Sydney Kings' 15th straight loss at the hands of Perth could be made worse with star import Josh Childress facing the prospect of a suspension for a stray forearm on Wildcats opponent Jesse Wagstaff.
The bright lights of the WNBA are calling but Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf has one sage piece of advice for Stephanie Talbot - "don't go until you're ready''.
It starts with the defending champion San Antonio Spurs and it doesn't get much easier from there. The SouthWest division is easily the hardest in the NBA.
Santa will come early for the Canberra Capitals after coach Carrie Graf revealed injured superstar Lauren Jackson would be back on deck "well before Christmas".
Sydney may have won their most recent fixture against bogey team Perth, but the official NBL records show a 14-game streak in favour of the westerners.
The Los Angeles Lakers used to own the Pacific division. This season they not only face the prospect of finishing at the bottom of it for the second year in a row, they are another Kobe Bryant serious injury away from being the worst team in the western conference.
Basketball ACT will trial a zero tolerance policy to stamp out poor behaviour in its open men's and women's summer leagues, with acting chief executive officer Tom Moore admitting steps had to be taken to "provide them with a safe environment in which to play".
The Canberra Capitals are intent on ending a three-year hoodoo against the Bendigo Spirit to "make a statement" about their WNBL championship credentials.
Canberra Capitals skipper Abby Bishop has described her side's turnover issues as "unacceptable", admitting it "has to change quick smart" after Saturday's scrappy WNBL loss to Sydney.
The Sydney Kings will need more aggression and unity when they take on reigning champions the Perth Wildcats on Friday, coach Damian Cotter says.