In what could prove to be a pivotal game in Group B, Unicaja Malaga hosts Germani Brescia on Wednesday evening. Unicaja rallied past Buducnost VOLI Podgorica 91-87 in Round 3 for its 10th consecutive home win. Francis Alonso drained 6 three-pointers in scoring 21 points in the win. Brescia was blasted 95-76 last week by Mornar Bar for its fifth straight road loss. Christian Burns and Brian Sacchetti each scored 13 in the loss. Will those streaks hold after this game?
Small forward Axel Bouteille is Unicaja's leading scorer this season with 13.7 points per game. Brescia will likely guard him with former Italian League MVP, Drew Crawford who makes his biggest impact for Brescia by doing a little bit of everything while averaging 10.0 points scored per game. Their head-to-head matchup will be interesting to see. If Crawford can contain Bouteille, it could change to course of the game.
Keys to victory: Unicaja
This is a mouth-watering matchup in some ways for Unicaja, which ranks third in the EuroCup in scoring with 89.0 points per game and is facing a Brescia squad that has allowed the third-most points, 90.7 per game. One area Unicaja must beware of is rebounding, as its 31.3 per game are among the fewest in the league and it has outrebounded an opponent only once this season. A strong performance on the glass and continued offensive excellence could be the recipe for another home win.
Keys to victory: Brescia
Brescia's woes can be summed up by two statistics: its 28.6% three-point shooting is worst in the EuroCup and its 90.7 points allowed are third-most. Both of those numbers are somewhat surprising given the quality of outside shooters the team has with Kenny Chery, Tyler Kalinoski and Luca Vitali, among others. A strong shooting night and improved defense could put Brescia in position for a big road win.