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Zenit – Real Madrid

It will be a tough battle for the playoffs on Thursday when sixth-placed Zenit St Petersburg (16-10) welcomes seventh-placed Real Madrid (16-11). Zenit got back to the win column on Tuesday against ALBA Berlin, 87-71, and has now won two of its last three games. Also on Tuesday, Real fell at Khimki, 78-77, and now has three losses in its last four games. Expect a tough battle between direct opponents.

Zenit has one of the weaker offenses in the league, but also the second-best defense, and that will probably be its main focus to try to defeat Real. Curiously enough, Zenit has better percentages from the field, so maintaining that consistency on offense will also be key to try to defeat a Real team that will visit St Petersburg with some notable absences. It can be a good chance for Zenit to have its revenge, beat the guests for the first time and also take a giant step forward in the race for the playoffs.

Real is going through a rough patch and will surely arrive to St Petersburg wounded after the loss to Khimki. On paper, the guests show better numbers almost everywhere, but the absences of Sergio Llull, Anthony Randolph and Rudy Fernandez are having an impact on the team’s performance lately. Also, Zenit is one of the most consistent teams in the league, so Real will have to face this game against a direct rival in the standings with 100% focus.

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Efes – CSKA Moscow

Two teams with winning momentum will face each other on Thursday when Anadolu Efes Istanbul (16-10) welcomes defending champs CSKA Moscow (18-8) for a duel right in the heat of the playoffs race. Efes has won eight of its last nine games, including the last five. Its newest success came on Tuesday with a home win over Valencia Basket, 99-83. After a short skid, CSKA has started a new winning streak and on Tuesday it defeated Maccabi on the road, 80-84.

Efes has huge momentum going for it. The team is winning and playing better and better, so the duel against CSKA probably arrives at the perfect moment. CSKA still has the best offense in the league (83.6 ppg.) but Efes is not far behind (81.5 ppg.) and also has the third-best defense. The hosts will have to make good use of their defense and pay attention to the boards, as CSKA leads the league in that front (37.0 rpg.).

CSKA is back to its winning ways. This week’s victory in Tel Aviv is always a huge morale boost, and now it has to face arguably the hottest team in the league. Efes is rolling, so the guests will have to make good use of all their weapons for a chance to win. Newcomer Iffe Lundberg seems to have adapted right away, and he will be a key piece in the CSKA puzzle. The biggest stain for CSKA is the second-worst two-point accuracy (50.9%) in the league, so trying to get better options inside can go a long way for the still-defending champs.

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Maccabi – Valencia

Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv (10-15) will try to put an end to its four-game losing streak and catch the last train to join the playoffs race when it welcomes Valencia Basket (14-13) on Thursday. It is the second game in a double-round week for each team. Maccabi is coming off a home 80-84 loss against CSKA Moscow. Valencia, on the other hand, is a win away from the final playoff spot and will try to rebound from a 99-83 loss at Anadolu Efes Istanbul.

It is imperative for Maccabi to find a way to rediscover its offense. After averaging 80.0 per game until Round 22, Maccabi has not managed to score more than 75 points in three consecutive losses, then scored just 33 points in the first half of Tuesday’s game against CSKA. Against Valencia, which ranks second in scoring with 82.6 points per game and dishes a league-high 20.3 assists, Maccabi will need to have better offensive production.

Valencia needs to bounce back from a loss 48 hours earlier and get back its momentum as it is trying to catch up in the playoffs race. Offense has not been a problem for Valencia, and even in Tuesday’s loss in Istanbul, the team made 14 triples and had 20 assists. But Valencia must come out with an extra dose of energy against the hosts, who are playing with their backs against the wall.

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Bayern Munich – Panathinaikos

FC Bayern Munich (17-10) will be looking to continue its run of good form and a historic playoff push when it hosts Panathinaikos OPAP Athens (9-16) on Thursday. Bayern, a winner in five of its last six games, is aiming to make the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs for the first time ever, and is coming of a come-from-behind 76-78 road win over Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade. Meanwhile, Panathinaikos is all but eliminated from the playoffs race but will be looking to bounce back after losing 77-85 at home against FC Barcelona.

Bayern has won five of its last six games but has pulled out each of the last three victories similarly dramatic fashion, with come-from-behind efforts after trailing for the first three quarters, only to make a late fourth-quarter rally. Coach Andrea Trinchieri and his players will need to avoid that same pattern against Panathinaikos and try to take control of the rhythm and the scoreboard earlier in this contest.

Before allowing 85 points in its loss against Barcelona on Tuesday, the Greens had strung together five games in which they allowed 78 or fewer points. Panathinaikos will need to make sure it matches Bayern’s toughness and physicality in this contest. It will be important for Panathinaikos to control the boards and keeps its defensive focused against Bayern, which plays disciplined and patient basketball.

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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

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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

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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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