Keys to victory: ALBA vs Zenit
Sikma is the man for ALBA
As in recent seasons, ALBA Berlin plays with good flow on offense and shares the ball well. It ranks sixth in assists (17.0 apg.) and power forward Luke Sikma delivers 4.0 of those on average. Getting Sikma involved on offense allows ALBA to play with a better rhythm, as he can find open shots for shooters like Maodo Lo and Tamir Blatt, or feed Ben Lammers and Chris Koumadje off the high post. Zenit St Petersburg has been without traditional point guards, with Jordan Loyd and Billy Baron playing out of their natural positions. Putting defensive pressure on them could help ALBA to get easy fastbreak points off turnovers.
ALBA Berlin - FC Barcelona | Round 11 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Thiemann with the big defensive play on Tobey!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Thiemann throws it down over Vesely!
Olympiacos Piraeus - ALBA Berlin | Round 10 | Highlights
ALBA Berlin - Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade | Round 9 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Sikma forcefully finishes alley-oop from Blatt!
Real Madrid - ALBA Berlin | Round 8 | Highlights
ALBA Berlin - FC Bayern Munich | Round 7 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Wetzell denies Hunter!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Great effort by Delow!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Koumadje scores after nice passing!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Sikma skies for the dunk!
Zalgiris Kaunas - ALBA Berlin | Round 6 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Lammers stops the show!
Valencia Basket - ALBA Berlin | Round 5 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: “Magic” Sikma finds Koumadje for the dunk!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Procida does it all!
Anadolu Efes Istanbul - ALBA Berlin | Round 4 | Highlights
Magic Moment: ALBA flips the scoreboard!
What's in my EuroLeague kitbag? Maodo Lo, ALBA
Luke Sikma | Round 3 MVP | 2022-23 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague
7DAYS Magic Moment of the Night: Sikma finds Zoosman for the three!
ALBA Berlin - Panathinaikos Athens | Round 3 | Highlights
Magic Moment: Sikma plays no-look pass to Wetzell!
Magic Moment: Sikma finds Zoosman for the three!
Magic Moment: Koumadje converts alley-oop from Blatt!
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan - ALBA Berlin | Round 2 | Highlights
Magic Moment: Blatt feeds Thiemann
Magic Moment: Smith beats the buzzer!
Magic Moment: Incredible assist by Johannes Thiemann!
Top 10 Plays | Round 1 | 2022-23 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague
7DAYS Magic Moment of the Night: Koumadje unstoppable on alley-oop!
ALBA Berlin - Partizan Mozzart Bet Belgrade | Round 1 | Highlights
Magic Moment: Koumadje unstoppable on alley-oop!
Magic Moment: Procida hammers home the alley-oop!
Magic Moment: Procida with a monster put-back!
Magic Moment: Koumadje says no to Koprivica!
ALBA sneak peek: 'Keep growing and improving'
Five Stars: One magic ALBA quintet
Luke Sikma | Season Assists | 2021-22 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague
AS Monaco vs ALBA Berlin | Highlights | Round 34
ALBA Berlin vs Panathinaikos Athens | Highlights | Round 19
Magic Moment: Mattisseck-to-Koumadje alley-oop
Magic Moment: Koumadje hammers it home
Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs ALBA Belrin | Highlights | Round 33
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul vs ALBA Berlin | Highlights | Round 21
ALBA Berlin vs FC Barcelona | Highlights | Round 31
Focus on: Marcus Eriksson, ALBA Berlin
Bitci Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz vs ALBA Berlin | Highlights | Round 30
Tamir Blatt, ALBA: 'The biggest dream of mine'
Zenit: point guard solutions are key
Zenit is without Shabazz Napier, Conner Frankamp and Mateusz Ponitka. Dmitry Kulagin is its main option at the '1' spot right now. Last week, Baron and Loyd combined for 47 points in a win against Bitci Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz and just 20 in a loss against Real Madrid. Being able to get its scoring duo involved is important, as well as stopping Sikma. Zenit can turn to Alex Poythress to play physical against Sikma and give him trouble at the other end of the floor with his explosiveness and quickness. Zenit remains one of the best defensive teams in the competition, allowing just 73.4 points per night, and must use that strength in each game.