CHESTER Jets will be hoping to build on last weekend's success when they play Leicester Riders and Birmingham Bullets.
The Jets dispatched of Milton Keynes Lions and London Towers to hit fifth place with eight points, and are looking to build a head of steam to roll over the two under-pressure bottom BBL league teams.
The in-form Jets face Leicester Riders at home at the Northgate Arena (7.30pm) tonight and are looking to outgun The Birmingham Bullets, who they play away this Sunday at 8pm.
Coach Paul Smith believes that the next two games will be crucial as, if the Jets succeed, it could catapult them into the top three and within range of top-flight team Sheffield Sharks
Coach Paul Smith said: 'It will be another big weekend for us, we will be in the top three if we win, but if we lose, we will be in the bottom half of the league. The next two games can be a springboard for the rest of the season.
Last weekend's run has given us a lot of confidence to face Leicester this evening and Birmingham on Sunday. We are now looking to build up our points and keep up with the leading pack, so the next two games will be very important for us.
'The Leicester encounter on Friday is a crucial tie, we know it is going to be a must-win game for Leicester. They have had a bit of a losing streak over the last games and they will be looking to pick themselves up - and that's dangerous.
'Everyone is trying stay up with Sheffield at the moment. They have had a great start and we are certainly looking to keep up, so we do we need three or four good wins to stay in touch. Only time will tell!
It will also be business as usual for Jets captain John McCord after being nominated as BBL Player of the Month for October.
Coach Paul Smith believes that John will play a big part in this weekend's effort to stake their claim to the top three.
He said: 'John will be a big part of the game for us this weekend, but it will be a team effort. We've had five top scorers this season, so if the other team's game plan is to stop John, we have other scorers.'
TCS Chester Jets will be the first side to play a BBL Championship game at Birmingham Bullets this season, when the two teams meet on Sunday night at the Birmingham Sports Centre.
Bullets Coach Steve Tucker said: 'You have to beat Chester, they very rarely beat themselves. I think the (DeRon) Rutledge and (James) Hamilton match-up will be key.'