Teesside v Nottingham | Game Preview
Teesside Lions are back in action this weekend ahead of a season defining month of February which could decide the league championship.
Nottingham Wildcats visit Eston Arena on Sunday 5th February with high scoring Manpreet Hundal hoping to lead an upset on Teesside. Hundal hit 43pts in the first outing between the sides and will have good support from Jarrod Henriques and Shawn Manning-Dolby who are both capable scorers.
The Wildcats are in fifth place in the table with just two wins this season but both games with Teesside thus far have been closer than some may have expected.
The first of two games in December saw Lions travel with a below strength team. Lions had just 6 players in the game and in an effort to protect players from foul trouble, adopted a safe approach to defence. The high scoring game of we’ll score more than you finished 102-115.
Teesside then travelled back to Nottingham on 17th December to record an 81-99 win.
The scoreline in both games will provide Nottingham with a belief that they have the potential to be the first team to beat Teesside in 18 games. Eston Arena is becoming well established as a fortress however and The Lions have not lost a game at home in two seasons.
Teesside are also aware of the importance of a positive points difference and the affect this can have on home/away seedings in the post season playoffs.
With both teams motivated for very different reasons, the result should be an enjoyable spectacle for basketball fans on Teesside.
Tickets are on sale now at TeessideLions.com
Tip is 2.30pm with doors open from 1.30pm at Eston Arena Middlesbrough TS6 9AE.