The decisive Game 3 of the semi-final series between Crvena zvezda mts and Igokea will be played on Tuesday evening in Belgrade. Whoever wins this match will advance to the 2021 ABA League Finals.
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ABA League Semi-Finals Round 3, Tuesday, 11 May 2021:
Where? Aleksandar Nikolić Hall, Belgrade
Story of the game: The decisive Game 3 of the semi-final series between Crvena zvezda mts and Igokea will be played on Tuesday evening in Belgrade. Whoever wins this match will advance to the 2021 ABA League Finals.
Crvena zvezda mts will play this decisive match at home court and that should be a big advantage for the red-and-whites, especially if we take a look at the previous duels between these two teams in the 2020/21 ABA League season. Crvena zvezda mts and Igokea have so far faced each other 4 times in this season, including the previous two games from the semi-final series, and every time the home team triumphed in their head-to-head matches.
In the 2020/21 ABA League regular season, Crvena zvezda mts defeated Igokea in Belgrade by 69:66, while in Game 1 of the 2021 ABA League Semi-Finals, Crvena zvezda mts prevailed at home court by 76:61.
To be fully precise, Igokea haven’t defeated Crvena zvezda mts on the road in ABA League in the last 6 years as their last win in Belgrade came in November 2015.
Still, Igokea’s troops have already showed in this season that they know how to play against Crvena zvezda mts. After all, they have defeated the red-and-whites twice in Laktaši and they now hope that they might break their losing streak in Belgrade in one of the most important games in club's history.
If Crvena zvezda mts win the upcoming match then they will advance to their 6th conseucutive ABA League Finals, while if Igokea grab the win in Belgrade then they will qualify for the ABA League Finals for the 1st time ever.
The game starts on Tuesday at 18:30. Let the best team win!
Match-up in focus: Jordan Loyd (Crvena zvezda mts) vs. Anthony Clemmons (Igokea).
Jordan Loyd is the top scorer of Crvena zvezda mts in this season and if he is having a good shooting day than everything is much easier for the red-and-whites. Same thing can be said for Anthony Clemmons, who is Igokea’s top scorer in this season. Interesting enough, Loyd was the top scorer of Game 1 in which Crvena zvezda mts defeated Igokea, while Clemmons was the top scorer of Game 2 in which Igokea beat Zvezda to tie the score in this series.
Head to head in the regional league: In total 15:7; In Belgrade 8:3.