Maccabi Ashdod vs. Maccabi Haifa
Israel Basketball: Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 10:10 am
The Line: Maccabi Haifa -9.5 -- Over/Under: 168.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
Maccabi Ashdod and Maccabi Haifa meet Tuesday afternoon in Israel Super League basketball action.
Maccabi Ashdod need a feel good victory here to snap a five-game losing streak. Maccabi Ashdod is averaging 78.2 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 89.6 points on 54.3 percent shooting. Paul Stoll is averaging 15.9 points and eight assists while LaDontae Henton is averaging 15.2 points and 5.5 rebounds. Elijah Johnson is the third double-digit scorer and For Goldenberg is grabbing one rebound. Maccabi Ashdod is shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 64.4 percent from the free throw line. Maccabi Ashdod is allowing 37.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.7 rebounds per game.
Maccabi Haifa also need a win after losing five of their last seven games. Maccabi Haifa is averaging 85 points on 51.6 percent shooting and allowing 83.9 points on 55.8 percent shooting. James Young is averaging 20.5 points and 1.9 assists while Andrew Andrews is averaging 14.3 points and 2.3 rebounds. Reggie Upshaw is the third double-digit scorer and Kenneth Smith is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. Maccabi Haifa is shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 68.7 percent from the free throw line. Maccabi Haifa is allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.2 rebounds per game.
Maccabi Ashdod has won seven of the last eight meetings against Maccabi Haifa, which includes a four-point victory about three weeks ago in the last meeting.
Maccabi Ashdod are in terrible form right now with five straight losses and a defense that has issues getting stops. However, let's not act like Maccabi Haifa is playing much better these days with losses in five of their last seven and they haven't been able to win back-to-back games in over five months. Maccabi Haifa has had issues stringing together success and a lot of it has to do with an offense that can run hot and cold. I'm not laying a bunch of points just because one team is in worse shape.
While I may end up regretting this, I'll take my chances with Maccabi Ashdod and the boatload of points.