Former champion Lokomotiv looks to continue it charge up the standings and to avoid getting eliminated in the EuroCup regular season for the first time in club history. Lokomotiv cannot get eliminated this week, but a win over Partizan would increase its chances to get to the Top 16. Meanwhile, a win would keep already-qualified Partizan with a chance to finish first in the group, while a loss combined with an Umana Reyer Venice win would lock Partizan into second place.
Earlier this season
When they met in Round 4, Rashawn Thomas scored 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter leading Partizan down the stretch to beat Lokomotiv 80-71. It was a win that improved Partizan to 4-0 and a loss that started Lokomotiv's four-game losing streak, the club's longest in competition history. Will Mosley came up big on both ends of the floor with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks, while Alan Williams posted a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds for Lokomotiv.
Keys to victory: Lokomotiv
Lokomotiv has struggled from behind the three-point arc this season, averaging a mere 30.6% and making a league-low 6.1 triple per game. Lokomotiv only has three players – guard Dimitry Kulagin, forward Sam Dekker and big man Johnny O'Bryant – who have made more than 5 triples on the season. Against a team that protects its paint as well as Partizan, it would be of great importance to connect from long range, open things up with shots from downtown to get the offense going.
Keys to victory: Partizan
In three of its four road games this season, Partizan has kept the home team at 63 points or below. Partizan thrives in low-scoring affairs and that will be a key in this contest, too. In each of the last three games, Coach Andrea Trinchieri’s men have allowed opposing teams to pull away early, forcing Partizan to play a catch-up game. It is something Partizan cannot allow to happen in this one because Lokomotiv knows well how to play with the lead at home.