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Khimki – Zenit

Khimki Moscow Region (3-26) is out of the playoff race but looks to finish the season in style behind Jordan Mickey (14.6 ppg., 5.6 rpg.), Errick McCollum (11.1 ppg.) and Sergey Karasev (4.7 ppg.). Zenit St Petersburg (16-13) needs to keep adding wins to remain in the playoff zone. Kevin Pangos (12.6 ppg., 6.4 apg.), Arturas Gudaitis (10.0 ppg.) and Mateusz Ponitka (8.3 ppg., 5.0 rpg., 3.2 apg.) are leading Zenit so far this season.

Khimki has a lot of talent on offense, with McCollum and Mickey posting strong numbers and Karasev eager to prove his value against his former team. Khimki has been making efforts to improve its defense. It has allowed 90.4 points on 44.0% three-point shooting and 10.1 offensive rebounds per game. Against Valencia, however, Khimki allowed 77 points on 30.4% three-pointers and 7 offensive boards. If Khimki remains effective on defense, its chances to beat Zenit again should be higher.

  • Devin Booker has missed the last nine games.
  • Stefan Jovic has not played in the last eight games.
  • Janis Timma has not played in the last five games.
  • Alexey Shved did not play in the last two games.

Zenit has a deeper, more experienced roster, and that should allow Coach Xavi Pascual’s team to play with high rhythm on defense for 40 minutes. Zenit has allowed 70.4 points in wins and 81.5 in losses, so everyone on the team should know it all starts with defense. Zenit allows a league-low 7.9 offensive rebounds per game. If Zenit is able to box out and get its best shooters, Hollins and Baron, involved and with good spacing, it should generate double-team situations that lead to many advantages on offense.

basketball prediction Tip: Zenit Under 77.5 at 1.80 with bet365
( Euroleague predictions with correct price at 26/03/2021, 08:40 CET. Odds subject to change )

Baskonia – Milano

It will be another battle with playoff implications on Friday when TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz (16-14) welcomes AX Armani Exchange Milan (19-11) in Round 31. The hosts are sitting in ninth place and having won seven of their last games, the last one at Zenit St Petersburg, 75-79, in their final push for the top eight spots. On the other side, Milan could qualify for the playoffs as early as this week if several things come to pass, but all of them require a win combined with scenarios involving other games. Milan comes off a home loss to FC Barcelona, 56-72, last week.

Baskonia is making a hard push for the playoffs, so the news that big man Tonye Jekiri will miss at least six weeks with knee injury is as untimely as they come. The hosts will have to watch out for Milan’s snipers, as the team boasts a league-best 41.8% from beyond the arc. However, Baskonia has the second-best numbers in the league regarding overall PIR, which means that it does things rather well. Heart will play an important part in Baskonia’s final attempts to not lose track of the top eight teams in the standings, starting with Milan, one of the strongest teams this season.

Milan can almost touch a playoff ticket with its fingertips. A win could mathematically advance the Italian team. It all depends on how that win is combined with other results, but it’s safe to say that Milan will go into the game knowing that half the job is mostly done. However, Baskonia pursues the same goal and the Spanish team is on a roll lately. The hosts have many weapons spread all over the court, including the fourth-best defense in the league. It will be a tough battle for both sides with a big prize at the end of the road.

  • Malcolm Delaney has missed the last four games and is set to be sidelined for at least four weeks after undergoing an arthroscopic cleaning of his left knee.

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Olympiacos – Fenerbahce

It will be a hard-fought battle with the playoffs in mind on Friday when Olympiacos Piraeus (14-16) hosts Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul (18-12) in Round 31. A loss could have fatal implications for the Reds, so they will have to give it all to get a win and hope for the same result in the coming weeks. On the other hand, Fenerbahce currently sits in sixth place. A win would not guarantee anything yet for Coach Kokoskov’s team, but it would definitely be a big step forward. The hosts are currently on a three-game winning streak, the last one against ALBA in Berlin, 80-84. Fenerbahce had a couple of hiccups after its long winning streak, but last week won again against Zalgiris, 84-61.

It’s probably one of the last opportunities – if not the last – for Olympiacos to retain realistic chances to advance. Looking through the numbers, both teams aren’t far apart. For instance, the Reds have the 10th best offense in the league, Fener has the ninth. Olympiacos is fifth in average combined PIR, Fener is seventh. Details, talent and experience will be key in such a close contest with that much at stake. If anything, the Reds will have to pay attention to Fenerbahce’s snipers and, in turn, try to get more open shots from long-range themselves to try to balance things out even a little more.

  • Kostas Papanikolaou has missed Olympiacos’s last 15 games.
  • Hassan Martin is sidelined with a knee injury.

Fenerbahce cannot qualify this week, but a loss could become a big problem in such a tight race, especially against Olympiacos, a team that has a lot to gain. The Reds have faltered a bit this season, but seem to have found their rhythm when it mattered most, so the guests will have to watch the duo of Sasha Vezenkov and Shaquielle McKissic close as they seem to be the main catalysts of the late Olympiacos resurgence.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 at 2.45 with bet365
( Euroleague predictions with correct price at 26/03/2021, 08:40 CET. Odds subject to change )

Barcelona – ALBA Berlin

Regular season leader FC Barcelona (22-8) welcomes already-eliminated ALBA Berlin (11-19) for Round 31 on Friday. A win would clinch home-court advantage in the playoffs for Barca, which could also get the same result with losses by both AX Armani Exchange Milan and Anadolu Efes Istanbul in other games this week. ALBA will be looking to end the season on a high note, trying to get as many wins as possible. The hosts have won five of their last six games, most recently against Milan on the road, 56-72. On the other hand, ALBA saw a recently started winning streak come to a halt last week against Olympiacos Piraeus, 80-84.

Winning this game against ALBA would give the hosts some more peace of mind towards the end of the regular season. However, ALBA has a distinctive playing style to which all its opponents have to adapt to. Barca proved it could do it in Berlin already, but it would be wise to watch the guests’ offense closely, as they still lead the league with 20.3 assists per game. However, Barcelona has the best defense in the league and ALBA the second-worst, so if the hosts stick to the game plan, things look good on paper for them.

Already out of the playoff race, ALBA will look to keep growing as a team and maybe play the spoiler part. Injuries have not been kind to the team this season – again – but it has established itself as a name with a distinct style in the league. In front of them this time, the best defensive wall which, on paper, should be the biggest obstacle for the Berlin-based team. However, the visitors will also have to step up behind as Barcelona is the second-best team in the league from beyond the arc. So securing defensive rebounds and then running like there’s no tomorrow to play its game in offense will be ALBA’s major goal in this game.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 160.5 at 1.90 with bet365
( Euroleague predictions with correct price at 26/03/2021, 08:40 CET. Odds subject to change )

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CSKA Moscow – Panathinaikos

The Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season formally comes to a close on Wednesday night when CSKA Moscow hosts Panathinaikos OPAP Athens in a makeup game from Round 25. CSKA (23-10), which has already clinched second place in the standings and a matchup with Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul in the playoffs, will look to build on its five-game winning streak. Panathinaikos (11-22), which has lost eight of its last 10 games, is 16th in the standings and can overtake ALBA Berlin for 15th if it wins.

For CSKA, this game is for protocol only and could be a good chance for Coach Itoudis to spread minutes around. That could still prove to be a winning formula as second-string players try to use every available minute to fight for more playing time come the playoffs. A strong showing on the boards and good sharing of the ball would be the perfect recipe for another CSKA victory.

  • Nikola Milutinov could miss the rest of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery.
  • Mike James has been suspended by head coach Dimitris Itoudis.
  • Daniel Hackett will miss this game due to a shoulder injury.

The Greens will be shorthanded since Mario Hezonja is not eligible because he was not yet registered when this game was originally scheduled to be played in February. Accordingly, the Greens will need players like Ben Bentil, Shelvin Mack and Howard Sant-Roos to assist Nedovic in filling the basket to have a shot at finishing the season on a high note.

  • Mario Hezonja is not available to play since he was not with the team on the original date the game was scheduled.

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Zenit – Panathinaikos

All eyes will be on St Petersburg, Russia, on Monday where Zenit is in position to make history when it welcomes Panathinaikos for a rescheduled Round 6 game, which is set to determine the final remaining playoff matchup. With a win, Zenit would claim eighth place in the standings and reach the EuroLeague Playoffs in its first full season in the competition, setting up a playoff date with FC Barcelona. If Panathinaikos wins, eighth place will go to Valencia Basket. Zenit is coming off an 86-69 win over Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv on Friday, while Panathinaikos has lost seven of its last nine games – and four in a row away from home – including a 93-78 defeat in Kaunas on Thursday.

Zenit needs Kevin Pangos to get the team going from the start and try to push Zenit into transition where the team thrives. After a shaky period, Zenit has been playing with a lot of confidence in the last two games. Its success starts with the team’s defense, which is one of only two in the competition that has allowed fewer than 75 points per game (74.7 ppg.). Zenit needs to pay attention to Nedovic and Mario Hezonja and make sure they do not get hot.

Panathinaikos is the second-best rebounding team in the competition (34.5 rpg.), and goes against a team that pulls down the second-fewest rebounds (30.9 rpg.). The Greens must enter this game determined to win the rebounding battle, which will be far from a small task given the matchup of Georgios Papagiannis, Dinos Mitoglou and Ben Bentil going against Arturas Gudaitis, Alex Poythress and Tarik Black.

  • Mario Hezonja is not available to play since he was not with team on the original date the game was scheduled.

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