Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Crvena Zvezda Belgrade
Date: 19th December 2017
Kick-off: 20:05 CET
Crvena Zvezda Belgrade will visit Maccabi Tel Aviv on Thursday night, as they attempt to continue their good performances and push for a playoff spot.
It has been a tough season for Maccabi so far and it doesn’t look like it will get a lot better soon. The team from Tel Aviv currently holds a 6-11 record and they are closer to the bottom of the table than to reaching a playoff spot. Moreover, Maccabi has just one win in its last seven games, which simply means that they will be the underdogs on Thursday against Crvena Zvezda despite playing at home.
Crvena Zvezda have been absolutely on fire lately, as they on a four-game winning streak and have just one loss in their last six matches. Moreover, during their run of victories the Reds have defeated Real Madrid, CSKA and Fenerbahce which simply shows how good they have been. Expect them to extend that winning streak on Thursday.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Crvena Zvezda Belgrade: Head to head stats
Maccabi Tel Aviv and Crvena Zvezda Belgrade have met 5 times in the last 16 years and Maccabi have been winners in three games.
Maccabi are 2-0 at home against Crvena Zvezda.
In the first game of the season between the two clubs Crvena Zvezda absolutely dominated Maccabi, as they won with an 83-58 score in Belgrade.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Crvena Zvezda Belgrade: Prediction
Crvena Zvezda will definitely start their game against Maccabi on Thursday on a higher note, given their amazing performances of late.
Maccabi Tel Aviv have the fifth-best offense in the Euroleague thanks to their 80.6 points per game, but it will hardly be enough on Thursday. Crvena Zvezda are the second-best defensive club in the tournament, as they allow on average just 73.6 points per game. The Reds don’t have an ability to do a lot on offense though (74.5 ppg), but given Maccabi’s poor defense (84.2 ppg), this shouldn’t be too big of a problem.
Expect a win for Crvena Zvezda, but not as dominant as in the first game of the season between the two teams.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Crvena Zvezda Belgrade: Tips
- Crvena Zvezda +5.5 at 1.90