Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Khimki Moscow
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 15 March 2018
Time: 20:05 CET
Maccabi Tel Aviv are determined to make the playoffs this season, and they managed to bounce back to winning ways after two consecutive losses. They escaped Turkey with a strong win against Anadolu Efes, whom they defeated by 81:94 last week. They only found resistance in the first quarter, but they quickly took the upper hand. They easily outscored their opponents in each of the next three quarters, to eventually reach a nice win. Jackson torched their opponents with 18 points and 5 triples, while Roll scored 16 with 7 assists. Parakhouski scored 14 with 5 rebounds, while Kane posted 9 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Maccabi Tel Aviv really needed that win, as prior to that they had three consecutive losses. They are still sitting at the 8th spot of the Euroleague (W13 L12), scoring 81.8 points per match, against 84.12 conceded.
On the other hand, Khimki Moscow suffered a massive upset last week at home, where they lost to Olimpia Milano by 77:86. They were not at all careful at the first quarter, where they saw their opponents take a ten point lead. Even though Khimki Moscow managed to bounce back at the third quarter (23:12), they were again very bad in the final quarter, and just couldn’t avoid the loss. Shved was the usual suspect with 24 points and 6 assists, but only Anderson and Jenkins helped in the scoring department. That loss might eventually cost them a spot in the playoffs, as Khimki Moscow are now sitting at the 7th spot of the Euroleague (W14 L11), just two losses away from dropping out of the playoff spots. They score an average of 77.6 points per match, against 77.65 conceded. Thomas Robinson will now play in this match, for disciplinary reasons.
Previous 5 games:
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Hapoel Jerusalem 77:74
Anadolu Efes vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 81:94
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Irony Nes Ziona 76:85
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs CSKA Moscow 73:93
Unicaja Malaga vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 83:69
Astana vs Khimki Moscow 84:79
Khimki Moscow vs Olimpia Milano 77:86
Nizni Novgorod vs Khimki Moscow 79:82
Baskonia vs Khimki Moscow 87:77
Khimki Moscow vs Panathinaikos 78:61
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Khimki Moscow: Head to Head Stats
Maccabi Tel Aviv were great in Russia in November 16th, where they defeated Khimki Moscow by 69:77. They have clearly had the upper hand in this match-up, having won four of the five matches against the Russians, and both at home.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Khimki Moscow: Prediction
The 7th and the 8th team in the Euroleague are now locking horns in this match, and this is a crucial match that will shape the playoff picture. Maccabi Tel Aviv should be feeling more anxious as a loss here could potentially bump them outside the playoff spots.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Khimki Moscow: Betting Tips
This is going to be a really close match between the two teams, who are both looking to stay inside the playoff spots. Maccabi Tel Aviv might win this one, but don’t expect Khimki Moscow to go down that easily. I will take the +5.5 points for the visitors here @ 1.87.