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Euroleague Preview & Tips – Round 1 – Let the Game begin!

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The day basketball fans around the globe have waited all summer for is here! The Turkish Airlines EuroLeague returns Thursday with 10 teams active on opening night. Four of them will share the spotlight in two simultaneous tip-offs at 19:00 CET. Three more games will follow on Thursday before a trio of Friday night games wraps up Round 1. Only eight teams will survive the first round of action with a perfect record! Welcome back to Europe’s premier basketball competition, the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague.

Friday’s matches

One of the two early games on Friday brings together two teams making their EuroLeague returns, Khimki Moscow Region and Valencia Basket, who meet at 19:00 CET at Mytishchi Arena in the Russian capital. Reigning 7DAYS EuroCup MVP Alexey Shved is the leader of an athletic Khimki side, which will likely be stingy on defense as all Coach Georgios Bartzokas teams tend to be. Three-time All-EuroCup selection Bojan Dubljevic is the go-to guy for Valencia. This will be the first ever meeting in the EuroLeague between the sides and the team that takes the inaugural win will also start the EuroLeague season with a positive record.

Tip: Over 156.5 at 1.90 with bet365

Two young and talented squads open their respective EuroLeague seasons against one another when Zalgiris Kaunas hosts Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade Friday at 19:00 CET. Each team has only three players in their 30s and though those veterans, like Zalgiris power forward Paulius Jankunas and his Zvezda counterpart Pero Antic, will play key roles each team will also need some of their rising stars to get the job done. Each team boasts a French newcomer, Axel Toupane for Zalgiris and Mathias Lessort for Zvezda, who could be a key difference maker.

Tip: 1 (-6,5) at 1.90 with bet365

Round 1 wraps up with a battle between two old rivals, FC Barcelona Lassa and Panathinaikos superfoods Athens, at Palau Blaugrana at 21:00 CET. The game is a homecoming for the Greens head coach Xavi Pascual, who coached Barcelona from 2008 until 2016 and led it to the 2010 EuroLeague title. There will also be an interesting clash in the backcourt between Barcelona playmaker Phil Pressey and Panathinaikos guard Marcus Denmon, who were college teammates. Barcelona veterans Juan Carlos Navarro and Ante Tomic and Panathinaikos shooter K.C. Rivers are all on the verge of personal milestones that should be tracked.

Tip: 2 (+5.0) at 1.90 with bet365

Thursday’s matches

Two teams with longstanding roles atop the continental basketball pyramid will get the ball bouncing this season when CSKA Moscow hosts AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan. Both teams underwent significant changes over the summer and fans will be eager to see how each team looks in the opener. CSKA, which has won four straight against Milan, added a few new faces over the summer and will have a much different look in the backcourt where former MVP Sergio Rodriguez and Leo Westermann slot in alongside another former MVP, Nando De Colo. After producing the league’s top-ranked attack three years running, CSKA should again be an offensive dynamo. Milan starts the season with nine new players and five with no previous EuroLeague experience. Coach Simone Pianigiani, who has found success in the past with star-studded backcourts, can turn to Jordan Theodore and Andrew Goudelock to try and keep pace with CSKA as Milan looks to rise to the top after a down season.

Tip: Over 164.5 at 1.90 with bet365

The other game sharing the opening tip spotlight takes place where last season ended, in Istanbul, Turkey. Anadolu Efes hosts Real Madrid with both teams looking to start on the right foot. Efes team captain Dogus Balbay welcomes three EuroLeague newcomers to the backcourt, while veterans Derrick Brown and Bryant Dunston lead the charge up front. Efes struggled out of the gate last season before rallying to make the playoffs and Coach Velimir Perasovic will surely have his team hyped and ready to claim an opening night win. Madrid, which has won six of its last seven games against Efes – including a 3-1 series victory in the 2015 playoffs, was able to keep the overwhelming majority of last season’s team, which boasted the best record in the regular season. However a knee injury to reigning MVP Sergio Llull will change many things for Los Blancos, the superstar teenager Luka Doncic may be just the right man to fill his shoes.

Tip: 1 (+5.5) at 1.90 with bet365

Led by a pair of former Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv players, Brose Bamberg will look to continue its superb recent form against the Israeli powerhouse when they clash at 20:00 CET. Bamberg, which swept Maccabi last season by an average margin of victory of 15 points, enters the season with an experienced roster and many of the players that helped the squad contend for a playoff berth last season are back. The situation is different with Maccabi in which new head coach Neven Spahija inherits only one player from last season’s underperforming team. A series of preseason injuries plagued the Maccabi backcourt, which could affect the team’s performance on opening night. For Bamberg, Ricky Hickman, who won the 2014 EuroLeague with Maccabi, and Quincy Miller, will look to shine bright against their former squad.

Tip: 1 at 2.00 with bet365

Winner of five straight games against Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz, Olympiacos Piraeus will look to keep that streak going when the teams meet on Thursday at 20:00 CET at Heraklion Arena in Crete (and not in Pireaus). The Reds not only have owned Baskonia in recent years, but they also added a veteran member of the Baskonia frontline over the summer, Kim Tillie. Olympiacos relies on its veteran core led by Vassilis Spanoulis and Georgios Printezis, while center Nikola Milutinov has also looked strong in the preseason. Baskonia enters the season under a rookie head coach, Pablo Prigioni, and with a host of newcomers, though many of them are experienced at Europe’s top level. It will be a tough test for Baskonia in the opener on the road against last season’s runner up.

Tip: Over 154.5 at 1.90 with bet365

The final game on opening night could also be called the Euroleague Basketball SuperCup as it pits last season’s 7DAYS EuroCup champion, Unicaja Malaga, against the reigning Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champion, Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul, at 21:00 CET. Unicaja returns to the EuroLeague after a one-year absence with a seasoned roster. Coach Joan Plaza has plenty of experience, talent and depth and they will couple that with the team’s passionate crowds to challenge Fenerbahce. The visitors enter the season with a new look, but just as powerful as ever after adding two members of last season’s All-EuroLeague team to the squad. Fenerbahce looked strong in the preseason and will look to start the season on the right foot.

Tip: 1 at 2.40 with bet365



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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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The Euroleague action for 2023 continues non-stop. We are already in round 19, therefore in the second half of the regular season. So, let’s dive straight into our Euroleague picks for today’s games.

Yes, these are the best Euro League basketball tips you can possible find and appear under each mini game preview.

Anadolu Efes – Bayern

Shane Larkin’s return to fitness has given defending champion Efes (10-9) an extra dimension as it looks to cement its spot in the top eight by defeating visiting Bayern (7-12) after an outstanding win in Barcelona last week. The German squad has lost five straight away games, but overcame Efes 81-78 in November in Munich. On that occasion, offensive rebounding was crucial, with Bayern grabbing 18, so Efes will be determined to play with more physicality this time around.

Over 156.5 at 1.90

Zalgiris – Crvena Zvezda

At the Final Four venue, Zalgirio Arena, a duel between two of this season’s most interesting dark horses will take place, with Zalgiris (11-8) trying to make it four wins in a row and Zvezda (10-9) looking to build on last week’s devastating win over Monaco. Zvezda now leads the series after a four-point home win against Zalgiris a month ago, thanks to Luca Vildoza’s career-high 27 points. Now, Zvezda must overcome a Zalgiris defence that allowed only 61 points in last week’s victory in Milan.

1 (-2.5) at 1.90

Olympiacos – Real Madrid

After taking full ownership of first place with a pair of road wins last week, Real (13-6) will look to maintain that position as it travels to Piraeus to face second-place Olympiacos (12-7) in a playoff-style matchup. These are also the competition’s top two scoring clubs, with Olympiacos (85.2 points per game) edging Real (84.4), and everything leads to another spectacular battle between two European titans. Olympiacos already won 87-89 in Madrid in October on the strength of a spectacular game-winning shot by Kostas Sloukas.

Real Madrid Under 79.5 at 1.83

Milano – Asvel Villeurbanne

Two bottom-of-the-standings teams whose playoff ambitions require a huge boost meet in Milan (6-13) as Milan welcomes ASVEL (6-13). The hosts are on a three-game losing streak, while ASVEL has lost five in a row due to injury issues. Because these are the league’s two lowest-scoring clubs (Milan 69.6 points per game; ASVEL 74.4), the winner should be determined by which team can find more offensive fluency.

1/1 at 1.80

(All prices correct at 20/01/2023, 08:00 CET, subject to change)

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Euroleague Tips with Previews – Thursday matches

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The Euroleague action for 2023 continues non-stop. We are already in round 19, therefore in the second half of the regular season. So, let’s dive straight into our Euroleague picks for today’s games.

Yes, these are the best Euro League basketball tips you can possible find and appear under each mini game preview.

Fenerbahce – Monaco

Two of the four clubs tied for second meet to kick off the week in style, with Fenerbahce (12-7) welcoming Monaco (12-7). The Turkish squad, which has won two games in a row, will be hoping that big man Johnathan Motley can keep up his excellent form after winning the Round 19 MVP award. Monaco is coming off its worst performance of the season, a 24-point loss to Zvezda, and must re-ignite an attack that has scored only 60 and 68 points in the last two games.

Over 161.5 at 1.90

Maccabi – Alba Berlin

Maccabi (10-9), with the competition’s joint-best home record (8-1), will aim to extend that – and also stay in the playoffs – with a visit from ALBA (6-13), which saw its three-game winning streak ended last week with a tough loss to Real Madrid. Both teams will attempt to dominate the boards: Maccabi leads the league in offensive rebounding with 12.5 per game, while ALBA, which has won only one of its previous eight games in Tel Aviv, is third with 11.7.

Maccabi Over 88.5 at 2.10

Baskonia – Barcelona

In a Spanish derby with everything on the line, Baskonia (11-8) will try to halt a two-game losing streak against Barcelona (12-7), who has a point to prove after last week’s home setback to Efes. Baskonia, which has won six straight at home, will be hoping to have long-range shooting specialist Markus Howard return from injury, while Barcelona will be hoping to see point guard Tomas Satoransky return to give more order to an offence that has been uneven in recent weeks.

2 at 1.75

Virtus Bologna – Panathinaikos

After snapping a six-game losing streak with a spirited win against Maccabi last week, Panathinaikos (7-12) looks to continue its upward trajectory with a trip to Virtus (8-11). Virtus, who lost both games at home during the double-round week, will look to improve its defence after conceding 87 and 85 points respectively. Panathinaikos will be hoping that Paris Lee continues to shine in the backcourt after scoring 21 points in their last game.

2 (+5.5) at 1.90

Valencia – Partizan

Valencia (9-10) hosts Partizan (9-10) in a clash of direct rivals just outside the playoffs. Valencia has overcome many injury absences to win three of its last four home games, but its patched-up team will need to produce a good defensive performance to contain one of the league’s most dangerous attackers. Partizan is seventh in two-point shooting accuracy (56.2%) and fourth in three-point shooting accuracy (37.8%), and has scored at least 83 points in each of the last four games.

1 at 1.86

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