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Anadolu Efes – Zalgiris

Standings leader Anadolu Efes Istanbul (20-3) will look to continue its eight-game winning streak in Round 24 when it welcomes Zalgiris Kaunas (9-14) on Thursday. Efes comes back home fresh off another feat, having defeated CSKA in Moscow earlier this week, 80-82, for the first time in 21 years. On the other side, Zalgiris won its third in a row in style against Olympiacos at home, 94-69.

There’s no stopping Efes right now. Or that’s what it looks like. The team has shown it can even deal with injuries and keep on winning, with its game-long control on CSKA’s court just another display of power. Efes has the second-best offense of the league and gives up exactly the same 77.4 points per game as Zalgiris does. If the main Efes perimeter trio that worked against CSKA – Larkin, Vasilije Micic and Rodrigue Beaubois – remains inspired, head coach Ergin Ataman will have to pull few other special strings to keep the leaders moving in the direction of an early qualification to the playoffs.

If Efes seems a tall order for Zalgiris right now, beware. The Lithuanian team has won its three last games and sits just two victories away from the playoff spots, so the guests will land in Istanbul with maximum ambitions. Head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius will have to make sure that his defense takes care of many things, especially Efes’s league-best 41.4% from beyond the arc. At this point, however, Efes is doing many things right and averages a PIR of almost 20 points higher than Zalgiris’s. The first step to victory for the guests will be to show their courage and ambition for 40 minutes – but 14-of-22 shooting from the arc as they did against Olympiacos wouldn’t hurt, either.

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Olympiacos – CSKA Moscow

Two teams coming off losses earlier on Tuesday will face off to salvage the week as Olympiacos Piraeus (9-14) welcomes defending champs CSKA Moscow (16-7) in Round 24. Olympiacos suffered a blowout loss at Zalgiris, 94-69, and has not managed to win two games in a row since Round 11. After its five-game winning streak get snapped at home by Efes, 80-82, CSKA will also look to return to its winning ways.

There’s not such a statistical gap between these teams as the standings might imply, but probably the biggest problem for Olympiacos this season is focus and consistency. There is an average PIR difference of just 1.2 between them, in favor of CSKA. Olympiacos already has the third-best numbers in two-point shots in the league, so it will have to pay more attention to other aspects, like rebounds and defense, which is where the guests seem to have the biggest advantage right now.

The champs just suffered their seventh loss of the regular season, which is already one more than the total they suffered in that same phase the previous two seasons. This speaks volumes about the increased level of the competition, and the fact that CSKA already lost to the Reds at home this season, should make the guests be alert from the tip-off. Olympiacos seems to find good shooting options inside the perimeter by circulating the ball, so putting pressure on that will probably be one of the main focuses of the guests going into the game.

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ALBA Berlin – Real Madrid

ALBA Berlin will try to end its winless streak against Real Madrid when it welcomes the Spanish powerhouse to the German capital. Two teams have met nine times this century and Real has won each one of those meetings, including seven EuroLeague contests. Both teams are coming off narrow wins on Tuesday. ALBA pulled out a 96-102 road triumph at AX Armani Exchange Milan, while Real edged KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 70-69 in a drama on its home floor.

It is imperative for ALBA to stay true to its game plan, to set the tempo to its liking and force the mighty visitors to adapt to the style of play. Even though ALBA has eight wins compared to Real’s 17 on the season, it is ALBA that leads the EuroLeague in assists (19.7 apg.). Offense is ALBA’s best defense and there is no reason to step away from what has been setting this team apart from the rest of the league.

This game will be another test for Real’s defense, which has kept the team in games lately and will need to step up once again. Real’s high-powered offense has struggled, scoring 75 or fewer points in three of its last five games, but the defense has been doing the job throughout the season. Real has held opponents to 77.1 points this season and only one team allows fewer than that this season. Real will need to put pressure on the perimeter and pay attention to Luke Sikma to slow down ALBA’s efficient ball movement.

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Baskonia – Villeurbanne

Baskonia comes off a 1-point loss against Real and is 2-8 in its last 10 EuroLeague games. ASVEL ended a six-game losing streak with a convincing home win against FC Bayern Munich on Tuesday. The French champion, however, is 1-10 on the road in this EuroLeague campaign. Toko Shengelia (15.8 ppg.) is Baskonia’s top scorer until now, followed by Shavon Shields (9.6 ppg.) and Nik Stauskas (9.3 ppg.). Adreian Payne (10.3 ppg.), David Lighty (9.6 ppg.) and Livio Jean-Charles (9.2 ppg.) are leading ASVEL so far.

Baskonia only pulled down 7 offensive rebounds against Real on Tuesday and allowed Los Blancos to take 16. That difference, added to its 19 turnovers, caused Baskonia to shoot 13 fewer field goal attempts than its opponent. Baskonia has the right players to box out, like Shengelia, Youssoupha Fall and Michael Eric, but the whole team must help under the boards to get more second-chance opportunities and fastbreak points.

ASVEL forced Bayern into 22 turnovers at the Astroballe on Tuesday, almost 10 more than its season average (12.7). It will need the same kind of mentality and aggressiveness against a character team such as Baskonia. Jordan Taylor and Maledon must set the right game tempo, playing five-on-five offenses to get Jean-Charles, Jekiri and Payne involved in the paint. Putting pressure on Baskonia’s ballhandlers, Christon and Sergi Garcia, will be very important, too.

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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.

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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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