It’s a must-win situation for Maccabi Tel-Aviv!

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Aris Barkas

17/Nov/15 18:25

Eurohoops chooses the match of the week, cites the full schedule and stands out some things you need to know about Euroleague’s sixth round

By Nikos Varlas/

Euroleague’s sixth round is expected to be great and competitive, as many surprises are likely to take place, just like what has happened in the previous five rounds! Malaga is the only undefeated team in the competition after the end of the first round! The action starts on Wednesday with the defending champions Real Madrid (2-3) facing off against Khimki (3-2), while seven matches are scheduled for Thursday and four for Friday.

November 19, CET: 20.15 (Menora Mivtachim Arena)

Maccabi Tel-Aviv vs CSKA Moscow

It’s a ‘do or die’ match for the hosts in Zan Tabak’s first game as Maccabi‘s head coach, with the Croatian replacing Gay Goodes after the Israeli’s team bad start to the season. Maccabi welcomes CSKA Moscow on Thursday, with the squad finding itself in a must-win situation, as they have four losses and only one win after five games in group D. On the other hand, the Muscovites are in the exact opposite situation (four wins, just one defeat), but the loss to Malaga at home last week will give Dimitris Itoudis’ players extra motivation to earn the victory on the road.

The “Bear” averages 89.6 points per game, with 112 points on the Index system, whereas Maccabi scores only 73.8 points per game and is among the five worst teams of the entire competition in the overall Index, defensive rebounds and steals. Until now, there is a great difference between the two clubs in their performances, stats and effectiveness, respectively. However, Maccabi’s home court in conjunction with the new head coach and the must-win situation that the Israeli team finds itself in, can give us a very impressive and extraordinary match in Tel-Aviv!

November 18

Real Madrid vs BC Khimki
CET: 20.45
Barclaycard Center

November 19

Zalgiris Kaunas vs Zielona Gora
CET: 18.45
Zalgirio Arena

Cedevita vs Olympiacos
CET: 19.00
Drazen Petrovic Zagreb

Laboral Kutxa vs Armani Milano
CET: 20.30
Fernando Buesa Arena

Strasbourg vs Crvena Zvezda
CET: 20.45
Rhenus Sport

Bayern Munich vs Fenerbahce
CET: 20.45
Audi Dome

Barcelona vs Pinar Karsiyaka
CET: 20.45
Palau Blaugrana

20 November

Anadolu Efes vs Limoges
CET: 19.00
Abdi Ipekci

Brose Baskets vs Unicaja Malaga
CET: 20.00
Brose Arena

Dinamo Sassari vs Darussafaka
CET: 21.00

Panathinaikos vs Lokomotiv Kuban
CET: 20.45

Things you need to know

  • It’s the 38th match between Maccabi Tel Aviv and CSKA Moscow! The Russian team has earned 19 victories, whereas the Israelis have won 18 games, in one of the strongest and most traditional battles in the history of the competition.

  • Milos Teodosic is seventh in the all-time three-point scoring list with 327 in a draw with Marcus Brown and is expected to overcome the American this week! The next great three-point shooter on the list is Trajal Langdon with 339.

  • Vassilis Spanoulis needs to score three more three-point shots to become the 10th player in the history of the competition, who will have hit 300 three-pointers.

  • Giannis Bourousis has the best Index in the entire Euroleague so far, averaging 25.2 points.

  • Alessandro Gentile is the top scorer of the competition after the end of the first round with 19.2 points per game.

  • Anadolu Efes‘ John Diebler has hit the most three-point shots in the Euroleague so far (18).