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Euroleague Preview & Tips – Round 1 – 04/10/2019

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Zalgiris – Baskonia

Both of these teams made it to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs last season. They start a new campaign with the same goal. Each underwent many roster changes in the off-season, but managed to keep signature players who will allow them to be competitive from Day One. Expect the first of many basketball parties in Zalgirio Arena, as basketball is a religion in Lithuania and the atmosphere in Kaunas is second to none.

Stopping Toko Shengelia and Fall down low will be the biggest key for Zalgiris, which counts on Landale, Hayes, LeDay and Paulius Jankunas to do so. Zalgiris needs its best shooters – Arturas Milaknis and Marius Grigonis – to be in top shape against two of the best three-point marksmen around, Stauskas and Matt Janning. Preventing Henry and Luca Vildoza from controlling the game tempo will be another critical key for the hosts.

Shavon Shields and Patricio Garino give Baskonia a physical advantage at the small forward position due to their quickness, athleticism and all-around skills. Shengelia continues as the team’s leader and must give his best against Jankunas and LeDay, but Shields, Janning and Stauskas will be ready to help him from the perimeter. Fall has what it takes to dominate and the whole team knows that. Expect him to be found often around the basket.

Nikolas Stauskas will miss the EuroLeague opener due to injury.

Tip: 2 at Half Time at 2.20 with bet365
(Price correct at 04/10/2019, 11:05 CET, could have changed)

Anadolu Efes – Barcelona

In one of the most intriguing opening-round games you could hope for, Efes and Barcelona square off at Sinan Erdem Dome in a rematch of their five-game EuroLeague Playoffs series from last season. Efes took the series 3-2 and proceeded to reach the championship game, while Barcelona will surely want to showcase what the team can do at the start of a season with the highest of expectations.

Efes had great success hitting from downtown last season. Efes set an all-time single-season record with 385 three-pointers made, and that was helped by its playoff against Barcelona. Coach Ergin Ataman’s team made a single-series record 63 triples, or 12.6 per game, in those five playoff games. With all the size and rebounding ability Barcelona has inside, making shots from downtown and opening up the paint with be key for Efes once again.

Adrien Moerman will be missing the season opener against Barcelona. Rodrigue Beubois, Shane Larkin and James Anderson are questionable for the game.

With so much firepower at all positions, it looks like head coach Svetislav Pesic could have a good problem. However, it would be no surprise if it still takes time for everything and everybody to synch together for Barcelona, on both ends of the floor. Similar to last season, Barcelona will have one of the best frontcourts in all the EuroLeague. Using that depth, and controlling the boards will be very important in a tough road environment at the start of the season.

Tip: Over 163.5 at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 04/10/2019, 11:05 CET, could have changed)

ALBA Berlin – Zenit

It’s a historic night for Zenit, which will play in its first-ever Turkish Airlines EuroLeague game, but the occasion is not much less significant for ALBA, which returns to the competition for the first time in five years, and for the third time this decade. Both teams are determined to have a strong showing in the German capital and to get their EuroLeague journey going strong.

ALBA played some of the most exciting basketball in the EuroCup last season, averaging 87.1 points and 21.8 assists, setting all-time record totals in each category. Having the same coaching philosophy, the core of the roster intact, and few experienced additions can only boost the team’s performance. ALBA will rely on its up-tempo high-scoring offense again this season again, starting with this opener against Zenit.

Team leader Peyton Siva will be out with injury for this EuroLeague opener. Stefan Peno and Joohannes Thiemann (groin injury) will not play in Round 1, either.

Zenit certainly has a great size – and experience – advantage inside with Ayon, Iverson, Thomas, Abromaitis and Zubkov, and will definitely try to put it to use. And let’s not forget about Ponitka, who is capable to do just about everything for his team on the floor, including score from long range. If Abromaitis, Zubkov and Thomas are successful in stretching the floor with outside shots, that size inside could become a key factor for Zenit’s hopes of a victory.

Anton Pushkov will probably miss the next three weeks with a hand injury. Dmitry Khvostov has re-joined the team for pracices but he will probably not play against ALBA.

Tip: X (Tied at end of regulation) at 9.00 with bet365
(Price correct at 04/10/2019, 11:05 CET, could have changed)

Villeurbanne – Olympiacos

ASVEL returns to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague after a decade away, but Olympiacos will try to play the role of a villain on Friday night at the Astroballe. The reigning French champions have high aspirations in this campaign, and in seasons to come, while a perennial title contender, Olympiacos, tries to bounce back after missing out on the EuroLeague playoffs by a virtue of a tiebreaker last season.

ASVEL has just four players who have previously appeared in a EuroLeague game, and with coach Zvezdan Mitrovic also making his debut, the team will need to be very disciplined and take care of the ball against an experienced opponent ready to punish every mistake. ASVEL played tremendous defense in the EuroCup last season and excelled in offensive rebounding, and it will certainly try to use the same recipe, in this opening clash.

It is no secret that for almost an entire decade Olympicos would go as far as its mastermind Vassilis Spanoulis would take it. But going on the road against an opponent and crowd eager to taste EuroLeague success, it will be a must for the Reds to take control of the game’s rhythm from the very start. That means Spanoulis will have a key role once again, but so will his fellow playmaking teammate Will Cherry. If that duo takes control of the game, Olympiacos will be on a good path.

Aleksey Pokusevski did not travel for Round 1.

Tip: 2 at 1.57 with bet365
(Price correct at 04/10/2019, 11:05 CET, could have changed)

Valencia – CSKA Moscow

The 7DAYS EuroCup reigning champion hosts last season’s Turkish Airlines EuroLeague winner in what promises to be a truly exciting showdown. Valencia was undefeated at home in the EuroCup last season. Its last home loss in European competition came on March 8, 2018 in the EuroLeague. CSKA has aced its EuroLeague opener in each of the last eight seasons and aims to keep that streak going. Expect an extraordinary basketball atmosphere at Pabellon Fuente de San Luis.

Valencia needs to take James out of his rhythm and counts on three different point guards to do so: Colom, Sam Van Rossom and especially Guillem Vives, their best defensive player at that spot. Valencia has a lot of versatile players, such as Alberto Abalde, Aaron Doornekamp and Joan Sastre, who are able to look for mismatches and make good decisions on offense. Defense and locking the defensive board could lead Valencia to a very important win.

Final Four MVP Will Clyburn is set to have more responsibilities from now on and should start leading CSKA right away. Clyburn, Nikita Kurbanov and Andrey Vorontsevich – who comes off a strong World Cup last month – give head coach Dimitris Itoudis plenty of size, strength and versatility at both forwards. Hilliard and Daniel Hackett should be ready to stop Valencia’s shooters, Marinkovic and Loyd, too.

Kostas Koufos did not travel with CSKA due to a foot injury

Tip: Over 162.5 at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 04/10/2019, 11:05 CET, could have changed)

 

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

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The Euroleague continues with a double-round week and the battle for the playoffs heating up. So, let’s dive straight into our Euroleague picks for today’s games. Here’s a rundown of what’s coming up.

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Fenerbahce – Olympiacos

Tuesday’s action kicks off with third-placed Fenerbahce (13-8) hosting co-leader Olympiacos (14-7). The Round 13 matchup between the teams was a rout, with Olympiacos winning 94-67 thanks to 21 points from Sasha Vezenkov. In that first game, the Greek club blitzed for 31 points in the first quarter, thus Fenerbahce will have to be ready to contend from the outset, especially after a sluggish start in last week’s loss against ASVEL.

1 (-2.5) at 1.90

Milano – Baskonia

Following a dramatic overtime victory over defending champion Efes in which Darius Thompson set a new EuroLeague season high with 16 assists, playoff-chasing Baskonia (12-9) will attempt to keep its offence going with a trip to free-falling Milan (6-15). The Italian squad has slid to the bottom of the standings after losing five consecutive games, and after conceding 101 points to Monaco last week, Ettore Messina’s men will need a significant defensive improvement to limit Baskonia’s dynamic offence.

1 at 1.86

Valencia – Bayern

Valencia (11-10) and Bayern (9-12) meet off on Spain’s east coast, both with four wins in their past five games, as they try to maintain their march towards the playoffs. Valencia will almost certainly give shooter Shannon Evans his debut, although captain Bojan Dubljevic will almost certainly miss out due to injury. Augustine Rubit, the January MVP, will be expected to put up another good performance for Bayern, who has scored at least 13 points in each of the last seven games.

Over 161.5 at 1.90

Partizan – Villeurbanne

ASVEL (8-13) will look to build on their fantastic triumph over Fenerbahce last week when they go to Partizan (10-11), who is also on a high after a thrilling victory in the Belgrade derby. ASVEL’s newly recruited point guard Dee Bost will aim to continue his excellent start with his new club, while the host has its own backcourt ace in Dante Exum, who has double-digit scoring in the last nine games.

1 (6.5) at 1.90

Barcelona – Maccabi

Barcelona (13-8) must reclaim Palau Blaugrana’s status as a fortress after losing three of its past four home games, and it is also determined to avenge last week’s El Clásico overtime setback. Despite only two road wins this season, visiting Maccabi (11-10) is clinging to a spot in the top eight, but a victory by 8 points or more on Tuesday would be extremely significant in securing the head-to-head edge between the teams.

Over 160.5 at 2.60

Virtus Bologna – Crvena Zvezda

In Tuesday’s final game, two direct rivals just outside the playoffs meet as Virtus (9-12) hosts Zvezda (10-11). Virtus must improve his ball-handling skills after averaging a league-high 14.4 turnovers per game. It will be critical to maximise possessions against a Zvezda club that specialises on defence, allowing an average of 77.6 points per game. Zvezda won the first meeting between the teams in December and may be able to claim crucial head-to-head advantage this week.

Winning margin 3-way: Any Other Result (1-5 points) at 2.65

(All prices correct at 31/01/2023, 08:10 CET, subject to change)

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Euroleague Tips with Previews – Friday matches

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The Euroleague action for 2023 continues non-stop. We are already in round 21 and the teams know exactly what they need to get into the play off spots. So, let’s dive straight into our Euroleague picks for today’s games.

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Crvena Zvezda – Partizan

The EuroLeague’s devotion will be on full show at the Aleksandar Nikolic Hall as Zvezda (10-10) and Partizan (9-11) battle in a key Belgrade derby. Zvezda won the December match thanks to a dramatic game-winning goal from Nemanja Nedovic. Both teams have been inconsistent recently, but none of that will matter when they meet in a battle when anything can happen and maximum intensity is certain. Another victory for Zvezda would secure a potentially lucrative tie-break advantage and effectively give them a three-game lead over their local rivals.

3-way Winning Margin – Other Result (1-5 points) at 2.60

Olympiacos – Maccabi

After downing Real Madrid in perhaps its best performance of the season last week, Olympiacos (13-7) will attempt to maintain its lead by defeating a Maccabi (11-9) squad that needs a rare away victory to stay in the playoffs. With a 59.0% conversion percentage, the Reds are the most accurate two-point shooting club in the competition, but they may struggle to get to the basket against a Maccabi side that ranks second in blocked shots at 3.7 per game.

1 (-7.5) at 1.87

Baskonia – Anadolu Efes

Baskonia (11-9) will look to snap a four-game losing streak against reigning champion Efes (10-10), who is still reeling from last week’s home setback to Bayern. Long-range shooting accuracy will be critical: Baskonia leads the league with 10.8 three-point attempts per game, barely ahead of Efes’ 10.6. The shootout between Markus Howard and former Baskonia star Shane Larkin, in particular, might prove decisive.

Over 165.5 at 1.95

Bayern – Virtus Bologna

There is still a lot of work to be done if Bayern (8-12) or Virtus (9-11) wish to make the playoffs, but both got off to a promising start with tough wins last week. One of them will get more impetus if he or she wins this week’s final tipoff in Munich. The sides’ first EuroLeague meeting, in Round 2, was a hard-fought 66-63 victory for Virtus, but this might be a more offensive fight with Milos Teodosic in excellent form for the visitors and veteran big man Othello Hunter unexpectedly becoming a three-point marksman for Bayern.

2 at 2.25

(All prices correct at 26/01/2023, 21:15 CET, subject to change)

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Euroleague Tips with Previews – Thursday matches

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The Euroleague continues with round 21 containing a clasico in Spain and a massive derby in Belgrade. None of the rest of the games though will be an easy task for the favourites. So, let’s dive straight into our Euroleague picks for today’s games.

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Real Madrid – Barcelona

El Clasico’s latest round is a must-see battle between two of the co-leaders of Euroleague. Barcelona (13-7) has won three straight road games, as well as achieved a thrilling triumph at Palau Blaugrana in Round 2 when Sergio Llull missed an attempted game-winner at the buzzer. Real (13-7) will be looking to rebound from a bad showing at Olympiacos last week, and will need on another dominant performance from Walter Tavares to control the paint in what will undoubtedly be a rough contest.

Over 160.5 at 1.90

Alba Berlin – Valencia

Valencia (10-10) will aim to make it four wins in a row when it travels to ALBA Berlin (6-14) for a rematch of the EuroCup Finals from 2010 and 2019. Valencia has been plagued by injury issues recently, but important creator Chris Jones is now available, and new signing Shannon Evans, who leads the Spanish League in scoring this season, might make his debut. ALBA will look to former Valencia forward Luka Sikma for inspiration as it looks to rebound from successive losses and rekindle its fading playoff aspirations.

2 (+3.5) at 1.90

Asvel Villerbaunne – Fenerbahce

Fenerbahce (13-7) hopes to keep its share of top place with a win over ASVEL (7-13), which is searching for its first home win in four games. The Turkish titan’s three-game winning streak has been fueled by big man Johnathan Motley, who has averaged 17.7 points and 11.3 rebounds in that span. The struggle for inside supremacy between Motley and ASVEL’s Youssoupha Fall, who has scored in double figures in four straight games, will be crucial.

2 (-3.5) at 1.90

Monaco – Milano

Monaco (12-8) will look to add to the misery for Milan (6-14), which has plummeted to the bottom of the rankings with four successive losses. The home team has won the last seven games involving Monaco, including a Round 15 loss to Milan in Italy. Ettore Messina’s men overcame a 17-point deficit in that game by launching a 19-0 run in the last session, so Monaco coach Sasa Obradovic won’t need to encourage his players to compete for the full 40 minutes this time.

Over 154.5 at 1.90

Panathinaikos – Zalgiris

Zalgiris (12-8) visits struggling Panathinaikos (7-13) in pursuit of its fifth straight victory. Last week’s comeback triumph over Zvezda was secured by Edgaras Ulanovas, who can always be counted on to perform as Zalgiris’ emotional leader. But, maybe more than any other club, the Lithuanians rely on teamwork rather than individual brilliance, especially with a defence that has allowed just 76.2 points per game, the league’s second-lowest mark.

Winning margin 3-way: Any Other Result (1-5 points) at 2.60

(All prices correct at 25/01/2023, 23:00 CET, subject to change)

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