2019-20Regular SeasonRound 12
December 06, 2019 CET: 18:00
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The Take

Two teams coming off painful losses in Round 11 will square off in Russia when Khimki Moscow Region welcomes FC Barcelona. Khimki is riding a three-game losing streak, the last one coming at Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 89-76. Barcelona saw its winning streak snapped at home against CSKA Moscow with a stunning 67-96 defeat. Both teams will be looking to get back on the winning track as soon as possible. Alexey Shved, who missed the last game for Khimki, is expected to play against Barcelona.

Marquee matchup

Anthony Gill and Nikola Mirotic are forwards enjoying excellent seasons for their respective teams. Gill starts most games for Khimki and has averaged 10.3 points and 5.6 rebounds. Mirotic has been the main reference for Barcelona all season with 18.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.

History lesson

Little by little, the rivalry between Khimki and Barcelona is reaching a noticeable level. These two sides have faced each other eight times in the EuroLeague and Barcelona has controlled the series 2-6. Last season, Barca won both games during the regular season. The Catalan team also beat Khimki in Moscow in 2017-18.

Keys to victory: Khimki

After a solid start to the season, Khimki has dropped four of its last six games. Despite being in not such a sweet moment right now, the hosts still have the fourth-best offense in the league (84.7 ppg.) but also the second-weakest defense (85.6 ppg.). The main task for Khimki will be on defense trying to limit the offensive talent that Barcelona boasts. The visitors are also third-best in rebounds, so that will go hand in hand with defense for Khimki if it wants to protect its home floor against the team in second place.

Keys to victory: Barcelona

Barcelona is having a pretty good season but suffered another tough blow last week at home and it will have to demonstrate that it is a solid team by bouncing back swiftly. The team certainly has the talent to do that, but Khimki has better shooting percentages from all ranges, so the visitors will have to make sure to deny the opponent open shots. Khimki has better numbers on almost all fronts, but Barcelona has a higher PIR average. Efficiency could be the key to steal a win from Russia.

Injuries: Khimki

Petr Gubanov and Timofey Mozgov are still out with injuries. Evgeny Valiev will spend the rest of the season in Parma Perm on loan.

Monday, December 2, 2019
Khimki Moscow Region
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 SHVED, ALEXEY G 1.98 30
3 KRAMER, CHRIS G 1.91 31
5 BOOKER, DEVIN C 2.05 28
6 TIMMA, JANIS F 2.01 27
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR F 1.93 34
11 JEREBKO, JONAS C 2.08 32
12 MONIA, SERGEY F 2.02 36
13 GILL, ANTHONY F 2.04 27
24 JOVIC, STEFAN G 1.98 29
31 VALIEV, EVGENY F 2.05 29
40 EVANS, JEREMY C 2.06 32
45 BERTANS, DAIRIS G 1.92 30
FC Barcelona
# Player Pos. H. Age
3 PANGOS, KEVIN G 1.86 26
5 RIBAS, PAU G 1.94 32
8 HANGA, ADAM F 2.00 30
10 SMITS, ROLANDS F 2.07 24
14 PUSTOVYI, ARTEM C 2.18 27
17 BADJI, IBOU C 2.13 17
18 ORIOLA, PIERRE C 2.08 27
19 MARCOS, JUANI G 1.85 19
21 ABRINES, ALEX F 1.98 26
22 HIGGINS, CORY G 1.95 30
24 KURIC, KYLE F 1.93 30
30 CLAVER, VICTOR F 2.08 31
32 MARTINEZ, SERGI F 2.02 20
33 MIROTIC, NIKOLA F 2.08 28
44 TOMIC, ANTE C 2.17 32

Player Stats

Shved, A. / 19.3 Timma, J. / 14.4 Booker, D. / 12.4
Mirotic, N. / 18.5 Higgins, C. / 13.1 Davies, B. / 9.5
Gill, A. / 5.6 Evans, J. / 4.8 Booker, D. / 4.6
Mirotic, N. / 6.5
Shved, A. / 4.9 Jovic, S. / 4.7
Delaney, M. / 5.1 Hanga, A. / 3.1
Jovic, S. / 1.8 Timma, J. / 1.6 Booker, D. / 1.0
Davies, B. / 1.4 Mirotic, N. / 1.3 Kuric, K. / 1.2
Zaytsev, V. / 0.7 Evans, J. / 0.6 Gill, A. / 0.6
Davies, B. / 0.7
Gill, A. / 68.2 % Booker, D. / 60.3 % Jerebko, J. / 53.2 %
Hanga, A. / 71.0 % Mirotic, N. / 60.8 % Tomic, A. / 56.9 %
Jovic, S. / 46.2 % Jerebko, J. / 42.4 % Bertans, D. / 39.4 %
Abrines, A. / 56.5 % Higgins, C. / 50.0 % Kuric, K. / 41.7 %
Shved, A. / 93.2 %
Higgins, C. / 88.9 % Mirotic, N. / 81.8 %
Shved, A. / 15.8 Booker, D. / 15.0 Gill, A. / 14.5
Mirotic, N. / 20.0 Higgins, C. / 13.0 Davies, B. / 11.1

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
84.7 Points 82.8
33.9 Rebounds 36.7
9.7 O. Rebounds 11.1
24.2 D. Rebounds 25.6
18.4 Assists 18.2
6.0 Steals 7.2
3.7 Blocks 1.9
55.6 % 2PT 53.5 %
38.2 % 3PT 37.7 %
82.4 % FT 76.4 %
91.9 PIR 95.0

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
85.6 Points 76.4
34.8 Rebounds 32.5
11.5 O. Rebounds 9.7
23.4 D. Rebounds 22.7
17.5 Assists 17.0
7.2 Steals 6.8
2.1 Blocks 2.1
54.4 % 2PT 51.5 %
38.4 % 3PT 34.2 %
68.8 % FT 79.8 %
95.3 PIR 78.7

Head Coaches

Khimki Moscow Region
"If we are speaking about roster and budget, FC Barcelona is the strongest team in Europe, and everyone considers them to be the favorites not of a single game, but of the EuroLeague generally. We do not think in such categories. We need to play every game and prepare for each one. Barca also has not only good, but bad games. They have a very big, uncomfortable guys for us with Mirotic and Tomic, as well as Davies, who last season was the leader of Zalgiris Kaunas and repeatedly became the MVP of the rounds in the EuroLeague. So, we will face a very serious opponent, but we play at home, where we have a good energy and our own style. We are strong enough to fight with FC Barcelona and win. We are okay; Alexey Shved has returned to our system. He creates very good situations both for our shooters and for himself. We have some small injury issues, but we will try to solve these problems by Friday. We are preparing for the fight, and the game will be tough, as it was many times this season."
FC Barcelona
"Khimki has one of the best rosters in EuroLeague. Players with great experience. They have a complete roster now after a few injury problems that deprived them from continuity. They won all games in VTB League and they lead there. They needed a bit of time. Timma, Shved had some problems also. It will be a complex game. They are eager to win, they have big goals. They have what they need to achieve those goals, so we will have to play one of our best games if we want to win."


Khimki Moscow Region
"We are okay and have a fighting spirit. We have lost three road games in a row and now have no right to lose in front of our fans. We are ready and have to win. FC Barcelona is a very good team with good players and good coach. At the same time, they also have weak sides, and CSKA showed this last week. We have watched video and will try to find their weak sides, using their game with CSKA as an example. At home we are playing really well and will try to continue this streak."
FC Barcelona
"We just need to play our game. They are a good team but if we focus on what we do best and control our game, we have good chances. They have a good rosters and play great at home. They had a few injuries but Shved has always been a good scorer. As I said, we have to focus on what we do."

Khimki Moscow Region vs. FC Barcelona

· Barcelona holds a 6-2 edge over Khimki in their head-to-head games, including four in a row. Last season Barcelona bested Khimki on the road 80-87 as Thomas Heurtel had 18 points and 8 assists and Ante Tomic 16 points and 6 rebounds.

· The last time they played in the Russian capital, Khimki tied its EuroLeague club record by hitting 17 three-pointers

· In December 2017, Barcelona set its EuroLeague record with 32 assists when it beat Khimki 65-79 in Moscow.

· Victor Claver played for Khimki at the end of the 2014-15 season, but was not registered and did not help the team win the EuroCup. He was also a teammate of Sergey Monia and Egor Vialtsev.

· Barcelona big man Brandon Davies set a career-high last season with 15 free throws made, 6 offensive rebounds, 13 total rebounds and a performance index rating of 39 in an 83-84 loss with Zalgiris Kaunas against Khimki. His 15 free throws matched the fourth-highest total in competition history.

· Cory Higgins posted his career-high in index rating with 35 playing for CSKA Moscow in Game 3 of the playoffs against Khimki in April 2018. Higgins twice scored 26 points in games against Khimki, which served as his career-best until Round 7 this season.

· Higgins also hit his career-high and set a CSKA club record by making 14 free throws on 16 attempts against Khimki in December 2017.

· Pau Ribas tied his career-high with 8 assists against Khimki in December of last season.

· Khimki forward Sergey Monia tied his career-high with 3 steals against Barcelona in January 2016.

· Monia tied his career-high with 8 rebounds against Barcelona in February 2013.

· Alexey Shved set a career-high with 4 steals in Khimki's 75-61 win against Barcelona in March 2016.

· Khimki forward Janis Timma had a career-high 4 steals playing for KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz against Barcelona in March 2018.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Khimki Moscow Region

Khimki has 16 registered players on its roster. At least four must sit out every game.
Coach Kurtinaitis has used 11 different players in his starting lineups so far this season. Devin Booker is the only player to have started every game.
Janis Timma returned to action in Round 11.
Alexey Shved missed Round 11 with an injury.
Egor Vialtsev has returned to the lineup but is yet to appear in a game since the season opener with a knee injury.
Injured center Timofey Mozgov is not on the active roster.

Alexey Shved has made at least 1 three-pointer in 43 of his last 44 appearances.
Shved has scored in double figures in each of his last 58 games.
Devon Booker has posted a performance index rating in double figures in nine of his last 10 games.
Booker has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven of his last eight games. He is shooting 12 for 17 from downtown over that period.
Booker has made 10 consecutive free throws.
Janis Timma has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight straight appearances; he's made multiple three-pointers in seven of those.
Dairis Bertans has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven straight games.

Alexey Shved ranks third in scoring this season with 19.3 points per game.
Stefan Jovic leads the league in steals with 1.8 per game.
Janis Timma ranks fifth this season with 1.6 steals per game.
Timma ranks third this season with 3.3 three-point shots made per game.

Alexey Shved holds the EuroLeague single-season records with 740 points and 107 three-pointers made, both set in the 2017-18 season.
Shved is 10 assists shy of reaching 500 for his career.
Stefan Jovic holds the EuroLeague single-game record with 19 assists.
Dairis Bertans ranks 14th all-time in three-point accuracy at 46.04%.
Anthony Gill ranks seventh all-time in two-point accuracy at 66.2%.

FC Barcelona

Adam Hanga and Nikola Mirotic have started every game for Barcelona so far this season.
Thomas Heurtel is sidelined with a knee injury.
Kevin Pangos has been sidelined since the start of the season with a toe injury.

Nikola Mirotic has scored in double figures in 13 of his last 14 EuroLeague games.
Mirotic has collected at least 1 steal in five of his last six games.
Brandon Davies has collected at least 1 steal in five of his last six games.
Kyle Kuric has collected at least 1 steal in eight straight games.

Nikola Mirotic ranks fifth this season in average PIR with 20.0 per game.
Mirotic ranks sixth this season with 18.6 points per game.
Mirotic ranks fifth this season with 6.6 rebounds per game. Mirotic is tied for fourth in offensive rebounds with 2.3 per game.
Malcolm Delaney ranks eighth this season with 5.1 assists per game.
Alex Abrines ranks fifth in three-point accuracy this season at 56.5%.

Ante Tomic ranks fourth all-time with 1,472 rebounds. Ioannis Bourousis is third with 1,603.
Tomic ranks fourth all-time with 500 offensive rebounds. Zalgiris big man Paulius Jankunas is third with 504 and counting.
Tomic ranks fourth all-time with 972 defensive rebounds.
Tomic is the competition's all-time leader in two-point baskets with 1,098.
Ante Tomic ranks 10th all-time with 150 blocks.
Tomic ranks 10th all-time with 2,687 points scored. Marcus Brown is ninth with 2,739.
Tomic ranks sixth all-time with 3,578 index rating points.
Thomas Heurtel ranks third all-time in assists with 1,173. Dimitris Diamantidis is second with 1,255.
Cory Higgins ranks ninth all-time in three-point shooting accuracy at 47.6%.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
2 - 6
Khimki Moscow Region FC Barcelona
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Khimki Moscow Region
Home record vs. FC Barcelona: 2-2
Away record vs. FC Barcelona: 0-4
FC Barcelona
Home record vs. Khimki Moscow Region: 4-0
Away record vs. Khimki Moscow Region: 2-2


Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2018-19 05 April 2019 Regular Season FC Barcelona Lassa 83 - 74 Khimki Moscow Region
2018-19 09 November 2018 Regular Season Khimki Moscow Region 80 - 87 FC Barcelona Lassa
2017-18 05 April 2018 Regular Season FC Barcelona Lassa 86 - 82 Khimki Moscow Region
2017-18 29 December 2017 Regular Season Khimki Moscow Region 65 - 79 FC Barcelona Lassa
2015-16 03 March 2016 Top 16 Khimki Moscow Region 75 - 61 FC Barcelona Lassa
2015-16 07 January 2016 Top 16 FC Barcelona Lassa 87 - 70 Khimki Moscow Region
2012-13 28 February 2013 Top 16 FC Barcelona Regal 71 - 69 Khimki Moscow Region
2012-13 03 January 2013 Top 16 Khimki Moscow Region 78 - 65 FC Barcelona Regal