Second plays third in the BBL Championship on Tuesday in the first of two meetings in quick succession.
Leicester Riders travel to Worcester Wolves on Tuesday before a rapid reverse on Friday, two games which could go a long way to deciding how the top three looks at the end of the season.
With the end in sight, being the team left standing holding the silverware becomes the focus for every team.
And Tyler Bernardini and his team-mates epitomise that feeling.
“We are all aligned with how we feel about things, that’s why we are so close,” said the Riders guard.
“Whether we are in practice or in a game, we all enjoy competing and enjoy winning. We want to win a trophy. We still want to win the league and when the Play-offs come, we want to win that.
“When it’s all said and done we want to look back on the season in May and be able to say we got better every night and we were the best team in the league. That’s what every team wants.”
Leicester and Worcester both want to finish in the top two, at least.
They have split their two meetings so far this season, Paul James’ side winning in the league back in December before Rob Paternostro’s side eliminated them from the BBL Trophy.
Bernardini added: “We are battling for second place going into the second place in the Play-offs and ideally, if Newcastle lose, we are battling for first.
“They are a really good team. They are physical, talented and it’s a game we have got to be focused on, be healthy for, and just come out to try and execute our gameplan.”
Last time they met:
Leicester Riders 80 Worcester Wolves 71 (BBL Trophy quarter-final, Sir David Wallace Sports Centre, 31 Jan 2015)
What they say:
Wolves coach Paul James: “A lot of the pressure is on Leicester really because if they lose another game they are out of the title race whereas we are pretty much out of it anyway now.
“They are different from Newcastle, they are a little bit more athletic and get up and down the floor a bit more.
“If you let them get on top of you they can hurt you really badly so we have to make sure we control the tempo of the game.”
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