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Everything you need to know ahead of Wednesday's Gameday 13 fixtures

MIES (Switzerland) - Wednesday's six-game slate might be shorter than that of Gameday 13's super-Tuesday, but it marks a pivotal juncture in the race for a spot in the Play-Offs from Group B, as Hapoel play host to Burgos in Jerusalem and RASTA Vechta entertain AEK in Germany.

A minute of silence will be observed before the start of every Basketball Champions League game this week, in the honor and memory of FIBA World Cup ambassador and two-time Olympic Gold medalist Kobe Bryant.

Let's have a closer look at all six Wednesday encounters:

Nizhny Novgorod (7-5) vs. Gaziantep (3-9) - Group C, 17:00 CET

Drew Crawford has parted ways with Gaziantep and will continue at AX Armani Exchange Milano

  • Gaziantep have parted ways with Drew Crawford, who has joined Italian powerhouse Olimpia Milano. Crawford averaged 12.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in the 12 BCL games he played with the Turkish team.

  • Gaziantep won 79-76 in the reverse fixture in Turkey, behind a 15-point, 6-rebound display by Ivan Buva. The big man is averaging 16.8 points per game on the road and 11.3 points per game at home.

  • Ivan Strebkov had 19 points off the bench in that Gameday 6 clash in Turkey, in what is his only game in double digits in his last 13 BCL games with Nizhny. He had scored in double digits in each of his previous 10 games before that span.

  • Nizhny have won their last four home games, after winning consecutive home games only once before in the competition. These four wins were all decided by a margin of six points or less.

  • Gaziantep, who have lost their last four road games, have never lost five consecutive games on the road in the competition. The Turkish side lost all six of their road games this season by a single-digit point differential.

  • Nizhny have made a league-low 115 free-throws through the first 12 games. The Russian side are shooting 65.7 percent from the foul line, second-lowest in the league just above Telenet Giants Antwerp, who had a free-throw shooting percentage of 64.1 percent coming into Gameday 13.

Turk Telekom (9-3) vs. Polski Cukier Torun (2-10) - Group A, 18:00 CET

Chris Wright is chasing a BCL record by posting five double-doubles in points and assists

  • Turk Telekom have signed former EB Pau-Lacq-Orthez guard C.J. Harris.

  • Turk Telekom won 95-73 in the reverse fixture, behind 16 points from Egemen Guven and an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double by Moustapha Fall. That was Torun's heaviest loss in the BCL.

  • Turk Telekom, who are riding a three-game winning streak, have won five of the six games they have played at home in the league.Torun have won only one of their last 10 games, against SIG Strasbourg in France on Gameday 9.

  • Turk Telekom have made more than 10 three-pointers in three of their last four games, compared with only once in their previous eight games in the competition.

  • Torun average a league-high 21.2 fast-break points per game and they are the only team to average more than 20 fast-break points this season.

  • Torun's Chris Wright has four double-doubles in points and assists and is looking to become the first player in BCL history to post five such double-doubles in a season.

Lietkabelis (5-7) vs. SIG Strasbourg (4-8) - Group A, 18:00 CET

End of an era at Strasbourg, as Vincent Collet will no longer be pacing the sidelines

  • Strasbourg have parted ways with long-serving coach Vincent Collet and promoted former assistant Lassi Tuovi to the top job. Collet had been at the helm of the French team almost uninterruptedly since 2011, with the exception of a short break in 2016.

  • Lietkabelis won 66-63 in the reverse fixture in France, behind a 21-point, 7-rebound display by Zeljiko Sakic. Vytenis Lipkevicius of Lietkabelis had 14 points in that game. He's scored in double digits in four of six games on the road, while doing so only once in six games at home.

  • Lietkabelis, who lost their most recent home game 76-68 to Filou Oostende, have never lost consecutive home games in the BCL.

  • Strasbourg lost the last seven games in which they gave up 80 or more points. The French side gave up an average of 94.5 points in their last four games in the competition.

  • Lietkabelis opponents bring down a league-low 8.8 offensive rebounds and score a league-low 7.8 second-chance points per game on average.

  • Strasbourg's Gabe York is averaging a team-high 17.7 points per game and has led his team in scoring in nine games this season, a feat only Keith Langford of AEK has also achieved.

Casademont Zaragoza (8-4) vs. PAOK (4-8) - Group D, 18:30 CET

Antwaine Wiggins (pictured) and Zane Knowles have parted ways with PAOK

  • PAOK have signed M.J. Rhett and Jacorey Williams and parted ways with forward Antwaine Wiggins and big man Zane Knowles. Wiggins averaged 10.8 points and 5.6 rebounds while Knowles 6.3 points and 6.3 boards per game.

  • PAOK won 93-78 in the reverse fixture in Thessaloniki as Adam Smith poured in a joint BCL career-high 31 points and earned Gameday 6 MVP honors. Smith has scored at least 15 points in eight of his 12 appearances with PAOK in the BCL this season.

  • Zaragoza are riding a four-game winning streak in the BC and have won 14 of the 16 quarters in those four games, including all first quarters and all fourth quarters.

  • PAOK have already lost more games in the current Regular Season than in any of their previous three campaigns in the competition. The Greek team had lost seven games in each of the 2016-17 and 2017-18 season and lost six games in 2018-19.

  • Zaragoza averaged a league-high 43.2 rebounds per game going into Gameday 13, having brought down a total of 518 rebounds through the first 12 weeks. The Spanish team were out-rebounded by their opponents in only three games.

  • Zaragoza's Nicolas Brussino, who has scored at least 12 points in each of the last three games, is after his first four-game stretch in the competition scoring in double digits. D.J. Seeley has scored 57 points off the bench and Brussino has scored 52 points off the bench this season.

Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem (9-3) vs. San Pablo Burgos (7-5) - Group B, 20:00 CET

Burgos have decided to part ways ways with forward JP Tokoto 

  • Burgos have parted ways with Jean-Pierre Tokoto, who averaged 5.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in his 11 BCL games with the Spanish team. Tokoto will continue at Israeli side Ironi Nes-Ziona.

  • Burgos will have to make do without Vitor Benite, who has been ruled out of the game after contracting tonsillitis. Burgos won 91-84 in the reverse fixture behind 26 points from the Brazilian international, whose performance earned him a place on Team of the Week for Gameday 6.
  • Burgos will secure a place in the Play-Offs if they win this game.

  • Hapoel are leading the league in both field goal percentage and free-throw percentage. The Israeli side are shooting 49.9 percent from the floor and 84.7 percent from the foul line. Hapoel score a league-best 1.2 points per possession on average.

  • Hapoel have won 14 of their 15 home games in the competition, with 10 of those wins by a margin of at least 14 points. The Israeli team average 95 points on offense and give up 79.8 points on average in their six home games this season.

  • Burgos have a league-best offensive rebound ratio of 38 percent. Unsurprisingly, the Spanish team are also leading the league in second- chance points, averaging 15.7 per game.

RASTA Vechta (6-6) vs. AEK (7-5) - Group B, 20:00 CET

AEK will have to make up for the offensive contribution of the league's third-leading scorer, Keith Langford

  • AEK will have to make do without their leading scorer Keith Langford, who will be sidelined until at least mid-February with a muscle injury.

  • AEK will secure a Play-Offs berth if they win this game.

  • Vechta won the reverse fixture in Athens 79-75, behind a well-rounded performance by Steve Vasturia who finished with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Vechta, who won their most recent home game against Antwerp on Gameday 12, are yet to win consecutive games at home in the BCL.

  • AEK's three-game losing streak is their longest skid ever in the BCL. The Greek team lost their two most recent games on the road, at Antwerp and at Burgos, by a double-digit margin.

  • Vechta lead the league in both made and attempted three-pointers, with 142 and 364, respectively. However, Vechta made less than 10 shots from behind the arc in each of their last two games.

  • Vechta's Josh Young scored more than 20 points in each of his last two BCL games, despite coming from the bench. Only two players have scored more than 20 points in three consecutive games off the bench: Malcolm Hill in October 2017 and David Kennedy in October-November 2017.