This season Tel Aviv Maccabi has very interesting roster, which can match Real Madrid by its talent. The problem is that teams are in different phases of living. Real is well oiled machine with installed game scheme and roles inside the team. Maccabi still learning who they are and what they can. This is going to be first game, when A.Goudelock and S.Weems both are available. On paper this should be great duo. They wlll get all-around support from Mekel and Ohayon at PG position and David Smith from SF. But as I said last week, there is big question about defensive abilities of this team. Rudd is poor defender, Zirbes too slow, Iverson is not a typical defensive option too. And when you play against Real Madrid you must have something in the bag to stop their attacks to stay in the game.
Real showed their class last week and will do the same today. Despite I see some value on Maccabi, I think it’s too early to invest into them.
As for the over/under all points to high-scoring game, but 175 points in total line is too high for European basketball. Real is showing great quality on offensive end, but they can show also solid defense and change game pace as it was against Valencia and Olympiacos. Maccabi also did not play fast with Milan (just 145 attacks) and numbers says that mathematical value here is on under 175.. My advice is to wait for high-scoring first half, than look to pace and take under.
Prediction: Maccabi 83 – 90 Real Madrid
Leans to follow live: Under 175.5 and Real wins.