Pivotal home test for yellow-and-blue against Panathinaikos

After bouncing back from the shock Euroleague defeat to Alba Berlin by claiming the State Cup in emphatic fashion earlier this week, Maccabi Tel Aviv hosts Panathinaikos in Top 16 action on Thursday night knowing it must win to maintain any realistic hope of a top-two finish in Group E.

The top four teams in the group will advance to the Euroleague quarterfinal playoffs, but the group winner and runner-up will crucially also have home-court advantage in the last eight.

Maccabi seemed to be ideally placed after beating both Barcelona and Real Madrid, but a surprise setback against Alba two weeks ago saw it fall to 5-2, one game behind group leader Madrid and tied for second place with Panathinaikos.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Sports/Pivotal-home-test-for-yellow-and-blue-against-Panathinaikos-392230

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