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Khimki – Milano

Khimki Moscow Region and AX Armani Exchange Milan has been suspended.

The Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season Round 8 game between Khimki Moscow Region and AX Armani Exchange Milan, which was originally scheduled to be played on Friday, November 13, has been suspended. Milan requested the suspension of the game due to local legislation imposing quarantine measures on the team, which leaves without the minimum eight players on the Authorisation List fit to play.

Crvena Zvezda – Real Madrid

Fresh off an impressive road win at LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne on Wednesday night, Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade returns home to take on Real Madrid. League-leading scorer Jordan Loyd went for 29 points and 5 steals and the defense held ASVEL to 68 points. What’s more, Coach Sasa Obradovic was able to play 11 players at least 9 minutes and no one more than 27 to keep his squad fresh for the Friday night game. After a rough start to the season, Real has won back-to-back games, including a victory at Zalgiris Kaunas for its first road win of the season.

Zvezda is last in the league in two-point shooting (45.8%) and it will get tougher to score in the paint this week with Walter Tavares protecting the rim. The hosts will need the combination of Duop Reath, Ognjen Kuzmic and Emanuel Terry to be aggressive and neutralize Tavares to improve their chances.

Marko Simonovic missed the team’s Round 7 game.

The Real offensive machine has been rolling this season; it is ranked second in the league with 81.3 points per game. Coach Pablo Laso has kept opposing defenses off balance with his depth as six different players average at least 9 points per game and four players averaging at least 2 assists. That approach could be the ticket against a Zvezda team that is coming off a road game 24 hours earlier.

Fabien Causeur tested positive for COVID-19 and has not played since Round 2.

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Panathinaikos – Efes

The Friday night clash between Panathinaikos OPAP Athens and Anadolu Efes Istanbul promises to be an exciting one with both teams bringing slightly different looks. The Greens could be debuting new signing Shelvin Mack in the backcourt, while Efes may be shorthanded up front with Bryant Dunston out and Tibor Pleiss playing through a sprained ankle. Panathinaikos is eager to bounce back from an 83-89 loss to CSKA Moscow last week in which Nemanja Nedovic scored 19 off the bench. Efes has won back-to-back games, most recently 91-89 over Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv behind 23 points and 7 assists from Rodrigue Beaubois.

The Greens lead the league in rebounds (37.2 rpg.) and Efes is second-last (28.2 rpg.). Panathinaikos also tops the charts in offensive rebounds (12.6) and is facing an Efes frontline that is less than 100%. If Dinos Mitoglou, Georgios Papagiannis and Ioannis Papapetrou dominate the glass for second-chance baskets and Fastbreak buckets, the hosts become much tougher to beat.

Getting easy baskets – points in transition or on the fastbreak – will be tougher this week. Even though Efes is second in the league in steals (7.8 spg.), Panathinaikos has committed the second-fewest turnovers (11.4 per game). Likewise, fastbreaks generated by blocked shots will be fewer with Dunston out. Nonetheless, Efes is second in the league in assists (19.7 apg.) and third in true shooting percentage (50.1%), so strong play in the half-court offense could be the difference this week.

Shane Larkin (returning) and Bryant Dunson (still out) both missed the team’s Round 7 game.

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Bayern – Valencia

Two teams riding high after big Round 7 wins meet on Friday when FC Bayern Munich hosts Valencia Basket, Bayern turned in a defensive gem to stifle Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 74-59; Wade Baldwin IV and Nick Weiler-Bobb paced the offense with 15 points apiece. Valencia outlasted AX Armani Exchange Milan 86-81 behind a career-high 21 points from Sam Van Rossom. This game will mark Derrick Williams’s return to Munich, where he made his EuroLeague debut two seasons ago.

Bayern is third in the league in offensive rebounding (11.3 per game) and taking control of the glass in this clash is of supreme importance; second-chance baskets or others scored in the transition game could prove decisive against Valencia. Apropos the big men, Bayern’s 20.7 two-pointers made per game is third-most in the league and Valencia has allowed opponents to make a comfortable 57.5% of their two-point shots, which is something the hosts frontline – as well as its penetrators – may well try to take advantage of.

No team takes better care of the ball than Valencia, which tops the league with just 11.0 turnovers per game. However, Bayern will pressure Valencia; it is third in steals (7.6 spg.) and – thanks to its depth – commits a league-high 25.0 fouls per game. Sam Van Rossom and Klemen Prepelic are Valencia’s main ball-handlers and their ability to fend off Wade Baldwin IV (2.1 spg.), Zan Sisko and Nick Weiler-Bobb’s thieving hands will be important for Valencia to run its offense well and have a chance at a key road win.

Vanja Marinkovic missed Valencia’s last game due to a shoulder injury. Joan Sastre is sidelined with a partial tear to the internal lateral ligament of his right knee.

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Villeurbanne – Zenit

After a midweek loss at home to Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade, Friday night gives LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne the chance to gain quick redemption as it stays in France to welcome Zenit St Petersburg, which is looking to pick up its third win of a stop-start season.

After losing by 21 points at home on Wednesday night, ASVEL faces a major mental challenge to bounce back with a much better performance just two days later. Coach TJ Parker was particularly frustrated by the ease with which Zvezda scored 89 points, accusing his players of lacking fight. The French team will be determined to set the record straight and deliver much more intensity and energy on defense to avoid falling to a third consecutive home loss.

Zenit will be rested, but can the Russian team find rhythm? Coach Xavi Pascual’s men have suffered a disjointed start to the season with several postponements, but they are now heading into a packed run of games and will look to find the necessary offensive fluency to feed experienced sharpshooters KC Rivers, Kevin Pangos and Billy Baron, who have the ability to punish the hosts from beyond the arc. Moving the ball smoothly to create good looks for those dangerous snipers could be the key for Zenit.

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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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