Fenerbahce host Darussafaka Dogus in an interesting Istanbul derby and Barcelona battle Baskonia in an all-Liga Endesa match-up to highlight Wednesday’s action in the EuroLeague.
Last season’s EuroLeague runners-up beat Darussafaka Dogus in their only two matches in the competition to date but David Blatt’s side are much improved and ready to spring a surprise on Zeljko Obradovic’s men.
“We play a team that we know very well,” Obradovic said. “It’s the third time we meet them this season, so we know the way they play. A very tough team, lots of changes in defence and zone-press, some kinds of match-up zones… We have to be ready to learn their defence.”
Over in Vitoria, Baskonia are looking to extend their winning run to four games as they host a Barcelona side who have lost five of its last six.
In 12 previous EuroLeague games between them – all in the Top 16, playoffs or Final Four over the last decade – these teams are deadlocked at 6-6 against each other.
∞∞∞ LEAGUE LEADERS TRAVEL TO TEL AVIV ∞∞∞
EuroLeague champions and current league leaders CSKA Moscow go on the road as they face coach-less Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv who are currently struggling in the bottom half of the table.
It is a baptism of fire for interim head coach Lior Lubin but CSKA are wary of a Maccabi team that will go into Wednesday’s game with something to prove.
“It is going to be an interesting and difficult game,” CSKA’s Joel Freeland said. “Maccabi is talented and motivated. They get motivation out of their third coaching change, out of the fact that they play against us, the champions. Despite the circumstances, they have enough quality to beat any team.”
∞∞∞ EA7 MILANO LOOKS TO CLIMB UP THE TABLE ∞∞∞
EA7 Milano started the season 3-0 but have since plummeted down the table to the bottom three. They host Panathinaikos looking to climb up the standings.
The Italian side needs to shake off a five-game losing run, which has them stuck on a 4-8 heading into battle.
“We come off some great practices but we definitely need a win against a top team to re-gain confidence and our game,” Milano coach Jasmin Repesa said. “Panathinaikos is a tough team, they have everything, playmaking, shooting, depth, they have bigs who can play inside and outside but it’s the perfect game for us to get a win and turn things around. We need to be the aggressor right from the tip-off.”