Illawarra Hawks will take on Sydney Kings in the NBL on Friday, 29 April 2022. The first game of a three match semi-finals series will go underway at 9:30 am GMT. Let’s learn everything about Hawks vs. Kings, start time, venue, preview, prediction, and how to watch.
- Competition: NBL Semi-Finals
- Teams: Illawarra Hawks vs. Sydney Kings
- Date: Friday, 29 April 2022
- Start Time: 9:30 am GMT, 7:30 pm local time
- Venue: WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong
- Watch: ESPN, Kayo
When and Where is Illawarra Hawks vs. Sydney Kings?
Illawarra Hawks vs. Sydney Kings will hit the ground on Friday, 29 April 2022, at 9:30 am GMT, which is 7:30 pm local time on Friday.
This exciting match will be held at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, the home ground of the Hawks. It will be a home match for Illawarra Hawks.
The National Basketball League of Australia NBL regular season 2021-2022 has ended with thrilling matches. Melbourne United, Hawks, Kings, and JackJumpers have made their way to the finals by finishing into the top 4. After a last gameweek decider, Perth Wildcats couldn’t make it to the playoffs for the first time in 35 years.
With a win after the Overtime on the last gameweek against the Kings, the Hawks have finished at the 2nd spot in the table, just ahead of the Kings. In the first game of a three game playoffs, the Sydney Kings will visit Wollongong to take on Illawarra Hawks.
The Hawks and Kings will take their rivalry to a whole new level in the playoffs. It is what promises a great NBL Finals this season. Before the last gameweek, Sydney Kings bagged a victory over the Hawks by 102-107 points at home to Illawarra Hawks in the round 20. In the gameweek 21, the Hawks flipped the coin by bagging a 84-87 points victory over Sydney Kings at home to the Kings.
After a first quarter disaster by 18-32 points, the Kings came back strongly. With 3.3 seconds left on the clock and trailing by 84-86 points on the scoreboard, Ian Clark scored the winner for the Kings only to be disallowed for an outside foot. The match ended in favor of Illawarra Hawks by 84-87 points.
Justinian Jessup scored a massive 24 points for the Hawks in their victory. In the absence of the NBL season 2021-2022 MVP Jaylen Adams, their highest scorer, Xavier Cooks scored 20 staggering points with 14 rebounds for the Kings, just couldn’t cover up the first-quarter’s deficit.
Illawarra Hawks have finished second in the table with 19 wins out of 28 games. Sydney Kings have finished 3rd with the same number of wins.
It will be a toe-to-toe battle between the two finest teams. In their last 5 meetings, the Hawks claimed 3 wins while the Kings had 2. The Hawks have won 8 of their last 9 home games. One the other hand, the Kings haven’t lost their last 10 away matches.
All these stats promise to offer us an incredible match between Illawarra Hawks and Sydney Kings.
Jaylen Adams will be the player to watch in this match. This Sydney scorer has been awarded the MVP of the NBL this season. He beat last season’s MVP Bryce Cotton by polling 105 votes. Jaylen Adams scored an average of 20.1 points, 6.1 assists, and 5.1 rebounds in this season to help the Kings in their 13-match unbeaten run. Xavier Cooks should be the crucial player alongside Jaylen Adams for Sydney Kings. Cooks scored 20 points and 14 rebounds in his last match against the Hawks.
Antonius Cleveland should be the crucial player in the defense for the Hawks. He has won the defensive player of the year this season. Justinian Jessup should be the player to watch in the Hawks attack. He has scored 24 points in their victory against the Kings on 24 April this month.
Hawks and Kings are two finest teams in the NBL season 2021-2022. Their presence in the competition blends thrill in it. It is difficult to pick the better side among the two teams.
Friday’s battle is sure to produce a thrilling battle. Our experts pick Sydney Kings to pull a narrow win in this match.
- Score Prediction: Illawarra Hawks 87-95 Sydney Kings
How to Watch Illawarra Hawks vs. Sydney Kings on TV and Online?
You can catch the NBL actions, the semi-finals between Hawks vs Kings on Kayo. You need to buy a subscription to watch this match live on Kayo. The basic plan costs a minimum $25 per month. They offer 14 days free trial for new subscribers on the basic plan.
You can also watch NBL semi-finals between the Hawks and Kings live via ESPN and Foxtel. Moreover, NBL TV is another option to catch the matches live. The match is set to go underway at 9:30 am GMT on Friday.