2018-19Regular SeasonRound 13
December 18, 2018 CET: 21:30
Local time: 20:30 GRAN CANARIA ARENA
Baltic: TVPlaySports+
Serbia: SPORTKLUB 4
Baltic: PREMIUM
Spain: MOVISTAR DEPORTES 1
France: RMC SPORT LIVE 7
Turkey: beIN SPORTS HD 4
Greece: NOVASPORTS 2HD
United Kingdom: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Israel: 5LIVE
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV
Italy: EUROSPORT PLAYER

Records

5-7 Regular Season 5-7
5-7 Overall 5-7

Referees

Crew Chief
ROCHA, FERNANDO
Umpire 1
PASTUSIAK, PIOTR
Umpire 2
PETEK, SASO

The Take

This is an attractive game between two teams in very good shape. Gran Canaria (5-7) is currently on a three-game winning streak. Marcus Eriksson has been unstoppable, averaging 18-7 points in those three games. Gran Canaria also got solid contributions from Ondrej Balvin (9.7 ppg., 6.7 rpg.) and Nikola Radicevic (8.3 ppg., 6 apg.) during that stretch. Baskonia (5-7) has won three of its last four, downing powerhouses like Panathinaikos, CSKA and Maccabi. Toko Shengelia (13.9 ppg.) has been its top scorer until now, followed by Vincent Poirier (11.8) and Matt Janning (11.4).

Marquee matchup

Ondrej Balvin is playing with great confidence lately and was really productive last week. He had a PIR of 21 against Buducnost and followed that with a PIR of 31 in Spanish League action. Balvin must use his size and mobility against Poirier, whose game-winning dunk against Maccabi gave him a confidence boost. Poirier must be aggressive and use his polished post skills against one of the few players in the competition taller than him.

Did you know?

These teams face each other for the first time in European club competitions, although they have obviously played many times in Spanish League action, 72 times to be exact. Baskonia has a 51-21 lead in that all-time domestic series, but when the games were played in Gran Canaria, they have an even 17-17 split.

Keys to victory: Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is playing with a new pace, averaging 94.5 points and 24.5 assists in its last two wins. Albert Oliver and Radicevic combined for 20 assists against Buducnost and that will be a critical key for Gran Canaria; running the offense through its point guard duo to keep everybody happy. Anzejs Pasecniks and Balvin must use their size to dominate in the paint, getting Poirier into foul trouble, if possible.

Keys to victory: Baskonia

Both teams faced each other in Vitoria-Gasteiz a month ago and Baskonia recorded a 91-76 win behind 16 points each from Luca Vildoza and Shengelia. Baskonia limited Gran Canaria to just 25% three-point shooting (6-of-24) and that will be a key factor again -- preventing Eriksson, D.J. Strawberry and Radicevic from getting good shots. At the same time, Baskonia must get Shengelia and Poirier involved, as this team's offense runs through its rock-solid frontcourt.

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Herbalife Gran Canaria
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 SERRANO, MIGUEL F 2.03 17
2 BALCEROWSKI, ALEKSANDER C 2.15 18
3 LOPEZ, JAVI G 1.88 19
4 OLIVER, ALBERT G 1.86 40
5 HANNAH, CLEVIN G 1.79 31
6 NELSON, LUKE G 1.90 23
7 RODRIGUEZ, PAULO F 2.01 18
8 ERIKSSON, MARCUS F 2.01 25
9 VENE, SIIM-SANDER F 2.02 28
12 BALVIN, ONDREJ C 2.17 26
13 BAEZ, EULIS C 2.01 36
14 PASECNIKS, ANZEJS C 2.16 22
18 DIOP, KHALIFA C 2.08 16
21 PAULI, ORIOL F 2.01 24
22 RABASEDA, XAVIER F 1.98 29
23 EVANS, CHRISTOPHER F 2.03 27
24 STRAWBERRY, DJ F 1.96 33
25 MADSEN, ALEXANDER F 2.08 23
31 RADICEVIC, NIKOLA G 1.94 24
32 KLJAJIC, JOVAN G 1.97 17
40 FISCHER, LUKE C 2.11 24
41 TILLIE, KIM C 2.10 30
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 PENAVA, AJDIN C 2.06 21
3 VILDOZA, LUCA G 1.91 23
5 GONZALEZ, MIGUEL G 2.01 19
7 VOIGTMANN, JOHANNES C 2.14 26
8 SEDEKERSKIS, TADAS F 2.00 20
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO G 1.90 35
11 JANNING, MATT G 1.93 30
12 DIOP, ILIMANE C 2.11 23
15 GRANGER, JAYSON G 1.89 29
17 POIRIER, VINCENT C 2.13 25
20 RAIESTE, SANDER F 2.04 19
23 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE C 2.06 27
29 GARINO, PATRICIO F 2.01 25
31 SHIELDS, SHAVON F 2.01 24
32 HILLIARD, DARRUN F 1.98 25
47 KURUCS, ARTURS G 1.90 18

Player Stats

Hannah, C. / 10.9 Evans, C. / 10.3 Eriksson, M. / 9.8
Shengelia, T. / 13.9 Poirier, V. / 11.8 Janning, M. / 11.4
Balvin, O. / 4.8
Hannah, C. / 4.5 Oliver, A. / 3.4
Huertas, M. / 3.3 Vildoza, L. / 2.9 Granger, J. / 2.7
Diop, I. / 0.7 Poirier, V. / 0.7 Shengelia, T. / 0.5
2PT
Balvin, O. / 70.0 % Pasecniks, A. / 57.1 % Baez, E. / 55.3 %
Poirier, V. / 61.5 % Huertas, M. / 61.1 % Shields, S. / 58.1 %
3PT
Eriksson, M. / 48.1 % Evans, C. / 42.4 % Tillie, K. / 34.9 %
Granger, J. / 43.2 % Vildoza, L. / 42.9 % Janning, M. / 35.8 %
FT
Strawberry, DJ / 71.9 % Pasecniks, A. / 58.1 %
Poirier, V. / 74.2 % Diop, I. / 70.6 % Shengelia, T. / 62.5 %
PIR
Hannah, C. / 12.5
Shengelia, T. / 17.6 Poirier, V. / 16.3

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
83.1 Points 81.1
32.4 Rebounds 35.4
10.4 O. Rebounds 11.3
22.0 D. Rebounds 24.1
18.1 Assists 17.2
7.1 Steals 6.5
1.8 Blocks 2.4
54.9 % 2PT 54.5 %
32.8 % 3PT 35.5 %
72.7 % FT 72.8 %
88.8 PIR 88.6

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
89.2 Points 82.1
36.2 Rebounds 31.3
11.2 O. Rebounds 8.0
25.0 D. Rebounds 23.3
18.1 Assists 17.4
7.0 Steals 6.3
2.2 Blocks 2.7
57.4 % 2PT 53.6 %
37.3 % 3PT 40.8 %
79.3 % FT 79.0 %
99.4 PIR 90.3

Head Coaches

PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
"It's a key game against an opponent in its best moment of the season with three straight wins. Winning in Gran Canaris is always difficult, but we have to know that if we follow our game plan, we will have our options. We must play a game with aggressive defense, consistency and balance."

Players

JANNING, MATT
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
"Gran Canaris is in a great moment. We expect a tough team that plays at home with its people. That is always a t ough gym to play in. This is a key week for us and winning this game would be a big step forward for us. We must play a serious game and do our thing. Rebounds, runningm scoring in transition... We must create easy situations to score."

Herbalife Gran Canaria vs. Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz

· These wo Spanish rivals meet in the EuroLeague for the first time. In November in Vitoria, Baskonia downed Gran Canaria 91-76 in a Spanish League contest.

· Gran Canaria forward Kim Tillie played three seasons at Baskonia, from 2014 to 2017. He was teammate of Tornike Shengelia and Ilimane Diop for all three seasons, and played under head coach Velimir Perasovic when Baskonia reached the 2016 EuroLeague Final Four.

· Tillie was also a teammate of Johannes Voigtmann and Tadas Sedekarskis during the 2016-17 season.

· Gran Canaria's D.J. Strawberry and Baskonia's Marcelinho Huertas were teammates at Fortitudo Bologna in the 2008-09 season.

· Strawberry and Baskonia sharpshooter Matt Janning were teammates at Cibona Zagreb for part of the 2013-14 season.

· Gran Canaria's Albert Oliver and Baskonia's Jayson Granger were teammates at Estudiantes Madrid for two years, from 2009 to 2011.

· Xavi Rabaseda of Gran Canaria and Huertas helped FC Barcelona Lassa reach the Final Four in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.

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Herbalife Gran Canaria

Roster
D.J. Strawberry has started every game for Gran Canaria this season.
Streaks
Chris Evans has made 11 consecutive free throws.
Clevin Hannah has recorded at least 1 steal in seven of his last eight games.
Kim Tillie has made at least 1 three-point shot in seven of his last eight games.
Marcus Eriksson has made at least 1 three-point shot in six straight games, has made multiple triples in five them, and is shooting 18-for-31 (58.1%) during that span.

KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz

Roster
Eleven different players have started EuroLeague games for Baskonia this season.
Arturs Kurucs and Sander Raieste are in line to make their respective EuroLeague debuts.
Streaks
Matt Janning has made 17 consecutive free throws.
Janning has made at least 1 three-pointer in 11 of his last 12 games.
Rankings
Vincent Poirier ranks first in total rebounds with 7.5 per game and fourth in offensive rebounds with 3.0 per game.
Records/Milestones
Jayson Granger needs 2 more steals to reach 100 for his EuroLeague career.

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Head-to-head records

There are no previous games between these two teams.