R18: Perth Wildcats v Cairns Taipans
These last few rounds will have several important games, and this is one of them.
Cairns and Perth have not had any close RESULTS this season. IN the corresponding game in November, Perth blew Cairns away in the 1st quarter. However they have had a lot of close quarters, so this could be a real tussle.
Both are coming off a 5 day break, but Cairns travel, on one of their longest road-trips. (At least the current Perth weather will make them feel at home.)
It's a HUGE game for both teams.
Perth need 2 wins from 4 to virtually guarantee finals (and probably 3rd spot,) and they would like to get the first sooner rather than later. (Especially since they face two more tough games against NZ and Adelaide.)
Cairns will be eyeing off the minor premiership, so need to keep winning, and will be looking for wins against Perth & Sydney.
Perth should be looking for a repeat of round 8. Get on top early, and stay there. Cairns must back-up in less that two days and travel to Sydney for a must-win game. If they get behind they MIGHT elect to keep something in the tank?