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Middle East: beIN MENA HD10
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Records

0-2 Regular Season 1-1
0-2 Overall 1-1

Referees

Crew Chief
CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS
Umpire 1
PANTHER, ANNE
Umpire 2
ROSSI, MICHELE

The Take

Valencia Basket will be looking to start up its win column at home against Anadolu Efes Istanbul. Valencia has had to start the season playing against the defending champs and the runners-up, which can be tough on any team. On the other side, Efes comes from an OT win by the skin of their teeth against ALBA Berlin at home and lost the first game of the season at home, so it will be looking to start a positive streak in Spain.

Pleiss returns to Valencia

Anadolu Efes big man Tibor Pleiss will be returing to a city that was his home during the 2017-18 season. During that year, Pleiss averaged 10.1 points and 5.2 rebounds for Valencia but the team could not make the EuroLeague playoffs. In Valencia he won the Spanish SuperCup and now, two seasons later, he comes back to La Fonteta with Efes to try to make his team start a winning streak in a place that still has fond memories of him.

History lesson

This will be the seventh time that these two teams meet in the EuroLeague. So far, the record in the series is at 3-3, so the winner will take the lead in their head-to-head. In 2017-18, each team won its home game of the regular season, something, in fact, that also happened in 2003-04 and 2010-11. Therefore, Efes will try to become the first of the two to win at the opponent's home.

Marquee matchup

Brock Motum and Bryant Dunston are two big men that are main referents in their respective teams but not only that, but they also played together in Efes during two seasons from 2017 to 2019. Motum is one of the main forces in Valencia this start of the season with 11.5 points and 3 rebounds, also averaging a PIR of 13. Dunston is also a solid name in the Efes roster with 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the first two games. Expect one of the main duels in the game to be between these two big men that were teammates until last June.

Keys to victory: Valencia

Valencia has the third poorest offense in the league at the moment (67.0 ppg.) and that will have to change radically against such an offensive powerhouse as Efes. Players like Aaron Doornekamp, Alberto Abalde, Sam Van Rossom or Guillem Vives will need to step up their game in offense as they are combining an average 9.5 points per game in a combined average playing time of about 16 minutes each, something that is definitely not enough in a competition like the EuroLeague.

Keys to victory: Efes

Efes comes to Valencia after a tough home win in overtime last week. Last season's runners-up got back their main offensive weapon, Shane Larkin, and will continue looking up to him in offense. Efes is the team averaging the least steals in the league (4.5 spg.) so a bigger effort in defense would probably pay off big time, especially against a low-scoring team like Valencia. A win at the home of the current 7DAYS EuroCup champs could go a long way when money time comes.

Valencia injuries

Louis Labeyrie might be ready to play against Efes, while Jordan Lloyd had some minor knee problems this week but he is expected to be available.

Efes injuries

Adrien Moerman, Bugrahan Tuncer and Tolga Gecim will not play against Valencia while Krunoslav Simon is questionable.

Thursday, October 17, 2019
Euroleague.net

Player Stats

Loyd, J. / 12.0 Motum, B. / 11.5 Tobey, M. / 10.0
Larkin, S. / 26.0 Micic, V. / 18.5 Peters, A. / 15.0
Labeyrie, L. / 5.0 Tobey, M. / 4.5 Abalde, A. / 4.0
Dunston, B. / 6.5 Larkin, S. / 5.0 Anderson, J. / 4.0
Vives, G. / 4.5 Van Rossom, S. / 4.0 Colom, Q. / 2.0
Micic, V. / 9.0 Larkin, S. / 5.0 Dunston, B. / 3.0
Dubljevic, B. / 1.5 Ndour, M. / 1.5 Vives, G. / 1.0
Micic, V. / 2.5 Dunston, B. / 0.5 Balbay, D. / 0.5
Dunston, B. / 2.0 Pleiss, T. / 0.5 Micic, V. / 0.0
2PT
Ndour, M. / 100.0 % Colom, Q. / 100.0 % Sastre, J. / 66.7 %
Pleiss, T. / 84.6 % Balbay, D. / 75.0 % Peters, A. / 70.0 %
3PT
Sastre, J. / 66.7 % Loyd, J. / 60.0 % Motum, B. / 50.0 %
Peters, A. / 71.4 % Larkin, S. / 55.6 % Balbay, D. / 50.0 %
FT
Dubljevic, B. / 100.0 % Vives, G. / 100.0 % Marinkovic, V. / 100.0 %
Pleiss, T. / 100.0 % Singleton, C. / 100.0 % Peters, A. / 100.0 %
PIR
Labeyrie, L. / 14.0 Motum, B. / 13.0 Dubljevic, B. / 9.5
Larkin, S. / 31.0 Micic, V. / 21.0 Pleiss, T. / 17.0

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
67.0 Points 85.0
28.0 Rebounds 33.0
8.5 O. Rebounds 10.0
19.5 D. Rebounds 23.0
15.0 Assists 23.0
7.5 Steals 4.5
2.0 Blocks 2.5
50.8 % 2PT 51.3 %
27.1 % 3PT 35.6 %
73.8 % FT 80.6 %
63.5 PIR 97.5

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
92.5 Points 89.5
36.5 Rebounds 42.5
10.5 O. Rebounds 12.5
26.0 D. Rebounds 30.0
19.0 Assists 24.5
9.0 Steals 6.0
3.0 Blocks 3.5
55.6 % 2PT 50.6 %
52.0 % 3PT 43.9 %
71.1 % FT 90.0 %
111.5 PIR 112.5

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
3 - 3
Valencia Basket Anadolu Efes Istanbul
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Valencia Basket
Home record vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul: 3-0
Away record vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul: 0-3
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Home record vs. Valencia Basket: 3-0
Away record vs. Valencia Basket: 0-3

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2017-18 01 February 2018 Regular Season Anadolu Efes Istanbul 82 - 66 Valencia Basket
2017-18 20 October 2017 Regular Season Valencia Basket 78 - 71 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2010-11 02 December 2010 Regular Season Power Electronics Valencia 62 - 56 Efes Pilsen Istanbul
2010-11 27 October 2010 Regular Season Efes Pilsen Istanbul 79 - 63 Power Electronics Valencia
2003-04 18 February 2004 Regular Season Pamesa Valencia 107 - 103 Efes Pilsen
2003-04 17 December 2003 Regular Season Efes Pilsen 69 - 59 Pamesa Valencia