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Euroleague Preview – Final Four 2019

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The waiting is nearly over and the big moment will soon be ον. Τηε European basketball’s grandest showcase takes place in Vitoria-Gasteiz this weekend and there will be plenty for betting fans from all over the world. Let’s look ahead to the highlights.

Familiar foes to clash in semifinals

The 2019 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four will have a familiar look with three teams returning from last season’s event. In fact, the winners of the past four EuroLeague crowns will all be in Vitoria-Gasteiz to battle for the trophy at Fernando Buesa Arena. CSKA Moscow will make its eighth straight and record 19th Final Four appearance overall. Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul checks in for its fifth consecutive Final Four. Defending champion Real Madrid will play the Final Four for the sixth time in seven seasons. The new face will be Anadolu Efes Istanbul, which crashed the party for its Final Four since 2001.

The two semifinals (Friday 17/5)

Fenerbahce – Anadolu Efes

The 2019 Turkish Airlines… semifinal. The Final Four will get underway with crosstown rivals Fenerbahce and Anadolu Efes tipping off their semifinal showdown at Fernando Buesa Arena. The opening game could well unfold as primarily a battle between Efes’s offense and Fenerbahce’s defense.

By both teams reaching this event, Turkey will have two representatives at the Final Four for the first time ever. Fenerbahce and Efes are the winningest teams in Turkish basketball history and have met many times for league and cup titles, but their semifinal in Vitoria-Gasteiz marks their first clash in European competition this deep into a season. This season, Efes bested Fenerbahce 89-83 in Round 4 on the strength of an Adrien Moerman double-double. Fenerbahce scored an 84-66 rout in Round 24 thanks to 17 points from Kostas Sloukas. Already this season they have shared the spoils in Turkish titles; Efes beat Fenerbahce for the preseason Turkish Basketball Presidential Cup and Fenerbahce topped Efes for the Turkish Cup. The teams ranked first (Fenerbahce – 43.4%) and second (Efes – 40.5%) in the EuroLeague in three-point shooting this season.

Ergin Ataman’s team has produced a series of explosive performances throughout the season, scoring 85.4 points per game behind dazzling backcourt play from Vasilije Micic, Shane Larkin, Rodrigue Beaubois and Kruno Simon, who delivered a combined average of more than 40 points per game. Efes loves playing at a fast tempo and keeping the ball moving, but will have a tough task achieving that against a Fenerbahce team which bolstered Zeljko Obradovic’s reputation for defensive excellence by allowing just 74.6 points per game – fewer than any other team – during the regular season.

Fenerbahce is struggling with injuries, with Joffrey Lauvergne and Gigi Datome definitely out while Nikola Kalinic and Jan Vesely are doubtful. But the defensive discipline instilled by Obradovic will remain unchanged regardless of which players are on the floor and Efes will have to work harder than ever to find its rhythm and create good shots.

Fener – Efes prediction

It will be a tough game to bet on because of Fener’s injuries. At the same time, the 2.5 handicap to Efes looks quite fragile. Having said that, I’ll go for the points total, believing that the teams from Istanbul will score more than 152.5 points.

Tip: Over 152.5 points at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 16/05/2019, 12:00 CET)


CSKA Moscow – Real Madrid

The other semifinal will present a familiar sight as reigning champion Real Madrid squares off with CSKA Moscow for the third consecutive Final Four: CSKA won the Third Place Game in Istanbul a couple of years ago before Real prevailed in last season’s semifinal. This season’s meetings were both taken by CSKA, which gained an 88-93 victory in Madrid in November and another narrow win, 82-78, in Round 22 in Moscow.

There is a long and rich history of big games between CSKA Moscow and Real Madrid, including championship games in 1963, 1965 and 1969. Last season, Madrid beat CSKA in the semifinals at the Final Four in Belgrade 92-83 behind 16 points apiece from Luka Doncic and Sergio Llull. This season, CSKA bested Madrid twice in the regular season, winning 88-93 in Round 10 in the Spanish capital behind 24 points from Cory Higgins. In the return leg in Moscow, CSKA claimed an 82-78 triumph thanks to 21 points from Nando De Colo. The teams ranked second (CSKA 86.5 ppg.) and third (Madrid – 85.5 ppg.) in the competition in scoring this season.

Defeating a top-quality team like Real three times in a row is no easy mission, but CSKA’s quest will be helped by one of the hottest performers of the playoffs: Nando De Colo was sensational in the series against KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz, netting 28 and 27 points in the decisive road wins in Games 3 and 4, so he’ll certainly feel comfortable returning to Fernando Buesa Arena on Friday.

On the other side of the ball, Real will hope the threat posed by De Colo can be matched by its own superstar leader, Sergio Llull. The 2017 EuroLeague MVP was unable to appear in the playoffs against Panathinaikos OPAP Athens due to injury, before returning for four Spanish League games in the build-up to the big event. But Llull wasn’t at his best in those games, shooting 3-of-18 from three-point range, and the question of whether he can recover his top form could be crucial.

CSKA – Real prediction

Clash of Titans in Vitoria. Real is last year’s winner and maybe with the strongest roster but I have a feeling that this time they will not make it to the Final. Plain win for CSKA is my bet here, I wouldn’t even risk the -1.0 point handicap just to inject the price from 1.90 to 2.00.

Tip: 1 at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 16/05/2019, 12:00 CET)


Who will take the MVP crown?

A night after the semifinals, the winner of the competition’s most prestigious individual prize will be announced at the annual awards ceremony, which culminates with the crowning of this season’s MVP. The list of contenders contains two players from Fenerbahce: Kostas Sloukas has earned the first All-EuroLeague nomination of his glittering career, while Jan Vesely topped the performance index rating charts out of all players competing at the Final Four. CSKA’s Will Clyburn also presents a strong case after averaging 13.2 points and 6.9 rebounds – the only player to rank in the top 10 in both of those categories this season.

That trio has been joined in the All-EuroLeague First Team by two players who will not be playing in the Final Four: Panathinaikos backcourt general Nick Calathes smashed his own record for the most assists in a single season (a total of 286, 8.7 per game), while Brandon Davies led Zalgiris Kaunas’s charge into the playoffs with 14.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Whatever the decision, one thing is for sure: with none of the five nominees having won before, we will have a brand-new EuroLeague MVP on Saturday night.

The awards ceremony is just one of the many activities taking part away from Fernando Buesa Arena this week and most of them are open to the public at no expense. There will be plenty to enjoy at the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague FanZone, located in the beautiful heart of Vitoria-Gasteiz at three adjacent central squares: Plaza España, Plaza de la Virgen Blanca and Plaza de los Fueros. The fun starts at 1100 local time on Friday morning with a One Team session and Ambassadors Game and continues throughout the weekend with three-on-three games, slam dunk contests, special appearances by players and much more.

Another big attraction for all basketball fans is the chance to watch the Euroleague Basketball Adidas Next Generation Tournament, which will see the continent’s best eight Under 18 teams battle for the chance to appear in the Final at Fernando Buesa Arena on Sunday. Group games take place at Polideportivo Mendizorrotza in downtown Vitoria-Gasteiz between 900 and 1700 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and entry is free of charge.
Milestones for the champs

So, who will be crowned champion of the 2018-19 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague? We will find out after Sunday’s championship game at Fernando Buesa Arena and whoever comes away with the trophy there will also have some significant milestones to celebrate.

Real Madrid, for starters, is aiming to win back-to-back trophies for the first time in more than half a century, having last done so in 1967 and 1968, while Pablo Laso can become only the seventh coach to win three EuroLeague titles. That list, of course, is led by Zeljko Obradovic and victory on Sunday night would give the Fenerbahce boss his 10th European crown.

Obradovic’s backcourt leader Kostas Sloukas will be hoping to extend his remarkable semifinals record after going 6-0 in the last seven years. Then h will try to become the only active player with four EuroLeague titles. That feat can also be matched by his former Olympiacos teammate Kyle Hines, while Hines or Sloukas could become just the third player to win the competition multiple times with two different teams – only Dino Meneghin (Varese, Milan) and Fausto Bargna (Cantu, Milan) have done that in the past.

Efes, of course, is looking to become European champion for the very first time and it would also be the first EuroLeague title for coach Ergin Ataman and all his players – Bryant Dunston and Vasilije Micic are the only two Efes players to have appeared in a Final Four before: Dunston helped Olympiacos reach the 2015 championship game, and Micic finished in third place with Zalgiris last year.

Who will take the Euroleague?

Our bet: CSKA Moscow to win the Euroleague at 3.20 with bet365
(Price correct at 16/05/2019, 12:00 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)

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Euroleague Tips with Previews – Friday matches

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Euroleague Basketball Predictions

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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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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