The Slingers are currently fighting hard to keep their ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Playoff hopes alive while the Dragons could finish second should they win their remaining games and results elsewhere go their way.
The Singapore-based outfit defeated the Saigon Heat on Thursday night to match the Sports Rev Thailand Slammers' 7-12 record. However, after having lost their season series to Joe Bryant's men, the Slingers know they will need to end the campaign with a better win-loss record than the Thais to finish above them in the ABL standings.
And with only three games left in their regular season to nail down the fourth and final post-season spot, the last thing Singapore needed was a difficult derby game against Malaysia on Sunday.
But coach Ariel Vanguardia claims he will not take any extra delight if his team deal a potentially fatal blow to their Causeway rival's dreams of clinching a Playoff berth other than the usual thrill of victory.
"We know that we will be facing Singapore at their best," Vanguardia told FOX Sports.
"I've always got high respect for their organisation. They play with a lot of pride. We can't afford to relax."
Vanguardia also insists he will not rest or limit the minutes of key players in Sunday's clash with the ABL Playoffs in mind meaning the Slingers will have to contend with the explosiveness of star guard Justin Melton for at least 30 minutes.
"I'm not a believer of limiting my starters' minutes to avoid injuries, maybe to give them some more recovery time would be the better reason," he said.
"I think we owe it to our owners and fans to play our best basketball out there plus we would like to use the remaining games to build momentum."
On the back of a big win away from home last Friday against the defending ABL champions Indonesia Warriors, the Dragons have had over a week of recovery time as they prepare to close out the regular season with four games in 15 days.
For the Dragons to climb to second on the ladder and gain home court advantage in the semi-finals, they would not only need to win their remaining four games but also rely on the Warriors, who own the season tie-breaker 3-2 over the Dragons, to lose their remaining four games. The Warriors play the San Miguel Beermen, who are currently on a 12 game win streak, on Friday night.
"It's been a tough grind for us because of injuries we had to make many roster changes. But credit the guys for persevering," Vanguardia said.
"We've gone through a lot of adversities as a team but as a family I think we grew stronger.
"I still would like to see this team reach its peak and what better way if we do it in the Playoffs."
Loh Shee Fai remains on the injured list for the Dragons and after suffering a shoulder injury during a collision against the Warriors last Friday, Ban Sin Ooi will be a game time decision.