Altought they play well at first phase of Euroleague, Maccabi change a lot comparing to last year and it can affect team trought a season sooner or later. They were among best teams counting all groups, but now it can be seen that their group with Khimky, Prokom,Zalgiris, Partizan were not so strong and that Izrael team did not have so difficult task as it was expected at the begin. They took some victories on road, but base of their succes remain Tel Aviv especially playing big club as it will be case in top level of Euroleague. Also they lose in Spain against Caja on only harder away game in group. They will have tight task to resist Europian champion at Barcelona, maybe harder than game in Vitoria because every match count as very important and there is no space for mistake. Barcelona will also try mo make as much point difference it is possibile, counting eventually second game at Izrael. The main advantage to Barcelona is much biggere rooster of quality player and dominate in the paint, where Maccabi practicaly have one real centre Scorcianitis (even he is not above 210 cm).
Pressing on Navaro and Rubio will be hard to affect home team and also it will be hard to face them on shooting line.There is not much space left for Maccabi to face their opponet on tonight game and that point margin should not be a problem for them.
Only player at home team wich is under question is Lorbek, while Maccabi should play complete+++
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