Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Real Madrid
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 8 November 2018
Time: 19:05 CET
Maccabi Tel Aviv (W1 L4) met a really bad loss in Spain last week, where they fell by 74:58 against Barcelona. They were really bad in the first quarter when they scored just 12 points but were down by just a single point in the end of he first half. However, they shut off again in the third quarter and were outscored by a massive 25:7 and the match was effectively over. Caloiaro led the scoring once again with 11 points and 3/5 triples but not much else. O’Bryant scored 10 with 6 rebounds, Tyus had 9 points and 8 rebounds, while Roll had 7 points and 6 assists. Maccabi Tel Aviv have now lost two in a row in the Euroleague, both on the road, and will play their first home match after three on the road. They are sitting at the 13th spot of the league table, scoring an average of 77.2 points per match, while allowing 81.6 points in the process.
On the other hand, Real Madrid (W5 L0) had a pretty easy job in the Euroleague last week, as they defeated Zalgiris Kaunas by 79:90 in Lithuania. Real Madrid actually struggled really hard in the start of the match and found themselves down by 32:18 at the end of the first quarter. But they bounced back and cut their opponents’ lead to one point by the end of the first half. Zalgiris Kaunas extended their lead in the third but Real Madrid destroyed the in the final quarter (11:28) and grabbed a massive win. Real Madrid had Randolph (16p, 2 triples, 1 steal) and Ayon (13p, 10r, 3st) in great mood, while Fernandez was also great with 15 points and 7 assists. That was the 13th consecutive win in all competitions this season, but their winning streak was cut short in a 105:107 loss at home against Morabank Andorra in their domestic league. Even so, Real Madrid are comfortably leading the Euroleague and are still featuring the best offense (95.2 ppg) and the best defense (78.4 ppg).
Previous 5 games:
Galil Elion vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 98:94
Barcelona vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 74:58
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Hapoel Tel Aviv 89:57
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 88:80
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Hapoel Beer Sheva 66:64
Real Madrid vs Morabank Andorra 105:107
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Real Madrid 79:90
Real Madrid vs San Pablo Burgos 90:77
Real Madrid s Buducnost 89:55
Xacobeo Blusens vs Real Madrid 73:86
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Real Madrid: Head to Head Stats
The two teams exchanged home wins last season, when Real Madrid won by 90:83 at home but fell by 93:81 in this venue. They also have the upper hand in this match-up, winning four of the last five against Maccabi Tel Aviv. Maccabi Tel Aviv have been excellent as hosts against Real Madrid over the years (W7 L4), but they have won just two of the last five in the last five years (W2 L3).
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Real Madrid: Prediction
Real Madrid have been unstoppable in the Euroleague this season, and pretty much overall. They did meet their first loss this weekend and will surely look to return to winning ways. They have been excellent against Maccabi Tel Aviv in recent years and will give them a hard time with their height.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Real Madrid: Betting Tips
Maccabi Tel Aviv will be looking to make full use of the home advantage after three matches on the road, but Real Madrid are pretty much the worst opponent they could get. I expect Real Madrid to bounce back to winning ways here and quite possibly cover the -6 @1.80.