Maccabi vs Khimki (By: Clinch)
It was always a close game between this teams in Tel Aviv but I decided to go with a low scoring game, not so low but just below average enough to pass. I don't see a blowout of Khimki like Bayern have experienced it few rounds ago. Maccabi actually imo is not even that powerful offensively, their shooting percentage is low and they barely won against Darussafaka, they couldn't reach 80 points in Gran Canaria when their defense was completely out, in Istanbul against Efes also only 77 points. On other side is Khimki a team which already played without their best player Shved against Real Madrid and they held them at only 79 points what is at least 10 points below average for Real Madrid. Khimki also played 72:65 game against Bayern what is also a sign they are defensively just fine since Bayern also rarely is below 80 points. Khimki received 88 points in last round against CSKA, but we have seen CSKA yesterday scoring 48 points against Fenerbahce in first HT.
Another reason for this bet is that I believe that Khimki is well aware that without of their 2 important players, Shved and Gill, they cannot run this game and should slow down the tempo and decide the game in final minutes. I mean Khimki still has some really nice players which imo will hold them in the game.
Also, both teams are under Greek coaches so I would not be surprised to see slow, chess alike, basket on basket game with long attacks. All in all I don't see blowout of Khimki like Bayern had, there will be certainly less points scored at least by Khimki since their two top players are out, and I expect Khimki to slow tempo down to have chances here. A result I see here as very possible is 76:73.
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Maccabi vs Khimki prediction
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