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Fenerbahce – Efes

Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul (15-10) is on a 10-game winning streak and arrives to the Turkish derby in top form, led by Nando De Colo (14.4 ppg., 4.1 apg.), Jan Vesely (13.0 ppg., 5.3 rpg.) and Marko Guduric (12.2 ppg., 3.5 apg.). Anadolu Efes Istanbul (14-10) has also been really solid lately, winning six of its last seven EuroLeague showdowns. Vasilije Micic (15.2 ppg.) has been its top scorer until now, followed by Shane Larkin (15.1 ppg.) and Krunoslav Simon (10.9 ppg.).

Fenerbahce is 10-0 since Guduric joined the team, as he balanced his team’s offense with his excellent spacing, three-point shots and passing skills. On defense, Fenerbahce should play physical against Micic and Larkin, and will rely on Brown and Edgaras Ulanovas to do so. Finding Vesely and Kyle O’Quinn down low is also one of the biggest keys to this game, as it would give De Colo, Jarrel Eddie and Guduric more chances to play one-on-one and find good shots from outside the arc.

Stopping Vesely down low should be a priority for Efes, which counts on Bryant Dunston, Sertac Sanli and Tibor Pleiss to play strong, physical defense against him. Efes excelled on defense against Olympiacos Piraeus last week, allowing just 25 points in the final 29 minutes of their Round 25 game. That defensive approach could well be needed against a talented team like Fenerbahce. As always, Efes should run its offense through Micic and Larkin, two great, unselfish scorers who also can find their teammates in double-team situations.

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Baskonia – Crvena Zvezda

Two teams with much different momentum meet on Friday night when TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz hosts Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade. Baskonia has won three straight games to climb to 12-13 and is within striking distance of the playoff zone. Zvezda, which has lost five in a row to fall to 7-18, has dropped six of its last seven road games.

Baskonia leads the league with 8.0 steals per game, but some of those gains are offsets by its 14.6 turnovers, which are third-most. If Baskonia can remain aggressive defensively and in transition while cutting down on turnovers, it will be in a promising position to extend its winning streak.

Zvezda must play better in the paint to have a chance in Vitoria-Gasteiz. The team has been outrebounded by more than a rebounds per game on average, while Baskonia has outrebounded its opponents by 3.2 per game. Moreover, Zvezda is the only team shooting below 50% on two-pointers this season and Baskonia has limited teams to just 51.8%. This task will fall on the shoulders of Ognjen Kuzmic, Landry Nnoko and Marko Jagodic-Kuridza, among others.

  • Cory Walden, Langston Hall, Landry Nnoko, Duop Reath and Quino Colom all missed the last two games because of COVID-19.

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ALBA Berlin – Panathinaikos

ALBA Berlin (8-17) is on a four-game losing streak and has won just twice in its last 12 EuroLeague games. Luke Sikma (9.0 ppg., 5.7 rpg., 4.0 apg.), Ben Lammers (10.2 ppg., 4.1 rpg.) and Marcus Eriksson (10.7 ppg.) are its main pillars right now. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens (9-14) has won its last two games and wants to keep it going. The Greens are led by Nemanja Nedovic (16.7 ppg.m 3.8 apg.), Ioannis Papapetrou (12.4 ppg., 4.7 rpg.) and Georgios Papagiannis (9.6 ppg., 6.2 rpg.) and on Monday signed swingman Mario Hezonja to add even more punch.

ALBA did a lot of good things against Fenerbahce last week, sharing the ball with efficiency – 25 assists, 13 turnovers – and shooting with solid percentages (61.8% 2FG, 36.7% 3FG, 100% FT). Running its offense through Sikma, a forward with outstanding passing skills, should allow ALBA to get better options all around on offense. Lammers and Johannes Thiemann have the tough mission to stop Dinos Mitoglou and Papagiannis down low. If ALBA boxes out on defense and gets its transition game going, it should have a better chance to win.

  • Niels Giffey has been sidelined since Round 17 with an injury.
  • Jayson Granger is out after having hand surgery.
  • Luis Olinde is expected to miss several weeks after injuring his hand ahead of Round 25.

Panathinaikos has a size advantage in critical spots, such as center – with Papagiannis – and small forward – with Papapetrou – and should make the most out of it. Panathinaikos ranks second in offensive rebounds (11.9 orpg.) and should keep looking to power the glass for second-chance opportunities. It is important for the Greens to prevent ALBA from running, so transition defense and putting pressure on Siva and Maodo Lo should one of the biggest keys to this game.

  • New signing Mario Hezonja’s first appearance will have to wait until thw next round.

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Barcelona – Villeurbanne

FC Barcelona (17-8) leads the standings and has won seven of its last eight games. Nikola Mirotic (16.0 ppg.) has been its top scorer until now, followed by Cory Higgins (12.9 ppg.) and Brandon Davies (11.8 ppg.). LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne (11-14) is on a five-game winning streak, a record for French teams in the EuroLeague. Moustapha Fall (9.3 ppg., 70.0% 2FG, 5.5 rpg.), Norris Cole (13.4 ppg., 3.5 apg.) and David Lighty (11.7 ppg.) have been its main pillars throughout the season.

Barcelona comes off a really convincing win against Zalgiris Kaunas, forcing its opponents into low shooting percentages (48.6% 2FG, 26.3% 3FG) and forcing 20 turnovers. That kind of hustle should be needed against a physical team like ASVEL. Zalgiris averages 9.0 offensive rebounds, but grabbed 15 against Barcelona, so there is room for improvement. On offense, Higgins and Mirotic should stay as Barcelona’s go-to guys. On defense, Calathes faces a key matchup against Cole.

  • Leo Westermann missed Round 25 game with an ankle injury.

Since it started to shoot the ball better, ASVEL has become unstoppable. Before its current winning streak, ASVEL had hit 38.8% of its three-point shots (171-of-441). Since then, it has improved to 45 of 97, or 46.4%. Sharpshooter Antoine Diot, Lighty and Matthew Strazel must keep finding good shots, creating space for Guerschon Yabusele and Moustapha Fall to play one-on-one in the paint. Preventing Calathes from dominating the game tempo should be another big key to this game.

  • Derrick Walton has been sidelined for several weeks with a hip injury.

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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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