Bayern (3-3) comes off arguably one of its best games in EuroLeague history, as it set new club records in scoring, assists, three-point shots made and PIR against Darussafaka. Nihad Dedovic has been its best scorer until now (14 ppg.), followed by Devin Booker (10.8 ppg.) and Vladimir Lucic (10.7 ppg.). CSKA (6-0) is still undefeated in all competitions and wants to keep its winning streak going. Cory Higgins (16 ppg.) is the Russian powerhouse's leading scorer (16 ppg.), with Nando De Colo (15.7 ppg.) and Will Clyburn (12.3 ppg.) not far behind. Expect a big showdown at Audi Dome.
Sergio Rodriguez is coming off CSKA's bench this season, playing a similar role to the one he had in Real Madrid when he earned EuroLeague MVP honors in the 2013-14 season - changing games with his legendary court vision and high basketball IQ. Rodriguez faces another elite pass-first point guard, Stefan Jovic, who owns the EuroLeague's single-game assist record - 19. The battle between them to control the game tempo will be critical.
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It is both team's first matchup since 2014. CSKA and Bayern faced each other in the 2013-14 EuroLeague Top 16 and the Russian powerhouse won both games - 61-86 in Munich and 77-70 in Moscow.
Keys to victory: Bayern
Bayern comes off a near-perfect performance, hitting 18-of-26 three-point shots against Darussafaka. It will almost impossible to duplicate those numbers against CSKA but a solid shooting performance would definitely help, as it ranks second in shooting percentage from beyond the arc (44.8%). Bayern ranks 14th in rebounds (29 rpg.) and will need an extra effort under the baskets against a very aggressive, physical team like CSKA.
Keys to victory: CSKA
CSKA is holding opponents to low shooting percentages - 50.8% inside the arc, 33.3% from downtown - and that kind of defensive effort will be needed against a team coming off such a solid performance. CSKA also forces more turnovers than any other team in the competition (14.1 per game), which is key to get its transition game going. Therefore, reaching out to all kind of shots and being active on defense will be the biggest key for the Russian powerhouse.