Play-Offs Week 5 Thursday games preview
MIES (Switzerland) - The third and final day of action in Week 5 of the Play-Offs is a runaway favorite for the highest Final 8 ticket-to-game ratio of the season, since Thursday's three-game slate will anoint minimum one, and potentially up to four Final 8 participants.
Here's a closer look at what to expect from the three Thursday games in Week 5 of the Play-Offs:
Hereda San Pablo Burgos (3-1) vs. Igokea (2-2) -- Group J, 18:30 CET
- If Burgos win this game, they will clinch a Final 8 berth and Lenovo Tenerife also qualify from this group. If Igokea win, they will claim the head-to-head advantage over Burgos and both spots from this group will remain up for grabs as we head into Week 6.
- Igokea's 77-75 win over Burgos on Tuesday ended the Spanish team's eight-game winning streak in the BCL.
- Burgos have won their last 10 home games in the competition, by an average winning margin of 15 points. Igokea were the nominal hosts on Tuesday, so the Burgos home record still stands.
- Burgos average 80 points per game in the Play-Offs, while they averaged 91 points per game in the Regular Season.
- Igokea are 1-4 in their five BCL games on the road so far, and they gave up 80 or more points in each of those four defeats.
- Vitor Benite iof Burgos s only three points shy of becoming the all-time leading scorer in the BCL Play-Offs. The Brazilian has 179 career points in the Play-Offs and Kevin Punter has 181 points.
- Jasiel Rivero has averaged 17.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in Burgos's last five home games in the BCL (up from 9.5 points and 5.3 rebounds in his first six) and he's scored in double digits in each of those five games.
- The Cuban big man is 10 rebounds away from surpassing Yanick Moreira for second place on the all-time BCL Play-Offs rebounders' list. Rivero has 65 career rebounds in the Play-Offs, Moreira has 74 and Tim Abromaitis is the all-time leader with 88.
Casademont Zaragoza (3-1) vs. ERA Nymburk (3-0) -- Group L, 20:00 CET
- The winner of this game secures a spot in the Final 8 and, depending on the result in the other game of the night in the group, the losing side might also clinch a berth: If Sassari beat Bamberg in the other game then Zaragoza qualify, even if they lose to Nymburk. If Bamberg beat Sassari then Nymburk qualify, even if they lose to Zaragoza.
- Zaragoza are 12-1 at home over their two campaigns in the BCL and have won the last 9 consecutive games at home. What's more, the Spanish team won their last three home games by a double-digit margin.
- Nymburk are now 4-2 in the last six road games in which they were trailing at the end of the third quarter. The Czech side had lost all 11 previous road games in which they were trailing at the third buzzer.
- Nymburk have made exactly 24 two-point shots in each of their three games in Group K. They had hit more than 21 two-pointers in only one of their six Regular Season games.
- Jacob Wiley is averaging 11.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest in his four BCL games with Zaragoza, up from 4 points and 1.4 rebounds per game when he played for MHR Riesen Ludwigsburg in the 2017-18 season. Interestingly, all nine of the 26-year-old center's BCL games, with Zaragoza and with Ludwigsburg, have been in the Play-Offs.
- Nymburk's Stephen Zimmerman has 21 rebounds in three Play-Offs games, as many as in his six Regular Season games. The big man faced Zaragoza twice in the 2019-20 season, as a Telekom Baskets Bonn player, and averaged 9.5 points and 4 rebounds over the two games.
Brose Bamberg (1-3) vs. Dinamo Sassari (0-3) -- Group L, 20:00 CET
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- The losing team in this game is eliminated from the race to the Final 8. Additionally, if Nymburk beat Zaragoza in the other game of the night, then Sassari are out of the race even if they beat Bamberg. If Zaragoza beat Nymburk then Bamberg are out of contention, even if they beat Sassari.
- Italian international Michele Vitali, who played for Dinamo Sassari last season, is going up against his former team for the first time since he joined Bamberg.
- Bamberg are 1-3 in the Play-Offs despite being the only team to conclude the Regular Season on a perfect 6-0 record.
- Sassari are yet to score 90 points in a single game in these Play-Offs, after scoring 90 or more points in four of their six Regular Season games. All four of thos games ended in a Sassari win.
- Bamberg have collected 10 or more offensive rebounds in each of their four Group L games, although they had achieved that feat in only one of their six Regular Season games.
- The German team's success on the offensive glass is likely to continue on Thursday, as Sassari have allowed opponents to get 10 or more offensive rebounds in six of their last seven BCL games.
- Bamberg's David Kravish scored in double digits in each of his last eight BCL games, after scoring in double digits in only five of his previous 10 BCL games. Kravish had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds against Sassari last season, when he faced the Italian side as a BAXI Manresa player in December 2019.
- Miro Bilan has scored in double digits in each of his last eight road games in the BCL, averaging 16 points per game in that span. The Croatian big man averaged 8.8 points per game in his previous 13 road games in the league.