Play-Offs Week 4 Wednesday games preview
MIES (Switzerland) - The Wednesday slate includes only two games but it's a crucial day for the likes of VEF Riga and Tofas Bursa, who are on the cusp of dropping out of the race to reach the Final 8.
Here's a closer look at both Wednesday games in Week 4 of the Basketball Champions League 2020-21 Play-Offs.
VEF Riga (0-3) vs. Hereda San Pablo Burgos (2-0) -- Group J, 18:00 CET
- Burgos have travelled to Riga without five players who tested positive for the coronavirus over the past week, in Vitor Benite, Omar Cook, Dejan Kravic, Ken Horton and Miquel Salvó.
- VEF are coming off a 97-76 win over Ogre in the Latvia-Estonian League on Saturday, behind 30 points and 7 assists from Kyle Allman and 16 points with 6 assists from Kristers Zoriks.
- Burgos meanwhile have not seen action since March 9, as the team had to enter quarantine during some time in adherence to the Spanish authorities' health and safety protocol.
- Burgos edged out VEF 76-75 in overtime in the reverse fixture on March 2, thanks in great part to a 25-point, 11-rebound double-double by Jasiel Rivero.
- Burgos are riding a seven-game win streak in the BCL, their longest in the competition. The reigning BCL champions have won all seven games they have played so far in the Play-Offs of the competition, by an average margin of 13 points. VEF meanwhile are 0-3 in the Play-Offs, after winning four of their last five games in the Regular Season.
- Burgos made at least 10 three-pointers in 18 of their last 19 games in the BCL. Interestingly, the only time the Spanish team made fewer than 10 triples during that stretch was the reverse fixture, when they only made seven three-pointers.
- VEF's Isaiah Pineiro scored at least 19 points in each of his last two BCL games, after never reaching that mark in any of his previous seven games in the competition. He shot 68 percent from the floor over these two games, after shooting 39 percent over the previous seven games.
Tofas Bursa (0-3) vs. Happy Casa Brindisi (2-1) -- Group I, 18:30 CET
- Tofas will drop out of contention for a spot in the Final 8 if they lose this game.
- Tofas are coming off a 101-76 rout of Belediye in Turkish BSL league action on Saturday, behind 22 points and 6 assists from De Vaughn Akoon-Purcell and 20 points from Tomislav Zubcic.
- Brindisi were not in Italian league action at the weekend since their clash with Dinamo Sassari was postponed in accordance with the Serie A health and safety protocol.
- Brindisi won 77-75 in the reverse fixture on March 16 behind 21 points from Josh Bostic and a 16-point, 13-rebound double-double by Nick Perkins.
- Tofas are 0-3 in the Play-Offs games, after winning four of their six games in the Regular Season. The Bursa team are only 1-3 at home in the competition, with their opponents scoring more than 80 points in all three of those losses.
- Brindisi have won their last two road games in the BCL, after losing all previous eight. The Italian team has never managed to hold opponents under 80 points in any of those 10 road games in the competition.
- Brindisi's opponents take 17.3 trips to the free-throw line per game on average, while Tofas Bursa's opponents average 16.6 free-throws per game. Brindisi are the team that concedes more free-throws than any other team in the league, while Tofas are third, just behind Strasbourg.
- Two Tofas players, Tomislav Zubcic and Tarik Phillip are among the three players to average at least 15 points and 5 rebounds per game this BCL season (among players with at least five appearances). Zubcic is averaging 16.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, while Phillip is averaging 15.2 points and 5 rebounds per game.
- Josh Bostic became last week the second Brindisi player in BCL history, after D’Angelo Harrison, to score 20 or more points in consecutive games. Brindisi won all three BCL games with Bostic in the starting five and lost the one game he came off the bench.