Basketball: Leicester Riders face key league clash ahead of Cup final
Leicester Riders can tonight move level with leaders Newcastle Eagles in the BBL Championship table.
They travel to London Lions for a live-televised game on Sky, knowing victory will, alphabetically at least, put them top of the table.
It will be a major confidence boost for the Jelson Homes DMU-sponsored Riders ahead of their BBL Cup final with Newcastle on Sunday.
Following hot on the heels of Saturday's win over Worcester, Riders will not be rusty
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"We are happy to be playing and we feel like it will get us in good rhythm," said coach Rob Paternostro. "But no-one is talking about the Cup final in our camp, we're just talking about trying to play at a high level."
Lions haven't lost too many games at Crystal Palace since moving there in the summer, but Riders did knock them out of the Cup on their own floor.
"You have to make sure you don't give them easy baskets and you have to keep them off the foul line," said Paternostro.
"Baskets in transition and getting free throws are two areas that they have excelled at this year so, if you can contain that, then you'll have a better chance. They are talented and unpredictable at times, which makes them dangerous."
London come into this game on the back of five consecutive defeats but have shown, at times, they can be a match for anyone in the BBL.
"Not many teams in this league are able to consistently win," said Paternostro. "But I think Lions have done a good job this year, most teams will tell you they are pretty difficult to play."
The fact the game is being broadcast live on Sky TV should also serve to increase their performance in front of their own fans.
"We've been on television a lot this season," added Paternostro.
"These live games are always fun to play in. I'm sure Lions will be thinking the same thing."
Lions: Barkers, Scantlebury, Williams, Jackman, Spencer, Pedroso, Lawman, James, Lawson, Martin, Irish, Ogedengbe, Sturt.
Riders: Okoro, Couisnard, Stewart, Sullivan, Calvo, Hopkins, Taylor, Anderson, Washington, Lamble, Haggith, Gould, Dawes, Maynard, Losonsky, Rowe.