Ten days after the last match (ko at Wizink Center against Real Madrid for 92-88 in overtime), Olimpia Milano will challenge Maccabi Tel Aviv on the road (duo ball tomorrow evening at 20:05 Italian time ) in the thirty-first round of the Euroleague. The Armani Exchange will then move to Turkey to face the reigning champions Efes Istanbul on Thursday evening in the week of the double European match.
Ettore Messina’s team wants to cancel the defeat against the Blancos , not taking the field last week against Bayern Munich due to numerous COVID cases within the Bavarian roster (the match has already been rescheduled for next Tuesday at the Forum at 20 : 30, followed by another home match against AS Monaco 48 hours later). The ranking of the Milanese has not been compromised, however, with Milan remaining in third place with a score of 18-9 behind the two Iberian leaders Real Madrid and Barcelona. The coach from Messina will certainly be able to count also for the match in Israel of a rediscovered Shavon Shields, who seems to have recovered almost completely from the long stop of the past months: in the Messina chessboard the American with a Danish passport is a very important pawn given the excellent offensive performance up to the injury (12.6 points per average and best sniper in the Euroleague. The key to the match on which Olimpia will have to leverage to try to storm the Tel Aviv fort is once again the defense: they raise the wall under their own iron, the opponents struggle a lot. This is demonstrated by the statistical voice of the ‘points conceded’: 71.3 on average, that is the least beaten defense of the whole Euroleague. To increase the intensity in the painted, in addition to Kyle Hines and Capitan Melli, Konstantinos Mitoglou is back at full capacity. Together with them, Kaleb Tarczewski and ‘Pippo’ Ricci will certainly give their contribution to the game in progress. co will serve as always the magic of Sergio Rodriguez and the inspiration of Devon Hall. Gigi Datome (best arch shooter in Milan in the Euroleague with 43.8%) also seems to have found a good state of form. The Armani Exchange also wants to promptly raise its head after the ugly knockout suffered in Serie A in the Lombard derby with Brescia yesterday afternoon (82-74), with Virtus Bologna hooking their bitter rivals at the top of the standings (34 points).
Maccabi Tel Aviv is also looking for a quick redemption, which presents itself to the internal challenge after the defeat suffered away from home at the hands of the Red Star Belgrade (84-77). The Israelis, a team with a glorious past, have missed the last matches scheduled in the Euroleague due to the suspension of the Russian teams (pending the verdict of the Board ) and need to make a result to try to return to the fight for the play-offs a few days from end of the regular season . In the standings, in fact, the team of coach Avi Seven is in thirteenth place with 12-14 records in twenty-six rounds played. On the offensive front, Tel Aviv travels at 78.6 points (sixth best attack), while conceding 79.7 points per game (one of the worst defenses of the European event ). The Israeli coach will still rely on the inspiration of his star Scottie Wilbekin, capable of averaging 16 points so far (along with 4.3 assists). Together with the American elf, the best scorer is the former on duty James Nunnally (13.6 points for the American winger, who also passed through Scandone Avellino in 2015-2016). Under the iron the Croatian center Ante Zizic (13.1 points and 5.5 rebounds) is on guard, trained in the youth sector of KK Split but also with an experience in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers . In the Ligat ha’Al (top Israeli basketball championship) Maccabi occupies the third position with 13 wins and 7 defeats after twenty days, behind Hapoel Jerusalem and Hapoel Holon (in the last round disputed clear success on Hapoel Galil Elyon for 113-82).