Fenerbahce vs Maccabi Tel Aviv
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 20 March 2018
Time: 18:45 CET
Fenerbahce fought really hard against Maccabi Tel Aviv last week, but they were destroyed in the final quarter and eventually lost by 79:81. They were not really good in the first half, as they were down by 40:44 at the half time break. However, they managed to make a comeback in the match at the third quarter, where they overturned the lead in their favor. However, they saw their opponents score 27 points in the final quarter, and were unable to avoid the loss. Melli was great with a game-high 18 points and 4 rebounds, while Vesely, Wanamaker and Nunnally also scored double digits with some peripheral stats, but it just wasn’t enough. At least that was their only loss in their last seven matches in all competitions. Fenerbahce are sitting at the 3rd spot of the Euroleague (W18 L8), scoring an average of 79.15 points per match, against 74.03 conceded.
On the other hand, Maccabi Tel Aviv are also coming off a home loss last week, where they fell by 91:94 against Khimki Moscow. They too were bad in the first half, where they found themselves down by 39:44 at the end of the second quarter. However, they also made a comeback at the third quarter (27:21) to take the lead. Even so, they were outscored by 25:29 in the final quarter to eventually lose by 91:94. Jackson played his heart out with 25 points, 7 assists and 5 triples. Thomas scored 16 with 6 boards, Kane had 13 with 9 boards and Tyus and Cole each scored 10. Maccabi Tel Aviv have not been very good lately, as they have lost five of their last seven matches in all competitions. That loss dropped Maccabi Tel Aviv outside the playoff spots, as they are now sitting at the 9th spot (W13 L13). They will now need a win here in order to have hopes for the playoffs.
Previous 5 games:
Fenerbahce vs Darusafaka 76:69
Fenerbahce vs CSKA Moscow 79:81
Pinar Karsiyaka vs Fenerbahce 69:74
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Fenerbahce 78:85
Fenerbahce vs Galatasaray 80:60
Hapoel Holon vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 86:81
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Khimki Moscow 91:94
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Hapoel Jerusalem 77:74
Anadolu Efes vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 81:94
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Ironi Nes Ziona 76:85
Fenerbahce vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Head to Head Stats
Maccabi Tel Aviv had no problems in overcoming Fenerbahce by 82:73 at home earlier in the season. That was their third consecutive win against the Turks, and fifth in eight matches. However, each team has won twice in this venue over the years.
Fenerbahce vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Prediction
Fenerbahce failed to win last week, but so did Olympiacos Piraeus. The two teams are tied on 18 wins, and Fenerbahce would love to climb to the second spot. On the other hand, Maccabi Tel Aviv dropped outside the playoffs with their loss last week, and they will have a much better motive to win here.
Fenerbahce vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Betting Tips
Fenerbahce might be the better team here, but Maccabi Tel Aviv are under a lot of pressure right now. If anything, they should be able to stay close in the score, so I will take the +10.5 points for the visitors here at 1.86 betting odds.
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