2019-20Regular SeasonRound 13
December 12, 2019 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 ARENA MYTISHCHI
Balkans: SPORTKLUB2
Russian Federation: MATCH!IGRA
Baltic: TVPLAY SPORTS, PREMIUM
Denmark: VIAPLAY
Brazil: DAZN
Sweden: TV3 SPORT
France: RMC SPORT LIVE 16
Norway: VIAPLAY
Germany: MAGENTA SPORT
Finland: VIASAT URHEILU
Greece: NOVASPORTS 5HD
Spain: DAZN
Indonesia: MOLA TV
Turkey: beIN SPORTS HD 3
Israel: 5LIVE
United Kingdom: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Italy: EUROSPORT PLAYER
United States of America: FLOHOOPS
Middle East: beIN MENA HD10
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV
Philippines: TAPSPORTS

Records

6-6 Regular Season 4-8
6-6 Overall 4-8

Referees

Crew Chief
LATISEVS, OLEGS
Umpire 1
BISSANG, JOSEPH
Umpire 2
FOUFIS, IOANNIS

The Take

Khimki will try to recapture its early-season winning form when it hosts ALBA Berlin, which has been on a roll recently. Khimki has lost four consecutive games and seen its record slip to 6-6 and the edge of the playoff zone. ALBA has won three of its last five and its most-recent defeat, last week on the road at Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul, went to overtime. This will be the first game between these teams in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague.

Marquee matchup

Khimki power forward Anthony Gill and his ALBA counterpart Luke Sikma may not always be the players who capture the respective headlines when their teams play well, but there is no question that they are at the heart of their teams' efforts. Gill leads his team in rebounding (5.3 rpg.) and is shooting 52.4% on three-pointers, showing his inside-outside threat. Sikma also tops his team in rebounds (6.3 rpg.) and is an excellent three-point marksman (44.4%), while dishing 4.1 assists per game, too. If either team can slow down the other's power forward, it will have a substantial advantage.

Marching into three-point history

Khimki's Alexey Shved is the owner of the EuroLeague single-season record for three-pointers made with 107. However, ALBA's Niels Giffey is making three-point history of his own. Giffey has made at least half of his three-point tries in every game this season and is shooting an incredible 19 for 27 from downtown this season; that 70.4% is on pace to smash the record for most accurate season, which is currently held by Pawel Wiekiera of Idea Slask who made 18 of 30 threes (60%) in the 2002-03 season. Giffey's red-hot pace has also seen him take over as the most-accurate three-point shooter in competition history! He is now 38 for 75 in his 36 career EuroLeague games for a 50.67% success rate, which edges Fran Pilepic (50.45%). However, the top spot is fluid; if Giffey misses his next three-point try, his percentage will drop to 50%, which knocks him below Pilepic.

Keys to victory: Khimki

Alexey Shved is third in the league in scoring this season with 19.6 points per game, but it is when he is passing more that Khimki is at its best. Shved passes often; he is 10th in the league with 4.9 assists per game. When he has delivered more than 5 assists per game, Khimki is 5-0. When he has less than 5, Khimki is 0-4. Shved is such a difficult player to stop, but perhaps the key for Khimki in this game is Shved getting his teammates involved as much as possible.

Keys to victory: ALBA

ALBA not only leads the league in assists (20.1 apg.), but also in turnovers (14.7). In a game between high-scoring teams, every extra possession can be valuable. ALBA is also second in the EuroLeague in steals (7.4 spg.), so if the team can continue to amass steals and deliver assists while limiting its turnovers, it will be in a good position to claim a valuable road win.  

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Khimki Moscow Region
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 SHVED, ALEXEY G 1.98 30
3 KRAMER, CHRIS G 1.91 31
5 BOOKER, DEVIN C 2.05 28
6 TIMMA, JANIS F 2.01 27
7 KARASEV, SERGEY F 2.01 26
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV G 1.90 30
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR F 1.93 34
10 DESIATNIKOV, ANDREI C 2.20 25
11 JEREBKO, JONAS C 2.08 32
12 MONIA, SERGEY F 2.02 36
13 GILL, ANTHONY F 2.04 27
24 JOVIC, STEFAN G 1.98 29
31 VALIEV, EVGENY F 2.05 29
34 BARASHKOV, MAKSIM F 2.01 21
40 EVANS, JEREMY C 2.06 32
45 BERTANS, DAIRIS G 1.92 30
ALBA Berlin
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 MASON, MAKAI G 1.85 24
2 RADOSAVLJEVIC, BOGDAN C 2.13 26
3 SIVA, PEYTON G 1.82 29
5 GIFFEY, NIELS F 2.00 28
6 DELOW, MALTE G 1.94 18
8 ERIKSSON, MARCUS G 2.01 26
9 MATTISSECK, JONAS G 1.94 19
10 SCHNEIDER, TIM F 2.08 22
11 BRENNEKE, LORENZ F 2.04 19
15 HERMANNSSON, MARTIN G 1.90 25
16 NIKIC, KRESIMIR C 2.13 20
25 OGBE, KENNETH G 1.98 25
31 GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS F 2.00 27
32 THIEMANN, JOHANNES C 2.05 25
34 CAVANAUGH, TYLER F 2.06 25
35 NNOKO, LANDRY C 2.08 25
43 SIKMA, LUKE F 2.03 30
44 PENO, STEFAN G 1.93 22

Player Stats

Shved, A. / 19.6 Timma, J. / 14.4 Booker, D. / 12.5
Giedraitis, R. / 13.5 Siva, P. / 10.9 Sikma, L. / 9.8
Gill, A. / 5.3 Booker, D. / 4.7 Evans, J. / 4.6
Sikma, L. / 6.3 Nnoko, L. / 4.9
Shved, A. / 4.9 Jovic, S. / 4.7
Siva, P. / 5.8 Hermannsson, M. / 5.5 Sikma, L. / 4.1
Timma, J. / 1.6 Jovic, S. / 1.6
Giedraitis, R. / 1.4 Giffey, N. / 1.3 Siva, P. / 1.3
Zaytsev, V. / 0.7 Evans, J. / 0.7 Gill, A. / 0.6
Nnoko, L. / 0.7 Sikma, L. / 0.6
2PT
Gill, A. / 70.2% Booker, D. / 61.3% Evans, J. / 56.7%
Nnoko, L. / 63.9% Giedraitis, R. / 51.7% Sikma, L. / 47.0%
3PT
Jovic, S. / 43.8% Jerebko, J. / 43.2% Bertans, D. / 39.4%
Giffey, N. / 70.4% Cavanaugh, T. / 57.1% Sikma, L. / 44.4%
FT
Shved, A. / 93.9%
Siva, P. / 82.9% Sikma, L. / 66.7% Nnoko, L. / 61.0%
PIR
Shved, A. / 16.0 Booker, D. / 14.8 Gill, A. / 13.8
Giedraitis, R. / 14.3 Sikma, L. / 14.3 Siva, P. / 11.8

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
85.5 Points 84.8
33.1 Rebounds 34.0
9.4 O. Rebounds 10.3
23.7 D. Rebounds 23.8
18.8 Assists 20.1
6.2 Steals 7.4
3.8 Blocks 2.2
56.1% 2PT 48.7%
38.5% 3PT 40.2%
83.4% FT 78.6%
92.8 PIR 91.1

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
87.0 Points 89.9
34.8 Rebounds 36.3
11.4 O. Rebounds 10.6
23.3 D. Rebounds 25.7
18.0 Assists 20.6
7.0 Steals 7.5
2.1 Blocks 2.3
54.5% 2PT 56.1%
39.7% 3PT 38.5%
69.7% FT 79.8%
97.5 PIR 103.5

Head Coaches

KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"Last month was difficult for us. We played three road games and the last week we faced FC Barcelona, one of the favorites to win the EuroLeague; and we lost in a good fight. We got back into our rhythm with a good away win over Zenit St Petersburg on Monday, a EuroLeague team. Now our mission is ALBA Berlin, a dangerous and fast team, that brought a lot of problems to the leading clubs of the EuroLeague, but we have to complete this mission. We have to cope with the task and get a win."
GARCIA RENESES, AITO
ALBA Berlin
"Khimki is difficult to play because they are a team that is able to score from any position. With so many three-point shooters there is more room to penetrate or pass the ball inside. We also have many good shooters, but Khimki is shooting from even much longer distances than us. I think that, generally, we are defending well at this moment, but it is difficult to play this defense for 40 minutes. It’s good that Bogdan Radosavljevic will be back and that Kreso Nikic can play, which was not possible in the German league because he has no German passport. But still we will miss Johannes Thiemann, Tim Schneider, Tyler Cavanaugh and Stefan Peno."

Players

BERTANS, DAIRIS
Khimki Moscow Region
"ALBA Berlin has a good team with a good coach. They have a lot of young players who showed great results in the EuroCup last season and reached the final series. ALBA is a dangerous team, so we have to be careful. However, we play at home, so we have to win, there's no other way."
ERIKSSON, MARCUS
ALBA Berlin
"Khimki obviously has a lot of great and talented players. They always score a lot of points. We have to be ready for that and know that they will make their runs in offense. That’s also how we like to play, but on their home court it is going to be tough. We have to try to be as solid as possible in defense and play our game. Of course, it will be fun to play against Jonas Jerebko. With him in Khimki and Jeff Taylor at Real we now are three Swedish guys in the EuroLeague."

Khimki Moscow Region vs. ALBA Berlin

· This is the first EuroLeague meeting between ALBA and Khimki.

· Khimki and ALBA have faced each other four times in the 7DAYS EuroCup, first during the 2006-07 season and again in 2016-17. Khimki holds a 3-1 head-to-head edge; ALBA only managed to win at home in 2007 after overtime, 90-83. 

· ALBA forward Rokas Giedraitis and Khimki guard Chris Kramer were teammates at Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius during the 2017-18 season. They played there under current Khimki head coach Rimas Kurtinaitis.

· Coach Aito Garcia Reneses of ALBA and Rimas Kurtinaitis of Khimki have long histories of competing against one another, which goes back to the latter’s days as a star shooting guard for Zalgiris Kaunas and later Real Madrid, with Aito planning defenses to stop him as FC Barcelona head coach. Their biggest head coaching duel came in the 2015 EuroCup Finals, where Kurtinaitis guided Khimki past Aito’s Herbalife Gran Canaria. 

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Khimki Moscow Region

Roster
Khimki has 16 registered players on its roster. At least four must sit out every game.
Coach Kurtinaitis has used 11 different players in his starting lineups so far this season. Devin Booker is the only player to have started every game.
Janis Timma missed Round 12.
Egor Vialtsev has returned to the lineup, but is yet to appear in a game since the season opener with a knee injury.
Injured center Timofey Mozgov is not on the active roster.

Streaks
Alexey Shved has made at least 1 three-pointer in 44 of his last 45 appearances.
Shved has scored in double figures in each of his last 59 games.
Devon Booker has posted a performance index rating in double figures in 10 of his last 11 games.
Janis Timma has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight straight appearances; he's made multiple three-pointers in seven of those.
Dairis Bertans has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven of his last eight appearances.

Rankings
Alexey Shved ranks third in scoring this season with 19.6 points per game.
Janis Timma ranks second this season with 1.6 steals per game; Stefan Jovic ranks fourth with 1.6.
Timma ranks third this season with 3.3 three-point shots made per game.
Anthony Gill ranks fourth this season in two-point accuracy at 70.2%.

Records/Milestones
Alexey Shved holds the EuroLeague single-season records with 740 points and 107 three-pointers made, both set in the 2017-18 season.
Shved is 5 assists shy of reaching 500 for his career.
Shved needs to score 53 points to reach 2,000 for his career.
Stefan Jovic holds the EuroLeague single-game record with 19 assists.
Dairis Bertans ranks 14th all-time in three-point accuracy at 46.04%.
Anthony Gill ranks seventh all-time in two-point accuracy at 66.6%.

ALBA Berlin

Roster
Rokas Giedraitis and Luke Sikma have each started every game for ALBA this season.
ALBA has registered 17 players for EuroLeague action, so at least five must sit out every game.
Tyler Cavanaugh is expected to miss three months with a ligament injury on his right ankle.

Streaks
Marcus Eriksson has made 25 consecutive free throws.
Eriksson has made at least 1 three-point shot in 16 of his last 17 games.
Tyler Cavanaugh has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven straight games.
Rokas Giedraitis has made at least 1 three-pointer in 11 of his last 12 games.
Giedraitis has a steal in eight of his last 10 games.
Niels Giffey has made a three-pointer in six straight and 11 of 12 games this season.

Rankings
Luke Sikma ranks sixth this season with 6.3 rebounds per game.
Peyton Siva ranks fifth this season with 5.8 assists per game, and Martin Hermannsson ranks eighth with 5.5 assists.
Niels Giffey leads the league in three-point accuracy this season at 70.4% and Tyler Cavanaugh is tied second at 57.1%.

Records/Milestones
Niels Giffey moved into first place all-time in three-point accuracy at 50.7%.

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Head-to-head records

There are no previous games between these two teams.