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Play-Offs Week 5 Wednesday games preview

MIES (Switzerland) - Action comes thick and fast in Week 5 of the Play-Offs and Wednesday is no exception.

The day's four-game slate features potentially pivotal encounters in the race to qualify to the Final 8, especially for developments in Group K where all four teams are in action. For a full list of permutations please click here.

VEF Riga (0-4) vs. Lenovo Tenerife (3-1) -- Group J, 18:00 CET


  • VEF are coming off an 89-81 win over Ogre in Latvian-Estonian league action on Saturday, behind 18 points from Verners Kohs and a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds by Michale Kyser.

  • Tenerife are coming off a 90-86 comeback win over Valencia Basket at home in Spanish Liga Endesa action on Sunday, behind 21 points from Giorgi Shermadini and 18 from Aaron Doornekamp.

  • Tenerife won 77-64 in the reverse fixture in Spain on March 17, behind a near double-double of 25 points and 9 rebounds by Giorgi Shermadini.

  • Tenerife have won all three previous encounters with VEF Riga in the BCL, with the Spanish side never giving up more than 64 points in any of those three games.

  • VEF are on a four-game losing skid in the BCL after winning four of their previous five games. The Latvian team lost both of their last two home games by 16 or more points.

  • Tenerife are scoring a league-high 1.22 points per possession and are also leading the league in effective field goal percentage (eFG%), with 60.2 percent.

  • VEF's Isaiah Pineiro is averaging 10.4 points per game at home, down from 13.4 points per game on the road in the BCL: The VEF forward had at least one steal or one block in each of his first eight games of the season but he had none in either of his last two games.

  • Tenerife's Giorgi Shermadini scored more than 20 points in each of his last two BCL games and is looking on Wednesday to extend that run to three consecutive games, for the first time in his career in the competition.

Turk Telekom (1-3) vs. AEK (2-2) -- Group K, 18:00 CET


  • Turk Telekom are coming off a 94-85 home defeat to Besiktas in Turkish BSL league action on Sunday, despite a 19-point, 6-rebound contribution from Kyle Wiltjer.

  • By contrast, AEK picked up a 73-68 win at Aris in Greek Basket League action on Saturday, behind a 16-point display by Matt Lojeski.

  • AEK will secure qualification to the Final 8 if they win this game and SIG Strasbourg lose to Nizhny (see below) in the other. Turk Telekom will be knocked out of the race if they lose this game.

  • AEK won 74-65 in the reverse fixture in Greece on March 10, behind 20 points and 4 assists from Daryl Macon. AEK have won two of their last three BCL games against Turkish teams, after losing their previous four games against Turkish opposition.

  • Turk Telekom's current three-game losing skid is their longest in the BCL. The Turkish side had suffered a total of three losses over their previous 17 games in the competition. They lost 84-71 to Nizhny in their most recent BCL home game, but they've never lost consecutive games at home in the competition.

  • AEK lost each of their last two BCL games by a margin of 18 or more points, registering their two heaviest defeats in competition history. Up until last week, the yellow-blacks' heaviest loss in the competition was their 93-76 defeat to Hereda San Pablo Burgos in Regular Season action in January 2020.

  • AEK had fewer than 10 assists in each of their last two BCL games. The Greek team had fewer than 10 assists in only one of their previous 83 games in the competition.

  • Turk Telekom's Johnny O’Bryant III has tallied 29 rebounds in games he came off the bench, leading all sixth men in rebounding in these Play-Offs. The second-leading rebounder among sixth men in this stage has 18 rebounds.

Nizhny Novgorod (4-0) vs. SIG Strasbourg (1-3) -- Group K, 18:00 CET


  • Nizhny are coming off a 96-86 win at Enisey in VTB United League action on Sunday, behind 27 points from Kasey Shepherd and 18 from Ivan Strebkov, with each of them also dishing 6 assists.

  • Strasbourg are coming off an 84-78 home win over JDA Dijon in French Jeep Elite action on Saturday, behind 16 points from each of Jaromir Bohacik and Brandon Jefferson.

  • Nizhny won 73-68 in the reverse fixture in France on March 10, behind a 26-point, 7-rebound display by Kasey Shepherd.

  • Nizhny are 2-0 against French teams at home in the BCL, having defeated Le Mans and JDA Dijon on previous occasions.

  • Nizhny are currently enjoying a five-game win streak in the BCL, their longest ever in the competition. If they score more than 80 points in Wednesday's game they will string together their first four-game stretch of 80 or more points since they joined the BCL.

  • Nizhny are leading the league in three-pointers with 12.1 triples per game as they score 43.4 percent of their total points from behind the arc, the highest proportion in the league this season.

  • The Russian side continue however to take the fewest trips to the free-throw line and they average a league-low 8.6 made free-throws per game.

  • Strasbourg average 14.3 offensive rebounds per game and they are the best team on the offensive glass among the 16 Play-Offs participants. The French side are the only team this season to have collected at least 10 offensive rebounds in each of their 10 games.

  • Strasbourg's Bonzie Colson scored 18 or more points in five of his last six BCL games and he is the team's leading scorer, averaging 18.9 points per game. This is also the highest scoring average by a Strasbourg player in the French team's five BCL campaigns.

Hapoel Unet-Credit Holon (3-1) vs. Happy Casa Brindisi (3-1) -- Group I, 20:00 CET


  • Holon are coming off a 95-93 overtime win over Akademik Plovdiv in BIBL Balkan League action on Sunday behind 23 points from Nathan Sestina, securing qualification to the Final Four of that competition.

  • Brindisi meanwhile were 74-68 winners at Brescia in Italian Serie A action on Sunday, behind 22 points on 5-of-9 triples from Josh Bostic.

  • Holon won 87-85 in the reverse fixture in Italy, behind 17 points from each of Chris Johnson and CJ Harris. That was their first win against an Italian team in the BCL after six straight losses in the six games they had played against teams from that country since joining the competition.

  • Holon have won six of their last seven games in the BCL, after losing four of their previous five.

  • Holon are taking the fewest shots from two-point range in the league, just 29 per game, and are consequently averaging a league-low 15.6 made two-point shots per game.

  • Brindisi are riding a three-game win run in the BCL and are looking on Wednesday to extend that to four games, which would be their longest since joining the competition.

  • Brindisi are 3-0 in their three most recent road games in the BCL, after losing their previous eight games on the road.

  • Holon's C.J. Harris scored at least 16 points in five of his last six BCL games, including the reverse fixture. Interestingly, Harris is averaging 18.1 points per game on the road, compared to 13.3 points per game at home.

  • Brindisi's Nick Perkins scored 16 or more points in three of his last five BCL games, although he has never scored more than 13 points in a road game. Perkins has an average efficiency rating of 17.8 per game over the last five BCL contests, after averaging 10 per game over the previous five.