Maccabi Haifa vs. Ironi Nahariya 7/2/20: Israel Basketball free preview, analysis, prediction, odds and pick against the spread.
2020-07-02 11:15:00 EDT
Maccabi Haifa and Ironi Nahariya meet Thursday morning in Israel Super League basketball action.
Maccabi Haifa need a victory after losing four of their last five 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 thitem line. Maccabi Haifa is allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.2 rebounds per game.
Ironi Nahariya also need a win after losing four of their last six games. Ironi Nahariya is averaging 81.9 points on 51.5 percent shooting and allowing 84 points on 50.2 percent shooting. Dominic Waters is averaging 15.3 points and 6.5 assists while Ivan Almeida is averaging 14.7 points and seven rebounds. Jerel McNeal is the third double-digit scorer and Diamon Simpson is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. Ironi Nahariya is shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 69.9 percent from the free thitem line. Ironi Nahariya is allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.5 rebounds per game.
Maccabi Haifa has won the last four meetings against Ironi Nahariya, which includes a victory in the last meeting in December of last year.
Both of these teams have had issues stringing together success as of late, but it’s Maccabi Haifa that’s in the better form after lighting up Nes Ziona for 94 points and making a big comeback after trailing the first quarter by 11 points. Ironi Nahariya sometimes come up small offensively and that’s been the case a lot in recent meetings against Maccabi Haifa. Maccabi Haifa has won the last four meetings against Ironi Nahariya and those games have been won by an average of 6.5 points.
In a toss up contest, I’ll take the free point with Maccabi Haifa based on the recent history.