Maccabi Tel Aviv vs CSKA Moscow
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 1 March 2018
Time: 20:05 CET
Maccabi Tel Aviv are coming into this match after suffering a somewhat unexpected loss on the road against Unicaja Malaga. It’s not the loss itself that hurt so much, but the extent by which it came, as they fell by 83:69. There is not much to be said about that match, as Maccabi Tel Aviv were somewhat competitive in the first half, but were destroyed in the second. Kane scored 15 and Thomas scored 14, while Parakhouski was the only other player with double digit scoring. That loss, combined with their loss in their domestic Cup final will surely have them looking to bounce back to winning ways. They are now sitting at the 8th spot of the Euroleague (W12 L11), scoring an average of 81.65 points per match, while allowing 83.86 in the process.
On the other hand, CSKA Moscow did good against Baskonia in their previous match, whom they defeated by 93:86 at home. They were actually down by 5 points by the end of the first quarter, but they gradually got better and better, and finally won due to their performance in the fourth quarter. Clyburn was in really good shape in that match with 19 points, while Rodriguez scored 17. Higgins and Kurbanov also scored double digits, and pretty much everyone that played at least 10 minutes had something to give. CSKA Moscow are still sitting at the top of the Euroleague (W18 L5), scoring an average of 89.39 points per match, while allowing 79.52 in the process. They will be coming here with a couple of injury concerns, as Hunter, Korobkov and Kulagin are currently being listed as doubts.
Previous 5 games:
Unicaja Malaga vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 82:69
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Maccabi Ashdod 92:86
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Hapoel Holon 84:86
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Maccabi Ashdod 76:73
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Barcelona 94:82
CSKA Moscow vs Baskonia 93:86
Lokomotiv Kuban vs CSKA Moscow 75:78
Tsmoky Minsk vs CSKA Moscow 83:93
Valencia vs CSKA Moscow 103:99
CSKA Moscow vs Khimki Moscow 90:71
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs CSKA Moscow: Head to Head Stats
CSKA Moscow have dominated this match-up in recent years, having won each of the last seven matches against Maccabi Tel Aviv, including a 101:86 at home earlier in the season. Moreover, they have won each of their last four matches in this venue.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs CSKA Moscow: Prediction
The two teams have different objectives right now, as CSKA Moscow are looking to stay at the top of the Euroleague, while Maccabi Tel Aviv want to stay inside the playoff spots. This is surely going to be a really tough match for both sides.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs CSKA Moscow: Betting Tips
The Over/Under markets have been going crazy in this match, so I will steer away from that, as it is not worth investigating. I expect a close game between the two sides, and even if CSKA Moscow eventually win, I think that the home side can defend the +6.5 @ 1.83.