Umana Reyer Venice comes off consecutive road losses and needs to bounce back at home. Mitchell Watt (14.0 ppg.), Michael Bramos (13.0 ppg.) and Stefano Tonut have been Reyer's top scorers until now. Bahcesehir Koleji Istanbul is still looking for its first-ever win in the EuroCup. Erick Green (18.0 ppg.) leads the team in scoring, followed by Alex Perez (17.7 ppg.) and Jamal Jones (11.5 ppg.). Both teams need a win to switch their momentum, so expect a thrilling and intense showdown at Palasport Taliercio.
Two very different yet very effective scorers are set to battle against each other. Green is an all-around scorer able to create his shot, whether coming off the dribble or taking it to the basket. Bahcesehir runs its whole offense through him. Bramos is more of a catch-and-shoot scorer, who is an ace from downtown (11-of-17 3FG, 64.7%), but is also an all-around player who will help on defense and use his experience to lead Reyer in crunch time.
These teams face each other for the first time. Reyer, however, is undefeated at home against Turkish teams in European competitions with three wins against Karsiyaka, one against Banvit Bandirma and another against Tofas Bursa, 76-65, in the 2019-20 EuroCup. Austin Daye led the way with 15 points. Bahcesehir will play on Italian soil for the first time.
Keys to victory: Reyer
After consecutive losses, Reyer can be expected to be more focused and play with more intensity. The Italian powerhouse has made only 48.2% of its two-point shots (it was 55.0% last season), so more effectiveness around the basket is expected from good scorers like Watt, Gasper Vidmar and Isaac Fotu. If former Reyer center Josh Owens remains sidelined, Watt will have a big advantage in the paint and Reyer must make the most out of it.
Keys to victory: Bahcesehir
Bahcesehir has missed Owens in the paint, even though it registered close losses against UNICS Kazan and Partizan NIS Belgrade. If Perez remains sidelined, Green and Jones will have extra responsibilities on offense. Deniz Kilicli and Ahmet Yilmaz are set to keep splitting minutes at center and guarding Watt down low is critical for the Turkish powerhouse. Above all, Bahcesehir needs to improve its defense, as it allows 90.3 points on average and its opponents have hit 48.6% of their three-point shots.