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Crvena Zvezda – Fenerbahce

Two teams coming off wins will look to keep the momentum going in their first games of 2021 when Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade hosts Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul on Thursday. Zvezda (6-11) has now won back-to-back home games after holding off Panathinaikos OPAP Athens in Coach Dejan Radonjic’s first game back on the team’s bench. Fenerbahce (7-10) has also won its last two home games, but dropped its last two on the road and Coach Igor Kokoskov’s men are 3-6 on the road this season.

Zvezda is last in the EuroLeague in two-point shooting (49.5%) while having more of its shots blocked than all but one team (3.2 bpg.) and allowing opponents to make 55.0% of twos, which is third best. Stronger play in the paint from forwards Marko Jagodic-Kuridza and Johnny O’Bryant alongside centers Ognjen Kuzmic and Duop Reath could be the key against Fenerbahce.

Langston Hall missed Round 17 with an injury and is not expected to play this week. Jordan Loyd missed Zvezda’s Round 16 and 17 games with an illness and is not expected to return this week. Marko Jagodic Kuridza missed practice time this week with a stomach virus. Marko Simonovic is not available for the game.

Rebounding has been an issue for Fenerbahce this season; it ranks third from the bottom with 30.7 rebounds per game and has allowed more offensive rebounds (11.2) than any other team in the league. That combined with 14.7 turnovers per game – fifth-most in the competition – gives Fenerbahce two major areas to improve, especially considering that Zvezda is among the leaders in offensive rebounds (10.3). Jan Vesely, Danilo Bartell and Ahmet Duverioglu are among the players who Coach Kokoskov needs to lock up the glass on Thursday.

Ali Muhammed has missed Fenerbahce’s last two games.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 (-3.5) at 1.95 with bet365
(Price correct at 07/01/2010, 10:45 CET, subject to change)

ALBA Berlin – Maccabi

ALBA Berlin hopes to overcome injuries and absences once again when it welcomes Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv on Thursday for its second game in 48 hours. ALBA is coming off a 95-91 win over TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz in a rescheduled Round 5 game, and now takes on Maccabi in a clash of two 7-10 teams looking to catch up in the race for playoff spots. The visitors are looking to get back on track after a home loss to Zenit St Petersburg last week.

ALBA does a great job of moving the ball, ranking second this season with 19.9 assists per game, but it has not been as stellar with its shooting accuracy, making just 51.3% of its two-pointers and 35.8% for three this season. On Tuesday, ALBA shot a season-high 55.2% from long range and also converted 57.5% of its two-point tries. Repeating such high shooting accuracy would put ALBA in a good position to finally come away with a home victory against Maccabi.

Luke Sikma and Niels Giffey are expected to miss several weeks with injuries. Head Coach Aito Garcia Reneses has missed last two ALBA’s games after testing positive for COVID-19. Peyton Siva has missed ALBA’s last three games. Marcus Eriksson has missed ALBA’s last nine games.

Maccabi is the best team in the EuroLeague when it comes to defensive rebounding (24.5 drpg.), and the team will need to keep to that standard in this contest. But Maccabi needs to use its size and muscle inside on the offensive end, too. ALBA allows league-high 57.5% rate to opponents on two-point shots, which is a segment of the game Maccabi needs to exploit better if it wants to win on the road and win consistently.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 157.5 at 1.90 with bet365
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Panathinaikos – Zenit

Panathinaikos OPAP Athens returns home after losing two games on the road looking to change things against a Zenit St Petersburg side that has won two in a row. Panathinaikos (5-11) is 3-5 on its home court this season and will be facing a few Zenit guys who are comfortable at OAKA in Coach Xavi Pascual and sharpshooter K.C. Rivers. What’s more, Zenit (10-5) has a remarkable 7-2 record on the road this season.

Zenit boasts the stingiest defense in the competition, allowing a league-low 72.6 points per game. Against such a team, the Greens cannot afford to leave any points on the table. This season, Panathinaikos is last in free-throw accuracy (74.3%) and third-from-last in three-point shooting (35.5%). Maximizing every possession and getting more good looks – and free throws – to fall than usual is imperative this week.

The excellence Zenit has displayed on the offensive end has allowed the team to continue winning despite making the fewest two-pointers in the league (17.7 per game). Part of that is by design since Zenit likes to slow the pace. However, considering Zenit makes 55.9% of its two-pointers, challenging Papagiannis, Ioannis Papapetrou and Dinos Mitoglou in the paint and wearing down the Greens’ frontline could bear fruits in Athens.

basketball prediction Tip: Panathinaikos Over 75.5 at 1.80 with bet365
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Barcelona – Valencia

Two powers from the Spanish league will lock horns on Thursday when FC Barcelona hosts Valencia Basket. Both clubs are ranked high in the standings, but looking to shake off their recent doldrums. Barcelona has lost three consecutive games to drop to a share of third place at 11-6. Valencia has lost two of its last three to slip to a tie for sixth at 10-7. Barcelona boasts a 7-2 record at home this season and Valencia is 4-4 on the road.

It will be offense vs. defense in the showdown as Valencia is third in the league in points scored (81.2 ppg.) and Barcelona has allowed the second-fewest (73.6 ppg.). With Nick Calathes running the attack, Barcelona will never pass up a chance for an easy bucket in transition, however, the hosts would be wise to also slow the pace and play at their comfortable tempo, which Valencia is not accustomed to.

Brandon Davies has missed Barcelona’s last three games. Nikola Mirotic missed Barcelona’s Round 17 game.

Valencia is not among the better rebounding teams in the competition and will have its hands full against Barcelona’s frontline, which has allowed the third-fewest rebounds per game (29.6 rpg.), while claiming the third-most defensive boards (24.0). Valencia getting pushed around on the glass would also stop the visitors from running much in the transition game. Mike Tobey, Derrick Williams and Nikola Kalinic must all be at their best to help Valencia make an impact on this front.

Vanja Marinkovic has missed Valencia’s last 12 games due to a shoulder injury.

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Baskonia- CSKA Moscow

The EuroLeague’s hottest team entering 2021, CSKA (14-3) visits the team from whom no fewer than four of its top players have spent time in the past, Baskonia (8-9). CSKA is on a blistering 12-game winning streak, while Baskonia tries to recover from a last-minute loss at ALBA Berlin just 48 hours before this game tips off. CSKA will miss point guard Daniel Hackett and forward Will Clyburn, who both have ankle injuries.

It’s fair to say that the hosts need a committee of players to step up if they wish to halt CSKA’s streak. More specifically, the guard combo of Pierria Henry and Luca Vildoza have to put the brakes on James and Hilliard; forwards Alec Peters and Rokas Giedraitis need to take advantage of Clyburn’s absence; and perhaps most of all, centers Youssoupha Fall, Tonye Jekiri and Achille Polonara must somehow limit December MVP Nikita Milutinov’s dominance inside a week after he shattered the EuroLeague’s long-time offensive rebounds mark with 16. A balanced effort that wins two of those three battles in the backcourt, wings and middle is Baskonia’s best chance.

Without Hackett to run the offense and play on-the-ball defense, CSKA will need first to take care of the ball. Baskonia’s Henry is the league leader in steals and CSKA suffered earlier in the season before correcting turnover problems. Voigtmann, Shengelia and Joel Bolomboy will be expected to balance the visitors’ scoring with Clyburn out, while at the same time taking advantage of Baskonia’s expected defensive focus on Milutinov and James. Expect Hilliard to test Baskonia’s wing defenders. CSKA’s league-leading offense, remember, dishes the second-lowest number of assists, which means that it has dominated one-on-one situations. Until an opponent can change that dynamic, CSKA will have the confidence to keep winning.

Will Clyburn is out with an ankle injury. Hackett is also sidelined.

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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.

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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.

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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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