CSKA Moscow vs Maccabi Tel Aviv
Date: 23th February 2017
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
After a two-week break, the Euroleague is back! In the first game of Round 23, CSKA Moscow will be hosting Maccabi Tel Aviv.
The break has definitely been welcomed well in CSKA, as despite winning in the last round against Crvena Zvezda, the reigning champs have been quite inconsistent over the last nine matches. They have lost five of those games, looking shaky on the court. Nonetheless, on Thursday they will have a pretty good chance to start a winning streak and regain their momentum.
Maccabi have had a pretty disastrous season so far, winning just 8 matches and losing 14. Nonetheless, they’ve looked decent lately, as they emerged winners in two of their last three games. Unfortunately for Maccabi, they will be playing on the road, where they have not grabbed a victory in their last six tries. Moreover, they will be visiting CSKA, which definitely doesn’t improve their chances.
CSKA Moscow vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Head to head stats
For the last 16 years, CSKA Moscow and Maccabi Tel Aviv have played 20 times with the Russian club winning 14 of those matches.
In the first game between the two clubs earlier this season, CSKA Moscow won with a 76-80 score.
CSKA Moscow are 8-2 at home against Maccabi.
CSKA Moscow vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Prediction
CSKA are definitely the favorites on Thursday, as they are without a doubt the team with more talent on its roster compared to Maccabi. Moreover, the team from Moscow will be highly motivated to gain some momentum and re-gain its first place in the standings.
Statistically speaking, CSKA should have absolutely no trouble getting the victory. They are better both in terms of offense and defense. The reigning champions are scoring on average 87.6 points per game and allowing 80.3. Maccabi’s numbers are 78.2 and 83.2 ppg respectively. Moreover, CSKA’s shot percentage are better all across the floor.
In the end expect a dominating performance by CSKA and an easy win for them in front of their home crowd.
CSKA Moscow vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Tips
I would skip this match. The spread sits at 15.5 while the total at 167. Maccabi could keep it within the handicap and in the same time they could collapse like they did in Istanbul. It’s also hard to predict what motivation the russians have to overcome such a big handicap.