MoraBanc Andorra vs Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
The two teams tied for second place in Group A clash in an important duel on Tuesday night. Zvezda has a chance to advance to the Top 16 that night if it wins and AS Monaco also captures a victory in a game that starts a little bit earlier. MoraBanc cannot advance yet this week. MoraBanc enters the game after back-to-back wins and is undefeated at home this season. Zvezda has stumbled recently and dropped three of its last four games. The Serbian champs are 1-2 in road games this season.
Earlier this season
Zvezda held on for a tough 85-79 victory over MoraBanc when they met in the Serbian capital in Group A. Joe Ragland poured in 24 points and dished 8 assists and Mouhammad Faye posted 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 steals for the winners, who made 10 of 21 three-pointers (47.6%) and outrebounded MoraBanc 38-26 in two of the keys to the win. David Jelinek scored 18 off the bench to lead MoraBanc.
MoraBanc and Zvezda both lean heavily on their shooting guards, players who are excellent three-point shooters and go-to scorers. MoraBanc's David Jelinek (15.0 ppg.) is his team's leading scorer and Zvezda's Billy Baron (14.1 ppg.) is second on his team. MoraBanc is 3-1 in games this season in which Jelinek has made at least 3 three-pointers. Zvezda is 3-1 when Baron has a performance index rating of at least 15. They should both play important roles in this game, too.
Keys to victory: MoraBanc
MoraBanc (87.4 ppg.) has one of the league's top offenses and is 3-0 when it scores at least 90 points, but 1-3 when it has less than 80. Zvezda has allowed teams to score more than 80 only twice this season, but those games came in the past two weeks and Zvezda lost both. The key for Zvezda this week will be playing at its fast tempo, which means that Andrew Albicy and Dylan Ennis must push the ball at every opportunity.
Keys to victory: Zvezda
In its three losses this season, Zvezda has averaged 18.7 turnovers, which is a lot of missed opportunities for the offense to overcome. It's also seen its three-point hooting slip to 30.4% and in two of those games only collected 4 steals. All of those are numbers that must be improved upon for Zvezda to capture this important road win and return to the battle for first place in Group A.