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Bayern faces off against Heidelberg

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After the first EuroLeague victory at Baskonia in Vítoria (84-77), the Bayern basketball team is facing its next premiere game just 44 hours after the end of the game in Spain: For the first time, the Munich team is playing a BBL game in Heidelberg, where they want to defend their newly conquered lead in the standings on Sunday despite the heavy workload.

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The game at the MLP Academics will also be broadcast by MagentaSport as usual. The hall will be open to 500 spectators.

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Heidelberg has recently celebrated two victories and thus, with a 12-20 points record, has for the time being created a lot of breathing space between themselves and the two relegation places. The 100-91 home win against Crailsheim two weeks ago ended a series of eight losses before a 93-82 win in overtime at rival Braunschweig last week.

FCBB knows to take this game seriously

The FCBB will by no means be able to expect an easy win. Heidelberg already had the favorites on the brink of defeat in the first matchup at the Audi Dome, and it was only an 18-0 run in the closing minutes that brought a 77-71 victory on St. Nicholas Day.

Power forward Brekkott Chapman has emerged as Heidelberg's top scorer in recent weeks, with the American, who transferred from Wuerzburg, adding 7.3 rebounds to his 14.5 points per game. In the last five games, he averaged around 20 points. The pace is set by playmaker Robert Lowery (13.7 ppg, 4.6 apg), who is also strong offensively, while fellow guard Jordan Geist (13.2 ppg) and compatriot Shyron Ely (11.4) also reach double figures.

After the game in Heidelberg, Bayern still won't be able to sleep in their own beds: The trip continues to France, with the EuroLeague catch-up game at Asvel Villeurbanne kicking off at 21:00 on Tuesday evening.