Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Unics Kazan
Date: 26th January 2017
Kick-off: 20:05 CET
In the last Euroleague game on Thursday, Maccabi Tel Aviv will host Unics Kazan in will most likely be quite an interesting clash from the bottom half of the table.
Maccabi have been in a disastrous shape lately, winning just a single game from their past ten matches. Moreover, they are currently in a three-game losing streak, as they were absolutely crushed by Galatasaray in the previous round. Maccabi will host Unics on Thursday, which means that Ainars Bagatskis’ men should have some solid chances of actually getting a victory.
Unics haven’t done a lot better this season when compared to Maccabi, but they have definitely performed far better in their last ten games, as they have 5-5 in that span of time. The team from Kazan has currently lost two games in a row though, but both of them were against high-quality opponents. If Unics were not visitors on Thursday, they would have been the absolute favorites for the win.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Unics Kazan: Head to head stats
Maccabi Tel Aviv and Unics Kazan have played just once in the Euroleague and that was earlier this season when Maccabi won with a 73-74 score.
However, Maccabi’s win came in the 8th round of the tournament – before they crumbled down and go 1-9.
Unics are 2-7 when playing away from home.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Unics Kazan: Prediction
The game on Thursday will be an interesting one, as neither team has performed well so far this season. Furthermore, both Maccabi and Unics have almost zero chances of fighting for the playoffs so everything they will be playing for is pride.
Statistically, neither teams stands out. Maccabi have averaged 78.9 points per game offensively, which is slightly better than Unics’ 77.9. However, on the defensive end the club from Russia has fared better, allowing 81.5 ppg, compared to 84.5 by Maccabi.
The fact that Maccabi’s defense is a really weak one could easily translate into a win for Unics, as that means that Keith Langford, the Euroleague’s leading scored, will have the ability to showcase all of his abilities. Nonetheless, Kazan will have to look out for Andrew Goudelock, as he is pretty dangerous on the offensive end too.
Expect a win by Unics at the end, even though it won’t be a dominant one.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Unics Kazan: Tips
- Unics Kazan +5 @1.80