We take a look at tonights NBL clash between the Cairns Taipans and the Illawarra Hawks. The Taipans head into the match as favourites to win at home in Round 1 although it looks an even match on paper. View our Cairns Taipans vs Illawarra Hawks preview below.
Where: Friday, October 6, 7.30pm (AEDT)
When: Cairns Convention Centre
Cairns Taipans are looking to get off to flying start with new guard and former Dayton Flyers star Scoochie Smith.
The 22-year-old, who played with the Boston Celtics in the NBA Summer League, is a big signing for the Snakes.
The Taipans however, will be missing Venezuelan import Michael Carrera, who will miss the start of the season after undergoing knee surgery.
On the other side of the ledger, the Hawks return a familiar backcourt pairing of Mitch Norton and Rhys Martin but have two new faces in their front court in Demitrious Conger and Delvin Johnson.
Cairns might be down in troops and have some key players coming back from injury but they always rise to the occasion at the Snakepit.
Cairns at $1.80
Illawarra at $2.00
Tip: Cairns at $1.80
Line tip: Illawarra +1.5
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