It is a clash between the first-place and last-place teams in Group F, ASVEL will try to extend its EuroCup winning streak to four games and keep its perfect Top 16 record intact. Meanwhile, Skyliners are searching for their first Top 16 win, which would keep the team in the contention for a quarterfinals berth.
Skyliners legend Quantez Robertson, in his ninth season with the club, has done it all this season for the team, averaging 9.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game. No player in the Top 16 has played more than Robertson's 33 minutes per game and in this contest he will go against another experienced veteran, ASVEL guard and a former EuroCup champion Mantas Kalnietis, who is enjoying an outstanding season of his own with 11.0 points, 6.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals per contest. The play of these two men could determine the winner in this game.
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For ASVEL, this is the second consecutive game against a German team after downing ratiopharm Ulm last week. Over the last three decades in European competition, ASVEL has played seven different German clubs, but never against Skyliners. On the hand, Skyliners have played nine games against five different opponents from France since 2004. ASVEL will be the sixth club on that list.
Keys to victory: Skyliners
Depleted by injuries, Skyliners have scored 62 and 69 points in their first two Top 16 games, respectively, and now go against the best defense in the competition, which allows a league-low 74.4 points per game. While no teams scores easily nor in bunches against ASVEL, the main task for Skyliners will be to try to control the boards, specifically to keep the visitors off the offensive glass.
Keys to victory: ASVEL
ASVEL's key is controlling the paint, something the team has been pretty successful at doing so far this season with Miro Bilan in a main role and Alpha Kaba joining lately. In addition to holding opponents to a EuroCup low 49.6% two-point shooting, ASVEL has done well contesting shots and is third in the competition with 3.3 blocks per game and also ranks among the best for keeping opponents at 9.4 offensive rebounds per game.