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Euroleague Preview & Tips – Round 5 – Fifth Avenue



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Several big returns take place in Round 5, with a former head coach back on the same bench, a former captain visiting his old home floor, and a former leading scorer back to challenge his ex-teammates. There are also a few ties up and down the standings to be broken as teams jockey for position in a shifting table heading into the thick of the calendar. With five games on Thursday and three on Friday, competitiveness is guaranteed in Round 5.

Friday’s matches

CSKA Moscow vs. Zalgiris Kaunas

Friday tips off with a classic as resurgent CSKA (3-1) hosts scrappy Zalgiris (2-2). The hosts are 17-1 against the visitors this century, including 9-0 at home, but it was in their last meeting in Kaunas that Zalgiris broke the spell. To do so again, Kaunas will rely on the leadership of Paulius Jankunas and the wiles of Kevin Pangos to help control the pace. That’s because CSKA can run away at any moment behind super guards Sergio Rodriguez and Nando De Colo and floor-running forward Will Clyburn. Zalgiris will have to challenge collectively, with forwards Aaron White and Edgaras Ulanovas key to that effort, but Nikita Kurbanov and Cory Higgins, among others, will be ready for CSKA to see that the visitors don’t succeed. The mismatch in the paint between little big man Kyle Hines and sleek Zalgiris center Brandon Davies is another matchup to watch.

Tip: 2 (+14.5) at 1.90 with bet365

Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. Unicaja Malaga

A pitched battle between teams that need to rise into the middle of the standings is on tap on Friday between winless Efes (0-4) and visiting Unicaja (1-3). There’s has been a healthy rivalry, with 16 games since 2000, the majority of them in the former Top 16 phase, and a 9-7 edge for Efes. The hosts need to shore up the EuroLeague’s next-to-last defense, while the visitors have the same ranking on offense. Unicaja hopes to see its top scorer, Nemanja Nedovic, return from injury and Efes to see smooth Derrick Brown play his first game this season. Kruno Simon is back on form for the hosts, who get much of their scoring inside from Bryant Dunston and Vladimir Stimac. Unicaja, dead last in three-point shooting accuracy (26.7%), will look for Ray McCallum and Sasu Salin to spark some much-needed scoring from the perimeter.

Tip: 1 (5.0) at 1.90 with bet365

FC Barcelona Lassa vs. Olympiacos Piraeus

Round 4 ends with a classic battle of great importance to Barcelona (1-4), which needs to rebound at home against unbeaten Olympiacos (4-0). Barcelona has a three-game losing streak to snap after having looked ready for anything in the season opener at home. Thomas Huertel has emerged as the top assist-maker in the league, with 7.5 per game, but Barcelona has been unable to translate its fifth-ranked offense (82.3 ppg) into victories. Olympiacos, which has yet to play with team leader Vassilis Spanoulis, has not missed a beat thanks to the league’s second-best defense (67.8 oppg.) and the great inside play of Georgios Printezis and Nikola Milutinov. They will have to deal with Barcelona’s top scorer, Kevin Seraphin, and defensive ace Adam Hanga, but Olympiacos is almost sure to play its patented physical game on the road. It’s up to Barcelona to match that and hold serve on its own court.

Tip: 2 (+2.0) at 1.90 with bet365

Thursday’s matches

Crvena Zvezda vs. Brose Bamberg

Zvezda (2-2) puts its perfect home record on the line on Thursday against streaking Bamberg (2-2) as these two teams break their share of a six-way tie in the middle of the standings on Thursday. It will be a homecoming for former Zvezda captain Luka Mitrovic, but even with instant-impact newcomer Dorell Wright in the frontcourt with him, Bamberg will have its hands full against with Milko Bjelica and Taylor Rochestie, ranked fourth and fifth in performance index rating, not to mention a Belgrade crowd that might be the best sixth man on the planet.

Tip: 2 (+5,0) at 1.90 with bet365

Fenerbahce vs. Valencia

The champs from Fenerbahce (2-2) return home on Thursday to receive red-hot Valencia Basket (3-1), winners of their last three games, including two in blowout fashion. It’s their first meeting since 2011, and Valencia owns a 1-3 record against Fenerbahce before that and brings the EuroLeague’s best defense (65.5 oppg.) to the table. Led by Luigi Datome, Fenerbahce boasts the third-best three-point accuracy of all teams. Erick Green has been unstoppable for Valencia, and his battle with Brad Wanamaker and Kostas Sloukas should be fascinating.

Tip: Over 151.5 at 1.90 with bet365

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz vs. Panathinaikos

Baskonia (0-4) looks for a restart under a new head coach on Thursday, while Panathinaikos (2-2) tries to turn around its early problem with blowout losses on the road. Pedro Martinez returns to Baskonia’s bench, replacing Pablo Prigioni, more than a decade after he made his EuroLeague debut there. His first tasks are to revive the league’s worst offense (66.8 ppg.) and to restore the team’s home-court swagger. Panathinaikos comes off a big, last-second win over Fenerbahce in which Nikos Pappas was the hero, while Nick Calathes is leading the team in scoring, assists, steals and two-point accuracy.

Tip: Under 152.5 at 1.90 with bet365

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv vs. AX Olimpia Milan

Two historic clubs face off with a valuable victory between them as Maccabi (2-2) hosts Milan (1-3) on Thursday. If healthy, Milan shooter Andrew Goudelock will return to the floor where he led Maccabi in scoring last season. He will find some deadly scorers in his place, like Pierre Jackson and Norris Cole, who will need defending, too. Milan brings the EuroLeague’s third-best offense and best at three-point shooting, led by Dairis Bertans, Vladimir Micov and Amath M’Baye, all of whom connect from deep at a higher rate than any Maccabi player. Just as interesting will be the big-man battle between shot-blockers Artsiom Parakhouski and Alex Tyus for the hosts against Arturas Gudaitis and Kaleb Tarczewski for Milan.

Tip: 2 at 2.85 with bet365

Real Madrid vs. Khimki Moscow

Thursday ends with Real Madrid putting its unbeaten record on the line against high-powered visitors Khimki Moscow Region (3-1). All eyes will be on the battle at guard between wunderkind Luka Doncic for the hosts and do-it-all veteran Alexey Shved for the visitors. They rank first and third, respectively, among EuroLeague scorers. Closer to the basket, Gustavo Ayon is having a bang-up start, leading Madrid in rebounds, assists and blocks, while Thomas Robinson has emerged for Khimki as a force to be reckoned with. Madrid has won every game this season by double digits, so Khimki will likely need defenders like Charles Jenkins and rebounders like Malcolm Thomas at their best to challenge in the Spanish capital.

Tip: Under 171.5 at 1.90 with bet365



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Euroleague Tips with Previews – Thursday matches



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

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Euroleague Tips with Previews – Friday matches



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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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.

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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