Play-Offs Week 6 Tuesday games preview
MIES (Switzerland) - Tuesday's five-game slate lifts the curtain on the final week of action in the 2020-21 Play-Offs and it's the most crucial day of the season for Pinar Karsiyaka and Happy Casa Brindisi, who are vying for the remaining ticket to the Final 8 from Group I.
Pinar Karsiyaka (2-3) vs. Happy Casa Brindisi (3-2) -- Group I, 18:30 CET
- The two teams are battling it out for the remaining ticket to the Final 8 from Group I. Brindisi will advance to the Final 8 if they win, or if they lose by up to four points. Karsiyaka will advance if they win by five points or more.
- Karsiyaka were in Turkish BSL league action on Sunday but they fielded their youth team and suffered a 117-59 defeat to Fenerbahce on the road.
- Brindisi are coming off a 93-71 win at Cantú in Italian Serie A league action on Saturday, as six Brindisi players scored in double digits.
- When the two teams met in the reverse fixture in Italy on March 9, Brindisi won 83-79 behind 23 points from Darius Thompson and 22 from Josh Bostic.
- Karsiyaka, who are on a two-game losing skid in the BCL, have never lost three games in a row in the competition. They have a 3-1 record against Italian teams at home.
- Brindisi have won three of their last four road games in the BCL, after losing all of their previous eight. They have a 6-1 record against Turkish teams in the BCL, including five consecutive wins in their last five such games.
- Karsiyaka have the lowest three-point field goal percentage of all 16 teams in the Play-Offs, shooting just 26 percent from downtown. The Turkish team average just 6.0 made triples per game, which is also the fewest among all Play-Offs teams.
- Karsiyaka's accuracy from beyond the arc is unlikely to improve against Brindisi's perimeter defense, since the Italians hold opponents to just 29 percent three-point shooting, the best (lowest) in the league this season.
- Karsiyaka's Raymar Morgan is the only player this BCL season to have scored in double digits in all 11 games.
- Karsiyaka's D.J. Kennedy is averaging 5.9 points per game in this season's BCL after averaging 19.3 points per game in his previous BCL season, in 2017-18. The Week 6 game against Tofas, where Kennedy had 11 points, was his first game scoring in double digits this season.
- Brindisi's Darius Thompson has averaged 17 points per game over the last four BCL contests, up from 10 points per game over the first seven games of the season. Thompson scored 20 or more points in two of his last four BCL games, including his 23-point performance in the reverse fixture.
Hapoel Unet-Credit Holon (4-1) vs. Tofas Bursa (1-4) -- Group I, 18:30 CET
- Holon have secured a spot in the Final 8, while Tofas are out of contention.
- Holon are coming off an 84-67 win over Ironi Nahariya on the road in Israeli Winner league action on Sunday, behind 15 points and 8 rebounds from Maxime De Zeeuw. Tofas meanwhile were not in domestic league action at the weekend.
- Holon were 93-81 winners over Tofas in the reverse fixture in Turkey on March 9, behind 25 points from Tyrus McGee and 22 points from Chris Johnson.
- Holon have won seven of their last eight BCL games but their only defeat in that stretch was at home and at the hands of a Turkish team, a 72-63 loss to Pinar Karsiyaka.
- Tofas have lost their two road games in the BCL, scoring 73 points per game. The Turkish side had won all three of their road games in the Regular Season, averaging 92 points per game.
- Tofas lead all Play-Offs teams in made two-point shots with 23 per game, while by contrast Holon average a league-low 15.4 made two-point shots per game.
- Holon’s C.J. Harris and Tarik Philip of Tofas have scored in double digits in each of their 10 BCL games this season.
- Tomislav Zubcic of Tofas is his team's leading scorer on the road, averaging 17 points per game. The big man averaged 13.8 points per game on the road when he was at Avtodor Saratov and 10.4 points per game on the road for Telekom Baskets Bonn.
Lenovo Tenerife (4-1) vs. Hereda San Pablo Burgos (4-1) -- Group J, 20:00 CET
- The winning team will take first place in the group and the losing side will finish in second. Both teams have secured a ticket to the Final 8.
- Tenerife are coming off a 93-82 win at Real Betis in Spanish Liga Endesa action on Saturday, behind 20 points from Sasu Salin and a near double-double of 9 points and 13 assists by Marcelinho Huertas.
- Burgos by contrast lost 93-77 to FC Barcelona on Sunday after suffering a disastrous third quarter. Alex Renfroe had a team-high 13 points for Burgos.
- Burgos defeated Tenerife 101-79 in the reverse fixture on March 9, as Thad McFadden had 17 points to lead five Burgos players in double digits.
- Tenerife are riding an 8-game win streak at home in the BCL and if they win on Tuesday they will set a new club record for most consecutive home wins. The yellow-blacks have lost only one of 11 home games in the BCL Play-Offs and interestingly it was the previous time they had faced a fellow Spanish team, a 83-72 loss to UCAM Murcia in the Round of 16 in 2018.
- Burgos have won five of their last seven road games in the BLC after losing five of their first seven games on the road. The reigning champs are the only team, among clubs with multiple campaigns in the BCL, to have never lost a game by a double-digit margin.
- Burgos are leading all Play-Offs teams in assists with 22.6 per game and Tenerife are third with 21.4 per game, very close to second-placed Brose Bamberg, who average 21.5 assists per contest.
- Marcelinho Huertas is averaging 6.0 assists per game and is leading the league in assists among players with fewer than 20 minutes per contest.
- Thad McFadden is one of only five players to have accumulated more than 550 points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists in the BCL. The Burgos guard has 565 career points, 115 career rebounds, and 137 career assists in the competition.
Igokea (2-3) vs. VEF Riga (0-5) -- Group J, 20:30 CET
- Igokea are coming off an 88-80 win over Cibona Zagreb in ABA League action on Sunday, behind 15 points from Marko Josilo.
- VEF meanwhile enjoyed a 108-57 rout of Liepaja in Latvian-Estonian league action on Friday, as Arnolds Helmanis led six VEF players in double digits with his 17 points.
- Igokea defeated VEF 91-75 in the reverse fixture on March 9, behind 23 points from each of Anthony Clemmons and Edin Atic.
- Igokea have won four of their five home games in the BCL, losing the only game where they failed to score at least 65 points. Their last three home wins have each been decided by a margin of three points or fewer.
- VEF are on a five-game skid in the Play-Offs after winning four of their last five games in the Regular Season. The Latvian team lost their four most recent games by a margin of 13 points or greater.
- VEF are averaging 57.7 points per game over their last three BCL games, after averaging 79 points per game over their previous eight contests. The Riga team have lost 14 of the 15 games in which they scored 75 or fewer points.
- Igokea's Anthony Clemmons scored a BCL career-high 23 points in the reverse fixture. The American guard has scored 19 or more points in three of his last four BCL games, while in his highest scoring night in the Regular Season he had 13 points.
- VEF's Kyle Allman is averaging 8.7 points and 4.3 assists over his last three BCL games, after posting 16.5 points and 6.3 assists per game over his previous eight games.
Dinamo Sassari (0-4) vs. ERA Nymburk (3-1) -- Group L, 20:30 CET
- Nymburk have secured a Final 8 berth, while Sassari are out of contention for a spot in the tournament.
- Sassari are coming off a 108-77 home loss to Virtus Bologna in Italian Serie A action on Saturday, despite 18 points and 8 rebounds from Miro Bilan. Nymburk meanwhile were not in domestic league action at the weekend.
- In the reverse fixture on March 9, Nymburk came back from a 14-point deficit and snatched a 90-89 win on a Hayden Dalton jumper at the death. Jerrick Harding had a BCL career night with 28 points to pave the way for Nymburk.
- Sassari's are currently on four-game skid in the BCL and if they lose the Tuesday game it will be their longest losing streak in the competition.
- The Italian side were 94-72 winners over Nymburk the last time the two teams met in Sassari, back in February 2017.
- Nymburk gave up 80 or more points in each of their last five BCL games, as many times as in their previous 23 games in the competition. The Czech side gave up 80 or more points in all of their three losses this season.
- Nymburk are leading the league in scoring with 88.9 points per game, and their second unit is contributing 41.8 points per game, which is also a league-high.
- Sassari's Miro Bilan is averaging 17.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game up from 11 points and 4.9 rebounds per game over his previous two seasons in the competition. The Croatian big man has had three 20-point games this season, while he had only one 20-point game over his previous 32 appearances in the BCL.
- Nymburk's Lukas Palyza has averaged 21.5 points per game over the last two games, after averaging 6.4 points per game over his first five games of the season. Palyza shot 52.9 percent from beyond the three-point arc and 57.7 percent from the field over these last two games.