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Anadolu Efes – Zenit

Efes returns to the EuroLeague with the same core of players that produced a 24-4 record when the 2019-20 season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shane Larkin, Vasilije Micic, Krunoslav Simon, Adrien Moerman, Bryant Dunston and Tibor Pleiss will keep leading Efes for a third consecutive campaign. Zenit enters its second EuroLeague season with many new faces, such as former All-EuroLeague pick Kevin Pangos, center Arturas Gudaitis, sharpshooter Billy Baron and athletic big man Alex Poythress, among others.

Continuity is always a plus for any sports team, on especially for such a talented squad as Efes. As such, Micic (and Larkin when he returns from injury) are set to continue running the show; Dunston remains in his key role as defensive anchor; and Efes’s many role players know what they need to do and when to do it. From shooters like Rodrigue Beaubois to valuable bench players like Sertac Sanli, Dogus Balbay and James Anderson, Efes is a well-oiled basketball machine, and a home opener is the perfect moment to re-assert that fact.

Coach Xavi Pascual’s teams are always well-known for their strong defense, and that will be the foundation of Zenit’s basketball. If the team plays hard defense and gets defensive rebounds, it has enough talent to compete anywhere. Zenit has great shooters like Pangos, Hollins, Vitaly Fridzon and K.C. Rivers, as well as natural-born mismatches like Mateusz Ponitka, Poythress and Thomas. If Zenit is able to stop Dunston and Pleiss down low, it would have a better chance to surprise Efes in Istanbul.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 160.5 at 1.90 with bet365
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Olympiacos – Zalgiris

Olympiacos is back with a renewed roster and its long-time core of players reunited. Kostas Sloukas has joined Vassilis Spanoulis, Kostas Papanikolaou and Georgios Printezis at the heart of the team, but the Reds also brought in talents like Aaron Harrison, Livio Jean-Charles and Hassan Martin. As always, Zalgiris has made some roster changes, betting on players who can help the team right away such as Steve Vasturia, Joffrey Lauvergne and Rokas Jokubaitis. Thomas Walkup, Paulius Jankunas, Marius Grigonis and Arturas Milaknis are back to lead the Lithuanian powerhouse.

Above all, Olympiacos has a very physical team and must play with really high energy for all 40 minutes. Jean-Charles, Martin and Charles Jenkins arrived to a team that already featured Shaquielle McKissic and Octavius Ellis. All these players will set good screens, be aggressive, finish strong at the rim and make Sloukas, Spanoulis, Papanikolaou and Printezis more comfortable on the court. If needed, Olympiacos also has two elite scorers like Harrison and Sasha Vezenkov ready to rescue the Reds on offense.

Matching Olympiacos’s energy will be tough for any opponent this season. Zalgiris must make sure to control the defensive boards through Lauvergne, Jankunas and Martinas Geben. As in the last few seasons, Zalgiris will look for good shots in patient five-on-five offenses, with elite shooters Grigonis, Milaknis and Lukas Lekavicius ready to exploit any opportunities. If Zalgiris manages to slow down the game tempo and play its brand of team-oriented basketball, it can steal a road win in Greece.

basketball prediction Tip: Under 151.5 at 1.95 with bet365
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Maccabi – ALBA Berlin

Two of the most run-and-gun squads in the competition meet in both teams’ season opener. Maccabi bolstered its frontcourt by bringing in Dragan Bender and Ante Zizic, but also strengthened its frontcourt with playmaker Chris Jones, set to make his EuroLeague debut. ALBA brought in experienced guards Maodo Lo and Jayson Granger, talented swingman Simone Fontecchio and shot blocking ace Ben Lammers. Both teams kept their coaches and core of players, making sure they are competitive from the very beginning of the season. Expect a big game at Menora Mivtachim Arena.

Above all, Maccabi must play hard defense, be aggressive on the ball and control the defensive board to be able to run the floor. Most of its guards – Wilbekin, Jones, Elijah Bryant, Tyler Dorsey – thrive in transition but Maccabi will not be able to run the floor without getting the ball back on defense. Maccabi has an edge inside, with Othello Hunter and Zizic ready to power the boards. Stopping Luke Sikma is critical for Maccabi, too, as ALBA runs its offense through its star power forward.

ALBA has shown a more defensive-minded mentality in recent friendly games against Olympiacos Piraeus. Being able to be more physical on defense allows ALBA to play with more effectiveness on five-on-five offense, especially with sharp shooters like Marcus Eriksson, Fontecchio, Lo and Giffey. Siva and Granger need to be focused at all times against two great scorers like Wilbekin and Jones. Johannes Theimann had a fantastic pre-season, and share a lot of playing time with Sikma, trying to open the floor against Hunter and Zizic, taking them out of the paint.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 (+11.0) at 1.90 with bet365
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Barcelona – CSKA Moscow

All eyes will be on one of the EuroLeague’s all-time classics, this opening-week battle between two teams with nothing but the highest ambitions. It will also feature a coaching duel between Sarunas Jasikevicius and Dimitris Itoudis, who twice before worked together as a player and an assistant coach. We will also witness a playmaking clash with Nick Calathes in his first game for Barcelona going against Mike James, his former teammate and the last Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy winner.

Barcelona’s home opener features a new superstar head coach in Sarunas Jasikevicius, a new court general in Nick Calathes and a roster as deep as they come. There will be a lot of pressure in Barcelona to get the season going on a winning note, and it will be crucial for the team to find a way to play as pressure-free as possible against a mighty opponent like CSKA.

It will be essential in this game for CSKA to have good ball movement on offense. CSKA has plenty of firepower all over the floor, and since Coach Itoudis took over the team in 2015, no team has totaled or averaged more points in the EuroLeague than CSKA. To keep that trend and use all its weapons, CSKA will need to share the ball and keep Barcelona on its heels. It could lead it to a big road win to start the season.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 (+4.0) at 1.90 with bet365
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Valencia – Villeurbanne

If this season opener in Valencia looks familiar, that’s because these sides met in mid-September on the same court at La Fonteta in the final of the We’re Back Preseason Tour, a clash Valencia won rather comfortably, 77-66. Now, a fortnight later, Valencia and ASVEL meet again to start for real a new season that each teams enters with raised ambitions.

Valencia built a team with plenty of firepower and plenty of versatility, and will want to put that on display from the very first game. The hosts will wish to do that by opening the game with energy and use its experience to match ASVEL’s athleticism, but also by spreading the floor with their superior long-range shooting, too. Just about every player on this Valencia team can hit from long range, and if they start connecting, it should be a pretty fun opening night for the home fans.

ASVEL will need to be extremely focused to break its streak of never having won in Valencia away. It will be very important for the visitors to control the battle on the glass, on both ends of the floor, and also to take good care of the ball. Valencia is known for its high efficiency, but controlling the rhythm and slowing Valencia’s transition game would increase the visitors’ chances for success.

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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:

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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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The action in the Euroleague regular season continues. We have learnt quite a lot of things about this years contestants after a few exciting games 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:

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Monaco – Bayern Munich

When Monaco (6-3) hosts Bayern Munich (3-6) for Round 10, two teams with different fortunes earlier in the week will clash. Monaco has a spotless 2-0 record versus Bayern so far in their EuroLeague meetings. In Round 9, Fenerbahce defeated Monaco 93-96 despite a significant comeback in the fourth quarter. Monaco’s top scorer and rebounder was Jordan Loyd (18 points). On the other hand, Bayern defeated ASVEL, 74-75, for its third victory of the year, powered by 13 points from Lucic.

Monaco, which had an erratic start to the season, has recently had some ups and downs and will attempt to prevent a double-round home sweep against Bayern. The stats suggest that Monaco takes care of the ball better than any other club, as they lead the league in steals per game (8.8) and lowest turnovers (9.8). Since Bayern performs better from the free-throw line and also knows how to preserve their glass, the hosts will want to prevent a close game. The hosts are performing well overall and boast one of the league’s most lethal backcourts with Loyd, Mike James, and Okobo. They must keep an eye out for Winston and Weiler-Babb in particular.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 156.5 at 1.90

Panathinaikos – Asvel Villeurbanne

Panathinaikos (3-6) meets ASVEL Villeurbanne (3-6), two teams whose respective games on Wednesday ended in dramatic way, prepare for another matchup just 48 hours later.

Derrick Williams shone with 26 points for Panathinaikos in their recent 88-85 overtime victory over Virtus Bologna. Late in the extra period, Williams hit a critical three-pointer to give the Greens a decisive lead. Wolters scored 18 points, Lee had 15, and Panathinaikos hit 13 of them with a 44.8% accuracy rate. In this home game, the Greens seek to maintain their impressive shooting form.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 (-6.5) at 1.90

Barcelona – Baskonia

At Palau Blaugrana, Barcelona (6-3) will welcome Baskonia (5-4) in a rematch of two familiar teams. Laprovittola (15.2 ppg), Sanli (8.9 ppg), and Satoransky, three former Baskonia guards, helped Barca win four of its most recent five games (7.8 ppg.). Following a 20-point victory over Zalgiris at home, Baskonia hopes to maintain its momentum. The leading scorer for Baskonia has been Howard (15.6 ppg), who is followed by Thompson (12.6 ppg) and Kotsar (11.8 ppg.).

Barca averages just 14.6 free throw attempts each game, which is not a lot. Barca has also connected on 36.9% of its downtown shots. Now that Kuric, a talented three-point shooter, is back with the squad, that percentage ought to increase. Kuric provides Barca with yet another tool to deploy against Marinkovic and Giedraitis in the backcourt. To balance its offence, Barca has to locate Tobey and Vesely inside. Vesely and Sanli must be active on defence against Costello, a large player with limitless mobility who has just improved his physical condition.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 161.5 at 1.90

Virtus Bologna – Anadolu Efes

In a sold-out arena, Virtus Bologna (4-5) will welcome the two-time defending champions Anadolu Efes (4-5) in an effort to defend its home court. The champions of the previous season’s EuroCup and EuroLeague square off, with Virtus and Efes meeting for the first time in a competitive match in more than 20 years.

Regarding the outcomes of their earlier games this week, the two sides enter this match in diametrically opposed moods. After suffering a heartbreaking 88-85 overtime loss to Panathinaikos on Wednesday, Virtus returns home. Early in the game, Virtus had a substantial lead and needed to come back to force OT. Prior to losing, it led for the majority of the extra session again. Last year’s EuroCup MVP Jaiteh shone with a career-high 20 points and 10 rebounds.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 (+2.5) at 1.90

Valencia – Zalgiris

When Zalgiris Kaunas (5-4) visits Valencia (4-5), both clubs will be looking to complete this double-round with at least one victory. This is the tenth meeting between these two clubs in the EuroLeague, with Valencia holding a 6-3 advantage overall. Despite Van Rossom’s 17 points and 3 assists on Tuesday, Valencia lost to Real Madrid 73-80 at home. Despite Ulanovas scoring 18 points, Zalgiris lost to Baskonia by a score of 93-73 on Wednesday.

In most statistics, both teams’ numbers appear to be very close on paper. For instance, Valencia scores 0.3 more points per game than the next team. The average PIR difference is also in Zalgiris’ favour. In terms of shooting accuracy across the board, Zalgiris outperforms Valencia, while Valencia does better in terms of assists, steals, and turnovers. One of these two teams will be able to successfully complete the double-round week on Friday night, so it appears that everything will come down to the little things.

basketball prediction Tip: Winning Margin 3-way Any Other Result (1-5 points difference) at 2.60

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