Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Bayern Munich
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 29 November 2018
Time: 19:05 CET
Maccabi Tel Aviv (W1 L8) played a really competitive match at home against Fenerbahce last week but were unable to take anything positive from the loss. Coach Sferopoulos did not make a very good debut in his new job, but Maccabi Tel Aviv will now get a new chance to do so. It was a really mediocre first quarter by the two sides in that match (16:13), but Maccabi Tel Aviv did manage to take a five-point lead into the break. However, they were terrible in the second half, especially in the third quarter (12:19) and eventually lost that match by 70:74. Caloiaro sprung back to life with a team-high 17 points to go along with 8 rebounds amd 3 steals, but only Wilbekin scored double digits with 15 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 triples. Kane scored 9 with 3 rebounds and 3 assists and Ray had 8 points with nothing else. Maccabi Tel Aviv are in terrible shape this season and are even bad in their domestic league. They are now sitting at the 15th spot of the Euroleague, scoring an average of 75.2 points per match, while allowing 82.6 in the process.
On the other hand, Bayern Munich (W4 L5) have been quite competitive in their return to the Euroleague and just recorded their fourth win in their previous match. They traveled to the Spanish Canary Isles where they were hosted by Gran Canaria in what was expected to be a close encounter between the two sides. And it was, at least in the first half where Bayern Munich were leading by just four points at the end. Gran Canaria did take the lead with a solid third quarter but Bayern Munich destroyed them in the final quarter (12:28) to eventually win that match by an easy 74:89. Lo was tremendous in that match with 22 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 triples, while Williams exploded with 20 points with 3 rebounds and 3 triples. Booker was also great with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Lucic and Koponen both scored 11 points in that match. Bayern Munich are now sitting at the 9th spot of the league table, scoring an average of 81.2 points per match, while allowing 80 in the process. They will make this trip without Milan Macvan who is injured.
Previous 5 games:
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
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Hapoel Holon 99:66
Bayern Munich vs Giessen 94:79
Gran Canaria vs Bayern Munich 74:89
Bayern Munich vs Olympiacos Piraeus 62:72
Mitteldeutscher vs Bayern Munich 66:81
Bayern Munich vs CSKA Moscow 79:93
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Bayern Munich: Head to Head Stats
The two teams have only met in the 2013/14 season of the Euroleague, where Maccabi Tel Aviv won both matches. After a slim 66:64 in this venue they went on to double their wins with another slim 92:94 in Germany.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Bayern Munich: Prediction
Maccabi Tel Aviv are at a boiling point right now and really need a win in order to bring some serenity to the team. Bayern Munich have been really good lately but will not have an easy job against a hurt beast like Maccabi Tel Aviv. The hosts will be boosted by the home crowd and can certainly cover a -5.5 spread @1.83 with a good performance here.