches, compared with their season average of 91.0 PA/G. 

That being said, I can’t see them slowing Cotton and the Cats down and they will win comfortably in Illawarra, covering the 5.5-point line as favourites.

I can see Illawarra falling into their old habits against the Wildcats and this game turning into a shootout and going over the game total of 175.5

  • Perth won all 3 games against Illawarra last season. 
  • Bryce Cotton is averaging 30 points per game in his last 6 games.
  • Illawarra average 91.0 points against per game this season.
  • Perth average 90.9 point per game this season.

Head to Head 


2023/24 Match Results
This is the first meeting between Illawarra and Perth this season.

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

Illawarra Hawks Form & Team News


The Hawks came agonisingly close to registering their first back-to-back wins of the season, losing to Brisbane 78-77 at Nissan Arena on Sunday.

After shocking New Zealand 69-65 before the NBL Break, the Hawks put in another strong defensive performance, keeping the Bullets under 80 points offence and containing their top-scorer Nathan Sobey to just 8 points in the match. 

It was Illawarra’s third consecutive match keeping their opponents under 81 points or less, which is well below their 91-points against average this season. 

Perth Wildcats Form & Team News


After losing four games straight and the critics pointing fingers hard at the Wildcats, Perth are now the most in-form team in the NBL, winning six consecutive games and doing so comfortably.

The Wildcats latest was a 114-105 victory over Sydney, outsourcing the Kings 31-22 in the fourth quarter to run away 9-point victors.

No surprise it was Bryce Cotton who stole the show again, scoring 41 points with 5 rebounds and 7 assists in the match, making him the hottest player in the league, averaging 30 points a game in Perth’s last 6 games.  

Verdict

I see Illawarra opening themselves up defensively and allowing this game to turn into a shootout which they will lose.
 
Perth will cover the 5.5-point line and this game will go Over the 175.5 game total.
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