Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs Maccabi Tel Aviv
Date: 18th March 2017
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
In the first Euroleague game on Thursday, Anadolu Efes Istanbul will host Maccabi Tel Aviv in game of the utmost importance for the home team.
Anadolu Efes’ streak of four consecutive wins was snapped in the previous round, when they were blown out by Brose Bamberg with a 68-87 score. However, the team from Istanbul has played more than solid in recent times and should have no problems with bouncing back. Moreover, Anadolu Efes know that they must find a way to get the victory against Maccabi on Thursday, as a loss could seriously hurt their playoff chances.
Despite losing Andrew Goudelock for the rest of the season, Maccabi managed to earn a victory against Milan in the last round. Thanks to the win, the team from Tel Aviv was not eliminated from the playoff race, even though their chances are pretty close to zero already. Nonetheless, have moved further away from the absolute bottom of the table and there is no doubt that their goal until the end of the season will be to not finish last.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Head to head stats
In the past 16 years, Anadolu Efes Istanbul and Maccabi Tel Aviv have met 11 times with Maccabi grabbing victory in 7 of those matches.
Anadolu Efes are 2-3 at home against Maccabi.
In the first game of the season between these two clubs, Anadolu Efes won with a 77-86 score.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Prediction
The game on Thursday between Anadolu Efes and Maccabi will most likely be quite competitive, despite the fact that the two teams sit far away in the standings. Nonetheless, there is no doubt that the hosts will be the more motivated squad, especially given their loss in the previous round.
Statistically, Anadolu Efes have also fared better than Maccabi throughout the season. The hosts are averaging 84.6 ppg on offense, compared to just 78.6 by the team from Tel Aviv. Maccabi have managed to do a bit better on defense (83.5 ppg) in comparison to Anadolu Efes (84.6 ppg), but in the end that most likely will not matter.
Expect an interesting game, which could potentially be decided in the last minutes. However, Anadolu Efes will most likely be the team to come out with the win.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Tips
- Efes -10 @ 1.90