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Week 1 Tuesday Play-In Games Preview

MIES (Switzerland) - As a new year begins, a new round of the Basketball Champions League will get underway. The Play-Ins begin on Tuesday January 3 with four games including the Game of the Week. Who will grab the lead in their respective series?

Here's a look at the three games on Tuesday:

Game 1: H2 Rytas Vilnius (3-3) v G3 PAOK mateco (2-4)

Where: Vilnius, Lithuania

When: 18:30 CET


  • Rytas have alternated between wins and losses in their last seven home games in the BCL, winning the most recent one 85-78 v Lenovo Tenerife; they have scored 85+ points in each of their last three home games, as often as in their first nine home games in the competition.
  • Rytas have grabbed 40.9 percent of rebounds on the offensive glass, the highest ratio of any team in the BCL this season; the Lithuanian side have made 17 or more offensive rebounds in each of their three home games in the league in 2022-23.
  • Marcus Foster has scored more than 20 points in five of his six games with Rytas in the BCL, after scoring that many points in five of his previous 17 league games; only TJ Shorts II has had more games (4) with 20+ points and 5+ assists in the BCL this season than Foster (3).
  • PAOK won their last game in the BCL (74-69 at JDA Bourgogne Dijon) but have not won two in a row since October-November 2021 (2-0); they lost their two play-ins games last season against SIG Strasbourg, conceding 105 points in their away game in the series, the most for them in a BCL game.
  • PAOK's Jalen Riley has scored 15+ points in his last three games but is yet to endure a longer such scoring streak in the BCL; Riley has made 3+ shots from behind the arc in five of his six games this season.

Game 2: G2 JDA Bourgogne Dijon (3-3) v H3 Peristeri bwin (3-3)

Where: Dijon, France

When: 20:00 CET


  • Dijon have lost their last two home games in the BCL, as many defeats as in their previous 14 home games; they have lost more home games in a row only once before, a stretch of four defeats in October-December 2018.
  • Dijon's Gavin Ware has scored more than 20 points in two of his last four BCL games, both at home, after doing it only once in his first 28 games in the competition; Ware has also grabbed 6+ rebounds in three of his last four games after failing to do it in his previous five games.
  • Peristeri won their last away game in the BCL (90-87 v Bnei Ofek Dist Herzliya) but are yet to win consecutive away games in the competition; three of their last four away defeats came with margins of 20+ points, including in their only previous trip to France (77-55 in Strasbourg in December 2020).
  • Peristeri allows their opponents to grab 41.3 percent of the rebounds disputed on Peristeri's defensive board, the highest ratio in the league; they are also the team that concedes the most second chance points per game in the BCL this season (15.7).
  • Peristeri's Miro Bilan needs one rebound to become the BCL's all-time leading rebounder: he and Petr Benda, who didn't make it out of the group stage with ERA Nymburk, currently have 359 rebounds each; only Bilan has more than 700 points (711) and more than 350 rebounds in league history.


Game 3: A2 UCAM Murcia (4-2) v B3 Pinar Karsiyaka (2-4)

Where: Murcia, Spain

When: 20:30 CET

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  • This will be the 5th game between Murcia and Karsiyaka in the BCL, with the Turkish side winning their first two encounters in the regular season in 2017-18 (96-91 and 79-72) before the Spanish team won their two Quarter-Final legs during the same season (79-65 and 81-72).
  • Murcia have won their last 12 home games in the BCL, only three teams had better runs in the history of the competition (Monaco 17, Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem 15 and San Pablo Burgos 13); they have conceded fewer than 80 points in each of their last seven home games.
  • Murcia have won their three games with Thaddus McFadden as a starter in the BCL this season and lost the two where he came off the bench; McFadden has 6 assists in each of his last two starts in the competition after making more than five only once in his previous 31 starts.
  • Karsiyaka have lost their last three BCL games but have never suffered a longer losing streak in the competition; they have lost five of their last six games against Spanish teams, including each of their last three trips to Spain.
  • Karsiyaka's Braian Angola has scored more than 10 points in each of his last seven away games in the BCL, for an average of 13.4 points per game; to compare, he failed to reach the 10-point mark in five of his last seven home games in the competition.

Play-In Game of the Week: E2 MHP RIESEN (4-2) v F3 Limoges CSP (3-3)

For the Game of the Week preview, click here.