Basketball Champions League – Day 14 Preview

2019-02-04T17:45:28+00:00 2019-02-04T22:12:25+00:00.

Stefan Djordjevic

04/Feb/19 17:45

Eurohoops.net

The last day of Basketball Champions League regular season is in front of us and there are only four playoff tickets left with eight teams fighting for them.

By Stefan Djordjevic/ info@eurohoops.net

It’s here, the last Gameday of Basketball Champions League regular season and while 12 teams secured their spot in the playoffs, four more tickets are available.

Two spots are up for grabs in Group A with three teams – Avellino, Nizhny, Le Mans – chasing it. In Group B there is one spot left and Nanterre and Holon will fight directly for it. Group C has it all figured out while there is space for one more team from Group D and it will be Oostende, Neptunas or Strasbourg.

Eight games will be played on Tuesday (5/2, Groups A&B) and eight on Wednesday (6/2, Groups C&D).

Day 14 Preview

Group A

Position Team % Victory GP GW GL PTS + PTS – GA
1 UCAM Murcia* 92.31 13 12 1 994 874 1.1372
2 Banvit* 69.23 13 9 4 1078 987 1.0921
3 Sidigas Avellino 53.85 13 7 6 1058 1071 0.9878
4 Nizhny Novgorod 46.15 13 6 7 1032 1018 1.0137
5 Le Mans 46.15 13 6 7 969 987 0.9817
6 Ventspils 38.46 13 5 8 1036 1076 0.9628
7 Anwil Wloclawek 30.77 13 4 9 1024 1076 0.9516
8 MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg 23.08 13 3 10 976 1078 0.9053

Nizhny and Ludwigsburg start the show and the Russian team must win this game if they want to the playoffs. However, they also need Le Mans to lose otherwise it will all be for nothing.

Le Mans holds their future in their own hands. If they win against Anwil, they advance to Round of 16. The French are in a good form but Anwil squad won their first clash.

Avellino will secure their third place in Group A and the playoffs with a win over Ventspils but in case they lose and both Nizhny and Le Mans win their games, the Italian team won’t advance.

Lastly, the game between two top teams in the group but with the least pressure as Murcia and Banvit secured their spots.

Group B

Position Team % Victory GP GW GL PTS + PTS – GA
1 Iberostar Tenerife* 84.62 13 11 2 1079 868 1.2430
2 Umana Reyer Venezia* 69.23 13 9 4 1098 1034 1.0618
3 PAOK* 61.54 13 8 5 1050 951 1.1041
4 Nanterre 53.85 13 7 6 1085 984 1.1026
5 Hapoel Holon 53.85 13 7 6 1083 1043 1.0383
6 Telekom Baskets Bonn 46.15 13 6 7 1049 1108 0.9467
7 Fribourg Olympic 23.08 13 3 10 995 1112 0.8947
8 Opava 7.69 13 1 12 879 1218 0.7216

One ticket left in Group B with Holon and Nanterre fighting for it directly. Both squads are in fairly good shape and while Nanterre has had one day more to rest, Holon played and won against none other than Maccabi Tel Aviv.

PAOK will host Tenerife which secured the first place while the Greeks can finish third or fourth depending on other results. PAOK arrives of a big loss to Promitheas while Tenerife managed to win against Barcelona in teh domestic league.

Venezia and Fribourg also have their spots set. Venezia will finish second and Fribourg seventh whatever happens. Still, both squads will try to end the regular season with a win.

The last Tuesday duel will be between Opava and Bonn. The Czech team has had tough three weeks as they lost by record-big margins and will look to regain some honor against Bonn.

Group C

Position Team % Victory GP GW GL PTS + PTS – GA
1 Hapoel Jerusalem* 84.62 13 11 2 1180 1010 1.1683
2 AEK Athens* 84.62 13 11 2 1056 958 1.1022
3 Brose Bamberg* 61.54 13 8 5 1074 1065 1.0084
4 Antwerp Giants* 53.85 13 7 6 1044 1022 1.0215
5 Lietkabelis 30.77 13 4 9 988 1029 0.9601
6 Dijon 30.77 13 4 9 975 1033 0.9438
7 CEZ Nymburk 30.77 13 4 9 1026 1105 0.9285
8 Fuenlabrada 23.08 13 3 10 1004 1125 0.8924

AEK will host Antwerp and need the win in order to secure the first spot in Group C while Antwerp finishes fourth either way. Both squads won four out five last games in all competitions and this will be a good test for both sides in front of the playoffs.

Hapoel will travel to France for a clash with Dijon. The Israeli team is in a good form and in case of a win (and AEK’s loss), they will take over the first spot.

Bamberg and Nymburk will clash in Germany. Bamberg is safe at the third spot while Nymburk can still qualify for the FIBA Europe Cup in case of a win.

Fuenlabrada vs. Lietkabelis is the last matchup of this group and while the Spaniards can’t move from the eighth spot, Lietkabelis can finish 5th-7th. The first clash belonged to the Lithuanians.

 

Group D

Position Team % Victory GP GW GL PTS + PTS – GA
1 Virtus Segafredo Bologna* 69.23 13 9 4 1105 1008 1.0962
2 Besiktas S.J.* 61.54 13 8 5 1008 989 1.0192
3 Promitheas* 61.54 13 8 5 1052 1052 1
4 Neptunas 53.85 13 7 6 1083 1057 1.0245
5 Strasbourg 53.85 13 7 6 990 991 0.9989
6 BC Oostende 53.85 13 7 6 977 1019 0.9587
7 Medi Bayreuth 38.46 13 5 8 1011 1009 1.0019
8 Petrol Olimpjia 7.69 13 1 12 974 1075 0.9060

Oostende will host Strasbourg and this is the crucial game in the playoff race. Oostende controls their own destiny and if they win, they qualify for the Round of 16. In Strasbourg’s case, a win here is not enough as they also need Bayreuth to win against Neptunas.

However, Neptunas is hosting Bayreuth and they are in a far better form than the German squad. They’ve won four out five last games while Bayreuth has only one win in that span.

Besiktas awaits Olimpija in Turkey and will be much closer to the first spot in case of a win. They would also need Promitheas to beat Bologna by 3-34 point-margin.

Bologna is the host of the clash with Promitheas and a win secures them the first place. The Greek team needs a win by 11 points or more and Besiktas to lose against Olimpija in order to take over the top of the group.

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