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Bullets sweat on NBL top-four finals fate after loss to Breakers

They may need to defeat Cairns this weekend to keep their NBL finals chances alive but the Brisbane Bullets are set to become the Taipans' No.1 fans on Thursday.

Sek Henry of the Breakers takes on the defence during the NBL match between the Brisbane Bullets and the New Zealand Breakers. Source: Getty

Bullets guard Jason Cadee admitted he would be glued to the TV screen cheering on rivals to improve their top four chances ahead of their crunch home clash with the Taipans on Saturday.

And Cairns look set to be one of those teams Cadee will be rallying behind just days before plotting their downfall.

If Cairns beat Melbourne United on Thursday and second-last South East Melbourne Phoenix upset New Zealand Breakers on Friday, Brisbane can seal a finals berth by beating the Taipans by any margin at home on Saturday.

"It's hard not to watch," Cadee said of the lead-up matches that may dictate the Bullets' finals fate.

"You never cheer for other teams but all of a sudden here you are rooting for a team to win.

"Hopefully we have a chance to control our own destiny again (on Saturday).

"Whether we need a win or a win by how many (points), all those things we will find out by Saturday which is nice."

Two straight losses have relegated Brisbane (14-13 record) to fifth ahead of the regular season's final round.

They are now in a cut-throat battle for a top four finals berth with the Breakers (4th, 14-13) and Melbourne United (6th, 13-13).

Making their task even tougher is the fact that they have an inferior points percentage differential to their two rivals.

The Bullets could have sealed a top-four finish with victory in either of their last two games but instead lost both - a four point home defeat to Breakers and a 13-point loss in Perth.

"There was a deflated feeling especially at home against New Zealand, that was like a double loss," Cadee said.

"It's a shame. We controlled our own destiny, now it slips to others.

"We let ourselves down but we get a chance to rebuild. Hopefully that leads to a playoff berth."

Some consolation is that the Bullets pulled off a finals great escape last season.

They entered the last round in fifth and scraped into the finals after beating the Breakers and fourth-placed Adelaide lost.

"We were in a similar predicament last year, in fact last year was more against us," Cadee said.

"But I am just looking forward to getting out there and hopefully giving the crowd a win (on Saturday) - hopefully it means us in the playoffs."