ANALYSIS: This might be one of the most exciting games we see all season. The defending champs will take on the upstart TX Thunder who have looked pretty darn good so far this season. TXT does it on D. The entire starting 5 is long, athletic and hawks the ball. Their ability to create TOs gets them out in transition, where they score most of their points. Ninjas have a similar offensive scheme, except they get it done with position D, blocked shots and rebounds to get transition scoring. Either way, there should be no shortage of points scored in this one.
X-FACTOR: As if AKN (F) Joel Capili and (C) Pat Pilar weren't hard enough to guard, it's AKN's range that makes it harder. (G) Wilson Lew, (G) Wai Ming Pun and especially Capili can all hit from deep. But, TXT will return the favor with (C) Tom Chu, the sweetest shooting big man we've seen in years. If AKN is in man, he'll force the bigs out of the paint. You can't afford not to get a hand up on Chu. -- Jeff Van Ghandi
Alpha Kenny Ninjas
(G) Wilson Lew
(G) Leuis Ng
Lew has lost a step over the years but no one makes bigger shots. Ng has been an impact rookie from the start and has become one of the league's most versatile guards.
(G) Wai Ming Pun
(G) Alex Shu
Both these guards are similar in that they hustle, play D and can make big shots. Pun is the better ball-handler and shooter but Shu is the better rebounder and defender.
(F) Joel Capili
(F) Tom Xu
Capili may finish the season as the league's best big man scorer. His versatility is nearly unmatched in this league. Xu is a hustle guy and solid defender who is also a leader.
(F) Joe Yen
(F) Mike Ha
There is no doubt Yen is big but can he keep up with TXT? Ha is one of those utility guys, he'll give you a bit of everything and will never stop pursuing the ball.
(C) Pat Pilar
(C) Tom Chu
Pilar is the single most dominant force in the league, 'nuff said. If Capili is the best scorer, Chu is the best pure shooter, which may be the best way to get Pilar out of the paint.
AKN's bench has solid hustle players who can also contribute on offense. TXT (F) Rondeep Dutta can always be an impact. They also have guards who have shown flashes.