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The 16th round of Turkish Airlines’ EuroLeague arrives early on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, offering a series of confrontations that directly affect the playoff races, so there’s a lot of festive fun.

Cannon seeking bounce

Early actions on Tuesday included firecrackers, with two large teams aiming for Anadolu Efes Istanbul (7-8) to take over FC Barcelona (11-4) and return to victory. Efes was out of the playoffs after losing two last week and lost to AX Armani Exchange Milan at home after losing 35 points at CSKA Moscow. The Turkish team has lost four of the last five games and struggled desperately during the match, averaging 67.8 points per game, while shooter Shane Larkin averaged only four points in last week’s defeat. did. It’s also a chance to return to Barca, who lost the top spot in the home defeat with McCavi Platica Tel Aviv. It is doubtful that Brandon Davie’s will be on the sidelines with a calf injury and will return on Tuesday night in the match. Efes may try to take advantage of his absence in a game where both teams feel they have to win through Bryant Dunston and former Barca center Tibor Pleiß.

Maccabi and Panathinaikos fight to keep climbing

The victory in Barcelona last week was a welcome event for the Ioannis Sphyropros team after McCabi got used to losing close quarters instead of winning. McCabi lost less than four points in seven games this season, but thanks to Scotty Wilbekin’s connection with Othello hunter Alley-oop, the final defense of the final was solidified with 13 seconds remaining, 67-68 in Palau Blaugrana. Won. Barca’s last property.

McCabi (6-9) has begun to gain momentum by winning three of the last four games. This is intended to prove that you are in the wrong position in the lower half of the ranking. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens (5-9), a 15th round visitor to Tel Aviv, has a similar mission, winning a solid victory over Alba Berlin following a double loss in overtime against Real Madrid last week. Performance will confidently enhance you. .. These are two of the best offensive rebound teams in the league, Maccabi is the third best 11.3 attack board on average, and Panathinaikos is just behind at 11.0 per game, so you can establish control of the glass. It can be the key to the result.

The real purpose to overcome Randolph’s loss

Real Madrid (10-5) are heading to Round 16 against the backdrop of a remarkable week in Greece. The Spanish side has won overtime in both Panathinaikos and Olympiacos Piraeus, with four consecutive victories and nine out of the last ten games. .. However, these victories were expensive, injuring Anthony Randolph, who was faced with a long bystander spell after undergoing surgery for an Achilles tendon injury during his victory at Piraeus. Real climbed to the edge of the playoffs position on Tuesday night, but attempted to shrug Randolph’s loss on a visit from Alba Berlin (6-8), who ran out of steam on his trip to Panathinaikos last week. I will. Due to schedule quirks, ALBA will play three consecutive road games and five out of six games, then return to Berlin to bridge the old and new at home three times in a row. The main task of the German team in this showdown is to lead the league with rebounds (7.5 rpg) and block shots (2.0 bpg) against real big man Walter Tavares, who is ranked 5th in PIR (19.3). Is to find a way to do it.

Influential coaches face off directly

Probably the two new coaches who have had the most positive impacts of the season to date, they will meet early Wednesday at the tip-off. Martin Schiller (8-7) from Zargiri Kaunas welcomes Andrea Trinkieri’s high-flying FC Bayern Munich (10-5) to Lithuania. .. EuroLeague rookie Schiller is reassured that Zalgiris has turned the rookie season around with three consecutive victories and six losing slides. This is Zargiris’ third consecutive home game, with the first two comfortably thanks to his outstanding aggressive performance, scoring 92 and 99 points for TD Systems Basconia Vitoria Gasteiz and Fenerbahcebeco Istanbul, respectively. Won. Zalgiris converted 34 (60.7%) of the 56 three-point attempts during these two games, so borderline stoppoints are clearly a priority for Bayern defenses who did it exactly throughout the season. Will be done. Visitors allowed their opponents to convert only 32.7% of their three-point shots. This week, the Zargiris sniper will face rigorous consideration as the visiting team defends the top four, as it is the second best in the competition.

A consistent shield facing the ex-club

AX Armani Exchange Milan has a really comfortable element ahead of the holiday season after improving to 9-5 in a series of road wins against Efes and Fenerbahce in Istanbul last week. With these wins, the Italian team is fifth in the standings and looks forward to 2020 ending with a home game after playing the last four games on the street. Round 16 has a visit from TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz (6-8). This is currently in 11th place after losing three games in a row. Of course, Milan has many star names following the busy summer of acquisitions. But its most consistent player is probably the more notable: Shabon Shields scored an average of 13.1 points per game after scoring double digits in 10 of 14 games this season. Due to its high average performance index, it offers 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game with a rating of 14.4. This week’s match will be Shield’s first match against his previous team since spending his first two EuroLeague seasons in Baskonia. He reminds us of what the Spanish side is missing and aims for Milan to continue to move up.

– NBA Sports

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