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Euroleague Preview & Tips – Round 17

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Darussafaka – CSKA Moscow

Two weeks after knocking off a top-six visitor, Darussafaka aims even higher with CSKA Moscow coming to Istanbul for Round 17. The hosts sit last in the standings, while the visitors are third and stopped their three-game road losing streak last week. Darussafaka can take confidence from its first game against CSKA, despite a 79-75 loss in Moscow, because that difference was a lot less than the 20-5 points per game by which Darussafaka lost all eight road games in the first half of the regular season. A new year offers new opportunities and Darussafaka has nothing to lose in this second attempt at surprising CSKA.

Low shooting percentages marked the first, quite even game between these teams, and Darussafaka’s recipe needs to be more of the same: disruptive defense and solid rebounding. Darussafaka struggles mightily with the league’s worst three-point shooting accuracy, but even if everything else goes well, will probably need to hit a few more attempts than usual from downtown. To get good shots requires lower turnovers and better ball movement, both of which are essential to have a chance against CSKA.

Depth, depth and more depth. CSKA’s talented and hard-working rotations are hard for any team to match, but Darussafaka lacks more than most in experience. Daniel Hackett has been surging for the visitors; expect him to be assigned to stop Douglas. CSKA’s big men have been quiet offensively in the last few road games, so watch for one of them to bust out. And don’t forget Clyburn, a matchup nightmare whose PIR average is 24.8 over the last six games. His old team will have to slow him down – or else.

Tip: 1 (+12.5) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 09/01/2019, 09:55 CET)

Panathinaikos v Bayern

Panathinaikos goes home to lick its wounds from a big loss in the Greek Derby and to get revenge for a one-point defeat to Bayern in Munich back in Round 2. Bayern now sits in the last playoffs position, eighth place, a victory ahead of Panathinaikos, so the outcome of this game could have long-range consequences. Keith Langford was the big gun for Panathinaikos back in the first game with Bayern, scoring 18 points, but he has not played since Round 14 due to an injury. Nihad Dedovic won their duel with 19 points for Bayern in the first game, which Vladimir Lucic sealed with a steal in the closing seconds for an 80-79 victory

Three-point accuracy continues to be the Achilles heel of Panathinaikos, which would like nothing better than to rebound and run for easier points. That will require defensive patience and quickness against a well-schooled Bayern team, but if the Greens can wait out the visitors some, their better depth should come into play, as will a home-crowd atmosphere that Bayern is not used to seeing. Keep an eye on big men Stephane Lasme, Konstantinos Mitoglou and Thanasis Antetokounmpo. If they are thriving, as they tend to at OAKA, it will be a good sign for the Greens.

Keith Langford and Thanasis Antetokounmpo will be out with injury for Panathinaikos.

Bayern has been missing center Devin Booker for the last five games and point guard Stefan Jovic for the last two, so their presence – or not – will be influential. Panathinaikos is the second-worst team making three-pointers (30.9%), while Bayern has the fifth-ranked three-point defense. The visitors need to keep that up, grab the long rebounds and play either quick-strike transition offense or long possessions to grind out points and keep the Greens from running. If that succeeds in subduing the crowd, too, Bayern can turn the pressure on Panathinaikos late in the game.

Tip: 1 (-8.0) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 09/01/2019, 09:55 CET)

Maccabi – Buducnost

One of these teams has to make a move soon to join the playoffs race. Maccabi has won four of nine games since Ioannis Sfairopoulos took over the bench, including three of the last four at home. Its only win before that run was at Buducnost back in Round 3. Buducnost has a new coach, Jasmin Repesa; a new point guard, Norris Cole; and a new center, Goga Bitadze, since that first meeting and will come to Tel Aviv with little to lose, in search of its first EuroLeague win ever over Maccabi.

Rule number one against Buducnost this season is: don’t let the shooters get hot. Although that has not happened on the road yet, Maccabi can’t be too careful, so expect DeAndre Kane to lead the perimeter defenders. Inside, Maccabi will have its hands full with Bitadze, so the mid-range games of Michael Roll, author of 6 three-pointers last week, and Angelo Caloiaro, who has played best against the biggest Euroleague teams, but needs to show the same against Maccabi’s direct competitors for moving up.

The visitors first game under Jasmin Repesa was a 111-94 loss at AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan. Needless to say, Buducnost’s defense needs to close ranks. Cole can do a lot by joining with Nemanja Gordic to control the pace better. A ball-moving, inside-out offense that takes advantage of Bitadze and kick-outs to the many shooters on the team would go a long way to putting Buducnost in a position to try for an upset.

Tip: Over 165.0 at 2.00 with bet365
(Price correct at 09/01/2019, 09:55 CET)

Milano – Barcelona

It will be a true clash of styles in the Game of the Week for Round 17 as Milan, owner of the league’s third-best offense (87.5 ppg.), hosts Barcelona, which has the second-best defense (76.1 points against). What’s more, the game has clear ramifications in the standings, where sixth-place Barcelona (9-7) has a one more victory than seventh-place Milan (8-8). Should Barcelona win, after having done so at home when these two teams played back in Round 9, that would effectively rise to a three-victory advantage as the head-to-head record is the first tie-breaker, if necessary, at the end of the regular season.

Milan’s playoffs aspirations hinge on winning games like this one. It’s club-record offensive explosion of 111 points in Round 16 against lower-rated Buducnost was nice, but the hosts will have to bring defense and toughness to combat Barcelona’s own. Newly-signed center Alen Omic should be available to help rebound and defend inside, which will be essential. Scoring won’t be as easy for Milan, so it will need to match Barcelona’s defensive intensity for long stretches. Players like Micov, Bertans and Mindaugas Kuzminskas must be ready to step in as scorers if Barcelona focuses on locking down James.

Containment is the key for the visitors, as Milan is tied for the league lead in three-pointers made per game, and when those shots fall, the team’s confidence rises. Otherwise, expect Barcelona to test Milan again inside, where Tarczewski was negated in the first game due to five fouls. Barcelona is deeper inside, with Seraphin, Ante Tomic and Pierre Oriola, among others, so on both ends of the court, a battle under the rims is in the interest of the visitors. It worked well for them back in Round 9, so don’t be surprised to see the same recipe now.

Tip: Over 164.5 at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 09/01/2019, 09:55 CET)

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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