Darussafaka vs Maccabi Tel Aviv
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 6 December 2018
Time: 18:00 CET
Darussafaka (W1 L9) fought really hard in their last match when they hosted Spanish side Gran Canaria. Darussafaka actually made a really solid start in that match and were leading by three at the end of the first quarter and by double digits at the end of the first half (44:34). But Gran Canaria exploded in the third quarter (12:23) and eventually completed their triumph at the final quarter to eventually win by 71:75. Darussafaka failed to hold their lead and eventually lost a match that they could have won. Ray McCallum scored 13 points with 7 assists and 6 rebounds but also with 5 turnovers. But no other player scored over 10 points in that match, with Kosut, Eric and Kidd each scoring 8 points. Darussafaka are still stuck at the bottom spot of the Euroleague, with an average of 76.6 points per match, against 89.4 conceded.
On the other hand, Maccabi Tel Aviv (W2 L8) are coming into this match after a really comfortable 95:71 win at home against Bayern Munich. They made a great start in that match and were in really good scoring form. They were already leading by ten points after the end of the first quarter (27:17) and extended that to 18 at the end of the first half. Bayern Munich tried to make a comeback in the third quarter but Maccabi Tel Aviv outscored them once again in the fourth quarter to eventually win that match by 24 points. Roll led the scoring for Maccabi Tel Aviv with 14 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal, while Tyus scored 12 with 5 rebounds and also a steal. Black had 12 with 6 rebounds while O’Bryant had 9 with 10 rebounds. Caloiaro have 9 points with 4 rebounds and 2 steals, while Wilbekin scored 10 with 5 rebounds in that great team effort. Maccabi Tel Aviv have not been very good this season and are now sitting at the 14th spot of the Euroleague, scoring an average of 77.2 points per match, while allowing 81.4 in the process.
Previous 5 games:
Darussafaka vs Galatasaray 79:84
Darussafaka vs Gran Canaria 71:75
Afyon Belediye vs Darussafaka 93:96
Darussafaka vs Anadolu Efes 88:93
Fenerbahce vs Darussafaka 100:79
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Bayern Munich 95:71
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Maccabi Rishon 98:64
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Fenerbahce 70:74
Anadolu Efes vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 90:77
Gran Canaria vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 84:78
Darussafaka vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Head to Head Stats
The two teams last met in the 2016/17 edition of the Euroleague, where they exchanged home wins. Darussafaka won by a slim 86:84 at home in the first round, but it was Maccabi Tel Aviv who prevailed by 93:92 in Israel. They also met in the season prior to that, where they exchanged away wins.
Darussafaka vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Prediction
Maccabi Tel Aviv are in really bad shape in the Euroleague so far, but they don’t really deserve to be scraping the barrel of the Euroleague. They are much better than their current position suggests and now have a great chance to prove that they deserve more. Darussafaka have been one of the weakest teams in the Euroleague this season and will not have a lot of chances here.
Darussafaka vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Betting Tips
Maccabi Tel Aviv didn’t sign all those foreigners to be sitting at the bottom of the Euroleague. Most players are surely in a lot of pressure here but the change in coach will kick in soon. Just be patient. I will take the visitors to cover a -4.5 spread @1.80.