There are still nine games left in the Germany Pro A basketball league and the „Knights“ are in the middle of the table. Thanks to the home victories against Jena, Trier, and Nuremberg, the bottom places could be kept at a distance as far as possible. However, since the direct competition for the playoffs was also able to diligently collect points, now they have to judge for themselves and, above all, win the direct duels. This also includes important away games, where they are catastrophic with 10 defeats in 13 matches. Paderborn is the surprise team of the season. Still considered a candidate for the bottom third of the table in the summer, those responsible in Paderborn have succeeded in sending a powerful squad onto the floor. They are incredibly difficult to play, because eight players score an average of seven or more points per game, which makes coach Steven Esterkamp’s squad incredibly difficult to stop. Kirchheim will be without Tim Koch, while center Nick Muszynski injured his back in training on Tuesday, and his presence is uncertain. Paderborn has three wins in a row, and this is their chance to continue the good momentum and keep the race for a playoff spot.