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Zenit – Baskonia

Zenit St. Petersburg will look to turn things around when it hosts TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz in the first game of Round 30. Zenit (16-12) has lost back-to-back games and three of its last four while failing to score more than 62 points in two of those games. Baskonia (15-14) has won six of its last seven games and now sits on the edge of the playoff zone in ninth place, right behind Zenit.

Zenit’s scoring woes will not go away against a Baskonia side that leads the league in steals (8.2 spg.) and has allowed the fourth-fewest points scored (76.4 ppg.) while holding teams to 51.8% shooting on two-pointers. Zenit has made the second-fewest twos in the league, so attacking from the perimeter may be wiser here; Baskonia’s opponents have made 38.6% of their threes. Avoiding turnovers and getting good looks from downtown would be a boon to Zenit’s hopes.

Baskonia is the superior rebounding team and likes to play at a faster pace, so strong play on the glass could lead to many transition opportunities. However, it has also committed the fourth-most turnovers this season (14.4 per game). If Luca Vildoza and Henry can get Baskonia rolling in transition and minimize the turnovers, a key road win may be in the cards.

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Fenerbahce – Zalgiris

Two teams trying to get back on track meet in Istanbul on Thursday when Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul hosts Zalgiris Kaunas. Fenerbahce (17-12) was held to a season-low 52 points in losing at Valencia Basket last week. It was the team’s second loss in four games after having won 10 in a row before that. Zalgiris (15-14) has dropped three of its last four games and was held below 65 points in all three losses.

Fenerbahce comes off a brutal three-point shooting game; the team made just 3 of 23 three-pointers (13.0%) at Valencia. For the season, Fenerbahce is fourth in the league in three-point accuracy at 40.0%, however, that number rises to 45.5% in wins and drops to 32.8% in losses. How well the team shoots this week may decide the game.

  • Marko Guduric did not play in Round 29.

In a game between two of the best shooting teams in the league – Fenerbahce is ranked second in true-shooting percentage (52.0%) and Zalgiris third (51.4%) – possession will be especially important. Zalgiris is the superior rebounding team; it has outrebounded its opponents by a little more than 1 rebound per game while Fenerbahce has been outrebounded by nearly 1.7. A strong showing on the glass would bode well for the visitors.

  • Arturas Milaknis has missed the last four games.

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ALBA Berlin – Olympiacos

In a clash of two teams riding two-game winning streaks, ALBA Berlin hosts Olympiacos Piraeus on Thursday. ALBA (11-18) returns home after back-to-back road wins at Khimki Moscow Region and LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne. Olympiacos (13-16) heads on the road after beating Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade and Zenit St Petersburg at home. The Reds have lost four straight on the road, but had been 7-3 in away games before that.

ALBA is an offensive-minded team, but its inconsistent shooting has plagued the team. The German champs are second-bottom in true-shooting percentage (46.8%), raking 15th in two-point shooting (52.0%) and 14th in three-point shooting (36.4%). ALBA has made 56.9% of its twos and 41.1% of threes in victories, so how well it shoots against Olympiacos could decide this game.

Jayson Granger is out after having hand surgery.

ALBA has committed the second-most turnovers (14.7 per game) in the league and Olympiacos has forced the fifth-most (13.9). If the Reds’ defense can create trouble for the ALBA backcourt and Shaquielle McKissic and co. can take advantage on the break, the visitors will have a better chance at another road win.

  • Kostas Papanikolaou has missed Olympiacos’s last 14 games.
  • Hassan Martin is sidelined with a knee injury.

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Real Madrid – CSKA Moscow

This is a battle between the two winningest teams in European basketball; Real Madrid and CSKA Moscow have combined for 18 EuroLeague crowns. Real (17-12) comes off a home loss against archrival FC Barcelona and hopes to bounce back right away, led by Walter Tavares (11.7 ppg., 8.2 rpg., 1.7 bpg.), Trey Thompkins (9.5 ppg.) and Gabriel Deck (8.7 ppg.). CSKA (18-10) comes off back-to-back losses. Mike James (19.5 ppg.), Toko Shengelia (11.0 ppg., 4.9 rpg.) and Will Clyburn (13.2 ppg.) are leading the team right now.

Real is not scoring as it has in the past (79.7 ppg.) but its defense has been outstanding. Los Blancos have allowed 76.7 points in forcing opponents to 51.2% shooting on their two-point shots. In its last three wins, Real has allowed 64.0 points on 42.3% two-point shooting. A great defensive effort may be needed to beat a high-scoring team like CSKA. Real will look to dominate the defensive boards and get easy points in transition through Carlos Alocen, Fabien Causeur and Alberto Abalde.

  • Anthony Randolph is out with a ruptured left Achilles tendon.
  • Rudy Fernandez has not played in the last five rounds due to back issues.
  • Sergio Llull is sidelined after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

Stopping Tavares should be a priority for CSKA, which relies on Michael Eric and Joel Bolomboy to stop him with strong, aggressive defense. CSKA shot the ball poorly (46.3% 2FG, 29.0% 3FG) against AX Armani Exchange Milan in Round 29, when it only dished 12 assists. It had a season-low 4 assists against Real earlier this season. Sharing the ball and finding its best shooters – James, Darrun Hilliard, Daniel Hackett and Johannes Voigtmann – to open the floor to bring Tavares out of the paint – should be important.

  • Nikola Milutinov could miss the rest of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery.

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CSKA Moscow – Panathinaikos

  • CSKA holds a 21-16 advantage in the EuroLeague against Panathinaikos.

These Turkish Airlines EuroLeague superpowers meet again. CSKA Moscow (7-5) and Panathinaikos OPAP Athens (3-9) combine for 14 continental crowns. CSKA has won its last two games after losing four of its previous five. Will Clyburn (16.0 ppg.) is its top scorer, followed by Toko Shengelia (15.1 ppg.) and Johannes Voigtmann (11.4 ppg.). Panathinaikos comes off a win that stopped a five-game losing streak. Daryl Macon Jr. (16.4 ppg.), Georgios Papagiannis (8.8 ppg., 7.9 rpg.) and Ioannis Papapetrou (12.1 ppg.) are its pillars this season. This is a rematch of the 2007 and 2009 EuroLeague championship games.

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Fenerbahce – Monaco

  • This is the first official meeting between the two clubs.

Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul hosts AS Monaco on Thursday in a game between two teams coming off Round 12 heartbreakers and looking to end losing streaks. Fenerbahce (3-9) has lost four in a row, including an 84-89 decision at Anadolu Efes Istanbul last week after leading by as many as 12 in the fourth quarter. Marial Shayok scored a personal best 18 points in defeat. Monaco (5-7) has lost its last three games. On Friday, it was felled by French league foe LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne, 84-85, on a desperation three at the buzzer. Paris Lee scored a career-high 20 points in the losing effort. This game marks the first meeting between the sides.

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Zalgiris – Baskonia

  • Baskonia has a 14-10 lead in EuroLeague games against Zalgiris.

Last-placed Zalgiris Kaunas will try to move up in the standings when it hosts Bitci Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz on Thursday evening. Zalgiris (2-10) had won back-to-back games – its first victories of the season – in Rounds 9 and 10 before getting spanked by 23 points in Barcelona last week. Tau Webster had his best game since joining Zalgiris with 13 points and 4 assists in the loss. Baskonia (4-8) has lost six of its last seven games, including a 60-88 drubbing at the hands of Real Madrid last week. Simone Fontecchio showed signs of breaking out of a slump with 14 points and 7 rebounds. The game is the only time this season that Baskonia’s two Lithuanian players, Rokas Giedraitis and Tadas Sedekerskis, will get to play in their homeland.

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Bayern – Villeurbanne

  • The home team has won each of the four games between these two teams.

FC Bayern Munich will seek its third straight home win when it hosts feisty LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne on Thursday. Bayern (5-7) came up short 77-74 last week in Moscow despite 28 points from Darrun Hilliard, but has a winning record at home and knows how important turning Audi Dome into a fortress is for its playoff hopes. ASVEL (7-5) edged AS Monaco on a mid-court heave at the buzzer by William Howard in Round 12 to end a three-game losing streak. Coach TJ Parker’s squad is 3-2 on the road this season. This will be the fifth meeting between the sides; the home team has won the previous four by double digits each time.

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Real Madrid – Maccabi

  • Real leads the all-time series 38-24 and holds an 18-11 advantage in games this century.

It is the most repeated showdown in European competition. Real Madrid (10-2) and Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv (7-5) face each other for the 63rd time. Real has a 38-24 record against Maccabi and beat the Israeli champion in the 1980 EuroLeague championship game. Maccabi avenged that loss in the 2014 final. Real is on a five-game winning streak. Walter Tavares (12.6 ppg., 7.1 rpg., 1.7 bpg.), Guerschon Yabusele (12.3 ppg., 4.4 rpg.) and Vincent Poirier (7.6 ppg., 6.4 rpg.) are leading the team this season. Scottie Wilbekin (14.8 ppg.), James Nunnally (13.4 ppg.) and Ante Zizic (12.8 ppg.) are Maccabi’s top scorers.

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Crvena Zvezda – Unics Kazan

  • The record between these two clubs is 1-1 from the season 2016-17.

Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade will look to assert its home-court advantage when UNICS Kazan, led by former Zvezda playmaker Lorenzo Brown, comes to the Serbian capital for a Friday night clash. Zvezda (4-7) lost twice on the road in the two-round week, but is 3-1 at home this season. UNICS (6-5) has struggled thus far on the road with just one win in five games. However, Coach Perasovic’s men have won three straight games, including an 85-71 victory over ALBA Berlin on Friday, in which Lorenzo Brown erupted for 21 points and 9 assists to earn MVP of the Round honors. The playmaker made his EuroLeague debut with Zvezda in 2019-20 and this will be his first time back in front of fans since he left.

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Monaco – Villeurbanne

  • This is the first-ever official meeting between the two clubs.

The two giants of French basketball meet on Friday when AS Monaco hosts LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne. These clubs have won every French championship since 2017. Both teams are coming off tough weeks and looking to put an end to their respective slides. Monaco (5-6) has lost its last two games, both times by double-digit margins. However, those games were on the road – in Tel Aviv and Istanbul. Monaco is 4-1 at home this season. ASVEL (6-5) has lost three in a row, including two home games last week by double-digit margins. ASVEL is 2-2 on the road so far this season. This will be the teams’ first meeting on the continental stage since the 1975 Korac Cup.

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Milano – Olympiacos

  • Olympiacos leads 14-7 in games between these sides this century.

AX Armani Exchange Milan will put its perfect home record on the line on Friday against Olympiacos Piraeus, which is winless on the road thus far. Milan (8-3) comes off a tough two-round week in which it lost twice in Russia to fall out of a share of first place. However, it will be comfortable back at Mediolanum Forum, where the team is 6-0 this season – including wins over all three of last season’s other Final Four teams. Olympiacos (7-4) split its games last week, faltering late at Anadolu Efes Istanbul before jumping on Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv early to win at home. The Reds are 0-4 on the road so far this season. These teams have split their last eight meetings and the home team has won the last four.

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Barcelona – Zalgiris

  • Barcelona has dominated this series, holding a 24-5 lead this century, including 5 straight wins in the last games.

Two teams from opposite ends of the standings meet when FC Barcelona hosts Zalgiris Kaunas on Friday. The game will see Coach Sarunas Jasikevicius and players Brandon Davies, Nigel Hayes-Davis and Rokas Jokubaitis face their former team. Barcelona has won three games in a row and is tied for first place with a 9-2 record. Zalgiris is tied for last at 2-9, but won twice last week, besting Panathinaikos OPAP Athens and Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul at home. That said, the Lithuanian champs are winless on the road in six tries this season – and have lost 12 straight road games dating back to last season. Barcelona is 5-0 at home this season and has won the last meetings with Zalgiris.

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CSKA Moscow – Bayern

  • Bayern has won only one of eight games against CSKA this century, but it was their last meeting in Moscow.

Two teams in the middle of the pack will clash in Round 12’s first game when CSKA Moscow hosts FC Bayern Munich. CSKA (6-5) split its games in the two-round week, finishing it with a 74-80 road win at Bitci Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz in which Johannes Voigtmann and Will Clyburn scored 16 points apiece. Bayern (5-6) won both games last week at home; it bested Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul by 8 points behind 22 points from Vladimir Lucic and then beat Panathinaikos OPAP Athens by 3 with Darrun Hilliard scoring 20. The game will mark Hilliard’s first trip back to Moscow after spending the past two seasons with CSKA. Bayern center Othello Hunter also played two seasons for CSKA in the past and helped the team win the EuroLeague in 2019.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 155.5 at 1.90 with bet365

Fenerbahce – Anadolu Efes

  • The road team has won the last three games in the Istanbul derby. Fenerbahce is 11-5 up in the Euroleague.

The first Istanbul derby of the 2021-22 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season will take place on Thursday when Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul hosts Anadolu Efes Istanbul. The game catches the two teams in opposite runs of form. While Fenerbahce (3-8) has lost three straight games, Efes (5-6) has reeled off three successive wins. Fenerbahce comes off an 86-75 loss at Zalgiris Kaunas in which Nando De Colo scored 17 points and dished 5 assists. Efes trounced AS Monaco 98-77 on Friday behind 17 points and a career-high 7 assists from Rodrigue Beaubois. The two teams last met in the Turkish League last month when Fenerbahce routed Efes 90-68 at home behind 17 points from Devin Booker. Their last three EuroLeague clashes have gone the way of the visitors, with Efes winning two of those.

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Panathinaikos – Zenit

  • Zenit swept Panathinaikos last season. Panathinaikos did the same a year before that.

Panathinaikos OPAP Athens looks to end a five-game slide when it hosts red-hot Zenit St Petersburg, which has won five in a row. Panathinaikos (2-9) came up short in Germany on Thursday against FC Bayern Munich despite 12 points and 6 assists from Daryl Macon Jr., who has been the Greens’ most dangerous offensive weapon this season. Zenit (8-3) outlasted AX Armani Exchange Milan in Round 11 behind 17 points from Jordan Mickey. Zenit head coach Xavi Pascual returns to the Greek capital, where he spent parts of three seasons as Panathinaikos coach between 2016 and 2018. Last season under Pascual, Zenit defeated Panathinaikos twice by an average margin of victory of 20.5 points.

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ALBA Berlin – Maccabi

  • Maccabi has a 13-1 record in games against ALBA this century.

ALBA Berlin will look to snap a three-game losing streak when the German champs host Israeli champion Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv. ALBA (3-8) is 1-4 at home this season and lost its most recent home game by 27 points to Anadolu Efes Istanbul in Round 9. Maccabi (7-4) had won five in a row before dropping two of its last three. Both of those losses came on the road, where Maccabi is 2-3 this season. Maccabi comes off its worst loss of the season, a 17-point defeat at the hands of Olympiacos Piraeus. ALBA boasts two players who know Maccabi well; swingman Yovel Zoosman spent the past four seasons with the club and point guard Tamir Blatt, whose father David coached Maccabi to the 2014 EuroLeague title, spent the last three seasons with Maccabi’s archrival Hapoel Jerusalem.

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Baskonia – Real Madrid

  • Baskonia holds a 7-5 edge over Real in their head-to-head EuroLeague games.

Bitci Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz comes off an eventful week and will now host Spanish League foe Real Madrid in its third straight home game. Baskonia (4-7) made a coaching change last week and it resulted in a Round 10 victory over Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade before it suffered a narrow loss to CSKA Moscow in Round 11. With more time to introduce plans from Coach Never Spahija, Baskonia should be looking more dangerous from game to game. Real (9-2) has won four games in a row and is now tied for first place. Last week Los Blancos bested LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne in France before topping Zvezda at home. These teams met most recently at the end of October in the Spanish League and Real strolled to a 65-83 road win courtesy of Vincent Poirier’s double-double. The same Poirier spent two seasons in Vitoria-Gasteiz and was a member of the All-EuroLeague Team in 2018-19 as a Baskonia player.

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