The Breakers and Wildcats have dominated the NBL over the past four seasons combining to win all four championships while also playing one another in the last three playoffs, and the last two grand final series'.
New Zealand has won the last three straight NBL championships with Perth claiming the 2009/10 crown to become the most successful club in the league with five titles, and both the Breakers and Wildcats started their 2013/14 seasons with home wins last weekend.
New Zealand beat the Wollongong Hawks last Thursday night at Auckland's Vector Arena 92-73 and Perth downed an undermanned Adelaide 36ers in a nail-biter 83-80 at the Perth Arena.
That means that both the Breakers and Wildcats head into Round 2 with two matches and the chance to break away from the pack once again just two weeks into the 2013/14 season if they are able to pull off the doubles.
However, it's going to tough task for both to achieve that.
The Breakers have the toughest road trip in the NBL to make with the North Queensland double against Cairns and Townsville on back-to-back nights.
New Zealand takes on the Townsville Crocodiles on Friday night at The Swamp with the Crocs coming off a first-up loss to Cairns last Saturday night at home and needing a win to lift the spirits of a community that rallied behind the club over the winter to keep them alive in the NBL.
There were some decent signs from the Crocs last week with point guard Steve Markovic leading the team well and import pair Josh Pace and Brian Conklin looking capable at times, but it's going to take a lot more than that coming up against the three-time reigning champions.
Cairns, on the other hand, is awaiting New Zealand on Saturday night and the Taipans are shaping as a genuine championship contender.
The Snakes won the Reptile Rumble in Townsville last weekend and they perhaps have the most rounded team in all of the NBL.
There are import guards Jamar Wilson and Demetri McCarney, strong two/three men Cameron Gliddon, Stephen Weigh and Clint Steindl and then likely the best frontcourt in the NBL Alex Loughton, Cam Tragardh, Matt Burston and youngster Mitch Young.
However, before being able to be thought of as a genuine championship threat the Taipans will need to show what they are capable of against the Breakers, whom Cairns lost to in the grand final series of 2010/11 before missing the playoffs altogether the last two years.
If the Breakers are able to pull off the double on the Sunshine Swing, then they will be sitting pretty atop the NBL at 3-0 and generating momentum for a crack at a fourth straight championship, but if not then the rest of the league will be able to breathe a loud sigh of relief.
Perth, on the other hand, has come up short against New Zealand in the last two grand finals and the semi-final series three years ago, but has made mass changes over the off-season.
One of those was to replace Rob Beveridge with Trevor Gleeson as coach, but Gleeson won't be in attendance on Friday night at the Perth Arena against the Sydney Kings due to being back home in Victoria attending to his ill mother.
Experienced assistant coach Andy Stewart will handle the coaching duties at home against the Kings and then Gleeson will meet up with the Wildcats in Melbourne for Sunday's clash with the Tigers at The Cage.
Exciting import James Ennis led the Wildcats to a tight win over Adelaide last Friday night, but Sydney also scored a solid win over the Tigers on Sunday led by young big man AJ Ogilvy and experienced sharpshooter, and former Perth championship player, James Harvey.
Even though the Kings have not been able to defeat the Wildcats since re-entering the NBL for the 2010/11 season, Sydney did make the finals last season and pushed the Breakers in the semi finals and will take confidence out of its opening season win last Sunday.
With the Wildcats missing big man Matt Knight, the 36ers took advantage last Friday with Daniel Johnson and Luke Schenscher terrific, so the Kings will be confident of going inside this week to Ogilvy with good effect after he had 14 points and 12 rebounds on debut against Melbourne.
Once Friday night's game is out of the way, the Wildcats will head to Melbourne to face a rested Tigers line-up ready for their first home match of the new season with all eyes on the renewing of battles between Melbourne's Mark Worthington and Perth's Shawn Redhage.
The pair have combined for one of the most intense and fascinating personal rivalries in the NBL over the past decade, and now with Worthington back in the league after a stint in Europe, both will be desperate to gain the upper hand against the other to open the 2013/14 season.
However, Perth will have already had two tough matches under its belt this season by the time it gets to Melbourne against a Tigers team that might regain star shooting guard Chris Goulding, but is still without captain Tommy Greer.
Import point guard Ayinde Ubaka is still settling in after being a last-minute call up on the eve of the season when Stephen Dennis ruptured Achilles tendon ending his time with the Tigers before it even officially began.
Again, like the Breakers if the Wildcats are able to beat both Sydney and Melbourne this weekend, then they will move ahead of the pack after just two weekends of action and will be on target for yet another playoff appearance. However, a loss or two means the season is still wide open already.
The other match of the weekend pits two winless teams against one another, the Adelaide 36ers and Wollongong Hawks, when they clash at the Adelaide Arena on Saturday night.
Adelaide might have lost to Perth by three points last Friday, but were impressive and were without captain Adam Gibson and import Jarrid Frye with both likely to return to face the Hawks.
Wollongong was without one import against New Zealand last Thursday but have since signed Kevin Tiggs to now have a full roster, but the Hawks' tough start to the season continues having gone to Auckland last week and now to Adelaide in Round 2.
ROUND 2 NBL MATCHES
Townsville Crocodiles v New Zealand Breakers at Townsville Entertainment Centre
Perth Wildcats v Sydney Kings at Perth Arena
Adelaide 36ers v Wollongong Hawks at Adelaide Arena
Cairns Taipans v New Zealand Breakers at Cairns Convention Centre
Melbourne Tigers v Perth Wildcats at State Netball Hockey Centre