2018-19Regular SeasonRound 28
March 22, 2019 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 ARENA MYTISHCHI
Africa: FOX SPORTS 2
Romania: DIGI SPORT2
Baltic: TVPLAY SPORTS+
Russian Federation: MATCH!STRANA
Bulgaria: MAX SPORT 2
Serbia: SPORTKLUB 1
France: RMC SPORT LIVE 5
Spain: MOVISTAR DEPORTES
Greece: NOVASPORTS 2HD
Turkey: beIN SPORTS HD 4
Hungary: DIGI SPORT 3
United Kingdom: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Israel: 5SPORT
In Flight: SPORT 24
Italy: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV

Records

9-18 Regular Season 12-15
9-18 Overall 12-15

Referees

Crew Chief
PEREZ, MIGUEL ANGEL
Umpire 1
ROCHA, FERNANDO
Umpire 2
NEDOVIC, MILAN

The Take

Everything will be on the line for Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv when it visits already-eliminated Khimki Moscow Region in Russia on Friday. A loss combined with a home victory by either Zalgiris or Milan on Friday would leave Maccabi out of the playoffs race with a 12-16 record, so the visitors cannot afford another slip. Both teams will look to recover from defeats earlier this week. Khimki is on a five-loss streak and will look to give their fans some joy in their next-to-last home game this season. Maccabi lost its last two games and dug itself a hole that could be hard to get out of in such a close race for the remaining playoff spots.

Earlier this season

This will be the eighth time that these two teams meet in EuroLeague play, with Maccabi dominating the series 2-5. The last of those five wins arrived in Round 13, when Maccabi cruised at home, 79-63. Since-released Kendrick Ray led the winners with 17 points, followed by Scottie Wilbekin's 14 points. For Khimki, Jordan Mickey had 15 points and 7 rebounds. A 26-11 third quarter based on great shooting from beyond the arc allowed the hosts to break open a game that had been close until then.

Marquee matchup

Jordan Mickey and Tarik Black are having solid debut seasons in the EuroLeague. Mickey is coming off the bench to boost Khimki with 14.5 points and 5.1 rebounds in 25 appearances this season. Black is a mainstay in Maccabi's starting five with 11.0 points and 5.3 rebounds in 23 appearances. It will be a good chance to witness an interesting duel in the paint between two of the most productive big men this season.

Keys to victory: Khimki

With no options to advance to the playoffs, Khimki can play the spoiler role for Maccabi. The hosts average less than 30 rebounds per game, so they will have to pay good attention to that aspect if they want to have a shot at the win. Maccabi is the weakest team in the league from the foul line with less than 70% of shots made, so it could be a way to victory for the hosts if the guests visit that spot quite often.

Keys to victory: Maccabi

Maccabi has the whole season on the line in Moscow. A loss could send the guests out of the playoffs race for good, so tactics only will not suffice in this game, as heart and courage will play an important role, too. With both teams averaging less than 80 points this season, Maccabi will have to try to inject some more fluidity in its offense and get the second-worst 15.9 assists per game higher. The season numbers show that Maccabi should not count on the same scenario as in the first game, where threes saved the team from Tel Aviv, but the individual talent of names like Wilbekin, Black or Johnny O'Bryant could save the day for Maccabi.

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Euroleague.net
Khimki Moscow Region
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 SHVED, ALEXEY G 1.98 30
5 CROCKER, TONY F 1.98 32
6 VIALTSEV, EGOR F 1.93 33
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV G 1.90 29
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN G 1.98 30
11 HARRISON, ANDREW G 1.98 24
12 MONIA, SERGEY F 2.02 35
13 GILL, ANTHONY F 2.04 26
15 GUBANOV, PETR F 2.07 31
16 YAKUSHIN, TIMOFEY G 1.94 22
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY F 2.06 27
22 JENKINS, CHARLES G 1.91 30
23 THOMAS, MALCOLM C 2.06 30
25 MICKEY, JORDAN C 2.03 24
35 KADOSHNIKOV, DMITRII F 2.01 18
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE G 1.88 25
2 PARGO, JEREMY G 1.88 33
3 O'BRYANT, JOHNNY F 2.06 25
4 CALOIARO, ANGELO F 2.03 29
5 ROLL, MICHAEL G 1.98 31
7 KANE, DEANDRE G 1.96 29
8 AVDIJA, DENI G 2.05 18
9 TYUS, ALEX C 2.03 31
12 DIBARTOLOMEO, JOHN G 1.83 27
15 COHEN, JAKE F 2.10 28
18 SAHAR, DORI G 1.95 18
28 BLACK, TARIK C 2.06 27
50 ZOOSMAN, YOVEL G 2.00 20

Player Stats

Mickey, J. / 14.5 Crocker, T. / 9.3 Thomas, M. / 8.6
Wilbekin, S. / 13.2 Black, T. / 11.0 O'Bryant, J. / 10.6
Mickey, J. / 5.1 Thomas, M. / 4.9
O'Bryant, J. / 5.6 Black, T. / 5.3 Caloiaro, A. / 4.7
Markovic, S. / 4.4 Bost, D. / 3.0
Wilbekin, S. / 3.2 Roll, M. / 2.8 Kane, D. / 2.6
Jenkins, C. / 1.0
Caloiaro, A. / 1.1 Kane, D. / 1.1
Mickey, J. / 1.0 Thomas, M. / 0.6
Tyus, A. / 1.2 Black, T. / 0.8
2PT
Thomas, M. / 66.1 % Zubkov, A. / 59.6 % Jenkins, C. / 57.9 %
Black, T. / 70.6 % Tyus, A. / 66.2 % Caloiaro, A. / 62.5 %
3PT
Monia, S. / 43.1 % Jenkins, C. / 42.1 % Markovic, S. / 36.6 %
Roll, M. / 39.5 % DiBartolomeo, J. / 35.9 % Wilbekin, S. / 33.9 %
FT
Crocker, T. / 93.0 % Mickey, J. / 75.0 % Markovic, S. / 73.7 %
Caloiaro, A. / 78.0 % O'Bryant, J. / 77.6 % Wilbekin, S. / 77.2 %
PIR
Mickey, J. / 16.0 Thomas, M. / 12.1
Black, T. / 13.5 Wilbekin, S. / 10.7 Caloiaro, A. / 10.1

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
78.8 Points 79.1
29.6 Rebounds 34.7
9.7 O. Rebounds 11.4
20.0 D. Rebounds 23.3
18.7 Assists 15.9
7.6 Steals 6.8
2.6 Blocks 2.8
55.4 % 2PT 54.2 %
35.4 % 3PT 34.5 %
77.0 % FT 69.4 %
82.9 PIR 83.3

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
82.1 Points 79.3
34.6 Rebounds 33.7
10.4 O. Rebounds 9.6
24.2 D. Rebounds 24.1
19.0 Assists 16.4
6.9 Steals 5.6
2.7 Blocks 1.9
55.5 % 2PT 52.8 %
39.2 % 3PT 37.9 %
79.2 % FT 75.8 %
98.4 PIR 88.7

Head Coaches

KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"This is a EuroLeague game and we have to play it with maximum effort. As a coach, I can say that we don’t have unimportant games. I am sure, both teams will play at the maximum, let’s see who has that maximum. After the game in Istanbul, we decided to give the players a rest, because now it is important to recover and gain freshness than to “load” the players. It is important to stick together, show skills, give all our best for hundred percent and only then something will turn out."
SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"We have three more games until the end of the season. Unfortunately, our chances to qualify are less, but we still have mathematical chances so we need to fight as hard as we can in the last three games starting with the game tomorrow to fight for our chances. We play against a very good team that with the addition of Shved is completed. They had some injured players like Gill, but I think they are really good and we need to be really concentrated, to play good defense and to stay in the game until the end."

Players

MICKEY, JORDAN
Khimki Moscow Region
"They are a good team with good players. I expect a great and competitive game. They just as good as we are. We have to put attention to rebounds and limit our turnovers. Little things will decide the game."
CALOIARO, ANGELO
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"We wanna win. We're not gonna stop fighting, that’s our mentality and we preach it every day. We're here, we know how they are doing, we know it's hard to win on the road in the EuroLeague, but we’re excited for the challenge and we want to get it done. It’s part of sports, you gotta have a quick memory and move on fast. It sucked and it definitely hurt, but we’re ready to bounce back."

Khimki Moscow Region vs Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv

· Maccabi holds a 5-2 lead overall against Khimki in EuroLeague play, including 79-63 victory in Round 13 behind 17 points from Kendrick Ray and 14 points from Scottie Wilbekin.

· Khimki set a EuroLeague club record with 11 blocks in 88-67 home win over Maccabi in January of 2013.

· Khimki center Petr Gubanov and Maccabi guard DeAndre Kane were teammates at Nizhny Novgorod in the 2016-17 season.

· Khimki center Malcolm Thomas made his EuroLeague debut at Maccabi in the 2012-13 season.

· Khimki forward Sergey Monia tied his career high with 6 assists at home against Maccabi in November, 2017.

· Monia posted a career-high 4 blocked shots three times against Maccabi, in November, 2010; in January, 2013; and in November, 2016.

· Khimki guard Stefan Markovic posted a career-best 7 rebounds playing for Unicaja Malaga against Maccabi in November, 2014.

· Khimki guard Alexey Shved had his career high with 12 assists vs. Maccabi in a 91-94 road win last March.

· Maccabi center Alex Tyus posted his career high in steals with 4 against Khimki last March.

· Injured Khimki forward Anthony Gill scored his career-best 24 points in 91-94 road win over Maccabi in March of last season.

· DeAndre Kane matched his EuroLeague career-high in steals with 3 in Round 13 victory against Khimki.

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Euroleague.net

Khimki Moscow Region

Roster
Khimki has used 13 different players in its starting lineups this season.
Dmitrii Kadoshnikov is in line to make his EuroLeague debut.
Streaks
Jordan Mickey has scored in double figures in seven of his last eight games.
Tony Crocker has made 19 consecutive free throws.
Andrey Zubkov has made 12 consecutive free throws.
Alexey Shved has made at least 1 three-pointer in 32 straight games.
Shved has scored at least 13 points in each of his last 46 games.
Shved has collected at least 1 steal in each of his last 11 games.
Rankings
Alexey Shved's 24.3 points per game and 25.0 average performance index rating lead the league, however, he does not have enough appearances this season to qualify for the leaders' board.
Jordan Mickey ranks fourth in scoring with 14.5 points per game.
Records/Milestones
Shved set EuroLeague single-season records last season with 740 points scored and 107 three-pointers made.
Sergey Monia is nearing the 1,000-point milestone for his EuroLeague career. He enters this game with 995.

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv

Roster
Nine players have made at least 1 start for Maccabi this season. No player has started every game.
Streaks
Scottie Wilbekin has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight of his last nine games.
Tarik Black has scored at least 10 points in seven straight games.
Black has posted a performance index rating in double figures in nine straight games.
Angelo Caloiaro has collected at least 1 steal in seven straight and 11 of his last 12 games.
Rankings
Tarik Black ranks fifth in offensive rebounds with 2.1 per contest.
Alex Tyus is third with 1.2 blocks per game.
Records/Milestones
Alex Tyus is third all-time with 207 career blocked shots. Bryant Dunston of Anadolu Efes Istanbul is second with 218 and counting.

Thursday, March 21, 2019
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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
2 - 5
Khimki Moscow Region Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Khimki Moscow Region
Home record vs. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv: 1-2
Away record vs. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv: 1-3
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
Home record vs. Khimki Moscow Region: 3-1
Away record vs. Khimki Moscow Region: 2-1

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2018-19 19 December 2018 Regular Season Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 79 - 63 Khimki Moscow Region
2017-18 15 March 2018 Regular Season Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 91 - 94 Khimki Moscow Region
2017-18 16 November 2017 Regular Season Khimki Moscow Region 69 - 77 Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
2012-13 14 March 2013 Top 16 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 80 - 79 Khimki Moscow Region
2012-13 18 January 2013 Top 16 Khimki Moscow Region 88 - 67 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
2010-11 16 December 2010 Regular Season Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 80 - 76 Khimki Moscow Region
2010-11 11 November 2010 Regular Season Khimki Moscow Region 76 - 78 Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv