Manchester Giants v London Lions
Where:  Trafford Sportsdome, Trafford Way, Manchester M17 8DD
When: Friday, December 28, tip-off 7.30pm
What: BBL Championship

Sheffield Sharks v Manchester Giants
Where: EIS, Coleridge Rd, Sheffield S9 5DA
When: Sunday, December 30, tip-off 4pm
What: BBL Championship

News

The Giants go into their Friday-night clash with the table-topping Lions in great shape after their morale-boosting win in the Trophy on Sunday.

Danny Byrne’s men, who practiced on Boxing Day, shocked holders Leicester with a superb display at the Sportsdome and go into the clash with a 7-6 record in all competitions.

It was a performance that earned them a place in the quarter-finals – where they face Newcastle Eagles – and Torry Butler a spot in the BBL team of the week.

Now they face another challenge against the team currently top of the pile. The Lions have only lost twice in 13 Championship games but the Giants’ bullish victory over the Riders has whetted their appetite for another upset.

After that, the Giants head to Sheffield on Sunday for their final league match of 2018.

Tickets

For the home clash vs the Lions buy online here – Adults £12, Concessions £9, Junior £7, Family £30.

You will be able to pay cash on the day, though tickets are subject to a £2 increase.

Giants fans can pay on the door at Sheffield on Sunday.

What the coach is saying

Danny Byrne: “We played brilliant team basketball against Leicester and got exactly what we deserved. Torry was excellent and James Jones had probably his best game since coming back after starting. His maturity and experience is a big plus for us.

“And we managed to cope very well without Willie Clayton when he had foul trouble, which is good news.

“We know we face another tough examination against the Lions but we also know that if we stick together, stick to our plan and work hard, we are a match for anyone.

“Myself and the players would love another big Giants crowd to cheer us on.”

Top tweets

Team news

The Giants squad has a clean bill of health for his players.

Watch live online

Once again, every game in the BBL will be live streamed online this year. You can watch the game on Livebasketball.tv, or through various partners, including bet365.

Giants v Lions game live stats here

Sharks v Giants game live stats here

Merchandise

A selected range of merchandise will be available.