Baskonia vs Maccabi Tel Aviv
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 29 March 2018
Time: 21:00 CET
Baskonia were really great last week, as they kept their playoff hopes alive by winning both matches against Brose Bamberg and Barcelona. After defeating the Germans at home, they went on to record a really important win on the road against Barcelona by 73:86. It was more than clear that they really wanted that win, as they were not outscored in any of the four quarters. Voigtmann was excellent with a team-high 17 points with 4 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals and a block. Poirier was also really good with 15 points, 5 assists, 8 rebounds and a block, while Shengelia (12p), Beaubois (11p) and Timma (10p) were also really good in that match. Baskonia kept their playoff hopes alive, as they are still sitting at the 8th spot of the league table (W15 L13), two wins ahead of their upcoming opponents. They will be missing McRae in this match, while Huertas should still be considered as questionable to participate.
On the other hand, Maccabi Tel Aviv saw their playoff chances get wrecked last week, where they lost both to Fenerbahce and Panathinaikos. They actually did great in the first half of that match, as they were up by 41:35. However, it all went wrong in the second half, as they were outscored throughout the second half, to eventually lose by 75:76. Kane did his best with 19 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and a block, with Cole scoring 14, and Tyus scoring 10 more. It was not enough though. Maccabi Tel Aviv are in some really deep trouble right now, as they will need to defeat Baskonia on Thursday, also Valencia next week, and hope that Baskonia lose to Anadolu Efes too.
Previous 5 games:
Baskonia vs Fuenlabrada 95:63
Barcelona vs Baskonia 73:86
Baskonia vs Brose Bamberg 103:79
Baskonia vs Gran Canaria 91:66
Baskonia vs Zalgiris Kaunas 84:64
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Irony Nahariya 95:86
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Panathinaikos 75:76
Fenerbahce vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 87:73
Hapoel Holon vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 86:81
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Khimki Moscow 91:94
Baskonia vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Head to Head Stats
Maccabi Tel Aviv defeated Baskonia by 74:68 at home earlier in the season, and the two teams are now tied at 13 wins each. However, Baskonia have been really good as hosts against Maccabi Tel Aviv (W8 L4).
Baskonia vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Prediction
This is THE match to watch on Thursday, as the two teams will battle for the final spot of the playoffs. Baskonia can secure their presence in the playoffs with a win here, but expect Maccabi Tel Aviv to give their best selves in this match.
Baskonia vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Betting Tips
The 1.22 in the home win is a joke regarding the severity of the match, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Maccabi Tel Aviv outright won here (@ 4.00). Even if Baskonia end up destroying their opponents, there is value to be taken advantage of by picking the +8.5 points for the visitors here (@ 1.85), who will play their final card.
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