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Euroleague Preview & Tips – The play-offs start – Game 1

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Euroleague basketball predictions included under each mini game preview.

The 2017-18 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs are set to begin with Game 1 showdowns. Action starts on Tuesday with the Moscow city-derby followed by a showdown of two teams that combined for 15 EuroLeague titles – Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens and Real Madrid – but collide for the first time this late in the season. Wednesday will be time for the defending champions Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul to face the Baskonia character, before the clash between the team with the most, and a team with the least playoff experience, Olympiacos Piraeus and Zalgiris Kaunas, wraps things up.

Tuesday’s matches

CSKA Moscow vs. Khimki Moscow

After finishing the regular season in first place, CSKA Moscow enters the playoffs looking for its 15th Final Four appearance in 16 years.The Russian team’s excellence has been based on a trio of backcourt stars, with Nando De Colo averaging 17.2 points, Sergio Rodriguez providing 13.5 points and 4.8 assists, and Cory Higgins accounting for 13.6 points per game. Coach Dimitris Itoudis has also benefitted from an outstanding first season at the club from Will Clyburn, who has averaged 11.7 points and 5.7 rebounds while spending more total minutes on the floor than any other CSKA player. Itoudis’s men were easily the highest-scoring team during the regular season, averaging 89.2 points per game. And after stringing together a run of 10 consecutive home wins, it’s clear that CSKA will not be stopped without a supreme battle.

Alexey Shved has been the star for a Khimki Moscow Region team that is preparing for its first ever playoffs appearance. But Shved’s contribution has not been limited to his record-breaking scoring powers (21.4 points per game), because he is also the team’s leading facilitator with an average of 5.2 assists, as well as being one of the league’s top ball hawks with 1.4 steals per game. Shved has plenty of support with the all-round excellence of Anthony Gill (11.0 ppg and 4.6 rpg), while the rebounding ability of Malcolm Thomas (5.3 rpg), Thomas Robinson (6.1 rpg) and Tyler Honeycutt (5.4 rpg) is another major asset. Honeycutt and veteran James Anderson both missed the end of the regular season through injury, however, and recovering those two key players will be a priority for coach Georgios Bartzokas.

Tip: 2 (+11.5) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 17/04/2018, 10:30UK)

Panathinaikos vs. Real Madrid

Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens weathered a season of ups and downs to roar back into the playoffs with home-court advantage as a bonus. The Greek giant started off by losing three of its first five games, before winning eight of the next nine. A mid-season wobble of six losses in eight ensued, but a late spurt of five straight wins restored the positive vibe for Xavi Pascual’s men. The heart and soul of everything has been Nick Calathes, who has delivered one of the most consistent backcourt seasons in EuroLeague history with no less than 10 points-assists double-doubles – a record. Another key is Chris Singleton, who has started every game and spent more total time on the floor than anyone in the league except Alexey Shved. The dynamism of James Gist (10.1 ppg and 4.5 rpg) is also crucial, while Mike James has averaged 14.8 points per game since rejoining the team in mid-season.

Real Madrid has overcome horrendous injury problems to reach the post-season despite last season’s league MVP, Sergio Llull, sitting out the entire regular season and big men Gustavo Ayon, Anthony Randolph and Ognjen Kuzmic also missing large chunks of action. Pablo Laso’s squad has overcome those problems partly thanks to a season of stunning brilliance from teen sensation Luka Doncic, the runaway league leader in performance index rating. But it hasn’t been a one-man show, with seven different players averaging at least 8 points per game and mid-season recruit Walter Tavares averaging 5.9 rebounds since joining the team. A quartet of long-range snipers – Jaycee Carroll, Fabien Causeur, Jeffrey Taylor and Trey Thompkins – have all made more than 40% of their three-point shots, completing a Madrid lineup which can hurt you from anywhere.

Tip: Under 162.0 at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 17/04/2018, 10:30UK)

Wednesday’s matches

Olympiacos vs. Zalgiris

It’s the same old story at Olympiacos Piraeus, with the Reds setting their sights on a seventh Final Four outing in the last decade on the back of veteran leaders Vassilis Spanoulis and Georgios Printezis. Spanoulis missed the first 10 games of the regular season through injury before bouncing back to average 13.1 points and 5.7 assists per game, while Printezis is the team’s co-leader with an average performance index rating of 14.8. The other PIR leader is rebounding ace Nikola Milutinov (9.3 ppg. and 5.78 rpg.) another key component for coach Ioannis Sfairopoulos’s team. The never-say-die defensive efforts of Kostas Papanikolaou and the athleticism of Jamel McLean have also been vital. As much as the identity of the individuals, however, Olympiacos’s famous collective spirit remains intact and makes the Greek giant a formidable opponent every year at this time.

The surprise package of the regular season, Zalgiris Kaunas is now aiming for its first Final Four appearance this century. Coach Sarunas Jasikevicius has built a very well-balanced team, with the offensive efforts being led by dynamic point guard Kevin Pangos, the only player to have started every game, with averages of 12.4 points and 6.2 assists. Pangos’s play around the perimeter has been perfectly complemented by the inside presence of veteran Paulius Jankunas, who has delivered arguably his best-ever season in averaging 12.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Further threat comes from the penetration of Vasilije Micic, the long-range shooting of Arturas Milaknis, the all-round energy of Edgaras Ulanovas and the powerful play around the rims of Aaron White and Brandon Davies. Zalgiris is not finished yet.

Tip: 2 (+6.5) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 18/04/2018, 09:05UK)

Fenerbahce vs. Baskonia

Reigning champion Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul is mounting another strong title challenge mainly thanks to the league’s best defensive record, with Zeljko Obradovic’s troops allowing just 75.2 points per game. There are plenty of potential game-breakers within the Fenerbahce ranks, though, starting with tireless point guard Brad Wanamaker, who has led his team’s offensive output with 11.4 points and 3.9 assists per game. Along with Wanamaker, fellow new recruits Marko Guduric, Nicola Melli and Jason Thompson are the only Fenerbahce players to have appeared in every game during the regular season, illustrating the depth of options available to Obradovic. And with last season’s title-winners Jan Vesely (12.9 ppg and 4.9 rpg), Kostas Sloukas (10.1 ppg and 5.0 apg) and Luigi Datome (9.6 ppg) still playing vital roles, everything is in place for the Turkish team to guard its crown jealously.

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz roared into the playoffs with a run of six straight victories before a surprising final round defeat at home, and coach Pedro Martinez’s team must now bounce back immediately from that setback. The Spanish team’s late-season charge was largely based upon a trio of outstanding big men, with the all-round skills of Toko Shengelia earning March’s monthly MVP award, while Johannes Voigtmann ranks second in the league in three-point shooting conversion (58.5%) and Vincent Poirier averaged 12.7 points and 7.7 rebounds over the last six games. The backcourt is also highly talented, with Jayson Granger (9.6 ppg and 5.3 apg) and sharp-shooter Rodrigue Beaubois (12.1 ppg) joined by veteran pass master Marcelinho Huertas, giving Baskonia an impressive array of firepower and know-how.

Tip: Over 156.5 at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 18/04/2018, 09:05UK)

Let’s summarize our Euroleague tips today and for the current match day.

Euroleague Basketball Tips

DateLeagueEventPickTypeOddsBookieBet+/-
20/05/2018EL - F4Real Madrid v Fenerbahce1Pre2.10
(20/04/2018 at 09.20)
novibet30
18/05/2018EL - F4CSKA Moscow v Real Madrid2 (+3.5)Pre1.90
(18/04/2018 at 09.15)
bet365100+90
18/05/2018EL - F4Fenerbahce v ZalgirisOver 155.5Pre1.90
(18/04/2018 at 09.15)
bet36550-50

 



Source: euroleague.net

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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.

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

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.

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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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