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BBL Play-off Final Preview: Leicester Riders v Sheffield Sharks

Leicester Riders v Sheffield Sharks
BBL Play-Off Final
Sunday, May 8th (3.30pm)
Live on the BBC red button/online

Cancel your plans, load up on food and drink: the BBL play-off final is live on Sunday May, 8th at 3.30pm from the London 02 Arena on the BBC red button or BBC online. 

We take a look at the two teams competing for the ultimate prize in British basketball - the BBL play-off trophy.

BBL champions Leicester Riders have the opportunity to win the treble, if they can defeat the Sheffield Sharks in the 2015/2016 BBL Play-off final.

The two teams that face off will be familiar to Flyers fans. Flyers' record against Riders is a reflection of how dominant the 2015/2016 league champions are. Bristol failed to notch a win against Leicester, going 0-3 on the season, losing at home 55-66 and both away encounters 76-64 and 90-52 respectively.

Riders were spearheaded by their trademark defence in the three clashes with Flyers this season. Flyers felt the brunt of that defence when Bristol hosted Leicester on the February 12th, at the WISE Arena. Flyers looked to have secured an impressive victory against the Riders, before a final quarter in which the home side found it impossible to score on the league-leading defence.

Riders are coming off an impressive semi-final victory against the Cheshire Phoenix , with an aggregate score of 183-47 over the two legs.
Riders' notorious defence will be felt, but they will also be able to rely on their balanced offence, with so many offensive weapons including TrayVonn Wright, Neil Watson and Tyler Bernardini.

Flyers hosted Sharks in early March, a contender for their game of the season. Flyers won the game in a nail-biting finish 69-65, but didn't fare as well in their two away games in Sheffield losing 70-43 and 78-70 respectively. The Bristol faithful will be well aware of the dangerous Sheffield squad.

Flyers' fans need no reminder of Sharks dominance in the paint. Bristol were scorched inside by Sheffield's big men Jarrold Brooks and Antone Robinson, scoring 26 and 17 points respectively.

Sheffield won an intense semi-final against Glasgow Rocks. Sharks scraped through on an aggregate score of 159-153, almost losing their place in the final fending off a Rocks' comeback.

Regardless of the clubs' head-to-head records, Sheffield winning the season series 2-1, Leicester are the clear favourites in this match-up, but the Sharks have more than enough to spoil Riders' dreams of the treble. 

The BBL Play-offs have boiled down to one game, make sure you tune in to the BBL final on BBC red button or BBC online for the 3.30pm tip-off.

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