Barcelona vs Maccabi Tel Aviv
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 1 November 2018
Time: 20:00 CET
Barcelona (W2 L2) recorded their second win of the season last week when they defeated Darussafaka by 71:79 on the road. Barcelona made a pretty strong start in that match and were already leading by seven points at the half-time break. Darussafaka emerged from the break with a clear intention to win the match, and outscored Barcelona by 24:11 to take the lead. However, Barcelona totally destroyed their opponents in the final quarter, outscoring them by a harsh 7:21 to eventually win by 71:79. Singleton looked nothing like his age on his way to 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, 2 steals and a block, while Tomic scored 17 with 4 rebounds and a steal. Heurtel was great with 13 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds and two steals, while Seraphin and Pangos were also pretty good. Barcelona are now sitting at the 9th spot of the league table, scoring an average of 80.75 points per match, while allowing 81.5 in the process.
On the other hand, Maccabi Tel Aviv (W1 L3) are coming into this match after a tough 88:80 loss on the road against Olympiacos Piraeus. They actually made a pretty solid start in that match and outscored their opponents by three points in the first quarter. However, they were destroyed in the second by 27:16 and were left even further behind at the third quarter. They did try to make a comeback in the final quarter but it wasn’t enough. Kane scored a game-high 22 points with 6 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals, while Dibartolomeo, Roll and O’Bryant scored 12 each with some peripheral stats. Maccabi Tel Aviv are left behind early in the season, as they are now sitting 11th in the league table. They are scoring 82 points per match, and are allowing 83.5 in the process.
Previous 5 games:
Barcelona vs Joventut Badalona 94:92
Darussafaka vs Barcelona 71:79
Valencia vs Barcelona 85:86
Barcelona vs Bayern Munich 83:73
Gran Canaria vs Barcelona 87:86
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Hapoel Tel Aviv 89:75
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 88:80
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Hapoel Beer Shiva 66:64
Buducnost vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 68:78
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs CSKA Moscow 86:89
Barcelona vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Head to Head Stats
The two teams exchanged home wins last season, with Barcelona winning here with a really confident 89:67 but falling by 94:82 in Israel. Barcelona have the upper hand in this match-up lately, having won four of the last five against Maccabi Tel Aviv. Moreover, Barcelona have been excellent as hosts over the years (W9 L2) and have won each of the last eight.
Barcelona vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Prediction
Barcelona have bee much steadier than Maccabi Tel Aviv so far in the season, and they have been massively successful as hosts in this match-up. Only a few of their wins are close ones, as they have pretty much dominated the Israelis at home. I expect something similar to happen once again.
Barcelona vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Betting Tips
I will go with Barcelona to cover the -5.5 spread @1.91, a spread they’ve covered in six of their nine wins as hosts against Maccabi Tel Aviv. Maccabi Tel Aviv traditionally struggle in this venue, and have scored over 80 points just once in the past. Hanga is back for Barcelona and Pangos is playing better and better so a logical bet would be Huertel under 9.5 points. I doubt he’ll get many minutes today.