2018-19Regular SeasonRound 19
January 17, 2019 CET: 20:05
Local time: 21:05 MENORA MIVTACHIM ARENA
France: RMC SPORT LIVE 7
Spain: MOVISTAR DEPORTES
Greece: NOVASPORTS 3HD
Turkey: beIN SPORTS HD 4
Hungary: DIGI SPORT 1
United Kingdom: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Belarus: 5 SPORTS
In Flight: SPORT 24
Italy: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV
Serbia: SPORTKLUB 3

Records

7-11 Regular Season 11-7
7-11 Overall 11-7

Referees

Crew Chief
JAVOR, DAMIR
Umpire 1
PASTUSIAK, PIOTR
Umpire 2
VILIUS, GYTIS

The Take

Two teams in great spirits meet on Thursday when Maccabi hosts Barcelona. Both sides swept their games in the two-round week. Maccabi ended a 15-year drought in Moscow by routing CSKA, while Barcelona bested AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan and Panathinaikos OPAP Athens to take its winning streak to five in a row. Their recent successes have Maccabi one victory outside of the playoff zone and Barcelona back in the hunt for home-court advantage in the playoffs. Seven of the last eight games between these historic clubs have been won by the home team.

Marquee matchup

Barcelona playmaker Thomas Heurtel has been downright brilliant over his past few games, averaging 20.7 points on 55.6% three-point shooting, and4.3 assists per a performance index rating of 25.0. His Maccabi counterpart, Scottie Wilbekin, knows a thing or two about hot streaks; he had many runs like that last season when he earned the 7DAYS EuroCup MVP. What's more, Wilbekin will soon get an experienced backcourt mate to feed off of when Jeremy Pargo makes his return from injury. Heurtel already has a fellow point guard to team up with in All-EuroLeague selection Kevin Pangos. It will be an exciting clash in the backcourt that will play a big role in this game.

Earlier this season

Victor Claver led a balanced Barcelona attack with 14 points and Kyle Kuric fired in 3 three-pointers en route to 13 points as Barcelona put on a defensive masterpiece to beat Maccabi 74-58 in Round 5. The winners dominated the glass 46-27. It was one of the five worst scoring nights Maccabi has had in the competition.

Keys to victory: Barcelona

Barcelona has held its opponents to 70 points or less in six of its last eight games. In that same period, Barcelona has scored more than 80 only twice and lost in one of those. Accordingly, setting a more-measured pace that gets the team's deep frontcourt involved and thus creates space for outside shooters like Heurtel and Kyle Kuric would put Barcelona in a stronger position.

Keys to victory: Maccabi

Maccabi has found many different ways to win recently by playing smart. Against CSKA, that included finding the best shots available even if the shooter was not a go-to scorer and happily going away from three-pointers when the shots weren't falling and instead setting a team record with 35 two-pointers. Against Barcelona, Maccabi must add avoiding foul trouble to give Coach Sfairopoulos a full roster down the stretch for what promises to be a close game. .

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Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 RAY, KENDRICK G 1.88 24
1 WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE G 1.88 25
2 PARGO, JEREMY G 1.88 32
3 O'BRYANT, JOHNNY F 2.06 25
4 CALOIARO, ANGELO F 2.03 29
5 ROLL, MICHAEL G 1.98 31
7 KANE, DEANDRE G 1.96 29
8 AVDIJA, DENI G 2.05 18
9 TYUS, ALEX C 2.03 31
10 LEVI, NIMROD F 2.08 23
12 DIBARTOLOMEO, JOHN G 1.83 27
15 COHEN, JAKE F 2.10 28
28 BLACK, TARIK C 2.06 27
50 ZOOSMAN, YOVEL G 2.00 20
FC Barcelona Lassa
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 SERAPHIN, KEVIN C 2.08 29
3 PANGOS, KEVIN G 1.88 25
5 RIBAS, PAU G 1.94 31
6 SINGLETON, CHRIS F 2.06 29
8 HANGA, ADAM F 2.01 29
9 BLAZIC, JAKA F 1.96 28
10 SMITS, ROLANDS F 2.07 23
13 HEURTEL, THOMAS G 1.89 29
14 PUSTOVYI, ARTEM C 2.19 26
18 ORIOLA, PIERRE C 2.08 26
20 DIAGNE, ATOUMANE C 2.15 20
22 FONT, ALEIX F 1.95 20
23 MARTINEZ, SERGI F 2.02 19
24 KURIC, KYLE F 1.93 29
30 CLAVER, VICTOR F 2.07 30
31 BOLMARO, LEANDRO F 1.98 18
44 TOMIC, ANTE C 2.17 31

Player Stats

Wilbekin, S. / 12.5 O'Bryant, J. / 10.9 Roll, M. / 10.1
Heurtel, T. / 11.7 Tomic, A. / 9.4 Kuric, K. / 9.3
O'Bryant, J. / 5.4 Black, T. / 5.0
Tomic, A. / 4.6
Wilbekin, S. / 3.4 Roll, M. / 3.1 Kane, D. / 2.9
Heurtel, T. / 4.9 Pangos, K. / 3.1
Caloiaro, A. / 1.2 Kane, D. / 1.1 Wilbekin, S. / 1.0
Hanga, A. / 1.5
Tyus, A. / 1.2 Black, T. / 0.9
2PT
Black, T. / 63.3 % Tyus, A. / 62.0 % Caloiaro, A. / 55.6 %
Claver, V. / 71.9 % Seraphin, K. / 63.5 % Tomic, A. / 61.8 %
3PT
Roll, M. / 43.1 % Caloiaro, A. / 40.0 % Kane, D. / 35.1 %
Heurtel, T. / 44.4 % Kuric, K. / 42.2 % Singleton, C. / 32.8 %
FT
Caloiaro, A. / 81.3 % Wilbekin, S. / 75.0 % O'Bryant, J. / 71.9 %
Singleton, C. / 84.6 % Heurtel, T. / 79.4 % Pangos, K. / 78.4 %
PIR
Kane, D. / 11.3 Tyus, A. / 10.4 Wilbekin, S. / 10.3
Heurtel, T. / 13.2 Tomic, A. / 12.1 Hanga, A. / 10.3

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
79.1 Points 78.3
34.0 Rebounds 35.3
11.3 O. Rebounds 11.6
22.7 D. Rebounds 23.7
15.8 Assists 16.6
6.9 Steals 6.6
2.8 Blocks 2.6
53.6 % 2PT 54.0 %
36.4 % 3PT 33.9 %
69.6 % FT 75.0 %
83.7 PIR 87.9

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
80.2 Points 76.1
32.9 Rebounds 31.6
9.5 O. Rebounds 9.5
23.4 D. Rebounds 22.1
17.5 Assists 16.6
5.7 Steals 7.1
1.8 Blocks 2.2
53.2 % 2PT 51.4 %
40.6 % 3PT 37.1 %
73.9 % FT 75.3 %
91.1 PIR 81.1

Head Coaches

SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"This is a very important and difficult game, I think it's a difficult game for both teams. We play against Barcelona, which has five wins in a row in the EuroLeague and they are first in the Spanish league, so at this moment they are in a great shape and we need to be very concentrated and ready to follow the plan and all the things that we've practiced and watched film how to play against them, and for sure we want to play with high energy because this is a very demanding game. As far as I know, the fans will fill up the gym and that's very important and this makes us happy because we will have our fans to support us in this difficult game."

Players

ROLL, MICHAEL
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"If we don't take care of business on our home court, then the road wins don't mean as much, that's for sure. It was a great team win in Moscow, so we need to apply the same things to get this win at home. I hope we're gonna have a better week, that's for sure, but two wins is always a great thing absolutely. We're playing great right now and we hope to continue on Thursday. That's something we've been preaching the whole time, to take it game by game and try to get as many wins as possible and if we can get a streak going, that'll be great. So we're just focusing on Thursday. We're not worried about what happened in the past or what's coming in the future. We need to stick together as a team. It's been really solid team wins, everybody pitched in from all of the 12 men on the bench and the guys in the stands and it's been impressive. "

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv vs. FC Barcelona Lassa

· Barcelona has won 13 of its last 15 meetings against Maccabi dating back to 2009. Barcelona beat Maccabi 74-58 in Round 5 with Victor Claver collecting 14 points plus 7 rebounds and Ante Tomic adding 12 points and 8 rebounds, including 7 on the offensive glass.

· Maccabi and Barcelona faced each other in the 1991 EuroLeague Final Four in Paris, France. Barcelona thrashed Maccabi 101-67 in the first semifinal behind Jose Antonio Montero, who shined with 25 points off the bench.

· Maccabi and Barcelona met in the 2000 EuroLeague semifinals in Thessaloniki, Greece. Maccabi prevailed 51-65 thanks to 24 points from Nate Huffman.

· Maccabi center Alex Tyus and Barcelona point guard Thomas Heurtel were teammates at Anadolu Efes Istanbul for the 2015-16 season.

· Barcelona center Ante Tomic earned 2014-15 Top 16 Round 10 MVP honors against Maccabi after posting 16 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists for a performance index rating of 35 in March 2015.

· Tomic matched his career-high with 10 defensive rebounds in that game.

· In February 2017, Alex Tyus matched his career-high in points with 19 playing for Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul against Barcelona.

· Kevin Seraphin pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds in an 89-67 win over Maccabi in November of last season.

· Chris Singleton had career-highs of 26 points and a PIR of 34 playing for Panathinaikos against Maccabi in November 2016.

· Chris Singleton set his career-high with 6 steals against Maccabi in April 2017.

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Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv

Roster
Jeremy Pargo could be in uniform for the first time in the EuroLeague all season.
Streaks
Michael Roll has made 31 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague action.
Team captain John DiBartolomeo has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight EuroLeague games.
DeAndre Kane has made at least 1 three-pointer in five of his last six EuroLeague games.
Alex Tyus has blocked at least 1 shot in seven of his last eight EuroLeague games.
Rankings
Alex Tyus ranks third in the league this season with 1.2 blocks per game.
Records/Milestones
Alex Tyus has moved into a tie with Kyle Hines for third place in EuroLeague history with 196 career blocked shots. Bryant Dunston of Anadolu Efes Istanbul is second with 208 and counting.

FC Barcelona Lassa

Roster
Chris Singleton has started every EuroLeague game for Barcelona this season.
Streaks
Pau Ribas has made 23 consecutive free throws dating back to the 2016 EuroLeague Playoffs.
Kyle Kuric has drained at least 1 three-pointer in 11 of his last 12 EuroLeague appearances.
Kuric has made 14 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague games.
Kevin Pangos has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven of his last eight EuroLeague games.
Thomas Heurtel has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven of his last eight EuroLeague games.
Rankings
Thomas Heurtel ranks fifth in the league in assists this season with 4.9 per game.
Adam Hanga is fifth in the league this season with 1.5 steals per game.
Victor Claver ranks fifth in the league in two-point accuracy this season at 71.88%.
Records/Milestones
Ante Tomic ranks fourth in EuroLeague history with 1,339 rebounds.
Tomic is fourth all-time with 448 offensive rebounds.
Tomic ranks fifth all-time with 891 defensive rebounds, which is 11 behind fourth-place Mirsad Turkcan (902).
Tomic needs to make 9 more two-pointers to become the first EuroLeague player to reach 1,000 for his career.
Thomas Heurtel ranks fourth in EuroLeague history in assists with 1,095.
Heurtel needs 9 points to reach 2,000 for his EuroLeague career.
Jaka Blazic needs 1 more three-pointer to reach 100 for his EuroLeague career.
Adam Hanga needs 3 more three-pointers to reach 100 for his EuroLeague career.
Hanga is 17 points shy of reaching 1,000 for his EuroLeague career.
Pau Ribas needs 3 steals to reach 100 for his career.

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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
7 - 15
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv FC Barcelona Lassa
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
Home record vs. FC Barcelona Lassa: 6-5
Away record vs. FC Barcelona Lassa: 1-10
FC Barcelona Lassa
Home record vs. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv: 10-1
Away record vs. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv: 5-6

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2018-19 01 November 2018 Regular Season FC Barcelona Lassa 74 - 58 Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
2017-18 08 February 2018 Regular Season Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 94 - 82 FC Barcelona Lassa
2017-18 23 November 2017 Regular Season FC Barcelona Lassa 89 - 67 Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
2016-17 30 March 2017 Regular Season FC Barcelona Lassa 76 - 71 Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
2016-17 02 November 2016 Regular Season Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 69 - 79 FC Barcelona Lassa
2014-15 12 March 2015 Top 16 FC Barcelona 89 - 71 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
2014-15 15 January 2015 Top 16 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 70 - 68 FC Barcelona
2012-13 04 April 2013 Top 16 FC Barcelona Regal 74 - 71 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
2012-13 14 February 2013 Top 16 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 77 - 82 FC Barcelona Regal
2011-12 29 February 2012 Top 16 FC Barcelona Regal 70 - 67 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
2011-12 26 January 2012 Top 16 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 57 - 71 FC Barcelona Regal
2010-11 24 February 2011 Top 16 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 85 - 92 Regal Barcelona
2010-11 20 January 2011 Top 16 Regal Barcelona 81 - 71 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
2008-09 12 March 2009 Top 16 Maccabi Electra 74 - 90 Regal FC Barcelona
2008-09 05 February 2009 Top 16 Regal FC Barcelona 85 - 65 Maccabi Electra
2007-08 10 April 2008 Playoffs Maccabi Elite 88 - 75 AXA FC Barcelona
2007-08 03 April 2008 Playoffs AXA FC Barcelona 83 - 74 Maccabi Elite
2007-08 01 April 2008 Playoffs Maccabi Elite 81 - 75 AXA FC Barcelona
2005-06 09 February 2006 Regular Season Maccabi Elite 88 - 72 Winterthur FC Barcelona
2005-06 15 December 2005 Regular Season Winterthur FC Barcelona 78 - 88 Maccabi Elite
2004-05 10 February 2005 Regular Season FC Barcelona 81 - 79 Maccabi Elite
2004-05 16 December 2004 Regular Season Maccabi Elite 84 - 59 FC Barcelona