Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Baskonia
Date: 09th February 2017
Kick-off: 20:05 CET
On Thursday night, Maccabi Tel Aviv will be hosting Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz at the Menora Mivtachim Arena.
It has been a disastrous season for Maccabi and it doesn’t look like it will get a lot better anytime soon. The club from Tel Aviv has won just twice in its last twelve matches and as a result, they are sitting on the fourteenth place in the standings. In the previous round, Maccabi were defeated by Brose Bamberg with a 90-75 score. On Thursday, Ainars Bagatskis and his men will try to bounce back, but that will be one hard task, as they will face Baskonia.
Baskonia hasn’t exactly played well lately either, as they have grabbed just one victory in their last five matches. In the last round, Sito Alonso’ men suffered a defeat at home from Real Madrid with a 71-79 score. Nonetheless, Baskonia will have a pretty good chance of getting back to its winning ways on Thursday, as they will be visiting Maccabi.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Baskonia: Head to head stats
Maccabi Tel Aviv and Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz have met 23 times in the Euroleague for the past 16 year and the Spaniards have won 13 of those games.
Maccabi are 6-6 at home against Baskonia.
In the previous match between the two teams this season, Baskonia with a 101-88 score at home.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Baskonia: Prediction
Maccabi and Baskonia will be fighting for really different things on Thursday night, as the former will be playing for pride, while the latter will attempt to improve its playoff position.
Statistically, both clubs are less different than expected. Baskonia have scored on average 80.5 points per game so far, while Maccabi aren’t too far back with 77.9. The difference in terms of defense is slightly larger though, with the Spaniards allowing 79.1 ppg, compared to 83.2 ppg by the team from Tel Aviv.
Despite their status as favorites, Baskonia will have to be careful on Thursday night. Andrew Goudelock can score a lot on any given night and requires special attention defensively.
Expect a win by Baskonia, but not by a huge margin, as the game will be contested from beginning until end.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Baskonia: Tips
- Baskonia-1.5 @ 1.90
- Beaubois over 11.5 points @ 1.85
- Bargnani over 6.5 points @ 1.85