Maccabi Tel Aviv vs CSKA Moscow
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 16 October 2018
Time: 19:05 CET
Maccabi Tel Aviv are coming off a pretty solid performance on the road against Panathinaikos, but they could not evade the loss. They made a pretty bad start in the first quarter and were at some point down by 11 points. But they quickly landed on their feet and managed to stay close to the score for the remainder of the match. They were leading the score at some points throughout the match, but Panathinaikos did great in the final quarter to eventually win by 89:84. Wilbekin exploded for 24 points and 8 assists in his debut, while Roll scored 15 with 3 rebounds. Tarik Black also made a good debut with 14 points and 6 rebounds, while Caloiaro was pretty solid with 11 points and 7 rebounds.
On the other hand, CSKA Moscow had a pretty easy job in the opener, as they destroyed Barcelona by an easy 95:75 at home. They made a strong start in the first quarter but it was in the second where they really exploded. They outscored their opponents by 30:12 in the second quarter and entered the half-time break up by 24 points. Barcelona were much better in the third quarter and cut the lead down to 13 points, but CSKA Moscow did great in the final quarter to reach a pretty easy win. Higgins and De Colo led the scoring in that match with 18 and 17 points respectively, and 5 rebounds each. Clyburn chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Rodriguez (12p, 4as) and Hines (8p, 5r, 3bl) were also pretty solid.
Previous 5 games:
Hapoel Eilat vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 70:83
Panathinaikos vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 89:84
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Maccabi Ashdod 103:59
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Maccabi Rishon 77:86
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Khimki Moscow 86:82
CSKA Moscow vs Nizhny Novgorod 84:78
CSKA Moscow vs Barcelona 95:75
Astana vs CSKA Moscow 61:86
Enisey vs CSKA Moscow 66:91
CSKA Moscow vs Anadolu Efes 87:83
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs CSKA Moscow: Head to Head Stats
CSKA Moscow destroyed Maccabi Tel Aviv on both matches last season, by 101:86 in Russia before a 73:93 in this venue. They have now won each of the last nine matches against CSKA Moscow in all competitions. They have also been great in this venue over the years (W8 L4), and have won each of the last five here.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs CSKA Moscow: Prediction
Maccabi Tel Aviv are traditionally strong at home, but not against CSKA Moscow. The Russians have dominated them in recent years, and have not lost in this venue since 2009. Most of their wins here have covered the given handicap, so I will follow that trend.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs CSKA Moscow: Betting Tips
CSKA Moscow made a great start in the season and have nothing to fear here. They have been really good against Maccabi Tel Aviv in recent years and there is no indication that they will have a problem. Maccabi Tel Aviv will fight hard in from of their crowd but it is CSKA Moscow who have the bigger chances to cover the -5.5 handicap here @1.75.