Cairns v Brisbane Feb 9
If there is one crunch game this round, then this is it. Alex Loughton's last home game and I think all NBL fans want him to go out with a bang.
He has been a trooper for Cairns and worthy of having his jersey hung so I hope all the Cairns faithful come out.
Cairns are up 2:1 in this series and they don't care for their big city cousins, who were lucky to fall over the line against the Hawks earlier in the round. Brisbane are more motivated than Donald Trump at a wall convention as this is reflected in the bookies odds.
But odds mean nothing when you throw emotions into the play and this will be an emotion game. Will Brisbane let Loughton go out on a high, or will the selfishly win the game? Surely they have to let the old fella have a double double game. I curse any Brisbane player who blocks his shot or fouls him today, or denies him 10 points.
Cairns have had a season from hell, but today, this is their Grand Final. That might be enough to carry them over the line, but Brisbane are party poopers.
Brisbane by 1