BER vs MTA Dream11: If the position of both the teams is considered, then it's a mismatch as fourth-placed Maccabi Tel Aviv are in action against Alba Berlin, who are second from bottom, in round-18 of EuroLeague at Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin. The only positive for Alba ahead of this game is that they are at home and will try to draw energy from the home support.
Alba tasted an elusive win in Europe as recently as in round-15 when they beat Saski Baskonia 81-57. It was only the 5th win for them this season.
Maccabi Tel Aviv, meanwhile, arrive in this game as the fourth-best team in EuroLeague, having recorded 11 wins from the first 17 rounds.
This will be the 12th meeting between these two teams in EuroLeague since 2012. Alba Berlin has won just once in those matchups.
Alba Berlin | Maccabi Tel Aviv
Games: 17 | 17
Wins: 05 | 11
Defeats: 12 | 06
Total Points scored: 1373 | 1423
Points conceded: 1449 | 1293
Host: Alba Berlin
Visitors: Maccabi Tel Aviv
Match Timing: January 10, @ 12:30 AM
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin
Alba Berlin team news:
Status out: Stefan Peno has been recovering from a knee injury he sustained last season and won't feature against Maccabi.
Status Questionable: Tyler Cavanaugh has recovered from a ligament injury in his right ankle and is expected to play. Johannes Thiemann and Peyton Siva both have missed the last three games due to injuries and are expected to miss this game as well.
Alba Berlin active roster: Peyton Siva, Jonas Mattisseck, Makai Mason, Malte Delow, Tim Schneider, Kenneth Ogbe, Martin Hermannsson, Landy Nnoko, Rokas Giedraitis, Niels Giffey, Luke Sikma
Maccabi Tel Aviv team news:
Status out: Omri Casspi won't feature till late January as he recovers from a knee injury. Tarik Black is also out for Maccabi due to a knee problem, while John DiBartolomeo and Nate Wolters are out as well.play.
Status Questionable: Scottie Wilbekin (ankle) and Othello Hunter (calf) both missed the last round due to their respective problems and remain doubtful for this match. Jalen Reynolds made his EuroLeague debut in Round 17 and should get more minutes off the back of an impressive first outing.
Maccabi Tel Aviv active roster: Elijah Bryant, Scottie Wilbekin, Quincy Acy, Angelo Caloiaro, Othello Hunter, Sandy Cohen, Deni Avdija, Tyler Dorsey, Jake Cohen, Dori Sahar, Yonathan Atias, Tarik Black, Yovel Zoosman
BER vs MTA Dream11 starting five:
PF: Rokas Giedraitis / Marcus Eriksson
SF: Luke Sikma
C: Landry Nnoko
PG: Jonas Mattisseck
SG: Martin Hermannsson
Maccabi Tel Aviv:
PF: Hunter Madden / Angelo Caloiaro
SF: Tyler Dorsey
C: Scottie Wilbekin / Quincy Acy
PG: Jake Cohen
SG: Yovel Zoosman
Alba Berlin: Niels Giffey, Niels Giffey, Makai Mason, Kresimir Nikic, Tim Schneider, Kenneth Ogbe, Bogdan Radosavljevic, Tyler Cavanaugh
Maccabi Tel Aviv: Elijah Bryant, Dani Avdija, Aaron Jackson, Sandy Cohen
BER vs MTA Dream11 teams: (If Wilbekin plays the match)
PG: S Wilbekin (SP), M Hermannsson
SG: T Dorsey
SF: R Giedraitis
PF: L Sikma, Cohen, Q Acy
C: L Nnoko
Team 2: (If Wilbekin is not fit)
PG: M Hermannsson
SG: T Dorsey
SF: R Giedraitis, N Giffey
PF: L Sikma (SP), Cohen, Q Acy
C: L Nnoko
Maccabi Tel Aviv are the clear-cut favourites to win the game.
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