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CSKA Moscow – Baskonia

Round 30 begins in the Russian capital with CSKA hosting Baskonia. CSKA has already locked up second place in the standings and cannot move up to first or down to third regardless of other results. Accordingly, the main goal for Coach Dimitris Itoudis’s men will be to stretch their winning streak to four games before the playoffs. Baskonia leads the hunt for one of the remaining playoff spots and with a win will clinch sixth place and a date with Real Madrid in the quarterfinals. A Baskonia loss will complicate matters with possibilities of tiebreakers that could see Coach Perasovic’s side fall as far back as ninth place.

The Baskonia defense this season has allowed an average of 79.6 points per game – and 84.6 on the road. CSKA has won its last 10 in a row in which it has scored at least 80 and is 19-2 overall this season with that many points, including 9-0 at home. With little pressure on CSKA, if Coach Itoudis’s men can play their normal offensive game and reach their average of 86.9 points, the hosts will be hard to beat.

One area where Baskonia has a clear advantage over CSKA is frontcourt size; CSKA plays with undersized centers and tall stretch 4s. With Vincent Poirier (2.13 meters), Johannes Voigtmann (2.14) and Ilimane Diop (2.11), Baskonia will almost always have the biggest man on the floor and with Toko Shengelia back, it the visitors will be even stronger. If Coach Perosavic can turn that advantage into points, it will help the Baskonia cause greatly.

Tip: 2 (+6.5) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 04/04/2019, 02:00 CET)

Efes – Milano

Efes will close down its regular season campaign at home when it hosts Milan. With Efes already locked into fourth place – no results can bump it up to third or down to fifth – Coach Ergin Ataman’s men are in playoff preparation mode with a clash looming against FC Barcelona Lassa in the next stage. Milan must urgently snap a three-game slide to have a chance at reaching the playoffs. The Italian champs will be in a good position to do that with a win, but will still need other results to go their way. However, a loss ends any chance of Milan advancing.

Efes boasts one of the most efficient offenses in the EuroLeague and coupes that with a lineup that features some top-notch defenders. Milan has allowed the second-most points in the league this season (86.7 ppg.). Efes is 12-0 this season when it has scored at least 87 points and Milan is 5-9 this season when it allows that many. Scoring 87 – for an Efes team already averaging 84.9 per game – may be the magic number on Thursday.

In Milan’s lowest-scoring game of the season, it scored 66 points and managed to beat Olympiacos Piraeus in Round 26. In the team’s next three games, Milan averaged 86.7 points on offense, but lost all three due to a porous defense. In a tense Round 30 game, Milan may be better slowing the pace initially. Finding a way to control the pace and keep Efes guessing would be big for Coach Pianigiani’s men.

Tip: Under 174.5 at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 04/04/2019, 02:00 CET)

Panathinaikos – Buducnost

After missing in its first chance last week, Panathinaikos will try to claim its last chance to reach the playoffs when it hosts Buducnost. The Greek champs can finish anywhere from sixth place until 10th, but control their own destiny and will be at least seventh with a win – and sixth if they win and KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz loses. That latter scenario would set up a repeat of last season’s playoff with Panathinaikos facing Real Madrid. However, if the Greens lose, they can find themselves in a complicated tiebreak scenario with as many as six teams with 15 wins.

A high-scoring game is in Panathinaikos’s favor. Not only do the Greens average nearly 5 points more per game than Buducnost (79.4 to 74.6 ppg.), but Panathinaikos is 9-0 this season when it has scored at least 85 points. Buducnost has allowed an average of 84.9 points per game this season.

Many of Buducnost’s biggest wins this season have come thanks to excellent three-point shooting, which is perhaps Panathinaikos’s biggest weakness offensively. With Goga Bitadze’s presence to protect the rim, the visitors can put pressure on the Panathinaikos shooters and if Buducnost is knocking down its threes, it could spell a Round 30 upset.

Tip: 1 (-16.5) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 04/04/2019, 02:00 CET)

Real – Zalgiris

Two of last season’s Final Four sides meet in their regular season finales when Madrid takes on Zalgiris in the Spanish capital. While the defending champs can use this game as playoff preparation – Madrid will finish the regular season in third place regardless of other games – Zalgiris is on a league-best five-game winning streak and still fighting for a playoff berth. Zalgiris is thoroughly dependent on other results, but will better its chances significantly with a victory. Still, Zalgiris can win and finish outside the playoff zone, or it can lose this game and wind up eighth.

Los Blancos rank third in the EuroLeague in scoring this season with 85.9 points per game. Coach Pablo Laso’s side had reached 90 points 11 times and won in each of those game. On the other hand, Zalgiris does not fare as well in high-scoring affairs and is 2-9 when it has surrendered at least 80 points. If Sergio Llull and Facu Campazzo can dictate a fast-paced tempo, Madrid will be favored to win its 12th straight game over Zalgiris.

The Zalgiris frontline has done well this season in limiting opponents to just 30.4 rebounds per game, but it has allowed many points in the paint. Opponents have averaged 54.1% shooting on two-pointers and this week will face some of the most dangerous scorers in the paint between Walter Tavares (76.1% 2FG) and Gustavo Ayon (68.5%). If the Zalgiris big men can control the rebounds and limit Madrid’s scoring in the paint, the Lithuanian champs will have better chances to win in Madrid.

Tip: 2 at 3.00 with bet365
(Price correct at 04/04/2019, 02:00 CET)

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

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The action in the Euroleague regular season continues. We have learnt quite a lot of things about this years contestants after a few exciting games 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:

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Monaco – Bayern Munich

When Monaco (6-3) hosts Bayern Munich (3-6) for Round 10, two teams with different fortunes earlier in the week will clash. Monaco has a spotless 2-0 record versus Bayern so far in their EuroLeague meetings. In Round 9, Fenerbahce defeated Monaco 93-96 despite a significant comeback in the fourth quarter. Monaco’s top scorer and rebounder was Jordan Loyd (18 points). On the other hand, Bayern defeated ASVEL, 74-75, for its third victory of the year, powered by 13 points from Lucic.

Monaco, which had an erratic start to the season, has recently had some ups and downs and will attempt to prevent a double-round home sweep against Bayern. The stats suggest that Monaco takes care of the ball better than any other club, as they lead the league in steals per game (8.8) and lowest turnovers (9.8). Since Bayern performs better from the free-throw line and also knows how to preserve their glass, the hosts will want to prevent a close game. The hosts are performing well overall and boast one of the league’s most lethal backcourts with Loyd, Mike James, and Okobo. They must keep an eye out for Winston and Weiler-Babb in particular.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 156.5 at 1.90

Panathinaikos – Asvel Villeurbanne

Panathinaikos (3-6) meets ASVEL Villeurbanne (3-6), two teams whose respective games on Wednesday ended in dramatic way, prepare for another matchup just 48 hours later.

Derrick Williams shone with 26 points for Panathinaikos in their recent 88-85 overtime victory over Virtus Bologna. Late in the extra period, Williams hit a critical three-pointer to give the Greens a decisive lead. Wolters scored 18 points, Lee had 15, and Panathinaikos hit 13 of them with a 44.8% accuracy rate. In this home game, the Greens seek to maintain their impressive shooting form.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 (-6.5) at 1.90

Barcelona – Baskonia

At Palau Blaugrana, Barcelona (6-3) will welcome Baskonia (5-4) in a rematch of two familiar teams. Laprovittola (15.2 ppg), Sanli (8.9 ppg), and Satoransky, three former Baskonia guards, helped Barca win four of its most recent five games (7.8 ppg.). Following a 20-point victory over Zalgiris at home, Baskonia hopes to maintain its momentum. The leading scorer for Baskonia has been Howard (15.6 ppg), who is followed by Thompson (12.6 ppg) and Kotsar (11.8 ppg.).

Barca averages just 14.6 free throw attempts each game, which is not a lot. Barca has also connected on 36.9% of its downtown shots. Now that Kuric, a talented three-point shooter, is back with the squad, that percentage ought to increase. Kuric provides Barca with yet another tool to deploy against Marinkovic and Giedraitis in the backcourt. To balance its offence, Barca has to locate Tobey and Vesely inside. Vesely and Sanli must be active on defence against Costello, a large player with limitless mobility who has just improved his physical condition.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 161.5 at 1.90

Virtus Bologna – Anadolu Efes

In a sold-out arena, Virtus Bologna (4-5) will welcome the two-time defending champions Anadolu Efes (4-5) in an effort to defend its home court. The champions of the previous season’s EuroCup and EuroLeague square off, with Virtus and Efes meeting for the first time in a competitive match in more than 20 years.

Regarding the outcomes of their earlier games this week, the two sides enter this match in diametrically opposed moods. After suffering a heartbreaking 88-85 overtime loss to Panathinaikos on Wednesday, Virtus returns home. Early in the game, Virtus had a substantial lead and needed to come back to force OT. Prior to losing, it led for the majority of the extra session again. Last year’s EuroCup MVP Jaiteh shone with a career-high 20 points and 10 rebounds.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 (+2.5) at 1.90

Valencia – Zalgiris

When Zalgiris Kaunas (5-4) visits Valencia (4-5), both clubs will be looking to complete this double-round with at least one victory. This is the tenth meeting between these two clubs in the EuroLeague, with Valencia holding a 6-3 advantage overall. Despite Van Rossom’s 17 points and 3 assists on Tuesday, Valencia lost to Real Madrid 73-80 at home. Despite Ulanovas scoring 18 points, Zalgiris lost to Baskonia by a score of 93-73 on Wednesday.

In most statistics, both teams’ numbers appear to be very close on paper. For instance, Valencia scores 0.3 more points per game than the next team. The average PIR difference is also in Zalgiris’ favour. In terms of shooting accuracy across the board, Zalgiris outperforms Valencia, while Valencia does better in terms of assists, steals, and turnovers. One of these two teams will be able to successfully complete the double-round week on Friday night, so it appears that everything will come down to the little things.

basketball prediction Tip: Winning Margin 3-way Any Other Result (1-5 points difference) at 2.60

(All prices correct at 23/11/2022, 18:35 CET, subject to change)

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Euroleague Tips with Previews – Wednesday matches

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The action in the Euroleague regular season continues. We have learnt quite a lot of things about this years contestants after a few exciting games 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 – Virtus Bologna

On Wednesday night, Panathinaikos (2-6) will host Virtus Bologna (4-4) at the OAKA Stadium in Athens. The Greens have won just one of their past six matches, while Virtus has won three of its last four.

With its summer recruits still gelling on the court, Panathinaikos and first-year head coach Dejan Radonjic’s season has not started as they had hoped. There have been hints of a spark, such as Dwayne Bacon’s 20-point performance in Round 8, but after losing 107-77 on the road to Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul, Panathinaikos needs to respond quickly. If the Greens want to send Virtus home dissatisfied, they’ll need to improve on their second-to-last defensive record on their home court, where they defeated Baskonia 98-83 in Round 7 to snap a four-game losing streak.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 156.5 at 1.90

Asvel Villeurbanne – Bayern Munich

At the Astroballe, two teams that have recently lost face off. Round 9 features an intriguing matchup between Bayern Munich and ASVEL Villeurbanne (3-5). (2-6). In front of its supporters, ASVEL will attempt to bounce back after dropping its last two games. After a 0-5 start, Bayern won three straight matches before falling to Olympiacos Piraeus at home in Round 8. As of last season, Bayern has a 4-2 record against ASVEL in EuroLeague games. Augustine Rubit scored 17 points to help Bayern win both of their meetings in those games, 73-65 in Munich and 68-77 on the road.

Finding a second scorer in the paint to support Youssoupha Fall in the low post is a challenge for ASVEL. Although ASVEL is making less than half of their two-point attempts (48.8%), Fall has been successful (65.6% 2FG). The home team’s perimeter players, Nando De Colo (47.5% 2FG, David Lighty 47.5%, and Charles Kahudi 45.5%), David Lighty, and Charles Kahudi, must be more productive for ASVEL’s attack to be less predictable and give Fall an even better chance to continue converting easy baskets close to the hoop.

basketball prediction Tip: Winning Margin 3-way Any Other Result (1-5 points difference) at 2.60

Baskonia – Zalgiris

In what has been a meeting of two of the EuroLeague’s surprise teams so far this season, Baskonia (4-4) welcomes Zalgiris (5-3) at Buesa Arena in Vitoria.

With a quick 3-0 start with several first-year players showcasing their skills, including Howard, Thompson, and Kotsar, Baskonia emerged as the side to watch in the early stages of the season. The club has since lost four straight games, with its lone triumph coming against Maccabi in a rout at home. On its home court, where it is 3-1, Baskonia will once again be able to rely on its constant home support. Baskonia lost 79-74 on the road against Monaco.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 (-4.5) at 1.90

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Euroleague Tips with Previews – Tuesday matches

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The action in the Euroleague regular season continues. We have learnt quite a lot of things about this years contestants after a few exciting games 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.

Monaco – Fenerbahce

Round 9 of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague begins with Monaco hosting Fenerbahce and features two of the best teams. With a 6-2 record, Monaco is tied for second place in the standings, while Fenerbahce has the best record in the league at 7-1. The squad from the principality has won all three of its home games this year without losing, and Fenerbahce is 2-1 away from home with its lone setback coming in Round 6 at Barcelona.

Monaco’s backcourt, with Mike James (18.8 ppg), Okobo (13.2 ppg), and Loyd (12.4 ppg), has been its strongest point. The team under coach Sasa Obradovic also ranks first in turnovers (8.9 per game) and thefts (8.9 per game) (9.8 per game). Monaco’s 31.5% three-point shooting ranks last in the league, so there is opportunity for improvement there. Monaco has been outrebounded by 3.3 rebounds per game this season despite having five players who average at least 3 rebounds per game. The better the team does on the glass versus Fenerbahce, the better its prospects are.

Fenerbahce is not only second in scoring (86.4 ppg), two-point shooting percentage (58.9%), and three-point shooting percentage (39.8%) in the league this season, but also boasts the league’s best defence, allowing just 73.6 points per game. The Fenerbahce offensive is led by Motley (15.1 ppg), Wilbekin (13.0 ppg), and Guduric (12.6 ppg), with playmaker Nick Calathes (9.1 ppg, 6.0 apg) in charge. For Coach Itoudis’ team, the balanced attack has been crucial, and Monaco will need to use every bit of its depth to stop the visitors in what should be a thrilling match.

basketball prediction Tip: Winning Margin 3-way Any Other Result (1-5 points difference) at 2.60

Alba Berlin – Crvena Zvezda

In Round 9, newly remodelled Crvena Zvezda (2-6) will travel to ALBA Berlin (3-5) in an attempt to extend its winning streak after picking up its second victory of the year. Due to Nikola Ivanovic’s 16 points and three steals, Zvezda won its first game under new head coach Dusko Ivanovic in Round 8 against ASVEL, 71-67. Despite Procida scoring 13 points, ALBA dropped its fifth straight game at Real Madrid last week after starting 3-0. This will be their ninth meeting in the EuroLeague; in their previous eight meetings with Zvezda, ALBA has only lost once.

ALBA’s perfect start turned into a nightmare after losing its last five games, and it will try to turn things around against a team that was also having trouble up until last week. The hosts continue to rank third in blocks while also ranking first in the league in total assists (22.8) and rebounds (37.4). ALBA excels at many things, but competitors are starting to recognise its game plan. A team that has received a huge morale boost from a win and a coaching change will force the hosts to pay close attention to the little things.

Zvezda has emerged from a downward trend, and now it must capitalise on it. Since ALBA is still averaging about 10 more points per game than this team, which has the second-worst offence (71.3) and the lowest PIR average (72.4) in the league, the team will need to keep improving under Ivanovic. As they currently rank 14th or worse across all ranges, the visitors need to strengthen their defense, act more aggressively, and look for better shooting opportunities. If Zvezda hopes to successfully reverse the trend in Berlin, it will need to pay close attention to people like Jaleen Smith, Luke Sikma, and Christ Koumadje.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 156.5 at 1.90

Macabi – Olympiacos

When Maccabi Tel Aviv plays host to Olympiacos at Menorah Mivtachim Arena, it will want to get back on track. The most recent loss for Maccabi (4-4)—which is 4-1 at home this year—came on Friday against Partizan in Belgrade, Serbia. Olympiacos (6-2) has won its last two games after dropping its previous two. The Reds have won all four of their away games this year, including a 71-82 triumph in Munich last week.

Wade Baldwin (16.0 ppg, 5.0 apg) and Lorenzo Brown (15.5 ppg, 6.4 apg) have been a challenge for opposition guards this season, which has been Maccabi’s strength. Colson, a forward, has also made significant contributions (10.4 ppg).

Olympiacos’ go-to player has been power forward Vezenkov, the league’s leading scorer (20.0 ppg) and leader in PIR (28.2). Kostas Sloukas, a supersub, averages 13.5 points per game and is third in the league in assists (6.6 apg.) and PIR (19.0).

Maccabi and Olympiacos games have historically been dominated by the home teams. Although the margins of victory in their most recent encounters were 17 and 15, three of their prior matches had been decided by a single basket, including an overtime match in Tel Aviv in January 2021. The hosts have won seven of the last nine meetings between them. Due to Maccabi’s recent home performance and Olympiacos’s recent away performance, Tuesday’s game could be another close one.

basketball prediction Tip: Winning Margin 3-way Any Other Result (1-5 points difference) at 2.60

Milano – Efes

A few key factors may determine the outcome of the Round 9 match between EA7 Milan and two-time defending champion Anadolu Efes. Controlling the game’s pace will be one of the major problems.

Milan prefers to play at a slower pace; this season, it has allowed the second-fewest points in the league (73.8 ppg) and scored the fewest points. Efes ranks fifth in points scored (83.9 ppg) and fifth in points allowed. Efes has the second-fewest turnovers (10.6 per game), which is impressive given the faster tempo. Milan has demonstrated exceptional ball handling skills, committing just 11.5 turnovers per game.

basketball prediction Tip: Winning Margin 3-way Any Other Result (1-5 points difference) at 2.60

Valencia – Real Madrid

Here, two well-matched teams collide. At La Fonteta, Valencia (4-4) takes on Real Madrid (5-3). Valencia is eager to get back on track after suffering a humiliating 30-point road loss to Virtus Bologna. Real has started to bring back players and is on a three-game winning streak: Following an injury sustained in the EuroLeague Final Four of the previous season, Williams-Goss made his comeback in Round 8. Valencia has prevailed in its previous three home EuroLeague matches against The Whites.

This season, Valencia has been good with the ball, averaging 17.2 assists and only 12.8 turnovers. In Round 8 versus Virtus, it only committed 8 turnovers, but just 6 of its 36 three-point attempts were successful (16.7% 3FG). Klemen Prepelic, Sam Van Rossom, and Xabi Lopez-Arostegui, Valencia’s top perimeter shooters, must be effective from beyond the arc. Bojan Dubljevic, a centre, will play a crucial part in moving Walter Tavares out of the paint so that his teammates have more room to go for the rim.

Real must take advantage of its size advantage in the paint. Petr Cornelie, Vincent Poirier, Eli Ndiaye, and Tavares all combined for 33 points in the first half of Real’s Round 8 game against ALBA Berlin, making 11 of their 14 two-point attempts. In a crucial battle in this game, Williams-Goss and Adam Hanga have the difficult task of stopping Chris Jones. Sergio Rodriguez recorded his first double-double in nearly three years in Round 8, and Real will have a better chance of winning if he engages everyone once more.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 161.5 at 1.90

Barcelona – Partizan

Barcelona will face Partizan in an effort to avenge a Round 8 setback. Before losing to the two-time defending champion Anadolu Efes, Barcelona (5-3) had won three straight games. On Friday night, Partizan (4-4) overcame a deficit to defeat Maccabi and earn its fourth victory in its previous five games. The last time these two teams played was more than nine years ago. Partizan last defeated Barcelona in February 2010, and Barcelona has won the last five meetings between the two teams.

The outcome could vary depending on a wide range of variables, including shooting outside. As the league’s top offensive team with a 40.9% three-point shooting percentage while allowing opponents to shoot a league-high 40.6% from downtown, Partizan is at the opposing ends of the three-point shooting spectrum. In contrast, Barcelona sits sixth in the league (37.5%) for three-point shooting, led by Nicolas Laprovittola (48.1%), who also leads the league with 3.2 threes made per game. Partizan’s defensive play has limited their opponents to 50.2% two-point shooting and 33.9% three-point shooting.

basketball prediction Tip: Partizan Over 75.5 at 1.83

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