Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
Date: 05th December 2017
Kick-off: 21:05 CET
On Thursday night Maccabi Tel Aviv will be hosting Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul in what will be a desperate attempt to snap their losing streak and get back to winning.
Maccabi are currently in a huge hole, as they have tasted victory in their last six Euroleague matches. The team from Tel Aviv has performed absolutely horrible in that stretch and given that they will host Darussafaka on Thursday, things are not looking good. Maccabi’s new coach, Ainars Bagatskis, was Blatt’s assistant at Darussafaka until middle of December, which means at least means that the hosts should be prepared well tactically.
Darussafaka Dogus are undoubtedly one of the hardest teams to predict so far this season, as David Blatt and his men play terrific one game and horrible the next one. Before the previous round where they lost to Barcelona, the Turkish club had won three games in a row. Darussafaka have bounced back with victories in the first two times they suffered losses, but after their third defeat, things went south and they were winless in four straight matches. However, given that they face Maccabi on Thursday, Darussafaka shouldn’t be too worried.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul: Head to head stats
Maccabi Tel Aviv and Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul have met each other three times, with Darussafaka Dogus winning twice.
In the previous meeting this season, Darussafaka Dogus won with an 86-84 score at home.
Darussafaka are 4-4 when playing away, while Maccabi are 2-5 at home.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul: Prediction
Despite their problem of finding consistency so far this season, Darussafaka Dogus are to be considered favorites against Maccabi Tel Aviv on Thursday. David Blatt’s men have performed a lot better than their opponents so far and are a lot more disciplined on the court.
Maccabi’s biggest weakness this season has been their defense, as they have allowed 84.0 points per game until now. Darussafaka have done a lot better, allowing just 78.2 ppg, which will most likely be the reason why they will grab victory on Thursday. The visitors’ offense isn’t the strongest in the tournament (78.1 ppg), but as mentioned before, it’s not the main reason why they have won games so far.
Expect a game dominated by Darussafaka Dogus, which will result in a comfortable win for them.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul: Tips
- Darussafaka+4.5 at 1.90
- Over 159.5 at 1.90