Sydney Kings coach Will Weaver insists squaring the ledger with Perth is more important than clinching top seed for the looming NBL playoffs.
But if Weaver's men topple the Wildcats on Saturday, the Kings will have both.
With just three weeks left in the regular season, Saturday's blockbuster between the league's top two teams at RAC Arena looms as a preview of the final series.
"I don't look at it that way. But that's value in it, sure," Weaver said on Tuesday.
The Kings coach may be in his rookie campaign, but is well aware that the race to the minor premiership last season came down to points differential.
And while he concedes his squad also know what's at stake, Weaver is adamant there is a different motivation driving his team.
Perth, the defending champions, are the only team to have defeated the Kings twice this season, and going down just once in their three meetings.
"I think we've won almost all our series (against other teams). This is a chance to make it two-all (against Perth), which is better than finishing 3-1," Weaver said.
"So there's a level of competitiveness that our guys like in beating people, and for the most part, they have.
"But they all keep that in perspective and proportion in the big picture stuff."
Weaver's side also have the opportunity to make history by becoming the first team in NBL history to lead the league from start to finish.
Victory on Saturday night would seal the feat.
"I think it's remarkable that that's never been achieved before," Weaver said.
"From a program standpoint, what you strive to build is something that's consistently excellent. That's the reason I moved my family here.
"I think the people that are in place, the city, history, and organisation ... everything pointed towards the opportunity to build something that's consistently excellent.
"In terms of our team, we couldn't care less about it.
"It doesn't even enter into our thinking, we totally ignore it along with any kinds of awards, or perceived accolades or snubs. It's less than unimportant to us."
The Kings are still sweating on the fitness of import Didi Louzada, who suffered a leg injury last-start and missed training on Tuesday.
However veteran Kevin Lisch is a chance of making his return from a calf issue.