Play-Offs Week 4 Tuesday games preview
MIES (Switzerland) - Tuesday features the busiest schedule of the past two weeks, as we have a five-game slate on our hands including two potentially crucial match-ups in Group K. Nizhny Novgorod will secure the first berth in the Final 8 if both results in the group go their way, while Strasbourg risk becoming the first team to drop out of contention.
Here's a closer look at all five Tuesday games in Week 4 of the 2020-21 Basketball Champions League Play-Offs:
Nizhny Novgorod (2-0) vs. Turk Telekom (1-2) -- Group K, 17:00 CET
- Nizhny will reserve the first ticket to May's Final 8 if they win this game and AEK beat Strasbourg in the other Group K clash later on the day.
- Turk Telekom are coming off a 97-90 road win at OGM Ormanspor in Turkish BSL league action on Saturday, behind 26 points from Sam Dekker and 21 from Kyle Wiltjer. Nizhny were not in domestic league action at the weekend.
- Nizhny won 84-71 in the reverse fixture in Ankara, last week, behind an Anton Astapkovich double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. That was Astapkovich's second double-double in his BCL career. Nizhny are 5-0 in the five BCL games Astapkovich has played this season.
- Nizhny have won six of their last seven games in the BCL, however their sole defeat in that span was at home, a 98-92 loss to Casademont Zaragoza in overtime.
- Turk Telekom are on a two-game losing streak in the BCL, when they had two defeats in their previous 15 league games combined.
- The Turkish team averaged 68 points per game in those two losses, while they had averaged of 81.4 points per game through their first seven games of the season.
- Nizhny score 44.6 percent of their points from behind the three-point arc, so their offensive production has the highest proportion of three-pointers than any other team in the BCL this season.
- By contrast, Nizhny rarely get to the line: The Russian team is averaging 7.5 made free-throws per game and 11.1 attempted free-throws per game and they are bottom of the league in both respects.
- Turk Telekom's Nick Jonhson scored 14 or more points in each of his last six BCL appearances, his longest stretch of scoring in double digits in the competition. He is averaging 16.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists in this six-game stretch.
Pinar Karsiyaka (2-1) vs. Hapoel Unet-Credit Holon (2-1) -- Group I, 18:00 CET
- Karsiyaka are coming off a 98-89 home loss to Turkish BSL league leaders Anadolu Efes on Sunday, despite 24 points from Tony Taylor and a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double by Raymar Morgan.
- By contrast, Holon were 79-70 winners against Maccabi Haifa in Israeli Winner League action on Saturday, behind 18 points from Tyrus McGee and 16 points from Chris Johnson.
- Karsiyaka have won all previous three encounters with Holon in the BCL, including the reverse fixture this season. Karsiyaka prevailed 73-62 at Holon last week, behind a 24-point, 12-rebound double-double by Raymar Morgan.
- That loss in the reverse fixture ended Holon's five-game winning streak, which was their longest ever in the competition. Holon have suffered a total of two defeats in this BCL campaign, in the only two games in which they scored fewer than 70 points.
- Karsiyaka have won five of their last six games in the BCL after starting with two losses in their first three games of the season. The big change came on the defensive end of the floor and Karsiyaka now have the best defense of the league (in absolute figures), giving up only 73 points per game on average.
- Karsiyaka are top of the league in scoring in the paint, as they score 46.8 percent of their points in the key on average.
- Karsiyaka is also they team that takes the best care of the ball, averaging only 10.2 turnovers per game.
- Holon's Tyrus McGee averaged 17 points per game in his last five BCL appearances, after averaging 8.3 points through the first four games of the season.
Brose Bamberg (0-2) vs. Casademont Zaragoza (2-0) -- Group L, 18:30 CET
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- Bamberg are coming off an 100-89 road win at SYNTAINICS MBC in German easyCredit BBL action on Saturday, behind 21 points and 8 rebounds from Christian Sengfelder.
- Zaragoza on the other hand fell 113-104 to Movistar Estudiantes in an overtime home loss for the Spanish Liga Endesa on Saturday, despite Nicolas Brussino's game-high 29 points on 6 of 7 three-point shooting.
- Zaragoza won 77-65 in the reverse fixture in Spain on March 10, behind 17 points from former Bamberg player Elias Harris.
- Bamberg are on a two-game losing streak in the BCL, after starting off the season on a six-game win streak.
- By contrast, Zaragoza are riding a four-game win streak in the BCL, wining each of their last three games by a 12-point margin. Zaragoza have never won four consecutive games by a double-digit margin.
- Despite their recent losses, Bamberg are still the best defense in the league in terms of points per possession, as they give up just 1.01 point per possession.
- Bamberg also have the best perimeter defense, holding opponents to a league-low (best) 27.5 percent shooting from behind the three-point arc.
- Zaragoza are leading the league in game pace, as they have 78.5 possessions per game on average, more than any other team this season.
- Zaragoza are also leading the league in two-point field goal percentage, as they are shooting 59.4 percent from within the arc.
- David Kravish has scored 15 or more points in three of his eight BCL games with Bamberg, and all three times against Spanish teams. The big man had a team-high 17 points in the reverse fixture.
Lenovo Tenerife (2-1) vs. Igokea (1-1) -- Group J, 20:00
- Tenerife are coming off an 85-78 win over UCAM Murcia at home in Spanish Liga Endesa action on Saturday, behind 26 points and 6 assists from Marcelinho Huertas.
- Igokea meanwhile are coming off a 101-78 win at Borac in ABA Adriatic League action on Saturday, behind 16 points, 10 rebounds from Nikola Jovanovic and 16 points, 8 rebounds from Jackie Carmichael.
- Tenerife won 82-62 in the reverse fixture on March 3rd, behind 19 points from Sasu Salin. It is the heaviest loss BCL debutants Igokea have suffered in the competition.
- Tenerife have won their last seven home games in the BCL, with six of those wins decided by a double-digit margin. If they win on Tuesday, they will tie their longest win streak in the competition.
- Igokea won their most recent road game, 91-75 at VEF Riga, after losing their first three road games in the competition.
- Tenerife are the only team in the BCL this season to shoot at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range and 80 percent from the free-throw line. The Spanish team are shooting 50 percent from the field, 41.4 percent from three and 86.7 percent from the stripe.
- Igokea have won the four games in which they gave up 75 or fewer points and lost the four games in which they gave pu more than 75 points.
- Tenerife head coach Txus Vidorreta is one win away from becoming the first coach in BCL history to cross the 50-win mark. The Spanish tactician has a 49-1-17 record in the competition, or a 73% winning percentage.
SIG Strasbourg (0-3) vs. AEK (2-0) -- Group K, 20:30 CET
- Strasbourg will drop out of the race for a Final 8 berth if they lose this game.
- Strasbourg are coming off an 83-63 defeat at JDA Dijon in the Quarter-Finals of the French Cup on Saturday, despite 11 points from each of Yannis Morin and Brandon Jefferson.
- AEK meanwhile snatched a 100-97 win in overtime over Iraklis Thessaloniki at home, thanks to a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Daryl Macon. Keith Langford led all AEK scorers with 28 points while Macon finished with 19 points.
- AEK won 77-68 in the reverse fixture in Athens behind 19 points from Keith Langford.
- Strasbourg and AEK have faced each other five times already in the BCL, with a balanced record of two wins apiece and one draw. All five previous games were decided by a single-digit margin.
- Strasbourg are 2-1 in their last three home games in the BCL, after losing the previous six. The French team are unbeaten in five home games against Greek teams.
- AEK have only lost once in their 10 most recent BCL games against French teams. Their sole defeat so far was the 79-70 loss at Cholet in the Regular Season. AEK have won nine BCL games against French teams, more than against teams from any other country.
- AEK are leading the league in field goal percentage, as they are shooting 50.8 percent from the floor. Strasbourg though hold opponents to a league-best (lowest) 26.3 made field goals per game.
- Strasbourg's Jaromir Bohacik has gone up against AEK five times and is averaging 14.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game against the Greek team. The Czech international had 14 points and 4 boards in the reverse fixture. He is averaging 9.9 points and 2.4 rebounds for the season.