20 October, 2020
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Play-Offs Week 5 Tuesday games preview

MIES (Switzerland) - Tuesday marks the start of the final stretch in the Play-Offs and the four-game slate features two important clashes in Group L, an encounter of vital importance to one of the two rivals in the Group I all-Turkish clash and a shot at securing a Final 8 ticket for the reigning champions, in Group J.

Here's a preview of each of the four Tuesday games in Week 5 of the 2020-21 BCL Play-Offs:

Tofas Bursa (0-4) vs. Pinar Karsiyaka (2-2) -- Group I, 18:00 CET


  • Tofas are coming off an 84-72 win over Gaziantep in Turkish BSL League action on Saturday, behind 14 points from Berk Ugurlu and 13 from Tomislav Zubcic.

  • Karsiyaka were also in domestic league action on Saturday but they suffered an 85-84 home defeat to Bursaspor, despite 23 points from Raymar Morgan.

  • Karsiyaka won 78-70 in the reverse fixture on March 3rd behind 25 points from Amath M'Baye, extending their perfect record against fellow Turkish teams in the BCL to 3-0.

  • Tofas are 1-4 in the five games they have played at home in the BCL and they gave up 90 or more points in three of those games.

  • Karsiyaka were 72-63 winners at Hapoel Holon in their most recent road game in the BCL, but they are yet to win consecutive road games this season. The Izmir team lost both road games in which they gave up more than 75 points and won the three road games in which they gave up fewer than 75.

  • Karsiyaka have the best defense in the league in absolute figures, giving up only 73.4 points per game. They hold opponents to just 57 attempted shots from the floor per game on average, a league joint-best.

  • Tarik Philip of Tofas has scored 15 or more points in each of his last three BCL games. He had only two games of 15 or more points over his previous six games in the league this season. Philip is shooting 41.7 percent from three-point range and 90 percent from the free-throw line, after shooting 32.2 percent from downtown and 64.3 percent from the stripe in the Regular Season.

Igokea (1-2) vs. Hereda San Pablo Burgos (3-0) -- Group J, 18:30 CET

2020 Final 8 MVP Thad McFadden led Burgos to a big comeback win at Malaga on the weekend

  • This encounter was originally scheduled for Week 3 but was postponed due to the Covid-19 health and safety protocol. Igokea are the nominal hosts but the venue is the Coliseum arena in Burgos.

  • Igokea are coming off an 86-63 rout of Zadar on the road in ABA Adriatic League action on Sunday, as Nikola Jovanovic led four players in double digits with his 13 points.

  • Burgos meanwhile pulled off a 101-93 comeback win at Unicaja Malaga in Spanish Liga Endesa action on Saturday, after trailing the hosts by as many as 14 points, behind an inspirational 26-point, 9-assist display by Thad McFadden and 26 points also from Jasiel Rivero.

  • This will be Igokea’s third game against a Spanish team in the BCL. They've lost the previous two, the two games against Lenovo Tenerife in Group J.

  • Burgos are currently riding an 8-game winning streak in the BCL, their longest in competition history. The reigning champs won each of their last two games by exactly a 22-point margin, but they have never won three consecutive BCL games by 20 or more points.

  • The Burgos defense is the best in the league so far this season in three different stat categories. Burgos give up a league-best (lowest) 1.00 point per possession and they are also leading the league in opponents' made field goals and in opponents' field goal percentage, with 25 per game and 40.5 percent, respectively.

  • Igokea's Steven Gray scored 15 points in last week's game against Tenerife and is looking to score in double figures in consecutive BCL games for the first time since he joined Igokea. Gray scored in double digits in nine of his last 10 BCL games with Peristeri.

  • Vítor Benite, who has made 99 triples in the BCL, is just one short from becoming the fifth player with 100 made three-pointers in competition history. Coincidentally, fellow Burgos guard Thad McFadden is second on the all-time list of made three-pointers, with 110 BCL career triples so far.

Casademont Zaragoza (2-1) vs. Dinamo Sassari (0-2) -- Group L, 20:00 CET


  • Sassari are coming off a 95-84 win over Cremona in Italian Serie A action on Saturday, behind 20 points from Filip Kruslin and an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double by Miro Bilan. Zaragoza were not in domestic league action at the weekend.

  • Zaragoza defeated Sassari 95-83 in the reverse fixture in Italy, behind a BCL career-high 26 points from Jonathan Barreiro.

  • Zaragoza have a 3-0 record against Italian teams in the BCL, while Sassari lost their last two BCL games in Spain by an aggregate margin of 45 points.

  • Zaragoza have an 11-1 record at home in the BCL, and they have won their last eight consecutive home games.

  • Zaragoza scored 77 and 76 points, respectively, in their last two BCL games, after averaging 88.9 points per game in their previous seven games.
  • Sassari, who lost 90-89 at Nymburk in their most recent road game in the BCL, haven’t lost consecutive games on the road since January 2018.

  • Sassari average a league-high 39.8 points in the paint per game.

  • Elias Harris has scored in double digits in each of his four BCL games since joining Zaragoza, his longest such streak with the same team in the BCL.

  • Sassari's Miro Bilan, who is averaging 21.5 points and 10 rebounds per game in Group J, is yet to win a Play-Offs game with the Italian team (two losses in 2019-20, two losses so far this season).

Brose Bamberg (1-2) vs. ERA Nymburk (2-0) -- Group L, 20:30


  • Bamberg are coming off an 88-74 win over Ratiopharm Ulm in German BBL league action on Saturday, behind 25 points from Devon Hall.

  • Nymburk meanwhile clinched an 101-82 win at Brno in Czech NBL league action on Saturday, behind 24 points from Vojtech Hruban.

  • Nymburk won 91-87 in the reverse fixture in the Czech Republic on March 2nd, behind 21 points from each of Omar Prewitt and Retin Obasohan.

  • Nymburk are 3-0 in the last three games between these two teams, after Bamberg went 2-0 in their first two encounters. Four of these previous five encounters between the German and the Czech team were decided by a margin of seven points or fewer.

  • Bamberg are a perfect 7-0 in their last seven home games in the BCL, their longest winning streak at home since they joined the competition in 2018-19. Bamberg scored a century in two of their nine BCL games this season, a mark they had reached only once in their previous 34 games in the competition.

  • Nymburk are averaging a league-high 90.9 points per game. They are also leading the league in fast-break points, with 18.1 per game.

  • Bamberg's Devon Hall is averaging 20 points per game in the Play-Offs after averaging 7.8 points per game in the Regular Season. He had 24 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in the reverse fixture.

  • Nymburk's Jerrick Harding is averaging 22 points per game in Play-Offs, after averaging 8 points per game in the Regular Season. Harding shot 60 percent from the field over his last four BCL games.