This is a pivotal game for both teams; the winner will be very close to first place in this group. Both teams face each other for the first time, too. DeAndre Lansdowne (14.0 ppg.) has been Brescia's top scorer until now, followed by Awudu Abass (13.0 ppg.) and Luca Vitali (12.0 ppg.). As for Darussafaka, Johnathan Hamilton (13.3 ppg.), Doron Lamb (12.0 ppg.) and Jarrod Jones (11.3 ppg.) have been its best players so far.
Johnathan Hamilton has been outstanding for Darussafaka until now, ranking second overall in rebounds (8.7 rpg.) and blocks (2.3 bpg.), as well as being a very efficient scorer (71.4% 2FG). Hamilton must use his size, power and intensity against Tyler Cain, who is much more experienced and is also excelling under the boards (5.7 rpg., 2.0 bpg.). Even though Hamilton has a size advantage, expect a very interesting battle in the paint.
Keys to victory: Brescia
Stopping Hamilton has to be Brescia's number one priority in this game. Brescia has excelled in all hustle stats, averaging 7.0 offensive rebounds, 6.3 steals and 4.3 blocks until now. Playing at that level of intensity will be critical against the 2018 EuroCup champions. Brescia has to try to run its offense through Lansdowne and Vitali, its most experienced players, and raise its three-point shooting percentages (30.0% 3FG, 20th overall).
Keys to victory: Darussafaka
Hamilton's effectiveness has helped Darussafaka rank fourth overall in two-point shooting percentage (57.3%) but the Turkish powerhouse has struggled from beyond the arc until now (28.2%, 22nd overall). Lamb needs to stop Abass in a critical matchup, while Dogus Ozdemiroglu and Sinan Guler must use their intensity, aggressiveness and defense to stop Vitali and Lansdowne. If Darussafaka has the right defensive plan, Lamb and Hamilton will be even tougher to stop on offense.