2021-22Regular SeasonRound 20
January 25, 2022 CET: 20:15
Local time: 21:15 MENORA MIVTACHIM ARENA
Balkans: SPORTKLUB
Italy: ELEVEN SPORTS
Eurasia: SETANTA SPORTS
Spain: DAZN
Germany: MAGENTA SPORT
Turkey: beIN SPORTS
Greece: NOVASPORTS START
Armenia: VIVARO
Israel: 5SPORT
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV

Records

7-11 Regular Season 6-12
7-11 Overall 6-12

Referees

Crew Chief
JAVOR, DAMIR
Umpire 1
LEZCANO, LEANDRO
Umpire 2
RACYS, SAULIUS

The Take

Maccabi hosts ALBA and its top Israeli talents

Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv (8-11) takes on ALBA Berlin (6-13) in a postponed game from Round 20. Former Maccabi player Yovel Zoosman and son of former Maccabi coach David Blatt, Tamir Blatt, will visit Tel Aviv for the first time as opponents in the EuroLeague. Maccabi comes off a home win against Olympiacos Piraeus that ended an eight-game losing streak. Scottie Wilbekin (15.1 ppg.) has been its top scorer until now, followed by Ante Zizic (12.9 ppg.) and James Nunnally (12.5 ppg.). ALBA only has one victory in its last six games. Luke Sikma (9.9 ppg., 7.0 rpg., 4.6 apg.), Maodo Lo (13.0 ppg.) and Oscar Da Silva (10.3 ppg.) have been its main pillars until now. Maccabi is 13-2 against ALBA since the turn of the millennium. ALBA, however, downed Maccabi 91-86 in Round 12 behind 19 points from Marcus Eriksson.

Marquee matchup: Maccabi's Wilbekin vs. ALBA's Lo

Two of the best combo guard in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague are ready to face each other again when Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv welcomes ALBA Berlin in a Round 20 postponed showdown. Scottie Wilbekin has been Maccabi's main scoring pillar in recent seasons, and the 2021-22 campaign is no exception. He is averaging 15.1 points on 94.7% free throw shooting, adding 4.2 points and 1.6 steals for a PIR of 14.2. He will need his experience and deep shooting range against ALBA's Maodo Lo, who is having a career-best season. Lo averages 13.0 points on 92.0% free throw shooting and 44.8% from downtown. Both Wilbekin and Lo can catch fire and make the difference, so expect a great matchup between them.

Keys to victory: Maccabi vs. ALBA

Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv ranks 12th in offensive rebounds at just 9.5 per night. It needs to power the offensive glass against ALBA Berlin, which ranks 16th in defensive rebounds (22.1 drpg.). Preventing ALBA from controlling the glass and getting going in transition should be a big key to this game. On offense, good ball circulation should allow Scottie Wilbekin and James Nunnally, its best two scorers, to find good one-on-one opportunities and make the difference.

ALBA relies on its outside shooting to have a better option to win this game. Maccabi lets rivals down a EuroLeague-high 38.2% of their three-point shots. That is especially dangerous against a team like ALBA, which ranks third in three-point shots attempted (26.6 per game), with players like Maodo Lo (44.8%), Marcus Eriksson (43.0%) and Louis Olinde (43.3%), who are always ready to make the difference with their shots from beyond the arc. Stopping Ante Zizic down low should be another big key for the German champs.

Sunday, January 9, 2022
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 29
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 29
15 COHEN, JAKE F 2.10 31
21 NUNNALLY, JAMES F 2.01 31
23 ZIZIC, ANTE C 2.10 25
99 ZIV, IFTAH G 1.91 26
ALBA Berlin
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 LO, MAODO G 1.91 29
1 DA SILVA, OSCAR F 2.05 23
3 SMITH, JALEEN G 1.90 27
6 DELOW, MALTE G 1.94 20
8 ERIKSSON, MARCUS G 2.01 28
9 MATTISSECK, JONAS G 1.94 22
10 SCHNEIDER, TIM F 2.08 24
11 SCHULTE, RIKUS F 2.06 17
13 TILLY, CHRISTOPH F 2.10 18
16 NIKIC, KRESIMIR C 2.13 22
19 OLINDE, LOUIS F 2.05 23
21 KOUMADJE, CHRIST C 2.23 25
32 THIEMANN, JOHANNES C 2.05 27
43 SIKMA, LUKE F 2.03 32
45 BLATT, TAMIR G 1.85 24
50 ZOOSMAN, YOVEL F 2.00 23
55 LAMMERS, BEN C 2.08 26

Player Stats

Wilbekin, S. / 15.2 Nunnally, J. / 12.6 Zizic, A. / 12.1
Eriksson, M. / 12.7 Lo, M. / 12.6 Da Silva, O. / 10.4
Zizic, A. / 5.6 Reynolds, J. / 4.7
Sikma, L. / 6.9
Wilbekin, S. / 4.3 Evans, K. / 3.5 Nunnally, J. / 2.7
Sikma, L. / 4.4 Lo, M. / 3.6 Blatt, T. / 3.4
Wilbekin, S. / 1.6
Da Silva, O. / 1.1 Sikma, L. / 1.1
Zizic, A. / 0.9
Lammers, B. / 1.1 Da Silva, O. / 0.8 Olinde, L. / 0.5
2PT
Zizic, A. / 66.0% Reynolds, J. / 53.9% Williams, D. / 52.3%
Da Silva, O. / 64.5% Thiemann, J. / 58.1% Olinde, L. / 55.8%
3PT
Williams, D. / 42.6% Wilbekin, S. / 36.4% Nunnally, J. / 32.9%
Lo, M. / 44.0% Eriksson, M. / 42.7% Zoosman, Y. / 39.0%
FT
Wilbekin, S. / 94.7% Nunnally, J. / 87.3% Zizic, A. / 73.9%
Lo, M. / 90.7% Da Silva, O. / 75.0%
PIR
Zizic, A. / 16.4 Wilbekin, S. / 14.6 Nunnally, J. / 13.5
Sikma, L. / 16.8 Lo, M. / 13.0 Da Silva, O. / 11.4

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
77.6 Points 75.6
33.3 Rebounds 33.0
9.6 O. Rebounds 11.2
23.7 D. Rebounds 21.8
16.3 Assists 17.4
6.7 Steals 6.7
1.9 Blocks 2.2
53.5% 2PT 51.3%
33.7% 3PT 34.7%
80.6% FT 81.1%
84.8 PIR 83.7

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
78.7 Points 81.2
32.1 Rebounds 33.9
8.7 O. Rebounds 10.1
23.4 D. Rebounds 23.8
16.1 Assists 17.5
6.8 Steals 6.4
2.3 Blocks 3.1
52.8% 2PT 57.2%
38.7% 3PT 37.2%
80.9% FT 79.5%
85.6 PIR 90.4

Head Coaches

SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
"The most important thing now is to get back to our way of playing, to show a different face on the court than we did in our last domestic loss. We have to be ready to play a tough game against a very good, dangerous team. If you let ALBA play their game, they can score a lot, so we need to be tough. We have to focus on this opponent and on playing as we want."
GONZALEZ, ISRAEL
ALBA Berlin
"We are going to play our next game within 48 hours. We have to find the energy to compete against such a good team as Maccabi. We know it will be difficult but we will try our best."

Players

COHEN, JAKE
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
"We need to work on our consistency, among other things, We can only keep working and improving. We had a great game against Olympiacos but we need to get better and we have another chance against ALBA."
OLINDE, LOUIS
ALBA Berlin
"This week we have three away games ahead of us. Against Maccabi, we have to fight our way in. After the last lossess, it would be very important to win the game against Tel Aviv."

Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv vs. ALBA Berlin

· Maccabi has a 13-2 record in games against ALBA this century, but ALBA triumphed 91-86 in their Round 12 contest behind 19 points from Marcus Eriksson.

· ALBA's single-game record in assists is 11, which Jayson Granger tied in their clash in Berlin in January 2021.

· Maccabi beat ALBA 80-73 in Tel Aviv last season. Angelo Caloiaro led Maccabi with 18 points.

· ALBA's only win over Maccabi in Tel Aviv came in February 2015 when it pulled out a 59-66 victory.

· ALBA swingman Yovel Zoosman joined ALBA this summer from Maccabi, where he made his professional debut and his first 79 EuroLeague appearances.

· ALBA guard Tamir Blatt is the son of David Blatt, who spent six seasons as Maccabi’s head coach, led the team to three Final Fours and the 2014 EuroLeague crown.

· Blatt has been a teammate of Maccabi players Jake Cohen, Yiftach Ziv and Roman Sorkin on the Israeli national team. 

· In an 80-73 win in Tel Aviv last season, Maccabi guard Scottie Wilbekin collected a career-high 7 rebounds.

· Maccabi captain John Dibartolomeo set his career-high in performance index rating (24) and scoring (19 points), and tied his career-best in steals (3) in a 104-78 home win over ALBA in November 2019.

· Maccabi center Jalen Reynolds collected a career-high 4 steals playing for FC Bayern Munich against ALBA in February of last season.

· ALBA big man Luke Sikma grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds against Maccabi in January 2020.

Sunday, January 23, 2022
Euroleague.net

Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv

Roster
Maccabi signed guard Khyri Thomas and he is set to make his EuroLeague debut.
James Nunnally returned to action in Round 22.
Oded Brandwein is set to make his EuroLeague debut.

Streaks
Scottie Wilbekin has collected at least 1 steal in 10 of his last 11 games.
Wilbekin has made at least 1 three-pointer in 10 straight games.
Wilbekin scored 10 or more points in seven of his last eight games.
Keenan Evans has made 16 consecutive free throws.
Evans has made at least 1 three-point shot in five of his last six games.
James Nunnally scored more than 10 points and had double-digit PIRs in four of his last five appearances.

Rankings
Ante Zizic ranks sixth this season in average PIR with 17.5 per game.
Zizic ranks ninth in offensive rebounding with 2.4 per game.
Zizic is seventh in the league this season in two-point shooting at 67.8%.
Scottie Wilbekin ranks sixth this season in scoring with 15.1 per game.
Wilbekin ranks ninth this season in assists with 4.2 per game.
Wilbekin ranks third this season in steals with 1.6 per game.
Wilbekin ranks third this season in three-point shots made with 2.6 per game.
Wilbekin leads the league this season in free-throw accuracy at 94.7%.

Records/Milestones
Scottie Wilbekin is ranked 11th all-time with 390 career triples made. Gianluca Basile is 10th with 421.
James Nunnally ranks 13th all-time in free throw accuracy at 89.6%.

ALBA Berlin

Roster
Christ Koumadje returned to action last week.

Streaks
Marcus Eriksson has made at least 1 three-point shot in 11 of his last 12 appearances.
Maodo Lo has made at least 1 three-point shot in seven of his last eight games.
Ben Lammers has made 22 consecutive free throws.
Luke Sikma has made 16 consecutive free throws.

Rankings
Luke Sikma ranks third this season in rebounding with 7.0 per game and seventh in offensive rebounding with 2.4 per game.
Sikma ranks eighth this season in average PIR with 16.6 per game.
Sikma ranks sixth this season in assists with 4.6 per game.
Marcus Eriksson ranks fourth this season in three-point shots made with 2.6 per game and Maodo Lo ranks sixth with 2.1 per game.
Lo ranks sixth in three-point accuracy this season at 44.8%.
Ben Lammers ranks fourth this season in blocks with 1.0 per game.

Records/Milestones
Marcus Eriksson tied the EuroLeague single-game record with 10 three-pointers made last season in Round 28 against Khimki Moscow Region. He finished the game with an ALBA club record of 36 points.
Eriksson ranks eighth all-time in free throw accuracy at 90.6%.

Sunday, January 23, 2022
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
13 - 2
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv ALBA Berlin
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
Home record vs. ALBA Berlin: 6-1
Away record vs. ALBA Berlin: 7-1
ALBA Berlin
Home record vs. Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv: 1-7
Away record vs. Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv: 1-6

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2021-22 25 November 2021 Regular Season ALBA Berlin 91 - 86 Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
2020-21 07 January 2021 Regular Season ALBA Berlin 73 - 85 Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
2020-21 01 October 2020 Regular Season Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv 80 - 73 ALBA Berlin
2019-20 09 January 2020 Regular Season ALBA Berlin 89 - 95 Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
2019-20 07 November 2019 Regular Season Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 104 - 78 ALBA Berlin
2014-15 09 April 2015 Top 16 ALBA Berlin 64 - 73 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
2014-15 12 February 2015 Top 16 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 59 - 66 ALBA Berlin
2014-15 04 December 2014 Regular Season Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 95 - 89 ALBA Berlin
2014-15 30 October 2014 Regular Season ALBA Berlin 69 - 84 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
2012-13 13 December 2012 Regular Season Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 78 - 62 Alba Berlin
2012-13 08 November 2012 Regular Season Alba Berlin 76 - 78 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
2008-09 05 March 2009 Top 16 Alba Berlin 70 - 76 Maccabi Electra
2008-09 29 January 2009 Top 16 Maccabi Electra 96 - 65 Alba Berlin
2001-02 13 December 2001 Regular Season Alba Berlin 64 - 65 Maccabi Elite
2001-02 11 October 2001 Regular Season Maccabi Elite 82 - 70 Alba Berlin