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Maccabi – Anadolu Efes

Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv hosts Anadolu Efes Istanbul on Tuesday night in a makeup game that was originally scheduled to be played in Round 23 in late January. Maccabi (11-16) has lost five of its last six games and can ill-afford to lose at home if it wants to make a late run at a playoff spot. Maccabi has won three of its last four home games. Efes (18-10) is in peak form after winning seven consecutive games with a margin of victory of 25.2 points. A victory will lift Efes into third place.

Efes is second in the league in scoring (82.5 ppg.) and the best way for Maccabi to match the visitors’ attack may be to be better in assist-to-turnover ratio. While Efes is average in assists (eighth, 18.4 apg.), it has committed the second-fewest turnovers this season (11.2 per game), resulting in a league-best ratio of 1.64. Maccabi has committed an average number of turnovers (13.6 per game), but is third from the bottom in assists (16.0 apg.) and its ratio is third-worst (1.18). Maccabi needs to be better in assists and turnovers to improve its chances against Efes’s high-scoring attack.

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The greatest weakness Efes faces this season against Maccabi, at least according to the numbers, has been on the glass. While Maccabi has ranked fourth in both rebounding (34.2 rpg.) and offensive boards (10.5 orpg.), Efes is 11th in rebounds (31.3 rpg.) and 14th in offensive rebounds (9.0 orpg.). Efes has the size and talent between Bryant Dunston, Sertac Sanli, Tibor Pleiss and Adrien Moerman on the glass and if it can, a win in Tel Aviv could be in the cards.

basketball prediction Maccabi – Efes Tip: Over 162.5 at 1.90 with bet365
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