JHP_2388THE Giants are heading into what could be a pivotal weekend with key games home and away.

Jeff Jones and his men travel to Leicester on Friday night looking for a repeat of their home win over the champions of last month.

The Riders pipped them by just two points at the John Stanford Centre in November and Jones wants another big effort as the Giants look to grab a play-off spot.

He said: “Both previous games were very competitive and I would expect the same thing this Friday, although Leicester are getting back to their best. They have had a blip with their injury troubles but they are pretty much at full strength.

“They will want to get back to winning ways, we just have to hang in there and give ourselves a chance at the end.”

The Giants then host Durham at Wright Robinson on Sunday (5.30pm) looking for a third win over their play-off rivals.

They have won home and away already against the Wildcats this season and Jones warns defence will be the key to victory this time.

He added: “I am expecting a really tough game. They are very similar to us and play an attractive style of basketball which I like.

“The game will come down to which team steps up on the defensive end of the floor. If you look at the last game, it may come down to who holds the other team under 100 points.

“They are like us a little bit in that Danny Huffor, like David Aliu for ourselves, has been their most consistent scorer. As well as Huffor, Ralph Bucci is also having a very good season.

“Really though, you have to focus on them as a team and not let anyone have a career-best night.”

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