Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Emporio Armani Milan
Date: 09th March 2017
Kick-off: 20:05 CET
On Thursday night, Maccabi Tel Aviv will be hosting EA7 Emporio Armani Milan in what will be a game between two teams at the bottom of the table.
It has been a hard season for Maccabi, but it will be even harder until the end. The team from Tel Aviv will have to play for the rest of the campaign without leading scorer Andrew Goudelock, as he received an injury in the previous round. Moreover, Maccabi haven’t been doing all too well with him either, as they have just two win in their last eight games. On Thursday night they will be hosting Milan, which could be their chance for another victory, as the Italian club is one of the few other teams worse than Maccabi.
Milan are currently occupying the last place in the regular season standings and it doesn’t look like they be going up before the end of the season. The Italians are currently on a three game losing streak and have not won an away game since the second round. On Thursday they will be visiting Maccabi, which is one of the other teams playing awfully and means that Milan could finally get their second road victory.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Emporio Armani Milan: Head to head stats
For the past 16 years, Maccabi Tel Aviv and EA7 Emporio Armani Milan have met 11 times and the club from Israel has been victorious in 7 of those games.
Maccabi are 5-0 at home against Milan.
In the previous game between the two clubs this season, Milan defeated Maccabi with a 99-97 score.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Emporio Armani Milan: Prediction
Neither Maccabi nor Milan have a lot left to fight for in this season’s Euroleague, except for not finishing in the last place in the standings. Both clubs still have some really slim chances of making the playoffs if they win, but nothing realistic.
Throughout the season both teams have had similar problems – weak defense and inability to win close games. Milan have allowed on average the astonishing amount of 88.3 ppg, while Maccabi 83.6 ppg. The Italian club has performed a bit better offensively though, as they have scored 82.3 ppg on average, compared to 78.0 by Maccabi.
Expect an interesting match and most likely a high-scoring one, as neither club can defend properly. Moreover, a victory by Milan is most likely, as despite that they are visitors, they will have the advantage of Maccabi missing their leading scorer, Andrew Goudelock.
Player updates: Seems Milano traveled to Tel Aviv without Dragic, Simon and Kalnietis. This basically transforms this match as well into a big fat NO BET.