Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv is one win away from securing its place in the Euroleague playoffs, a goal the Yellows can complete on Thursday (21:00 local, 2 pm ET) when they host Villeurbanne at Menora Mivtachim Arena. Khyri Thomas, who didn't play against Panathinaikos, will return to the roster.
Avi Even paid respect to the French visitors, despite the fact they lost 9 of the last ten games they played. "We have a very important game against a good and talented team," Maccabi's coach said. "We are focused only on winning the game and not on our playoffs chances."
"The recent victories we achieved were very important to us," Ante Zizic added. "It was a step towards our goal, the playoffs. We did not give up at any stage, believed in each other, and are very close now".