Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Unicaja Malaga
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 28 December 2017
Time: 20:05 CET
Maccabi Tel Aviv are coming off a really strong performance against Fenerbahce at home, where they easily defeated the Turkish team by 82:73. They took a nine-point deficit in the first quarter, and were also really good in the second half of that match. Jackson scored a game-high 20 points with 4 rebounds, 5 assists and two steals, while Cole was also really good with 19 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds. Parakhouski, Tyus and Bolden also chipped in some nice overall stats. That was their first win after back to back losses against CSKA Moscow and Panathinaikos. Maccabi Tel Aviv are now sitting at the 7th spot of the Euroleague (W8 L6), scoring an average of 79.85 points per match, against 80.28 conceded.
On the other hand, Unicaja Malaga almost suffered an upset when they hosted Armani Milano last week, but they eventually managed to win by 74:71. They took a six-point lead in the first quarter, but were destroyed by 9:22 in the secong. Even so, they managed to turn the match around in the second half, and recorded a slim win. Brooks went off with 15 points, 11 rebounds and a block, while Nedovic also scored as many. Augustine, Salin and McCallum also chipped in between 8 and 9 points each. Unicaja Malaga have finally found some much-needed stability, as they have now won four of their last five matches in all competitions, and each of their last three matches for the Euroleague. They are now sitting at the 10th spot of the Euroleague (W6 L8), with an average of 74.92 points per match, against 79.64 conceded.
Previous 5 games:
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Maccabi Ra’anana 97:73
Maccabi TEl Aviv vs Fenerbahce 82:73
Panathinaikos vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 89:76
CSKA Moscow vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 101:86
Irony Nahariya vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 90:98
Unicaja Malaga vs Armani Milano 74:71
Barcelona vs Unicaja Malaga 83:90
Tenerife vs Unicaja Malaga 81:77
Unicaja Malaga vs Khimki Moscow 93:84
Zaragoza vs Unicaja Malaga 77:102
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Unicaja Malaga: Head to Head Stats
The two teams last met in the 2015-16 season, where Unicaja Malaga won by 82:93 in this venue, before an easy 82:68 in this venue. Moreover, they have won three of their last four matches in this venue, but it is Maccabi Tel Aviv who have won five matches here over the years, against losing four.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Unicaja Malaga: Prediction
Maccabi Tel Aviv have been really strong at home, having only lost to Anadolu Efes and Olympiacos Piraeus. Unicaja Malaga are on the opposite side of things, having only won two matches on the road. Barring any surprise, Maccabi Tel Aviv should be able to take this win.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Unicaja Malaga: Betting Tips
I am a bit reluctant in this match, so I will be extra careful here and take the -4 for Maccabi Tel Aviv @1.65. Unicaja Malaga have been great lately, and they just might stay competitive here.
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