Road trips crucial for 36ers’ chances

ADELAIDE 36ers coach Joey Wright says his team's ability to win on the road will be a big advantage when the NBL finals roll around next month.

Riding a six-game winning streak - five of them away from home - the 36ers had found the winning formula after a wobbly start to the season when the team chemistry was "fractured", Wright said.

"We had no real pre-season and it was a bad cocktail," Wright told APN ahead of his side's bid for a seventh straight win against Sydney at home tonight.

"We're playing defence, hitting some free throws, diving on the loose ball ... you know this game ain't rocket science."

With league leader Cairns away to third-placed Perth tonight, Adelaide could even sneak into third spot with three games to play.

"If we get to the finals I feel good about our ability," Wright said.

Fifth-placed Melbourne will be keen to keep its finals hopes alive by beating Wollongong tomorrow.

And Townsville, just a win out of the top six, desperately needs to pull off an upset at home against the Breakers on Sunday.

The other match on Sunday will see Cairns drop in to Sydney on its way back from Perth to take on the sixth-placed Kings.

With just two rounds remaining after this weekend, every game will be crucial. Only Cairns and New Zealand (on 18 wins each) are assured of playing finals, with Perth and Adelaide fighting for third and fourth, leaving fifth and sixth up for grabs.

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