08 October, 2019
04 October, 2020
12 Martin Breunig (BONN)
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Everything you need to know ahead of Tuesday's Round of 16 games

MIES (Switzerland) - Game 2 is crucial in any best of three Play-Offs series and Tuesday marks this all-important junction in five of the eight Round of 16 pairings.

The home team in each of the first four games on Tuesday's five-game slate will enter the court aiming to avoid a 2-0 series sweep and prolong the series, while the roles are reversed in the final game of the day, where Burgos play host to Sassari.

Let's have a closer look at each of the five Tuesday clashes:

Lietkabelis vs. Casademont Zaragoza (Zaragoza lead 1-0) - 18:00 CET

Zeljiko Sakic posted in the series opener last week his 15th consecutive game scoring in double digits

  • Lietkabelis have won both of their previous home games against Spanish teams in the competition. The Lithuanian side defeated Montakit Fuenlabrada in Panevezys in November 2018, and BAXI Manresa in Group A action last December.

  • Zaragoza are riding a seven-game winning streak in the BCL, which is the second longest this season after Nymburk's eight-game win streak. The Spanish team won their three most recent games on the road, after losing three of their previous four road games. That span included their only previous trip to Lithuania which ended in their heaviest defeat so far in the competition, a 91-73 loss to Neptunas in Klaipeda.

  • Zaragoza are leading the league in rebounds, with 42.6 per game, but Lietkabelis haven't allowed opponents to collect more than 10 offensive rebounds in any of their last 12 home games in the competition. The Lithuanian team consequently gave up only 7.7 second-chance points on average in that span.

  • In Game 1, Zaragoza hit 28 two-pointers and 4 three-pointers. That means the Spanish side made the most two-point shots and the fewer three-point shots than any team so far in the Round of 16. Zaragoza did however convert 10 or more three-point shots in each of their last three road games (in the Regular Season).

  • Zeljko Sakic of Lietkabelis is the only player to have scored in double digits in each of his 15 games so far this season. The Croatian forward is averaging 20.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game at home.

  • Zaragoza's D.J. Seeley has scored in double digits in each of his last six games, after doing so in four of his first eight games. The American guard is averaging 14 points per game on the road, compared with 10.4 points per game at home. 

Teksut Bandirma vs. ERA Nymburk (Nymburk lead 1-0) - 18:00 CET

Bandirma hope Sehmus Hazer provided the leadership they need to stave off elimination

  • Bandirma were 75-69 winners over Nymburk in the only previous BCL encounter between the two teams in Turkey, back in November 2016.

  • Bandirma have won their three most recent home games in the Regular Season, after starting off with three losses in their first four home games.

  • Nymburk are currently riding an eight-game winning streak in the BCL, the longest this season, and had an average winning margin of 22 points in their last three games. The Czech champions won their last four road games, their longest ever win streak on the road in the BCL.

  • Bandirma converted only 33 percent of their free-throws in Game 1, which is the lowest free-throw percentage in a Play-Offs game in competition history. The Turkish team shot 75 percent from the line in the Regular Season.

  • Nymburk made 14 three-pointers in Game 1 falling only one triple short of tying EWE Baskets Oldenburg's record for most made treys in a BCL Play-Offs game. Oldenburg had knocked down 15 threes in a Round of 16 clash with fellow German side MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in the 2017-18 season.

  • Nymburk hit 10 or more three-pointers in each of their last three BCL games. The Czech side had made 10 or more triples only in three of their previous 18 games in the competition.

  • Sehmus Hazer of Bandirma is averaging 4.4 points in his last five home games, compared with 13.5 points per game in his last six road games in the competition.

  • Michael Dixon, who returned to Nymburk this season after almost five years, scored in double digits in each of the last eight BCL games in which he came off the bench. The American guard averaged 15.1 points in that span.

Filou Oostende vs. Iberostar Tenerife (Tenerife lead 1-0) - 20:00 CET

Marcelinho Huertas, who leads the league in assists, will be a game-time decision for Tenerife on Tuesday

  • Tenerife's Marcelinho Huertas exited Sunday's Spanish Liga Endesa clash with Baskonia early due to back pains, and will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's encounter.

  • Oostende's latest signing, center Mindauguas Kupsas, will make his BCL debut with the Belgian side on Tuesday. The Lithuanian big man who is filling in for the injured Shevon Thompson, didn't make join his new team in time to play in Game 1 last week. Kupsas averaged 4.4 points in the Regular Season, with Hapoel Jerusalem.

  • Oostende won 66-62 in the only previous game between the two teams that took place in Belgium, in November 2016.

  • Oostende have won five of their last seven BCL games, after losing seven of their previous 10; Oostende have also won seven of their last 10 home games in the competition.

  • Oostende are shooting 28 percent from behind the arc this season, as the only team in the league with a three-point field goal percentage lower than 30 percent. The Belgian side made four triples in Game 1, a joint-low so far in this season's Round of 16.

  • Tenerife have shot 50 percent or better from the floor for the last four games in a row, their joint-best streak in the competition. The Spanish team shot 50 percent or better from the floor in each of their last two road games, a feat they had not achieved in any of their previous 12 games on the road.

  • MiKyle McIntosh averages 13.4 points in his five games at home, all five off the bench. Oostende won all five games in which McIntosh played more than 23 minutes.

  • Tenerife's Sasu Salin is averaging 16.4 points in his last five games, after averaging 8.9 points in his first 10 games. The Finnish international made at least four three-pointers in each of his last four games, a feat he achieved once in his first 11 games.

Telekom Baskets Bonn vs. AEK (AEK lead 1-0) - 20:00 CET

Bonn will likely have to play yet another game without Anthony DiLeo, while AEK are back in full strength

  • AEK point guard Nikos Gkikas did not feature in Game 1 as he had just returned from injury but he was back in action over the weekend. Head coach Ilias Papatheodorou will in fact have all players to his disposal for Tuesday's game, for the first time in nearly two months.

  • By contrast, Bonn will most likely still have to make do without shooting guard Anthony DiLeo, although he returned to training at the weekend following his injury.

  • Bonn have won two of their three home games against a team from Greece in the BCL, but their only defeat came in the most recent one as they fell 85-83 to PAOK in Group D action in the Regular Season.

  • AEK have lost on four of their five trips to Germany but were victorious on the most recent one as they defeated RASTA Vechta 81-70 in January.

  • Bonn, who lost their last two BCL games, have only lost three straight in the competition once, and that skid actually came during their first ever three games in the BCL, in October 2017.

  • AEK, who are riding a three-game winning streak in the BCL, are yet to win four in a row this season. The Greek team's last defeat in the Play-Offs was actually in Germany, as they lost at Brose Bamberg in the Quarter-Finals last season.

  • Bonn had only one offensive rebound in Game 1, setting a new negative record in BCL Play-Offs history. This looks like an outlier though as the German team averaged 10.8 offensive rebounds per game in the Regular Season and never had a game with less than seven offensive boards this season.

  • AEK shot 50 percent from two-point range on average in their last two games. The Greek team had a two-point field goal percentage higher than 50 percent only twice in their previous nine games. However, they shot 60 percent or better from two-point range in each of their last two road games.

  • Alec Brown of Bonn scored more than 15 points in each of his three games against AEK. Brown and Dee Bost are the only two players in the BCL to have scored more than 15 points in three games against the Greek team.

  • AEK's Kendrick Ray, who scored 27 points in Game 1, is now averaging 15.3 points in his three games against Bonn and was on the winning side in all three encounters. However, he had only 5 points the only time he played against Bonn in Germany, when he was on ERA Nymburk in October 2017.

San Pablo Burgos vs. Dinamo Sassari (Burgos lead 1-0) - 20:30 CET

Vitor Benite poured in a BCL career-high 30 points to lead Burgos to victory in Game 1 in Italy

  • The game will be played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak, in accordance with a decision by the Spanish Council of Ministers.

  • Burgos have won six of the seven games they have played at home, with three of those victories by a margin of at least 16 points. The Spanish side average a league second-best 91.6 points at home. Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem is leading the league in home scoring, averaging 94.6 points per game in Israel.

  • Sassari have won five of their last six road games, after winning only one of their previous four games on the road in the competition. Interestingly, while Sassari have never beaten a Spanish team at home in the BCL (three losses in as many games), they won both games they have played in Spain in this competition.

  • The Burgos bench averages a league-high 41.1 points per game, 14.6 more than Sassari's second unit, which contributes 26.5 points per contest on average.

  • Sassari have won six games that were decided by a margin of 5 or fewer points, more than any other team in the BCL this season. The Italian side won four of those six tight games on the road.

  • Burgos have the highest offensive rebound ratio in the league, collecting 37.2 percent of rebounds on the offensive glass.

  • Vitor Benite, who scored a BCL career-high 30 points in Game 1, is averaging 24 points in his last two games as a starter after averaging 5.5 points per game in his two previous appearances in the starting lineup.

  • Sassari's Dwayne Evans averaged 7.5 points in his last two BCL games on the road, but he averaged 21.8 points in his first five road games in the league this season.