Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv hosts Khimki Moscow in Menora Mivtachim Arena on Tuesday evening (18:00, Live on Sport5 - Channel 55) in which will be the last EuroLeague home game of the 2020/21 season. Giannis Sfairopoulos's squad comes into the matchup with 13 wins compared to 18 losses, while the Russians hold a season-worst 4:28 record and had a negative stretch of 16 consecutive losses.
In the first meeting this season, Maccabi came away with an 89:87 overtime win as Tyler Dorsey broke a Yellow & Blue EuroLeague record, drilling eight shots behind the arc, leading the scorers with 26 points. Since then, Khimki dismissed coach Rimas Kurtinaitis and gave the keys to his former assistant Andrei Maltsev. The Russians will be without their star Alexei Shved who scored 19.8 points per game.
"We need to rest some players who've been playing a lot in this tight stretch", Said head coach Giannis Sfairopoulos about the players' fatigue after playing multiple back-to-back games. "We need to be mentally ready to fight hard, to react and give happiness to our fans in our last Euroleague home game of the season".
"We need to go in with our game plan, focus on the details, fight and be tough mentally for ourselves and for the club", Added Chris Jones. "We are looking forward to finishing the season on a strong note".
Elijah Bryant spoke about the mentality coming into Tuesday's matchup: "We aren't in the playoff situation, but it's another game we need to give our fighting spirit and show what we are capable of by respecting the game we are so fortunate to play as our jobs. We will come out and fight hard".