MTA vs BAR Dream11: Barcelona face an uphill task of snapping their two-game losing run when they face an in-form Maccabi tel Aviv in EuroLeague round-19 match at Menora Mivtachim Arena, on Tuesday night (IST).
In fact, Barca also had an off day in domestic competition as Bilbao Basket toppled them in front of their win fans, and that means, Barca have dropped three games in the last four games in all competitions. To make matter worse, Real Madrid continues to win and moved one game clear of them on the Liga ACB table.
Maccabi Tel Aviv have exceeded expectations this season. Nobody could have predicted them sitting at fourth on the points table after 18 rounds. In fact, they could end round-19 at 3rd if they beat Barcelona in this game.
Teams: Maccabi Tel Aviv and Barcelona
Venue: Menora Mivtachim Arena
Match Timing: January 15, @ 12:35 AM
Maccabi Tel Aviv team news: Omri Casspi has missed the last 11 games due to a knee injury and remains out at the moment. Tarik Black is also out of this game having suffered a knee injury in round-12, while John DiBartolomeo is out for the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle.
Nate Wolters is back to full fitness after missing the last couple of weeks’ action due to an injury.
Barcelona team news: Thomas Heurtel and Kevin Pangos are both yet to play for Barcelona this season as the due recovers from a knee and toe injuries.
But Victor Claver has returned after a 10-game absence due to a foot injury and will be available for selection.
In addition, Cory Higgins missed the last game due to an illness and will be a game-time call.
Maccabi Tel Aviv: Scottie Wilbekin, Othello Hunter, Quincy Acy, Elijah Bryant, Yovel Zoosman
Barcelona: Nikola Mirotic, Victor Claver, Ante Tomic, Adam Hanga, Pau Ribas / Cory Higgins
Maccabi Tel Aviv: Elijah Bryant, Jalen Reynolds, Scottie Wilbekin, Quincy Acy, Angelo Caloiaro, Othello Hunter, Sandy Cohen, Aaron Jackson, Deni Avdija, Tyler Dorsey, Jake Cohen, Dori Sahar, Yonathan Atias, Tarik Black, Yovel Zoosman
Barcelona: Victor Clever, Nikola Mirotic, Pau Ribas, Pierre Oriola, Artem Pustovyi, Malcolm Davies, Rolands Smits, Ante Tomic, Brandon Davies, Sergi Martinez, Adam Hanga, Cory Higgins, Kyle Kuric, Alex Abrines, Leandro Bolmaro
PG: M Delaney, S Wilbekin
SG: K Kuric, E Bryant
SF: A Caloiaro
PF: N Mirotic (SP), J Cohen
C: B Davies
PG: S Wilbekin (SP)
SG: K Kuric, E Bryant
SF: V Claver
PF: N Mirotic, Q Acy
C: B Davies, J Reynolds