2021-22Regular SeasonRound 14
December 09, 2021 CET: 20:05
Local time: 21:05 MENORA MIVTACHIM ARENA
Balkans: SPORTKLUB2
Iberoamerica: DIRECT TV
Baltic: 3SPORT
Russian Federation: MATCH!IGRA
Germany: MAGENTA SPORT
Russian Federation: MATCH!STRANA
Greece: NOVASPORTS 5
Spain: DAZN
Israel: 5SPORT
Turkey: beIN SPORTS
Italy: ELEVEN SPORTS
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV

Records

7-6 Regular Season 7-6
7-6 Overall 7-6

Referees

To be announced soon

The Take

Maccabi aims to end losing streak when it hosts UNICS

Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv will try to get back to its winning ways when it hosts UNICS Kazan on Thursday night. Maccabi (7-6) has dropped three in a row, all on the road, and now returns to Tel Aviv where it is 5-1 this season. Scottie Wilbekin (14.8 ppg.) has led the Israeli champs in scoring, followed by James Nunnally (12.5 ppg.) and Ante Zizic (12.4 ppg.). UNICS (7-6) has won four straight before losing to Olympiacos Piraeus last week. Two of the wins in the stark came on the road – in Belgrade and Athens. Isaiah Canaan (14.4 ppg.) has paced the UNICS attack this season alongside Marjo Hezonja (13.5 ppg.) and Lorenzo Brown (12.2 ppg.). Maccabi won the only two previous clashes between these teams, which were during the 2016-17 campaign.

Marquee matchup: Maccabi’s Wilbekin vs. UNICS’s Canaan

There will be an interesting showdown between high-scoring playmakers when Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv hosts UNICS Kazan. Scottie Wilbekin has been the key to the Maccabi attack again this season with 14.8 points and 4.2 assists per game. Isaiah Canaan has averaged 14.4 points and 1.6 assists for UNICS. The two are among the league leaders in three-pointers made; Canaan is second with 33 and Wilbekin tied for third with 31. However, Canaan has been far more efficient with 46.6% accuracy, while Wilbekin’s is 35.6%. The matchup between these two should play a big role on Thursday.

Keys to victory: Maccabi vs. UNICS

Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv has lost three games in a row during which it has seen its scoring (76.3 ppg.) and two-point shooting (50.4%) dip and its turnovers rise (13.7 per game). While Maccabi leads the league in two-pointers made (21.4 per game), UNICS Kazan has allowed opponents to make 55.9% of its two-pointers. Maccabi may look to pound the ball inside to Ante Zizic, Jalen Reynolds and Derrick Williams and if it is successful at controlling the paint, that together with its home-court advantage could lead to another victory.

UNICS may wich to attack from the outside considering that Maccabi has allowed opponents to make 9.2 threes per game at 37.8%, which is the second-most in the league. With so many shooters on the team, led by Isaiah Canaan, Mario Hezonja and Marco Spissu, UNICS could shoot its way to a road win.

Sunday, December 5, 2021
Euroleague.net
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE G 1.88 28
2 EVANS, KEENAN G 1.90 25
4 CALOIARO, ANGELO F 2.03 32
6 WILLIAMS, DERRICK F 2.03 30
7 TAYLOR, KAMERON G 1.98 27
8 REYNOLDS, JALEN C 2.07 28
9 SORKIN, ROMAN F 2.08 25
10 BRANDWEIN, ODED G 1.79 33
12 DIBARTOLOMEO, JOHN G 1.83 30
14 BLAYZER, OZ F 2.00 28
15 COHEN, JAKE F 2.10 31
21 NUNNALLY, JAMES F 2.01 31
23 ZIZIC, ANTE C 2.10 24
99 ZIV, IFTAH G 1.91 26
UNICS Kazan
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 SPISSU, MARCO G 1.82 26
00 BROWN, JOHN F 2.03 29
3 CANAAN, ISAIAH G 1.83 30
4 BROWN, LORENZO G 1.96 31
5 BRANTLEY, JARRELL F 2.01 25
6 ZHBANOV, GEORGY F 1.97 24
7 TIMMA, JANIS F 2.01 29
8 ZAITCEV, VIACHESLAV G 1.90 32
11 HEZONJA, MARIO F 2.03 26
12 KLIMENKO, ARTEM C 2.14 27
13 UZINSKII, DMITRII F 2.00 28
23 JEKIRI, TONYE C 2.12 27
31 VALIEV, EVGENY F 2.05 31
32 MAYO, O J G 1.96 34
33 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY F 2.07 34
44 KOMOLOV, ARTEM G 1.93 28

Player Stats

Wilbekin, S. / 14.8 Nunnally, J. / 12.5 Zizic, A. / 12.4
Canaan, I. / 14.4 Hezonja, M. / 13.5 Brown, L. / 12.2
Zizic, A. / 5.4 Reynolds, J. / 4.7
Jekiri, T. / 6.5 Hezonja, M. / 5.4 Brown, J. / 4.8
Wilbekin, S. / 4.2 Evans, K. / 3.0 Nunnally, J. / 2.9
Brown, L. / 5.1 Spissu, M. / 2.9
Wilbekin, S. / 1.5
Brown, J. / 2.6 Brown, L. / 1.6 Jekiri, T. / 1.2
Zizic, A. / 0.9
2PT
Zizic, A. / 66.7% Reynolds, J. / 57.0% Williams, D. / 53.0%
Jekiri, T. / 64.6% Brown, L. / 62.1% Hezonja, M. / 55.7%
3PT
Williams, D. / 48.7% Wilbekin, S. / 35.6% Nunnally, J. / 33.3%
Canaan, I. / 46.6% Spissu, M. / 46.2% Vorontsevich, A. / 42.9%
FT
Wilbekin, S. / 95.1% Nunnally, J. / 88.6% Williams, D. / 72.7%
Hezonja, M. / 73.9%
PIR
Zizic, A. / 16.8 Wilbekin, S. / 14.3 Nunnally, J. / 14.2
Brown, L. / 15.4 Hezonja, M. / 13.5 Brown, J. / 11.7

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
78.4 Points 76.8
33.3 Rebounds 33.6
9.2 O. Rebounds 9.9
24.2 D. Rebounds 23.7
16.2 Assists 16.3
6.5 Steals 9.4
1.4 Blocks 1.5
54.4% 2PT 54.0%
33.6% 3PT 35.4%
79.7% FT 70.3%
85.7 PIR 81.0

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
76.5 Points 74.6
33.1 Rebounds 35.4
8.7 O. Rebounds 10.5
24.4 D. Rebounds 24.8
15.4 Assists 14.8
6.5 Steals 7.1
2.0 Blocks 2.5
51.2% 2PT 55.9%
37.8% 3PT 30.0%
80.3% FT 77.5%
82.7 PIR 84.8
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Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv vs UNICS Kazan

· The only previous times these two clubs met, Maccabi swept UNICS in the 2016-17 season. Artem Klimenko is the only player from those games who still remains on the rosters of either team.

· Big men Evgeny Valiev of UNICS and Jalen Reynolds of Maccabi were teammates at Zenit St Petersburg during the 2018-19 season.

· Mario Hezonja of UNICS and Ante Zizic of Maccabi have been teammates on the Croatian national team.

· UNICS guard Lorenzo Brown dished a career-high 9 assists playing for Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade against Maccabi in March 2020.

· UNICS guard Viatcheslav Zaitcev recorded a career-high 7 rebounds playing for Khimki Moscow Region against Maccabi in April of last season.

· UNICS forward Andrey Vorontsevich posted his career-highs in Index rating with 29 and offensive rebounds with 5 playing for CSKA Moscow against Maccabi in October 2014.

Monday, December 6, 2021
Euroleague.net

Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv

Roster
Oded Brandwein is set to make his EuroLeague debut.
The team parted ways with Mathias Lessort who had been on a short-term contract.

Streaks
James Nunnally has made 10 consecutive free throws.
Derrick Williams has made at least 1 three-point shot in 10 of his last 11 games.
Ante Zizic has scored at least 10 points in seven of his last eight games.
Zizic has had a PIR of at least 10 or more in eight straight games.
Scottie Wilbekin has collected at least 1 steal in seven of his last eight games.
Wilbekin has made 10 consecutive free throws.

Rankings
Ante Zizic ranks ninth this season in average PIR with 16.8 per game.
Zizic ranks second this season in offensive rebounding with 2.8 per game.
Derrick Williams ranks third this season in three-point accuracy at 48.7%.
Scottie Wilbekin ranks ninth this season in scoring with 14.8 per game.
Wilbekin is tied for sixth this season in steals with 1.5 per game.
Wilbekin is tied for fifth this season in three-point shots made with 2.4 per game.

Records/Milestones
Scottie Wilbekin is in 14th place all-time with 371 career triples made. Dimitris Diamantidis is 13th with 372.
James Nunnally ranks 14th all-time in career three-point accuracy at 45.1%.
Nunnally ranks 11th all-time in free throw accuracy at 90.3%.

UNICS Kazan

Roster
Andrey Vorontsevich did not play in the last four games.

Streaks
Isaiah Canaan has made at least 1 three-point shot in each of his 13 games this season.
John Brown III has collected at least 1 steal in each of his 13 games this season. He has multiple steals in seven of his last eight games.
Lorenzo Brown had PIRs of 16 or more in five of his last six games.
Marco Spissu has made at least 1 three-pointer in 11 of his last 12 games.
Spissu has made 10 consecutive free throws.
Tonye Jekiri has pulled down at least 5 rebounds in seven of his last eight games.
Mario Hezonja has hit at least 1 three-point shot in seven straight games.
Hezonja has at least 1 steal in five of his last six games.

Rankings
Isaiah Canaan ranks 10th this season in scoring with 14.4 per game.
Canaan leads the league in three-point shots made with 3.2 per game and ranks fourth in three-point accuracy at 46.6%.
Marco Spissu ranks sixth in three-point accuracy at 46.2%.
Tonye Jekiri ranks fourth this season in rebounding with 6.5 per game and is tied for seventh in offensive rebounding with 2.4 per game.
Lorenzo Brown ranks second this season in assists with 5.1 per game.
John Brown III leads the league in steals with 2.6 per game.
Lorenzo Brown is tied for fourth this season in steals with 1.6 per game.

Records/Milestones
Andrey Vorontsevich is in 13th place all-time with 282 games played in the competition. Ante Tomic is 12th with 283 career appearances.
Tonye Jekiri has exactly 100 assists for his career.
Mario Hezonja needs 12 points to reach 500 for his career.
Lorenzo Brown needs 1 steal to reach 100 for his career.

Monday, December 6, 2021
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
2 - 0
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv UNICS Kazan
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
Home record vs. UNICS Kazan: 1-0
Away record vs. UNICS Kazan: 1-0
UNICS Kazan
Home record vs. Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv: 0-1
Away record vs. Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv: 0-1

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2016-17 26 January 2017 Regular Season Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 60 - 52 Unics Kazan
2016-17 17 November 2016 Regular Season Unics Kazan 73 - 74 Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv