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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Game Preview: Brose Bamberg - Fenerbahce Dogus

Fenerbahce Dogus is looking for an away victory against Brose Bamberg, tomorrow at 22:00. This match will be broadcasted on beIN Sports 3.

 

Fenerbahce Dogus brings two all-EuroLeague players from last season, Nicolo Melli and Brad Wanamaker, while Bamberg has former Fenerbahce players Ricky Hickman and Nikos Zisis, both of whom are former Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champions.

 

FenerbahceDogus leads the EuroLeague in both two- (57.3%) and three-point (42.4%) shooting accuracy, however, as Luigi Datome (14.0) sets the pace with 64.0% inside the arc and 55.0% from long distance (third-best in the league).

 

Hickman has emerged as Bamberg's top scorer (13.6 ppg.) while Melli is the top rebounder (6.8 rpg.) for Fenerbahce. After allowing more than 90 points per game in two losses to open the season, Bamberg is limiting opponents to 72.3 points during the streak. Likewise, Bamberg's first two opponents connected on 15 of 31 three-pointers (48.3%) and the last three just 18 of 65, for a league-best 27.7% three-point defense in that span.

 

The champs might have Ali Muhammed for the first time this season. If so, Bamberg's defense will have to tame him, Wanamaker and Kostas Sloukas, the league's third-best assist maker (6.4 apg.).

 

For Bamberg, Augustine Rubit is averaging 12.6 points and 6.3 rebounds during the streak, including 10 offensive rebounds.

 

Fenerbahce Dogus’ sweep of Bamberg last season started with a 67-66 victory in the opening week as Jan Vesely combined 10 points and 6 rebounds. Ali Muhammed was the key man in the return meeting, scoring 26 points as Fener won 78-83.

 

Fenerbahce power forward Nicolo Melli played at Bamberg the last two seasons. Last season, Melli earned All-EuroLeague honors there, and was a teammate with many current Bamberg players.

 

Brad Wanamaker set his EuroLeague career high in scoring with 30 for Darussafaka against Bamberg last season.

 

Ali Muhammed set his EuroLeague career high in scoring with 26 points for Fenerbahce against Bamberg  last season.

 

Game Notes – Fenerbahce Dogus

 

Nikola Kalinic has not played yet this season due to injury.

 

Ali Muhammed returned to action in the Turkish League over the weekend.

 

Brad Wanamaker has made at least 1 three-pointer in 12 of his last 13 EuroLeague appearances.

 

Ali Muhammed has made multiple three-pointers in each of his last nine EuroLeague appearances.

 

Luigi Datome has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last eight EuroLeague appearances. Datome has scored in double figures in each of his last six EuroLeague games.

 

Luigi Datome is tied for fourth all-time in the EuroLeague in free throw accuracy at 91.02%.

 

Kostas Sloukas is ranked third among qualified EuroLeague players this season in assists with 6.4 per game.

 

James Nunnally is ranked fourth among qualified EuroLeague players this season in three-point accuracy at 53.8%.

 

Jason Thompson is ranked fourth among qualified EuroLeague players this season in blocks with 1.2 per game.

 

Nicolo Melli needs 12 more points to reach 1,000 for his EuroLeague career.

 

Ali Muhammed needs 3 more free throws to reach 100 for his EuroLeague career.

 

Game Notes – Brose Bamberg

 

Malik Muller is in line to make his EuroLeague debut.

 

Ricky Hickman has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine of his last 10 EuroLeague games.

 

Ricky Hickman is ranked second among qualified EuroLeague players this season in steals with 1.8 per game.

Augustine Rubit is ranked fourth among qualified EuroLeague players this season in offensive rebounds with 3.0 per game.

 

Nikos Zisis is third on the list of career EuroLeague appearances with 286. Zisis sits seventh on the all-time EuroLeague charts with 816 assists. FC Barcelona Lassa playmaker Thomas Heurtel is sixth with 848. Zisis needs 9 points to reach the milestone of 2,000 for his EuroLeague career.

 

Daniel Hackett needs 15 more points to reach 1,000 for his EuroLeague career. Hackett is 9 three-pointers away from his 100th EuroLeague triple.