It is a decisive game for both teams. Joventut will qualify to the Top 16 if it wins and Brescia beats Cedevita. Darussafaka also advances with a win if Brescia downs Cedevita or with a loss if both Brescia and UNICS win. In Round 3, Joventut topped Darussafaka 85-82 on a 20-meter buzzer-beating three-pointer by Klemen Prepelic. Johnathan Hamilton (12.6 ppg.) has been Darussafaka's top scorer until now, followed by Bonzie Colson (12.4 ppg.) and Doron Lamb (11.0 ppg.). Prepelic (16.8 ppg.), Alen Omic (13.1 ppg.) and Neno Dimitrijevic (11.4 ppg.) have led Joventut.
A big battle in the paint is expected between two of the best rebounders in the competition. Johnathan Hamilton (8.1 rpg.) is an outstanding offensive rebounder (3.7 orpg.) who can make the difference with his size, mobility and athleticism. Alen Omic (7.6 rpg.) is more experienced than Hamilton and must use that in a tough matchup for him to play aggressive in the low post against the EuroCuo's second-best shot blocker (1.9 bpg.).
Keys to victory: Darussafaka
Darussafaka is the best defensive team in the competition, allowing just 68.7 points on average. It has protected its rim, allowing opponents to make just 43.6% of their two-point shots and ranking third in defensive rebounds (27.1 drpg.). Darussafaka is last in steals this season (4.71 spg.) so there is room for improvement on defense. Getting Hamilton involved to put Omic into foul trouble will also be one of the keys for the Turkish powerhouse.
Keys to victory: Joventut
Defense has been the main issue for Joventut until now; it has allowed 80.9 points per game despite ranking 21st in three-point shooting percentage allowed (30.1%). Opponents make 54.7% of their two-point shots and average 11.3 offensive rebounds against the Spanish powerhouse. A defensive improvement will make its offense even better; Joventut averages 83 points on 57.7% shooting inside the arc. Circulating the ball better outside the three-point line will also be critical; Joventut has made only 29.1% of its three-point shots.