EuroLeague Fenerbahce vs Maccabi Tel Aviv Preview and Prediction

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Two squads tied in the eleventh place of Euroleague Basketball are clashing in the 6th round of action. The Israeli Champions of Maccabi Tel Aviv (2-3), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the Turkish Fenerbahce (2-3). The Turks are having a surprisingly slow start and have lost three straight after winning their first two.

Date/Time: 10-29-2020, 15:00 EDT

Spread: Maccabi Tel Aviv -3.5 Total: +155.5

Maccabi Tel Aviv

Maccabi have a 2-3 record and are tied with Fenerbahce and CSKA Moscow in the 11th place of the league. In their last game they snapped a three-game losing streak with a road win against Khimki in overtime, 87-89. They were a 1.5-point favorite and managed to beat the odds.

Scottie Wilbekin leads the team both in scoring with 17 ppg and in assists made with 5 per game.

Fenerbahce

Fenerbahce also have a 2-3 record and are tied with Maccabi and CSKA in the eleventh place. They have three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost by Panathinaikos on the road, 82-68. They were a 5.5-point favorite but failed to cover the spread.

Brandon Davies leads the team in scoring with 14.2 ppg, adding 3.6 rebounds per game.

Head-to-Head

Maccabi won both meetings against Fener last season.

At home by 12 points and on the road by one.

They also lead 14-7 wins all-time in Euroleague.

They are 1-1 at home, while Fener are 1-1 on the road.

Maccabi have the best offense in the league with 81 ppg to Fener’s third-worse of 74.6. Fenerbahce are better defensively (73.8 to 81.2 ppg).

Maccabi have a better field goal percentage (45.9% to 45.2%), while Fenerbahce have the second-best 3-point percentage (40.4% to 35.2%). 

Fener are better in assists made (18 to 16.4), while Maccabi are better in rebounding (32.2 to 30.6).

Both squads commit almost the same number of turnovers (14 to 14.2).

Prediction

Bookmakers give Maccabi a -3.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds. Fener are struggling mightily right now and are having historically a hard time against the hosts.   

Fenerbahce vs Maccabi Tel Aviv Prediction: Maccabi Tel Aviv -3.5 (-112)