In the 27th round of action the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball, the defending champions both of Europe and of Turkey Fenerbahce (18-8), are hosting the Israeli Maccabi Tel Aviv (13-13) on Tuesday, March 20th 2018. The game takes place at the Fenerbahce Ulker Arena in the city of Istanbul, Turkey.
Date/Time: 03-20-2018, 12:45 EDT
Spread: Fenerbahce -10.5
Fenerbahce have an 18-8 record so far this season and are currently tied with Olympiakos in the second place of the league table. In their last game they saw a four-game winning streak getting snapped by losing at home against CSKA Moscow with a 79-81 score. They are led in scoring by Jan Vesely with 13 ppg, adding 5.1 rebounds per game. He is followed by Brad Wanamaker with 11.9 ppg and 4.1 assists per game, while James Nunnally adds 10.2 ppg. Gigi Datome adds 9.9 ppg and 3.6 rebounds per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersMaccabi have a 13-13 record so far this season and are currently tied with Baskonia in the 8th and final playoff place of the league table. They have lost three of their last four matches and in their last game they lost at home against Khimki with a 91-94 score. They are led in scoring by Pierre Jackson with 15 ppg, adding a team high 4.4 assists per game. He is followed by Norris Cole with 12.5 ppg and 3.8 assists per game, while DeShaun Thomas adds 11.7 ppg and 3.7 rebounds.
In their previous meeting in the first round, Maccabi won at home with an 82-73 score. Last season Maccabi won both games against Fener (by 10 points at home and by 2 on the road). Fenerbahce have a 9-4 home record so far, while Maccabi are 4-8 on the road. Maccabi are better offensively, scoring a third-best 82.2 ppg to Fener’s 80.4, while Fenerbahce have the best defense in the league, allowing 75.2 ppg to Maccabi’s second-worse of 84.8. Fenerbahce have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with a third-best of 49.5% to Maccabi’s 46.9% and in 3-pointers, shooting with a second-best of 41.4% to Maccabi’s 36.4%. They are also better in assists made, with 19.2 to Maccabi’s 17.9, while Maccabi are better in rebounding, grabbing 32.6 to Fener’s third-worse of 28.8 and in turnovers committed (10.8 to 11.3). Fenerbahce are the absolute favorite for the win but expect a close game than 11 points today, so pick Maccabi in this one.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Fenerbahce Prediction: Maccabi Tel Aviv +10.5 (-113)