Two weeks ago
Time for Wildcard Matchup
In the past people have argued "if you can't make top 4 you don't deserve to be in the finals" or "if you win less than half of your games you don't deserve to be in the finals".
We have 9 teams now, where finishing 5th is right in the middle, it's not below par. Soon we have 10 teams which will remove that second seed of doubt in all likelihood.
With the evenness of the NBL lately, and looking at the rosters - this is the time to have a 4th v 5th elimination game.
We know Wildcats will be good, they always are, and they have Cotton. NZ have a 'team to beat'. Melbourne and Sydney are strong in the players they have retained. There's 4 teams.
Cairns a little step back perhaps without their import trio, but with Machado they won't drop off that much.
36ers improved their roster, and likely further.
Hawks have made a solid fist of it - most expensive roster they have assembled and some genuine talent.
Anyone finishing 5th is going to be good. The teams are too even to not give us 4th v 5th wildcard match!