After claiming the prestigious prize of Group A leader Paris last week, Besiktas Emlakjet Istanbul (6-2) faces another major road test with a trip to face Hapoel Shlomo Tel Aviv (5-2) in Belgrade.
Hapoel, Besiktas in elite Group A showdown
Besiktas has won three of its last four thanks to a suffocating defense, which restricted explosive Paris to just 63 points last week and has allowed only 72.5 points per game, best in the league. Hapoel, in contrast, boasts the league's most potent offense with an average of 97.9 points per game including a 103-99 thriller against Joventut last week. Xavier Munford was the hero, ending a relative slump in form by blasting 31 points. So Besiktas will look to the likes of Berk Ugurlu, who has at least one steal in six games this season, to slow down Munford in what promises to be an enthralling clash of styles.