Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Barcelona
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 8 February 2018
Time: 20:05 CET
Maccabi Tel Aviv fell victims to a very strong Zalgiris Kaunas side in Lithuania last week, where they fell by a harsh 99:84. Their opponents torched them from behind the threepoint range, as they scored 14 of their 23 attempts, while Maccabi Tel Aviv scored just 5 of their own 20 shots. The match was clearly lost due to that fact, as Maccabi Tel Aviv essentially lost the match in the third quarter, when they were outscored by 23:16. They were actually very close in the other three quarters, but were inferior overall. Roll stayed hot on the scoring as he scored a game0high 17 points, but Parakhouski was also great with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Thomas, Jackson and Bolden scored 12 each, but it was not enough for a win. Maccabi Tel Aviv are now sitting at the 8th spot of the Euroleague (W11 L10), with an average of 81.6 points per match, against 84 conceded.
On the other hand, Barcelona are also coming off a loss, but a more upsetting one, as they fell by 81:83 at home against Olimpia Milano. They actually took a nice ten-point lead at the end of the first quarter, but they were severely outscoreid in the next two. They were unable to keep their composure in the second half, and they have now lost four of their last five matches in all competitions. Tomic scored a team-high 14 points with 6 rebounds, while Koponen played through the pain for 11 points. Ribas, Claver and Moerman all scored 10 each. Barcelona have Seraphin and Koponen listed as questionable to participate in this upcoming match against Maccabi Tel Aviv. They are now sitting at the 13th spot of the Euroleague (W7 L14), scoring an average of 80.52 points per affair, while allowing 78.85 in the process.
Previous 5 games:
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Maccabi Rishon 85:74
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 99:84
Maccabi Haifa vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 75:85
Olimpia Milano vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 102:111
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Hapoel Galil 91:94
Baskonia vs Barcelona 96:72
Barcelona vs Olimpia Milano 81:83
Barcelona vs Joventut Badalona 91:79
Fenerbahce vs Barcelona 86:82
Morabank Andorra vs Barcelona 102:92
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Barcelona: Head to Head Stats
Barcelona destroyed Maccabi Tel Aviv when the two teams met in Spain on October 23rd, as they easily won by 89:67. They have actually won each of the last four matches against this opponent, and in five of their last six trips here.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Barcelona: Prediction
Barcelona will be making this trip with a couple of doubts on Seraphin and Koponen, and they have actually lost each of their last five matches on the road. Maccabi Tel Aviv traditionally struggle against Barcelona, but they have solid chances to make the playoffs, and have won four of their last five at home.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Barcelona: Betting Tips
I expect Maccabi Tel Aviv to make use of their strong home ground here, against a team that is struggling on the road. Barcelona have actually lost 9 of their 10 road matches in the Euroleague this season, so the home team should be able to cover the -4 handicap @ 1.91.