Play-Offs Week 1 Tuesday games preview
MIES (Switzerland) - The Play-Offs are finally here! The 2020-21 edition is following a new format, as the 16 teams that qualified from the Regular Season are now split into four groups, but the sense of urgency and excitement the Basketball Champions League postseason brings is remaining unchanged.
Here's a closer look at what to expect from the four Tuesday games that raise the curtain on the 2020-21 Play-Offs:
Turk Telekom vs. SIG Strasbourg -- Group K, 18:00 CET
- Turk Telekom have added guard Marcus Foster and big man Johnny O'Bryant, and have parted ways with Michael Eric.
- Strasbourg have travelled to Ankara without Ishmail Wainright, who is recovering from Covid-19 infection, but Yannis Morin has come back from injury.
- Turk Telekom are coming off an 83-82 win over Bursaspor in Turkish BSL league action on Saturday, behind 20 points from each of Nick Johnson and Muhammed Baygül. Strasbourg meanwhile have not been in French Jeep Elite league action since February 6th.
- This will be the third encounter between Turk Telekom and Strasbourg in the BCL, with the visiting team on the day winning each of the two previous games.
- Turk Telekom have a 10-1 record at home in the BCL, including an 8-0 record in their last eight home games. The Ankara team won all three home games in the Regular Season by a single-digit margin.
- Strasbourg have the highest offensive rebounding rate in the league, as they bring down 39 percent of rebounds available on the offensive glass. The French team collect a league-high 15.3 offensive rebounds per game on average.
- Strasbourg's Bonzie Colson scored 20 or more points in four of his six appearances in the BCL and had at least 15 points and 6 rebounds in each of Strasbourg's three road games.
Hereda San Pablo Burgos vs. VEF Riga -- Group J, 18:30 CET
- Burgos have welcomed back Alex Renfroe, who was sidelined for almost a month due to injury.
- VEF Riga have added Lithuanian power forward Saulius Kulvietis, who played in the 2019-20 BCL with JDA Dijon.
- Burgos were in Spanish Liga Endesa action on Saturday and fell 96-81 at Real Madrid, despite an 18-point display from Thad McFadden.
- VEF Riga were in Latvian-Estonian league action on Friday and clinched an 82-65 win over Ventspils at home behind 22 points and 5 rebounds from Kyle Allman.
- Burgos have a 10-1 record at home since joining the BCL last season. The reigning champions average an all-time league high 92.5 points per game at home.
- VEF Riga have won four of their last five BCL games, after losing 14 of their previous 15 games in the competition.
- The Latvian side travel to Spain for the second time in the BCL, after losing against Lenovo Tenerife by a 33-point margin in January 2020 (92-59), their second heaviest defeat in the league.
- Burgos have a league-high assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.2 assists for each turnover. They also lead the league in assists, with 24 per game.
- VEF Riga lead the league in opponents' field goal percentage, as they hold opponents to 41.2 percent shooting from the floor.
- Burgos captain Vitor Benite is the all-time 8th-leading scorer in BCL Play-Offs, with 135 career points at this stage of the competition. The Brazilian is 16 points away from climbing to 5th place on the all-time BCL Play-Offs scorers list.
ERA Nymburk vs. Brose Bamberg -- Group L, 18:30 CET
Keine Pause: schon morgen müssen wir in der @BasketballCL bei @basketnymburk ran! 🌍— Brose Bamberg (@BroseBamberg) March 1, 2021
Die Jungs machen sich gleich auf den Weg 🚌, wir haben erstmal den Vorbericht für euch: https://t.co/uRPSj7Un59 📝#FreakCity #PUMAHoops pic.twitter.com/ABpGLQWu9X
- Nymburk are coming a 109-77 rout of Pardubice in Czech league action on Saturday, as Jerrick Harding had 21 points to lead six Nymburk players in double digits.
- Bamberg were also victorious in domestic league action at home at the weekend, as they picked up a 78-62 win over Fraport Skyliners behind 16 points and 4 assists from Michele Vitali.
- This will be the fifth encounter between Bamberg and Nymburk in the BCL, with the two teams having won two games each.
- Nymburk scored 90 or more points in each of their last five BCL games, and have tied Hapoel Jerusalem and Happy Casa Brindisi for the longest such streak in the competition.
- Bamberg lead the league in defense in various aspects: The German team give up a league-best (lowest) 68 points per game in road games, they give up only 71.5 points per game in general, and they are the only team to give up fewer than one point per possession (0.99 point per possession).
- Nymburk's Retin Obasohan, who spent last season at Bamberg, has 34 assists off the bench this season, the most by any player coming off the bench. The Belgian international is also one of only three players this season to have scored 20 or more points in multiple games coming off the bench.
Dinamo Sassari vs. Casademont Zaragoza -- Group L, 20:30 CET
Nel mirino una nuova settimana di sfide 🎯— Dinamo Sassari (@dinamo_sassari) March 1, 2021
Si parte già domani, alle 20:30, con il game di @BasketballCL 🆚 @CasademontZGZ 🇪🇸
Sabato a ✈️ Varese giganti in campo per il 21º turno di @LegaBasketA 🔜#impozibleisnothing
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- Sassari have signed big man Ethan Happ, who played for fellow Italian club Fortitudo Bologna in the Regular Season.
- Zaragoza have parted ways with Jason Thompson and TJ Bray and have signed Elias Harris and Jacob Wiley.
- Sasari are coming off a 96-88 win over Reyer Venezia in Italian Serie A action on Saturday, behind 20 points from Filip Kruslin.
- Zaragoza are coming off an 85-82 win at Coosur Real Betis in Spanish Liga Endesa action on Sunday, behind a 20-point, 11-rebound double-double by Nicolas Brussino.
- Sassari will host their fifth different Spanish team in the BCL and they have a 1-3 record at home against teams from that country. The Italian side's only win at home against a Spanish team was their 92-72 over Lenovo Tenerife last November.
- Zaragoza have scored 85 or more points in each of their last four BCL games but have never done so in consecutive games. The Spanish team have won 11 of the 12 games in which they have scored 85 or more points in the BCL.
- Zaragoza average a league-high 78.5 possessions per game, and also lead the league in two-point field goal percentage, shooting 62.4 percent from within the arc.
- Sassari's Marco Spissu scored 20 or more points in two of his six appearances this season, as many times as in his previous 30 games in the competition.