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Euroleague Preview – Match Day 11 – Into the 2/3 of the road

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More vital wins will be up for grabs as the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague heads into Round 11, featuring two of the competition’s highest-scoring teams going head to head and a Game of the Week between two teams looking to break into the all-important top eight.

On a sole Wednesday game Brose Bamberg made it to 3-8 with a win in Tel Aviv versus Maccabi, proving they are not a team to sit in the bottom of the table. They ended a 5-game losing streak and look into the future from a different perspective.

Thursday’s matches

Fenerbahce Istanbul (7-3) will aim to maintain its three-game winning streak by overcoming guest Crvena Zvezda (4-6). Zvezda, which has scored exactly 79 points in three of its last four games, has the lowest overall index rating of all teams, averaging 73.4 per game. But its strong defensive play is helped by the league’s highest tally of steals (7.4 per game). The contest could come down to shooting efficiency: only Zvezda (48.34%) has converted a lower percentage of two-point tries than Fenerbahce (48.98%). The game is split on 151.5 points and Under 151.5 would be our pick at 1.90 with bet365.

In Italy, expect offensive fireworks as the league’s top-scoring team, CSKA Moscow (9-1), visits the fourth-highest in that category, EA7 Armani Milan (4-6). The Russian team has averaged 93.3 points per game on the back of the competition’s best three-point (43.78%) conversion rate and second-best free throw percentage (81.48%). Milan, which has lost three games in a row, is dominant in the other scoring category, having hit the second-highest number of two-pointers in the competition – 23.6 per game. The hosts look in a bit of a mess with players ready to leave and the away win with a small handicap (-3.5) looks like the logical choice at 1.90.

Real Madrid (7-3) will be gunning for its fourth consecutive home win against an in-form Zalgiris Kaunas (4-6) which has won three of its last four games. Madrid’s efficiency is reflected in the league’s best assist-turnover ratio (184.4%), contributing to the second-highest scoring offense in the competition with an average of 89.5 points per game. Zalgiris will look to gain the physical edge, coming into the game ranked joint second in rebounding, with its 36.9 boards per game slightly better than Madrid’s average of 36.5. This should be another high scoring game and bet365 offers Over 170.5 points at 1.90.

Friday’s matches

The Game of the Week comes from Istanbul where high-scoring Anadolu Efes (5-5) and visiting FC Barcelona Lassa (5-5) will look to break into the top half of the standings. Efes, gunning for its fourth straight win at the Abdi Ipekci Arena, tops the league in rebounds (38.3 per game) and ranks third in scoring (87.4 points per game). The visitors have scored fewer points than any other team (70.6 per game) but also have the best defense, allowing an average of just 73.7 points. Under 158.5 points is our pick here in an expected tight tie.

Another team on 5-5, Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens, will attempt to deny a first road win for visiting Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (3-7). Expect plenty of exciting action around the rim – these teams have blocked more shots than anyone else, with only Galatasaray (4.2 per game) rejecting more than Panathinaikos (4.1 per game). They have also committed the fewest number of turnovers, with Panathinaikos conceding possession just 10.5 times per game, and Galatasaray turning it over slightly more, 10.7 per game. This will probably be a home win but we prefer the Over 157.5 points than the handicap on -9.5.

In Piraeus, Olympiacos (6-4) will seek to stay in the playoff places against a visit from Unics Kazan (3-7), which set a new club record by scoring 100 points last week. The two teams are tied for the fewest number of assists in the league, just 15.5 per game, but it should be a fierce battle under the boards with Olympiacos ranked second in defensive rebounds (26.1 per game) while Unics is placed third in offensive rebounds (11.9 per game). The 7.5 points handicap to the away team might prove too much for the hosts to cover.

And finally, two teams with big ambitions meet in Spain as Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (6-4) welcome a Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (5-5) side aiming to end a three-game losing streak. Baskonia has claimed more defensive rebounds than anyone else (26.3 per game) while Darussafaka is ranked next-to-last in that category (21.3 per game). But the visiting team has the clear edge in long-range shooting, tied for second in the league with 9.4 triples per game, with Baskonia sinking an average of just 7.5 three-pointers. No bet here. Anything could happen…

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Euroleague Tips with Previews – Round 26 – Thursday

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Zenit – Valencia

Two teams coming off big wins meet the Round 26 opener when Zenit St Petersburg hosts Valencia Basket. Zenit (15-9) defeated AX Armani Exchange Milan in a makeup game on Monday to soar into fourth place in the standings. Valencia (13-12) has defeated CSKA Moscow and Real Madrid in its last two games and is just one win behind eighth-placed Anadolu Efes Istanbul.

Zenit boats the league’s second-best defense, with only 74.8 points allowed per game, while Valencia is second-best in scoring (82.2 ppg.) and leads the league in two-point accuracy (58.9%). Controlling the pace and the paint will be vital for Zenit, which held the high-scoring Milan attack to 70 points on Monday. Valencia has averaged just 75.5 points in its 12 losses this season.

  • Joan Sastre and Guillem Vives both missed Valencia’s last game to injury.

Controlling the glass is always critical and even more so on the road. Valencia has been outrebounded by nearly 1 rebound on average this season and is one of only five teams allowing its opponents more than 10 offensive rebounds per game (10.3). Matching Zenit’s intensity on the glass would be a big boost for the visitors in St Petersburg.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 156.5 at 1.90 with bet365
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Olympiacos – CSKA Moscow

Two teams looking to turn things around meet on Thursday when Olympiacos Piraeus hosts CSKA Moscow. The Reds (11-14) are currently on a five-game losing streak. Kostas Sloukas (12.0 ppg.) has been Olympiacos’s top scorer until now, following by Shaquielle McKissic (10.7 ppg.) and Sasha Vezenkov (9.1 ppg.). CSKA (16-8) has lost four of its last five games, but returns to action with two new faces, Iffe Lundberg and Michael Eric, ready to help Mike James (20.8 ppg.), Will Clyburn (14.1 ppg.) and Darrun Hilliard (10.4 ppg.).

  • Kostas Papanikolaou has missed Olympiacos’s last 10 games.
  • Hassan Martin is sidelined with a knew injury.

Olympiacos scored 26 points in the opening 11 minutes of last week’s game against Anadolu Efes Istanbul. It went on to score just 27 points in the remaining 29 minutes, so the Reds need to work on their focus and concentration. Stopping James should be one of the keys to the game and Olympiacos will look to Charles Jenkins and Giannoulis Larentzakis to do so. On offense, Sloukas and Vassilis Spanoulis lead Olympiacos’s pick-and-roll offense, which will try to get Octavius Ellis and Livio Jean-Charles involved in the paint.

  • Will Clyburn has not played since Round 16 due to an ankle injury, but has returned to action in domestic competition since then.
  • Nikola Milutinov could miss the rest of the season with a shoulder surgery.
  • Tornike Shengelia has not played in Round 24 and is expected to miss several games with a knee injury.

CSKA returns to the competition after three weeks away from EuroLeague action. It had time to adjust to its new lineup – Nikola Milutinov is out for the season, Clyburn returned, and two new players stepped in. CSKA, however, should carry on running its offense through James, the EuroLeague’s top scorer. If Toko Shengelia remains sidelined, Johannes Voigtmann and Eric should see extended playing time around the baskets and Coach Dimitris Itoudis could opt for a smaller lineup with Clyburn at power forward.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 (-4.5) at 1.90 with bet365
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Bayern – Maccabi

In a showdown between teams looking to bounce back from Round 25 losses, FC Bayern Munich hosts Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv on Thursday. Bayern (15-10) had a three-game losing streak snapped when it fell at LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne. Coach Trinchieri’s men are 9-3 at home this season. Maccabi (10-13) has dropped its last two games and is 4-8 on the road this season. The Israeli champs are now four wins outside of the playoff zone and the pressure may be mounting.

  • Nihad Dedovic missed the team’s Round 25.
  • Robin Amaize has missed the last eight games.
  • Zan Mark Sisko returned to action in Round 25 after missing seven games.

Bayern excels by playing a physical game that leads to lots of steals and forced turnovers. It leads the league in fouls (23.2 per game), is second in steals (7.8 apg.) and fourth in turnovers forced (14.1 TOpg.). Maccabi’s poor free-throw shooting (76.7%, 16th in the league) is something Bayern can take advantage as is Maccabi’s struggles from the three-point line (35.6%). Forcing Maccabi into tough shots and fouling when the Israeli champs have good looks could be a recipe for success.

  • T.J. Cline is due to make his EuroLeague debut.
  • Yovel Zoosman will be out until late March with a knee injury.
  • Omri Casspi will travel to Munich with the team and may play after missing several weeks with illness.
  • The participation of Wilbekin (thumb), Othello Hunter and Casspi will be game-time decisions.

Bayern has made the most two-pointers (21.5 per game) and the fewest threes (7.2 per game) in the league this season. Maccabi has a deep and long frontline with Othello Hunter, Ante Zizic, Dragan Bender and Angelo Caloiaro and they together will be tasked with controlling the paint on both ends. A collective strong game by the Maccabi bigs blocking shots, on the glass and scoring inside would put Coach Sfairopoulos’s men in a winning position.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 at 2.25 with bet365
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Milano – Khimki

AX Armani Exchange Milan will try to bounce back from losing two of its last three games when it hosts Khimki Moscow Region on Thursday. Third-placed Milan (16-9) has won five straight home games and is 9-4 on Italian soil this season. Khimki (2-22) is on a 16-game losing streak, though Alexey Shved and co. continue to play hard.

  • Jeff Brooks has not played in the last six games.
  • Zach LeDay has missed the last two games with an injury.

Milan’s high-powered attack is second in the league in three-point accuracy (42.0) and has committed the fewest turnovers (10.8 TOpg.). Khimki has been vulnerable to the three-pointer, allowing a league-high 43.2%. Milan should get plenty of good looks, but it needs Malcolm Delaney, Luigi Datome, Punter, Shavon Shields and Sergio Rodriguez to make their threes, because when the threes don’t fall, Milan struggles. Coach Messina’s men have made just 34.3% of their triples in defeats this season.

  • Devin Booker has missed the last four games.
  • Anton Ponkrashov made his Khimki return in Round 25.
  • Errick McCollum did not play in Round 25.

Khimki can ill-afford turnovers in Milan; the team has averaged just 10 turnovers per game in wins and 14.4 in losses. Khimki also needs to make more use of its interior weapons, such as Jordan Mickey, to balance the attack, since it is tied for second-to-last with just 17.5 two-point shots made per game.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 (-19.5) at 1.90 with bet365
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Real Madrid – Zalgiris

Real Madrid hosts Zalgiris Kaunas on Thursday in a showdown between two playoff hopefuls separated by just one game in the standings. Real is fifth at 15-10, while Zalgiris is four places behind despite its 14-11 record. Los Blancos will try to shake off back-to-back losses and recapture its winning form before heading to Russia for two games next week. After winning seven in a row at home, Real has dropped three of its last four in Madrid. Zalgiris snapped a two-game slide on Tuesday with a victory over Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade and now wants to turn that into a winning streak. The Lithuanian champs are 7-6 on the road this season with losses in four of their last five.

  • Anthony Randolph is out with a ruptured left Achilles tendon.
  • Rudy Fernandez did not play in Round 25 due to back issues.
  • Sergio Llull’s participation in the games is questionable with a knee injury.

After losing its last two games in a row, Real will look to geth back to the winning track as soon as possible if it wants to stay among the top teams. In front of them they will have a team with fighting spirit which also happens to be the second-best team in the league from beyond the arc. The hosts will have to pay attention in defense to those open shots, while also make sure that the guests do not travel too often to the free-throw line, where they lead the league with a 85.2%

  • Zalgiris swingman Patricio Garino remains out of action after a knee operation.
  • Arturas Milaknis is out after making 200 consecutive appearances in the competition. This was the second-longest streak this century.

If any team has the tools to neutralize Walter Tavares’s defensive impact, it’s Zalgiris, which is second in the league in three-point shooting at 42.0%. However, Zalgiris is very selective from downtown; its 19.9 threes attempted per game are the third-fewest in the league and it will be without ace shooter Arturas Milaknis this week. If Maruis Grigonis, Lukas Lekavicius and Nigel Hayes heat up and stretch the floor, it would be a great sign for the visitors. Zalgiris has averaged 9.5 three-pointers on 47.2% shooting in wins this season and just 6.9 threes at 35.2% in defeats.

basketball prediction Tip: Under 158.5 at 1.90 with bet365
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Champions League Tips Today – Injuries, Suspensions and Possible Line-ups

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Who’s likely to start, who might be left out and who is unavailable? We have brought together all information provided by UEFA, so check our Champions League tips today.

Champions League tips tpdayThe football predictions are as always from livetipster. So, before you make your selections you’d better read the injuries and suspensions for the Champions League. We have used several sources to come up with these lists.

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Wednesday 24/02/2021

Gladbach – Man City

Mönchengladbach: Sommer; Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Bensebaini; Kramer, Neuhaus; Wolf, Stindl, Hofmann; Pléa
Out: Doucouré (knee)
Doubtful: Thuram (knee)
Misses next match if booked: Lainer, Stindl

Man. City: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo; Rodri; Sterling, De Bruyne, Gündoğan, Foden; Jesus
Out: Aké (hamstring)

Football bullet Tip: 2 & G/G at 2.75 – bet365

Atalanta – Real Madrid

Atalanta: Gollini; Tolói, Romero, Djimsiti; Maehle, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Pessina, Iličić; Zapata
Out: Hateboer (metatarsal)
Misses next match if booked: Djimsiti, Romero

Real Madrid: Courtois; Vázquez, Varane, Nacho, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modrić; Asensio, Vinícius Junior, Díaz
Out: Benzema (adductor), Ramos (knee), Carvajal (hamstring), Rodrygo (hamstring), Militão (adductor), Hazard (thigh), Marcelo (calf), Valverde (adductor), Odriozola (hamstring)
Misses next match if booked: Casemiro

Football bullet Tip: 2 at 3.00 – bet365

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Tuesday 23/02/2021

Atletico – Chelsea

Atletico: Oblak; Llorente, Savić, Felipe, Hermoso, Lodi; Koke, Kondogbia, Ñíguez; Félix, Suárez
Out: Trippier (suspended), Herrera (illness), Giménez (adductor), Carrasco (knock), Vrsaljko (knock)
Misses next match if booked: Lodi, Savić

Chelsea: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rüdiger; James, Kanté, Kovačić, Alonso; Mount, Giroud, Werner
Out: Thiago Silva (thigh)
Doubtful: Abraham (ankle)
Misses next match if booked: Jorginho, Kovačić, Mount, Ziyech

Football bullet Tip: 1 at 2.70 – bet365

Lazio – Bayern

Lazio: Reina; Patric, Acerbi, Musacchio; Lazzari, Milinković-Savić, Lucas Leiva, Luis Alberto, Marušić; Correa, Immobile
Out: Radu (groin), Luis Felipe (ankle)
Doubtful: Strakosha (knee)
Misses next match if booked: Akpa-Akpro, Hoedt

Bayern: Neuer; Süle, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Kimmich, Roca; Sané, Goretzka, Coman; Lewandowski
Out: Pavard (illness), Müller (illness), Tolisso (thigh), Gnabry (thigh), Costa (foot), Nübel (ankle), Nianzou (thigh)

Football bullet Tip: 2 & G/G at 3.00 – bet365

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Zalgiris – Crvena Zvezda preview – Round 24

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Euroleague basketball predictions Zalgiris – Crvena Zvezda is a make up game for rould 24 of the Euroleague.

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Zalgiris – Crvena Zvezda

Zalgiris Kaunas (13-11) returns home after back-to-back-to-back games in Spain to take on Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade (7-17) on Tuesday in a game that was originally scheduled for Round 24. Marius Grigonis (14.2 ppg., 45.9% 3FG), Joffrey Lauvergne (11.4 ppg., 5.9 rpg.) and Nigel Hayes (9.0 ppg.) have been Zalgiris’s top scorers so far this season. Zvezda, traveling depleted due to COVID-19, is on a four-game losing streak and has only registered one EuroLeague victory so far in 2021, though Jordan Loyd (17.1 ppg.) has been the competition’s third-best scorer this season to date.

  • Zalgiris swingman Patricio Garino is nearing his return after a knee operation.
  • Steve Vasturia returned to action last week after being sidelined with a knee injury since Round 12.

Zalgiris ranks second in the EuroLeague in three-point shooting (42.7%) and leads the competition with 85.92% free-throw shooting, which is the second-best percentage in EuroLeague history. Zalgiris, however, ranks 15th in free throw attempts (14.5 per game) and needs to be more aggressive to make the most of its accuracy by going to the foul line more often. On defense, Zalgiris should be able to control the game rhythm by putting pressure on Zvezda’s depleted backcourt, which will see youngster Aleksa Uskokovic and emergency ball carriers Davidovac and Loyd handle point guard duties.

  • Marko Simonovic, who has missed the last seven games with an injury, returned to action in Round 25.
  • Cory Walden, Langston Hall, Landry Nnoko, Duop Reath and Quino Colom all missed Round 25 because of COVID-19.
  • Johnny O’Bryant has not played in the last two games.

Zvezda ranks last in two-point shooting percentage (49.7%) and needs to improve its ball circulation; it also ranks last in assists per turnover at 1.07. The team will need to take good care of the basketball and find a way to account for Lauvergne inside. On defense, Zvezda must be ready to reach out for three-point shots, as Zalgiris relies on Arturas Milaknis, Grigonis and Lekavicius to make the difference with their range.

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