Two teams fifhting for the 8th and final playoff spot of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball are clashing in the 23rd round of action today, when the long-time Israeli champions of Maccabi Tel Aviv (12-10) are visiting last year’s Eurocup champions Unicaja Malaga (9-13) from Spain on Thursday, February 22nd 2018. The game takes place at the Martin Carpena Arena in the city of Malaga, Spain.
Date/Time: 02-22-2018, 14:45 EDT
Spread: Unicaja -4
Unicaja are 9-12 so far in the league and are currently sitting on the 10th place of the league table. They are 3-1 in their last 4 and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Anadolu Efes at home with a 79-68 score. Nemanja Nedovic leads the team in scoring with 15.8 ppg, adding a team-best 4.6 dimes per game. Adam Waczynski follows with 10.8 ppg, while Ray McCallum adds 9.4 ppg and 3 dimes per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersMaccabi are 12-10 so far in the league and are currently sitting on the 8th place of the league table. They are 3-1 in their last 4 and in their latest matchuo they were victorious against Barcelona at home with a 94-82 score. Pierre Jackson leads the team in scoring with 15.3 ppg, adding a team-best 4.2 dimes per game. Norris Cole follows with 13.4 ppg and 4 dimes per game, while DeShaun Thomas adds 11.6 ppg and 3.6 boards per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Unicaja were victorious on the road with a 78-89 score. Back in the 2015/16 season, Unicaja won both games by an average of 12.5 points. Unicaja have a 6-5 home record this season, while Maccabi are 3-7 on the road. Maccabi have a better offense with 82.2 ppg to Unicaja’s 77.5, while Unicaja have a better defense, allowing 80.3 ppg to Maccabi’s 83.9. Maccabi have better a better accuracy both from inside the arc with 51.5% to Unicaja’s 50.6% and from behind the arc with 36.2% to Unicaja’s 35.6%. Maccabi also grab more rebounds, with 32.1 to Unicaja’s 31, while both teams have almost the same assists dished, with 17.6 and 17.4 per game. Unicaja have not been very effective at home so far and expect a closer game than 4 points, so pick Maccabi Tel Aviv in this one.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Unicaja Prediction: Maccabi Tel Aviv +4 (-111)