Cheshire Phoenix have the chance to take the head-to-head and move a step closer to securing fourth spot in the BBL tonight when they travel to the capital to face London Lions at the Copper Box Arena (7.30pm).
Head coach John Coffino's men currently sit 12 points ahead of Vince Macauley's Lions side, although the Londoners have four games in hand on Cheshire.
With the regular season winding down, the Nix begin the first of a three-game road trip in the capital tonight, with Lions chief Macauley billing the game as 'critical' to his side's chances of overhauling Coffino's men in the standings.
"We are trying to focus on getting victories against all of the teams below us and having a real tussle with three of the teams above us, Cheshire, Leicester and Worcester," said Macaulay.
"If we want to get fourth, this is a critical win for us, because of the head-to-head. We beat them in the first game at our place, but we fell away a bit when they beat us up there.
"We are very fired up for this game and it will be a very important game for us."
The Nix had the edge when the teams last clashed, with the boys in blue claiming an 84-75 success over the Lions.
Coffino, whose side registered an impressive 97-63 success at home to Surrey United on Sunday, is aware of just how significant a win over the Lions could be as his side, who still have an outside chance of finishing third, look to end the regular season in good form heading into the end-of-season play-offs.
He said: "It's a very significant game for many reasons, one being the head-to-head tie-breaker, the other thing is, if we can win, it puts us two points up and takes away another opportunity for them to get two points, so it has that duel effect.
"You have got to be playing good ball going into the play-offs and we have to really start putting things together from now until mid-April."
The Lions also come into the clash on the back of a win following a 93-84 success at Plymouth University Raiders at the weekend.
Macauley praised the high-talent levels of the Nix's frontcourt stars and singled out David Aliu as one to watch.
"They have got some exceptional players," admitted Macaulay.
"Taylor King and Demond Watt have really brought a new dimension to the league and obviously the big glue in the middle of all of that is David Aliu.
"He is the kind of guy that can take a team a long way."
The Nix are without a home game this weekend and are next in action following their trip to London when they face the long trip north of the border to Glasgow Rocks on Sunday, March 29 (5pm).