In the 22nd round of action the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball, two national powerhouses and classic European clubs are clashing, when the Israeli Maccabi Tel Aviv (11-10), are hosting the Spanish FC Barcelona Lassa (7-14) on Thursday, February 8th 2018. The game takes place at the Menora Mivtachim Arena in the city of Tel Aviv, Israel.
Date/Time: 02-08-2018, 14:05 EDT
Spread: Maccabi Tel Aviv -4.5
Maccabi have a 11-10 record so far this season and currently sit on the 8th place of the league table. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against Zalgiris with a 99-84 score. They are led in scoring by Pierre Jackson with 15.2 ppg and a team high 4.3 assists per game. He is followed by Norris Cole with 13.4 ppg and 3.9 assists per game, while DeShaun Thomas adds 11.8 ppg and 3.5 rebounds.
Top Basketball BookmakersBarcelona have a 7-14 record so far this season and are currently tied with three more teams in the second to last place of the league table. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost at home against Olimpia Milan with an 81-83 score. They are led in scoring by Kevin Seraphin with 12.1 ppg, adding a team high 4.9 rebounds. He is followed by Thomas Heurtel with 11 ppg and a team high 6.3 assists per game, while Rakim Sanders adds 8.9 ppg.
In their previous matchup on the first round, Barcelona won easily at home by 22 points with an 87-67 score. Maccabi are 8-3 at home so far this season, while Barcelona are 1-9 on the road (worse in the league). Maccabi are better offensively, scoring 81.7 ppg to Barcelona’s 80.5, while Barcelona are better defensively, allowing 78.9 ppg to Maccabi’s 84. Barcelona also have slightly better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 47.8% to Maccabi’s 47.2% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 36.7% to Maccabi’s 36%. They also dish more assists, with 20.7 to Maccabi’s 17.6, while Maccabi are only better in turnovers committed (10.6 to 11.8) and both teams grab almost the same number of rebounds per game (31.9 and 31.8). Barcelona are struggling on every front and Maccabi are too good at home to lose this game, so pick Maccabi for a home win by more than 5 points today.
Barcelona vs Maccabi Tel Aviv Prediction: Maccabi Tel Aviv -4.5 (-112)