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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

Basketball Tips: livetipster.com

* Odds are correct at time of publishing and are subject to change.

Standings provided by Sofascore LiveScore

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Liverpool vs Real Madrid Prediction, Injuries, Suspensions and Possible Line-ups

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Liverpool vs Real Madrid play in the Champions League final.

Who’s likely to start, who might be left out, and who is unavailable? We have brought together all the information available, so check out our Champions League final predictions today.

Saturday, 28/05/2022

  • Stade de France (80,698), Paris
  • Referee: Clement Turpin (France)
  • Real have won 13 Champions League titles (including the European Champions Cup) in 16 appearances in the final.
  • Liverpool have 6 Champions League titles (including the European Champions Cup) in 9 appearances in the final.

Road to the final

Liverpool wrapped up their on paper “tough group” (Atletico, Porto, AC Milan) with 6/6 wins. They then eliminated Inter, Benfica and Villarreal successively, winning on all 3 occasions and scoring 2+ goals on the road, while at home they only won against the Spaniards, drew with the Portuguese and were beaten by the Italians (0-2) in their only defeat in the competition this season.

Real Madrid cruised through the group stage (Inter, Sheriff, Shakhtar) with a 5-0-1 record. Their only loss was a shocking 1-2 defeat to Sheriff in Madrid. But Ancelotti’s team eliminated three championship contenders in… epic fashion. Against Paris Saint-Germain, they needed Benzema’s hat-trick in Madrid (3-1). The Frenchman scored 3 more goals in London against Chelsea (1-3) before his team beat the English side in extra time in the second leg. This was followed by two incredible games against Manchester City, losing 4-3 away, but scoring two goals after the 90 minutes in the replay and winning in extra time (3-1).

Liverpool vs Real Madrid possible line-ups

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konaté, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Keïta; Salah, Mané, Luis Díaz

Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Éder Militão, Alaba, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modrić; Valverde, Benzema, Vinícius Júnior

Liverpool vs Real Madrid prediction

The odds don’t show how tightly contested the final can be, with Liverpool given as favourites by all bookmakers, but Real are the side that has linked their name with European success. Liverpool may be more tired from their unsuccessful battle to win the Premier League, and in two finals this season they have drawn 0-0 with Chelsea and won the titles on penalties.

On the other hand, Real have had a chance to refuel over the last month and are expected to be fresh, so they offset the disadvantage of the Reds’ greater physicality.

Whew… tough to predict. But we’ll go with the “2-3 goals” bet as our main prediction, with the most likely score being 1-1. Finally, we think 2.37 on the Spanish side to win is too generous to pass up.

Football bullet Tip 1: 2-3 goals at 2.00

Football bullet Tip 2: Correct Score 1-1 at 7.00

Football bullet Tip 3: Real Madrid to win the Trophy at 2.37


The last final played by Liverpool vs Real Madrid in 2018

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(All prices correct at 27/05/2022, 19:15 CET, subject to change)

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Euroleague Final, Predictions

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Euroleague FInal Four 2022

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Euroleague basketball predictions The Euroleague Final fot in the Final Four will be between Real Madrid and Anadolu Efes. Check our expert Euroleague predictions.

Our EuroLeague Final 4 tips appear under each mini game preview.

Real Madrid vs Efes Anadolu

  • Real Madrid has 26 wins against Efes, that has 13.

Anadolu Efes and Real Madrid will meet for the first time in the EuroLeague Championship Game, but they have played many important games recently, including the 2021 play-offs series, which Efes won and then went on to win the title in the Final Four a few weeks later.

In the current campaign, Real and Efes have met twice. Real trounced Efes 82-69 in their season opener, with newcomers Heurtel and Yabusele each scoring 18 points. Efes defeated Real 93-90 in Round 31 almost six months later, with Micic scoring 29 points.

The championship game in 2022 will be the latest chapter in this developing rivalry. It’s a defining moment for both, and only the victor will be fulfilled.

The final is completely unpredictable; we like Real’s victory at the odds of 2.00, but we will also predict two players’ special bets. Real Madrid’s Causeur proved in the semi-final that he is a big game player, and his job will be even more essential with Williams-Goss out, while Yabusele is testing his hand a lot, and the odds on the market of Over 1.5 three-point attempts are worth it from every angle!

basketball prediction Tip: Real Madrid win at 2.00

basketball prediction Tip 2: Causer Over 8.5 points at 1.90

basketball prediction Tip 3: Yabusele Over 1.5 three-point shot (scored) at 2.15

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Stark Arena, Belgrade, Serbia – The venue of the Final Four

(All prices correct at 21/04/2022, 09:30 CET, subject to change)

News Source: Euroleague.net

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Euroleague Final 4, Semifinals, Predictions

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Euroleague basketball predictions The Euroleague Final 4 is here! Check the semifinals previews and our expert Euroleague predictions.

Our EuroLeague Final 4 tips appear under each mini game preview.

Barcelona vs Real Madrid

This season, Barcelona was one of the stronger rebounding teams in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, but it couldn’t match Real Madrid’s dominance on the boards.

Sarunas Jasikevicius’ team has conceded the fewest rebounds in the league this season, 31.2 per game, and outrebounded opponents by 3.2 per game. It had the third-most defensive rebounds (24.3 per game) and the fourth-most total rebounds (34.4 rpg.).

Real’s resurgent supremacy elevated it to a new level. Los Blancos dominated the league in rebounds (38.3 per game), defence boards (26.8 per game), and offensive boards (11.6 per game). It gave up the fewest rebounds (31.7 per game) and outrebounded opponents by an incredible 6.6 per game.

When Real met Barcelona this season, such was not the case. When the two teams played in Round 14, Barcelona won 36-29. After that, Barca won the battle of the boards 39-36 in Round 26. In El Clasico this season, Barcelona averaged 5 more boards per game than their opponents.

Matching those great defensive efforts in the semifinals could be the difference between Barcelona and the EuroLeague’s top rebounding club.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 (-3.5) at 1.90

Olympiacos vs Efes

Several figures stand out from Olympiacos and Efes’s prior games this season that could be worth watching in their semifinal clash.

Even though the teams won a game each, there was little else that was equal. Efes had 18 turnovers in each game, whilst the Reds had 26. Efes not only had more possessions, but they also shot substantially better, hitting 62.0%of their two-point attempts. Both teams tried 71 twos, but Olympiacos shot 53.5%, which was 6 less. Efes also had the best three-point shooting squad, making 20 of them (33.9%). The Reds converted 17 attempts at 30.9%.

Each game was won by the club that won the battle of the boards, with Olympiacos gathering 6 more rebounds across the two games. Even in the Round 26 game, which Efes lost, it outscored Olympiacos 90-105 in the performance index rating.

Olympiacos did get to the foul line more frequently, even if it did not shoot as well. The Reds converted 29 of 36 foul shots (80.6%), while Efes converted 25 of 27. (92.6%). Efes also had a superior season free-throw shooting percentage (82.1 percent -75.8%). However, if Olympiacos continues to draw a lot of fouls and puts Efes in foul trouble, that might be a game changer.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 157.5 at 1.90

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Stark Arena, Belgrade, Serbia – The venue of the Final Four

(All prices correct at 19/04/2022, 08:35 CET, subject to change)

News Source: Euroleague.net

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