Having had an extra day to rest following their overtime loss to Zhejiang Bulls, the Shanghai Sharks remain on the road but this time will be playing against the vastly underperforming Jiangsu Dragons.
Though Shanghai are hardly setting the CBA on fire, their mid table target were considerably lower than the Dragons, who had ambitions of making the play-offs once again following a successful 19-12 finish last season. Instead the team from Nanjing find themselves in free fall and currently sit at the bottom of the table with a 3-10 record along with the Tianjin Lions.
This was not part of the plan for a side who were semi-finalists in last year’s tournament. The team have already released one set of overseas players, Marty Collins and Dan Gadzuric, and retooled their line-up with Marcus Williams and Jackson Vroman, but this has still not helped the situation and the Dragons have lost their last three games.
Shanghai will arrive as guests against a side whose overal record is terrible but do have a 3-5 record when playing infront of their home crowd. That said, the Sharks have won three out of the last four games as well as pushing a championship contender all the way before running out of gas in overtime.
Jiangsu’s yet-to-settle Americans duo of Vroman and Williams will be dangerous, as will the willy trio of Hu Xuefeng, Meng Da and Li Yi but the Sharks must show their ruthless streak against a side that have clearly lost their way so far this season. The Sharks could be considered the favorite for this game and now have to play like it against a disorientated side that are here for the taking