Anadolu Efes vs Maccabi Tel Aviv
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 8 March 2018
Time: 18:30 CET
Anadolu Efes had one of their usual games when they traveled to Italy last week, where they fell by an easy 77:64 against Olimpia Milano. They were actually really competitive in the first, third and fourth quarter, but they really messed up in the second. That’s where they scored just 12 points, and conceded 27. It was enough to determine the outcome of the match, as Anadolu Efes were not able to recover. Weems scored a game-high 19 points with 6 rebounds, while Stimac chipped in 12 points and 6 more rebounds. That was actually just their second loss in their last seven matches in all competitions, but the other five matches were for domestic competitions. As far as the Euroleague is concerned, Anadolu Efes are still stuck at the bottom of the league table (W6 L18), scoring an average of 76.75 points per match, while allowing 82.83 in the process. They are coming into this match with two crucial absences, as Dragic and Simon have been ruled out.
On the other hand we have Maccabi Tel Aviv, who are coming off a really devastating loss at home against CSKA Moscow. They failed to be competitive in that match, as they only outscored their opponents in the third quarter, when the damage was already done. They were already down by 36:52 at the end of the first half, and weren’t even able to cover the handicap. It was a really bad loss, as they are now barely clinging to the last playoff spot (W12 L12). They score an average of 81.29 points per match so far in the season, against 84.25 conceded. However, Maccabi Tel Aviv have been really bad on the road so far, where they have won just three of their eleven matches. Their averages are slightly worse when they are on the road, as they score 80.63 points per match, while allowing 88.81 in the process.
Previous 5 games:
Buyukcekmece vs Anadolu Efes 63:77
Olimpia Milano vs Anadolu Efes 77:64
Anadolu Efes vs Zalgiris Kaunas 70:86
Anadolu Efes vs Tofas 78:61
Anadolu Efes vs Darusafaka 90:76
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Ironi Nes Ziona 76:85
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs CSKA Moscow 73:93
Unicaja Malaga vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 83:69
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Maccabi Ashdod 92:86
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Hapoel Holon
Anadolu Efes vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Head to Head Stats
Anadolu Efes recorded a massive upset when they visited Israel earlier in the season, where they destroyed Maccabi Tel Aviv by 72:92. They also won both matches last season, and have won 8 matches in this match-up, against 7 lost. In this venue they have won four times, and have lost three.
Anadolu Efes vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Prediction
This is a match between two teams with different targets, as Maccabi Tel Aviv are looking to stay inside the playoff spots, while Anadolu Efes are playing for pride only. Maccabi Tel Aviv can take advantage of the situation here and improve their away record.
Anadolu Efes vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Betting Tips
Anadolu Efes are sitting dead last with no realistic chances to make the playoffs, and they will be missing two of their best players in this match. Maccabi Tel Avi are on the verge of dropping out of the playoff spots, and failing to win here would surely put them in trouble. Go with the -3.5 for the visitors here @ 1.90.