The Perth Wildcats have no intention of taking their foot off the accelerator when they travel to Melbourne for the final game of the home and away season.
United need to beat Perth by around 30 points to pinch top spot on Sunday - a position the Wildcats have held at the end of 11 of 17 rounds so far this season.
Perth had a slump midseason that saw them drop to third place. During that period, their biggest loss was by 17 points to Melbourne in round 9.
But they have regrouped and a run now of six consecutive wins has them back in prime position to win their fourth title in six seasons.
Coach Trevor Gleeson said he had no thoughts of taking Sunday's game easy.
"Our mentality was first to lock in a top-two finish and I think that locks us in the top two. That was one of our goals at the start of pre-season," Gleeson said.
"We're playing great basketball now and want to carry that forward; we don't want to go backwards.
"We want to win the game, without question. They are a great team and it's going to be a cracker."
The first half in Perth's 93-85 win over Adelaide on Friday night will give Gleeson plenty to look at, though.
For the second consecutive week, Bryce Cotton had a slow start to the game.
Against the Sydney Kings a week earlier, the league's reigning MVP went 0-10 and didn't score in the first half before finishing with 27 points in an overtime win.
Against the 36ers, he had just five points at half-time, but had only taken five shots, after being well defended. He got off the leash in the second half to finish with 29.
"We'll look at that," Gleeson said. "They did a very good job in the first half, defensively, but we didn't execute that good to create points."
Gleeson will also look at the way his big men attracted fouls in the first 12 minutes of the game.
At the start of the second quarter, Angus Brandt, Tom Jervis and Jesse Wagstaff each had two fouls next to their name.
Wagstaff fouled out of the game late in the fourth quarter.
"There were a lot of hands in the cookie jar," Gleeson said. "The big fellas should be getting fouls up high. There was a hold and off the ball (foul).
"They have to be smarter with that."
Australian Associated Press