The 6-10 Qingdao Eagles are next in line for a visit to the Yuanshen, and the Sharks, who have only lost once at home all season will be well aware that their guests have an awful 1-6 record when they leave their home stadium. Both teams are on a winning streak, but the three-in-a-row Sharks will regard themselves as the favourites against the 13th placed Eagles, who come into this game with recent wins against Shandong and Foshan.
That said, the Eagles will return to Shanghai still boasting the formidable Lester Hudson, currently averaging 34.2 ppg and 5.9 apg in the CBA. Hudson was the key to beating the Sharks last time around and he will need to be watched carefully in the latest engagement. The arrival of the much traveled center Olumide Oyedeji will also be cause for concern. The Nigerian, who has had previous spells with Beijing, Lioaning and Shanxi over a three year spell in the CBA is averaging 15 rebounds a game since he returned to China having previously been playing for Changwon LG Sakers in the Korea’s KBL. Qindao’s tricky forward, Li Gen can also cause mischief if not watched closely.
The Sharks will obviously need to be weary of Hudson, who has put up big scores against a number of teams this season, but as their record shows, Qingdao do not have a tremendous amount of back up for their American forward.If Hudson can be kept under control by a Shanghai defence that is the best in the league, the Sharks should be able to deal with the Eagles. That said, the Sharks squad, weakened by flu when they played Tianjin Lions, can expect a stronger test against Qingdao and will need to get start the game with momentum lest a Hudson-inspired offense takes control of another game that Shanghai need to win.