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CSKA Moscow – Olympiacos

A marquee duel will be taking place in Round 5 in Moscow when undefeated CSKA welcomes Olympiacos. The hosts come off a commanding road win at Gran Canaria, led by MVP of the Round Nando De Colo and his 22 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. The Reds also won at home against Maccabi behind Vassilis Spanoulis and his 16 points and 5 assists. The winner of this prestige face-off will come out reinforced and with confidence through the roof.

CSKA seems to be doing everything right at the start of the season. Its 92.3 points per game is the second best mark in the league, and the team is also the best under the boards (39.0 rpg.) and the third-best in cumulative PIR (105.0). De Colo surely is the main reference for the team, but the rest of his teammates provide support on a roster that seems to have no bottom. Aside from De Colo, five more players average 9.5 points or more, so there will be no shortage of scoring for the Russian champs, who always like to make their way through the regular season like a steamroller. However, the Reds will be a tough as they come obstacle.

Coach David Blatt has managed to inject new life into Olympiacos without sacrificing its trademark style. Nikola Milutinov has emerged as a surprise force leading in points (12.3) and rebounds (8.3). He will be watched closely by CSKA’s big men, but will have top-notch support from Spanoulis, Printezis, Nigel Williams-Goss and Sasha Vezenkov. The Reds are struggling a bit under the glass (28.7 rpg.) so they will have to keep a close eye on that department, because in Moscow all mistakes are paid with the iron price. More rebounds would surely also improve the league-lowest 13.5 assists per game, so despite its legendary fighting spirit, Olympiacos will need to work hard in Moscow against such a formidable foe.

Tip: Over 168.5 at 1.92 with Novibet
(Price correct at 01/11/2018, 10:30 CET)

Baskonia v Darussafaka

Two teams standing at 1-3 in the standings face each other in Vitoria-Gasteiz on Thursday when Baksonia welcomes Darussafaka for Round 5. Baskonia comes off a painful road loss at FC Bayern Munich despite Vincent Poirier’s 24 points and 11 rebounds. Darussafaka also lost at home against Barcelona in spite of Micheal Eric’s 17 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams are in danger of falling into a deep hole, so at this point of the season, the winner of this game will get a confidence boost.

Baskonia started the season on the right foot, but has dropped three straight games since then. The team needs a shot of morale and a win in front of its fans would be the perfect remedy. So far, only two big men – Poirier and Shengelia – are averaging double digits in points, so the team will need backcourt names like Granger, Janning and Huertas to kick it up a notch and bring in those points from the perimeter to help lift the team. Baskonia is one of the five teams averaging less than 80 points per game and that is not a usual thing for the team.

Dacka has lost its last two games by a combined 12 points, so it’s apparent that the team is at the level to compete but, somehow, it is missing the final push down the stretch. Eric and Stanton Kidd are averaging one third of the team’s 77.5 points per game, so the Istanbul squad is in dire need of more contributions from names like Diebler and Peiners and especially the group of native Turkish players on the roster. Darussafaka also boasts the second fewest assists in the league (13.5 apg.) so the team will have to play harder on defense in order to obtain the offensive flow it desperately lacks.

Tip: Over 158.5 at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 01/11/2018, 10:30 CET)

Fenerbahce v Bayern Munich

Two teams coming off different results will clash in Istanbul on Thursday when Fenerbahce hosts Bayern Munich in Round 5. Fener lost its first game of the season in Round 4 in a derby against Efes, despite 24 points, 8 boards and 7 assists by Jan Vesely. On the other hand, Bayern won its second game against Baskonia, thanks to 22 points by Derrick Williams. The hosts will try to get back on track as soon as possible, especially playing at home, while the visitors will try to get their second straight win to keep going up.

Fenerbahce features the third best offense in the league (88.7 points) and the fourth best defense (80.2 points against). The loss to Efes only developed in the final minutes, so Coach Obradovic’s team is still on the right track. In the rebounding category, Fenerbahce should try to crash the boards more aggressively as it currently sits in the third-lowest position in the league. Lucky for the hosts, Bayern is second lowest, so there’s some respite there also. In any case, should Fenerbahce display its usual performance, the hosts will have solid chances of taking the W.

Bayern is also struggling big time with rebounds (27.7 rpg., second lowest in the league), but its defensive effort pays off with the highest steals mark of the competition (8.5 spg.). The team has won two home games and has yet to pull out a road win. Fenerbahce can be a tough place to pull it off, but if Dedovic, Williams and Lucic keep singing and names like Booker, Lo and Barthel step up a bit, Bayern can be a solid threat for any team in the competition.

Tip: Fenerbahce Over 83.5 at 1.90 with Novibet
(Price correct at 01/11/2018, 10:30 CET)

Barcelona v Maccabi

Barcelona will look to keep the momentum going after back-to-back wins when it hosts Maccabi on Thursday. Coach Pesic’s starting big men, Ante Tomic and Chris Singleton, combined for 35 points in a 71-79 road win at Darussafaka Istanbul last week, while short-handed Maccabi fell at Olympiacos Piraeus despite a strong showing from DeAndre Kane. Frontcourt production will play a big role in the game; Barcelona leads the league in offensive rebounding (14.5 orpg.) and Maccabi is third in two-point accuracy (60.4%).

Barcelona has two of the premier point guards in the EuroLeague with Thomas Heurtel and Kevin Pangos. It has taken Pangos a little while to adjust to his new surroundings, but he seems to be coming around. When both are on, they use their outside shooting and penetration skills to put opposing defenses on notice and can pass to open men both in the paint and on the perimeter.

A healthy Scottie Wilbekin is a priority for Maccabi, but finding lineups where Wilbekin can also help Michael Roll, Tarick Black, Alex Tyus and others score makes Maccabi much more dangerous. Maccabi needs a balanced attack to bring down Barcelona and that starts with Wilbekin and Roll.

Tip: 1 (-4.5) at 1.76 with bet365
(Price correct at 01/11/2018, 10:30 CET)

Source: Euroleague.net
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Euroleague Tips with Previews – Thursday matches

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Euroleague Basketball Predictions

The action in the Euroleague continues. We have now completed the first third of the regular season and we can predict with more confidence on european basketball matches today. So, let’s dive straight into our Euroleague picks for today’s games:

Our EuroLeague basketball tips appear under each mini game preview.

Panathinaikos – Milan

On Thursday at OAKA stadium in Athens, Panathinaikos (5-6) hosts Milan (3-8), two teams with recent trends in opposition, square off. Four of the Greens’ previous five games have ended in victories, including three straight at home. Milan has lost seven straight games mainly due to injuries, tying its worst losing streak in the EuroLeague this century.

Panathinaikos’ recent victories saw them allow 67 and 58 points, which are season highs for the team’s defence under head coach Dejan Radonjic. In each of those contests, five or more shooters connected on three-pointers, enabling the Greens move up to seventh place (38.0%) in three-point shooting efficiency. The big guns for Panathinaikos are Dwayne Bacon (18.5 ppg) and Derrick Williams (15.7), and if either player is at their best, this club can compete on the hishest level. Watch out if they are both.

The inability to rebound has been a problem for both sides. No team has outrebounded opponents less times than Panathinaikos (38.1 rpg.). Milan is the next team in that category with 37.5 rpg., but has only done it once in 11 games. Both sides have done a good job of guarding their own boards, but they have not contributed much on offence. Because of this, Panathinaikos and Milan have both allowed  more offensive rebounds than they have managed to grab on their own offensive glass. We chose a high-scoring game here with that in mind.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 152.5 at 2.00

Alba Berlin – Fenerbahce

In an intriguing matchup in the German capital, Fenerbahce (9-2) faces off against ALBA Berlin (3-8). ALBA has lost its last eight games after a 3-0 start. Fenerbahce remains in first place after last week’s home loss to Real Madrid. The last two times ALBA has visited Berlin, it has defeated Fenerbahce.

ALBA lifts its offensive by relying on its passing game. With 21.5 assists per game, Israel Gonzalez’s squad leads the EuroLeague. This year, Luke Sikma has averaged 6.4 assists per game as ALBA’s primary offensive conduit. To increase their chances of winning this game, the German champions must involve their numerous shooters, particularly Maodo Lo and Gabriele Procida. ALBA must stop Calathes and Hazer from controlling the game’s tempo on defence.

It will be difficult for Alba to win, but the handicap might not be covered.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 (+3.5) at 1.90

Maccabi – Valencia

Maccabi hosts Valencia in a matchup of two teams that are on the outside looking toward the playoff zone. Despite losing two straight games, Maccabi (5-6) has been one of the best teams at home this season, going 5-1 when playing at Menorah Mivtachim Arena. Valencia (5-6) just defeated Partizan in overtime and has a 3-2 winning road record this year.

Maccabi’s go-to player Lorenzo Brown (18.1 ppg, 6.5 apg) might have more support this week as Baldwin (15.6 ppg) and Hilliard are anticipated to return after missing Friday’s setback in Munich. Adams made a commendable transition, setting a personal best with 21 points in his debut EuroLeague game, and may be entitled to a bigger role moving ahead.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 (+5.5) at 1.90

Partizan – Crvena Zvezda

In front of a sold-out crowd of 16,745 spectators at Stark Arena in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, Partizan (4-7) plays Crvena Zvezda (5-6) in one of the fiercest cross-town rivalries in sports.

Partizan enters the game in need of a victory after suffering back-to-back losses in which it scored at least 96 points but allowed more than 100 to its opponents, giving it the league’s worst defence (88.1 oppg.). Although Partizan attempts fewer long-range shots than 15 other teams, they are aggressive enough to rank second in both free throw success (16.9) and accuracy at the foul line (84.2%), where they are first in three-point efficiency (39.8%). Punter (15.9 ppg), Nunnally (11.2) and Exum (11.2) will likely handle the ball inside, followed by Lessort (12.7) and LeDay (13.9) on the outside. However, what they all do defensively may have a greater impact.

basketball prediction Tip: Partizan Over 83.5 at 1.83

Real Madrid – Monaco

Real Madrid (8-3) and Monaco (8-3) will face off against one another at the WiZink Center. Real is on a six-game winning streak following its lone home loss to Virtus Bologna in Round 5. After losing four straight meetings, the most recent coming at home in double OT, 84-90, last season, Monaco has won its previous two contests and is prepared to battle for its first-ever win over Los Blancos.

Real is crucial to getting the ball moving in transition since it leads the league in defensive rebounding (26.7 drpg.) and is second in blocked shots (4.0 bpg.). Connecting with Tavares and Poirier should be crucial in this game because Real ranks third in two-point shooting (58.5% 2FG) and has a size advantage in the paint at the “5” position. Abalde, Williams-Goos, and Hanga should all be utilised while playing a high-scoring club in order to halt Mike James.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 163.5 at 1.88

(All prices correct at 07/12/2022, 19:00 CET, subject to change)

News Source: Euroleague.net

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Euroleague Tips with Previews – Friday matches

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The action in the Euroleague continues. We have almost completed the first third of the regular season and we can predict with more confidence on european basketball matches today. So, let’s dive straight into our Euroleague picks for today’s games:

Our EuroLeague basketball tips appear under each mini game preview.

Cvena Zvezda – Virtus Bologna

Friday night’s early tipoff at Aleksandar Nikolic Hall features a matchup between Crvena Zvezda (4-6) and Virtus Bologna (4-6), both of which are in same wins but different states of form.

Zvezda has won its previous three EuroLeague games after hiring Dusko Ivanovic as their head coach, defeating ASVEL Villeurbanne, ALBA Berlin, and Maccabi. Both point guard Vildoza and fellow guard Nedovic, who previously played for Coach Ivanovic at Baskonia, have begun to have a bigger influence. Curiously, only two players reached double digits in points in the victory over Maccabi: Nedovic had 12 and Martin had 11. Zvezda will probably have to work hard for every point it scores when facing a strong defence like Virtus, which has the fourth-best ranking in the EuroLeague on this end of the floor.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 at 2.15

Fenerbahce – Real Madrid

Both teams are in good shape going into their matchup at Ulker Sports and Event Hall: Fenerbahce (9-1) has just lost one game all season while Real Madrid (7-3) has won five consecutive.

Fenerbahce made a number of roster adjustments during the offseason, including the hiring of Dimitris Itoudis as the new head coach, and ever since, the team has been on fire. In addition to having the greatest record in the EuroLeague this season, Fenerbahce also has the second-highest ratings on attack and defence. Injury has kept Pierre out of the previous two games for Fenerbahce, but Hayes-Davis has filled in admirably. In two contests, Hayes-Davis actually led the club in scoring with 21 points against Monaco and 22 points at EA7 Milan. Due to an injury, Wilbekin will miss the Real Madrid game, but Los Blancos have already seen how much trouble they can cause when Hayes-Davis, Calathes, Motley, and Guduric are on the field.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 (+1.5) at 1.95

Zalgiris – Panathinaikos

At Zalgirio Arena, Zalgiris (6-4) will play host to Panathinaikos (4-6), who has a 4-6 record and is coming off back-to-back victories in the EuroLeague double-round week.

Zalgiris is now 4-0 this season overall at Zalgirio Arena and has won four of its previous five games. Zalgiris are a very dangerous possibility in this year’s EuroLeague thanks to the never-say-die spirit that first-year head coach Maksvytis has fostered in his players. Evans, Smits, and club captain Ulanovas, who have all contributed significantly over the past few games, will be motivated to keep Zalgiris’s home winning streak intact when Panathinaikos visits.

basketball prediction Tip: Under 160.5 at 1.90

Bayern Munich – Maccabi

When it hosts Maccabi, Bayern Munich will try to get back on track. Before losing by one point in Monaco last week, Bayern (3-7) had won three of its previous four games. After losing in a thrilling match to Crvena Zvezda on Thursday in Belgrade, Maccabi (5-5) is still looking for its first road victory of the year. Additionally, Maccabi’s most recent victory in Munich was in March 2019.

Two former Bayern stars will travel back to Munich for the game. In 2021, Baldwin helped Bayern to within one shot of the Final Four, and Hilliard led Bayern in scoring last season with 13.7 points per game. Together, they and Lorenzo Brown form a lethal Maccabi backcourt. Baldwin (15.6 ppg, 4.5 apg) ranks second on the squad in both categories, while Brown (16.3 ppg) leads Maccabi in both. Brown is also tied for third in the league in assists (6.4 apg).

basketball prediction Tip: 2 at 2.25

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Euroleague Tips with Previews – Thursday matches

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The action in the Euroleague continues. We have almost completed the first third of the regular season and we can predict with more confidence on european basketball matches today. So, let’s dive straight into our Euroleague picks for today’s games:

Our EuroLeague basketball tips appear under each mini game preview.

Alba Berlin – Barcelona

On Thursday night, Round 11 will feature a matchup between two teams at different ends of the spectrum as ALBA Berlin (3-7) hosts Barcelona (7-3). The 13th meeting between these two clubs in the EuroLeague this century will take place, with Barca winning 11 of the previous 12. Despite Jaleen Smith’s 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists in a Round 10 loss to Olympiacos, ALBA has lost seven straight games since going 3-0 to open the season. With Jan Vesely scoring 18 points, Barcelona has won five of its previous six games, including its most recent victory over Baskonia, 96-84.

Few people would disagree that the reality is what it appears to be on paper. With the exception of turnovers and shooting percentages across the board, ALBA outperforms Barcelona in all significant statistical categories. Although they continue to lead the league in total rebounds (37.2) and assists (22.0), the hosts’ recent success has not been reflected in victories. The third-best league defence will force ALBA to put their offensive fireworks to the test. ALBA will also need to play tight on defence and work to reduce the 81.9 points it gives up per game. In order to try and end ALBA’s losing streak, players like Blatt, Olinde, and Sikma will have to stand up and help Smith in seizing the reins.

basketball prediction Tip: Under 160.5 at 1.90

Anadolu Efes – Olympiacos

At Sinan Erdem Sports Hall, Anadolu Efes (5-5) takes on Olympiacos (7-3) in a highly anticipated matchup. For the first time since the EuroLeague semifinals of last year, the teams square off. In that match, Vasilije Micic’s buzzer-beating three-pointer helped Efes defeat Olympiacos 74-77. Efes ultimately won the EuroLeague championship. Kostas Sloukas’ game-winning shot helped Olympiacos defeat Efes 87-85 in overtime earlier in the 2021–22 campaign. Expect a fantastic game with all the big characters still on their respective teams.

Efes is now on a three-game winning streak and may be in its finest shape of the year. Micic (18.2 ppg, 6.4 apg, 21.7) and Clyburn (20.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 22.3 PIR) have been the team’s leaders thus far this season, respectively placing first and second in terms of minutes played per game. In recent games, Efes has displayed a more diversified approach: Pleiss scored 13 points against EA7 Milan in Round 9, and Beaubois scored 19 points and had a PIR of 30 against Virtus Bologna in Round 10. With only 14.7 assists per night, Efes is tied for 15th in the league, thus there is room for growth during the season.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 (-4.5) at 1.95

Asvel Villeurbanne – Monaco

The Astroaballe will host the rematch between ASVEL Villeurbanne (3-7) and Monaco, two very familiar teams (7-3). Last season, these groups exchanged wins on the road in the EuroLeague. After Monaco defeated ASVEL 75-100 shortly after, ASVEL narrowly defeated Monaco 84-85 on a long buzzer-beating triple by Howard. Both teams advanced to the French League finals, when ASVEL defeated Monaco with a score of 3-2 after a tense playoff series.

Currently on a five-game losing streak in the EuroLeague, ASVEL is having trouble. Its primary pillars up until this point have been De Colo (12.3 ppg., 53.1% 3FG, 3.7 apg., 14.0 PIR), Mathews (10.8 ppg.), and Fall (10.5 ppg., 65.1% 2FG, 7.6 rpg., 14.4 PIR). Since ASVEL has only shot two points at 45.4% of its last five games, attacking the rim for simple baskets should be a priority for ASVEL when facing a run-and-gun team.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 157.5 at 1.87

Baskonia – Milano

Baskonia (5-5) welcomes EA7 Milan (7-3) in what should be an intriguing tactical matchup. Despite the fact that their initial encounter took place in 2009, this is their 22nd rendezvous. With a record of 11-10 against Baskonia, Milan won both of their meetings last year: 64-78 at Buesa Arena and 89-78 at Mediolanum Forum. Be prepared for a fierce basketball match.

Baskonia recently suffered a road setback to Barcelona but has played well at home this year, going 4-1 with Olympiacos Piraeus being the lone defeat. The home team leader in scoring (99.2 ppg) and PIR (113.2) is Baskonia, who also shoots the ball well (62.7% 2FG, 44.2% 2FG) and averages about 10 more points per game than any other team. Few teams can win at Buesa Arena if Baskonia maintains its regular home game numbers and plays at full throttle.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 at 2.90

Partizan – Valencia

When Partizan (4-6) hosts Valencia, there will be a match between two teams with the same record (4-6). LeDay put up a performance of 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists, but Partizan’s trip to Spain last week ended in a defeat to Real Madrid. Although Valencia lost to Zalgiris at home, 76-80, despite Chris Jones’ 19 points and 7 assists, they also lost to Real previous week. Partizan and Valencia will be playing one other for the first time ever in the EuroLeague.

Partizan will use this as one of its main weapons against Valencia because it leads the league in three-point shooting accuracy at 41.1%. To increase their average of 14.7 assists, the hosts must watch the visitors’ aggressive defence (7.1 spg.) and work to improve ball circulation. Valencia ranks bottom in average blocks (1.3), thus there may be a chance for the hosts to earn their fifth victory in the paint.

basketball prediction Tip: Partizan Over 85.5 at 1.83

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