08 October, 2019
03 May, 2020
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Everything you need to know ahead of Wednesday's Gameday 7 fixtures

MIES (Switzerland) -  Gameday 7 action concludes with Wednesday's eight contests and therefore by the end of the day all 32 teams that participate in the 2019-20 Basketball Champions League will have reached the Regular Season halfway point.

It is perhaps fitting then that Wednesday slate culminates in a potentially crucial clash between Zaragoza and Brindisi, which will determine which of these two teams will move into the top half of Group D as we enter the second part of the Regular Season.

Let's have a closer look at all eight Wednesday games:

Nizhny Novgorod (3-3) v VEF Riga (1-5) - Group C, 17:00 CET

Brandon Brown is looking to score in double digits for Nizhny for the sixth game in a row 

  • Nizhny will face a Latvian team for the third time, after winning both of their clashes against Ventspils in the 2018-19 season.

  • VEF have gone on a five-game losing skid after winning their opening game against Mornar Bar, 80-74. The Latvian team are playing on Wednesday only their second road game in this BCL season, having lost 91-83 at Peristeri winmasters on Gameday 2.

  • VEF give up only 6.7 fast-break points per game on average, the fewest in the league.

  • Brandon Brown of Nizhny has averaged 16 points, 6 assists and 2 steals in the last five BCL games.

  • VEF's Lester Medford has registered at least 12 points and 5 assists in each of his six games this season. He is the only VEF player to have scored in double- digits in each game.

Turk Telekom (5-1) v SIG Strasbourg (2-4) - Group A, 18:00 CET

Travis Trice is leading the league in free-throw shooting on an almost perfect 22 of 23 from the line

  • Strasbourg have signed 32-year-old Scottie Reynolds, who started the season at Greek club Larissa. The veteran American had faced his new club in the 2016-17 BCL season, when he was playing for Cibona Zagreb. Following the arrival of Reynolds, Strasbourg loaned out 20-year-old Ludovic Beyhurst to fellow French side CSP Limoges until the end of the season.

  • Turk Telekom have won the five games in which they gave up fewer than 80 points and lost the only game in which they gave up 80 points, against BAXI Manresa.

  • Strasbourg have lost their last two road games in the BCL but have never lost three consecutive games on the road in the competition. The French team have given up 90 points or more in each of their last three road games in the competition.

  • Turk Telekom currently allow opponents to shoot only 38.3 percent from the field, which is a league-best so far this season. The Turkish team also average 29.8 defensive rebounds per game, a joint league-high alongside ERA Nymburk.

  • Nick Johnson of Turk Telekom has averaged 18 points and 5 assists over the last two games, after averaging 5.5 points and 1 assist per game in the first encounters games of the season.

  • Strasbourg’s Travis Trice is averaging 95.7 percent from the free-throw line, which is a league-high among players with at least 15 attempts from the foul line after the first six games.

Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem (4-2) v Telenet Giants Antwerp (2-4) - Group B, 18:00 CET

Another huge game on the road for Dave Dudzinski on Wednesday? 

  • Hapoel and Antwerp have met twice before in the competition, with each team winning its respective home game. The first time these two teams played in Israel, Hapoel won 92-72.

  • Antwerp have lost their last six Regular Season games on the road, with their most recent road win in this stage of the competition, against JDA Dijon, dating back to November 2018.

  • Hapoel are averaging 88.8 points per game at home in the BCL, more than any other team that has played at least five home games in the competition.

  • The Israeli team have a 91.7 percent win record at home, second only to AS Monaco (which have a 94.4 percent win record) among all teams to have played at least five encounters on their home court.

  • James Feldeine of Hapoel is averaging 22.3 points per game at home and 8.3 points per game on the road this season.

  • Dave Dudzinski of Antwerp is averaging 16.3 points per game on the road, compared with 8 points per game at home. Dudzinski scored at least 20 points in Antwer's two most recent road games in the BCL, while coming off the bench in both games.

Falco Szombathely (2-4) v Neptunas Klaipeda (4-2) - Group D, 18:00 CET

Ron Curry was at his best in the two games he made Falco's starting five 

  • Debutants Falco have won both their home games in the competition, and both by a double-digit margin.

  • Neptunas lost both games in which they gave up more than 80 points and won the four games in which they gave up 80 or fewer points.

  • Neptunas have 115 made free-throws in the first six games and were the only team to have hit more than 100 free-throws up until Tuesday's games. By contrast, Falco have made a league-low 51 free-throws so far.

  • Falco's Ron Curry is averaging 13 points and 4.5 assists in the two games he was in the starting five, compared with 4.5 points and 1.5 assists in the two games he came off the bench.

  • Neptunas are the only team to have five or more players scoring in double digits in each of the last four games.

Anwil Wloclawek (3-3) v AEK (4-2) - Group B, 18:30 CET

Tony Wroten is leading the league both in unassisted points and in points in the paint

  • Anwil have won their last two home games but have never won three consecutive games at home in the competition. The Polish team scored at least 80 points in each of their last three home games.

  • AEK have won nine of their last 11 road games in the Regular Season, after winning only five of their first 12 road games in this stage of the competition.

  • Anwil allow 12.2 triples and 15.8 second-chance points per game on average, more than any other team so far this season.

  • Anwil's Tony Wroten is leading the league in points in the paint, with 88. The Anwil guard has also scored a league-high 91 unassisted points.

  • AEK’s Keith Langford is leading the league in scoring with 22.2 points per game. The veteran shooting guard is shooting 53.4 percent from the field, including an impressive 54.3 percent from three-point range.

Mornar Bar (0-6) v Gaziantep (2-4) - Group C, 20:00 CET

Ivan Buva has had a big and immediate impact since joining Gaziantep on Gameday 4

  • Gaziantep have parted ways with Jamarr Sanders, who averaged 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in the five BCL games he played with the Turkish team.

  • Mornar Bar are the only team still looking to win a game this season and they have won only one of their last 17 games in the competition.

  • Gaziantep have lost the seven games in the competition in which they scored fewer than 75 points. Four of their last five games have ended on a point differential of four or fewer points.

  • Mornar Bar are averaging a league-low 72 points per game.

  • Gaziantep's bench players are averaging 17.8 points per game, the fewest among all teams in the BCL this season.

  • Ivan Buva has scored in double-digits in his last seven appearances in the BCL and is looking to score in double digits in each of his first four games with Gaziantep. Last season, when he was at Besiktas Sompo Sigorta, he scored in double-digits in his first seven BCL games.

Telekom Baskets Bonn (4-2) v PAOK (2-4) - Group D, 20:00 CET

You'd better take care of the ball when the league's leading pickpocket JeQuan Lewis is in close proximity

  • Bonn and PAOK have met twice before, with the German side winning those previous encounters. Bonn are averaging 97 points per game against PAOK.

  • Bonn are riding a 4-game winning streak at home, which is their longest win streak at home in the competition. They are averaging 89.8 points per game in this run.

  • PAOK allow opponents to bring down only 7.7 offensive rebounds on average, the fewest among all teams so far this season The Greek team are also giving up the fewest second-chance points in the league, 7.3 per game.

  • Bonn's Benjamin Simons averaged 14 points per game in his last three games, after averaging 6.3 points per game in his first three appearances with the German side in the BCL. Simons came off the bench in all six games.

  • PAOK's JeQuan Lewis has a league-best 15 steals so far this season. Lewis averaged 16.7 points, 5 assists and 3 steals in the last three games. 

Casademont Zaragoza (3-3) v Happy Casa Brindisi (3-3) - Group D, 20:30 CET

Adrian Banks has been Brindisi's biggest scoring threat, both at home and on the road

  • Brindisi have parted ways with Bogdan Radosavljevic, who averaged 7.3 rebounds and 2 rebounds in the six BCL games he played with the Italian team.

  • Zaragoza have won both games they have played at home and gave up fewer than 70 points in each game. However, Zaragoza are yet to score more than 80 points in a BCL game.

  • Brindisi are yet to win a game on the road and they gave up exactly 95 points in each of their last two road games in the competition.

  • Zaragoza average a league-best 4.7 blocks per game, but Brindisi hardly ever see their shots getting blocked. The Italian team are on the receiving end of just one block per game on average, fewer than any other team so far this season.

  • Nemanja Radovic has posted a double-double in points and rebounds in each of Zaragoza’s home games and is leading the league in offensive rebounds, with 25.

  • Brindisi's Adrian Banks has scored at least 11 points in each of their three road games and is leading the Italian team in scoring, with 14.7 points per game, and assists with 3.8 per game.