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Euroleague Tips with Previews – Round 25 – Thursday

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Zenit – ALBA Berlin

Zenit St. Petersburg will play its first game under new head coach Xavi Pascual when it welcomes ALBA Berlin and its offense into town. Zenit parted ways with Coach Joan Plaza during the off week and goes into the final stretch of its premier EuroLeague season in a share of EuroLeague’s worst record and an offense that posts the fourth-fewest points (74.8 ppg.). ALBA has one win more, but has an offense that ranks third with 85.2 points and leads the EuroLeague with 19.8 assists per game.

Zenit has plenty of veteran leadership, from the presence of Gustavo Ayon and Will Thomas in its frontcourt to Alex Renfroe, Evgeny Voronov and Anton Ponkrashov on the perimeter. In a situation such as this one, with a new coach on the bench, Zenit will need to rely on its experienced veterans to lead the way – prior and during the game – to overcome adversity.

ALBA will need to attempt to control this game with its offense against an opponent that has mostly struggled in that segment this season. ALBA has been held below 80 points just eight times this season, while Zenit has scored that many just eight times this season. So, ALBA’s recipe is to get the hosts in its rhythm, setting the pace and using ball movement to tally baskets and forcing Zenit to try to match it.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 (-3.0) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 20/02/2020, 09:15 CET, subject to change)

Olympiacos – Villeurbanne

It could prove to be a pivotal moment in both teams’ seasons when Olympiacos hosts ASVEL on Thursday. Both sit outside the playoff zone, but within striking distance of eight place. However, to do so neither can afford losses to direct opponents in the bottom half of the standings. The Reds have won three in a row at home, including a resounding blowout of the defending champs in Round 25. ASVEL has lost seven straight on the road.

The Reds are still adjusting to life without Vassilis Spanoulis and will lean on several other players to replace his production, including Wade Baldwin IV. One advantage Olympiacos will have is that it did not play cup games during the break and should come back fresh. An energetic display led by Kostas Papanikolaou like displayed against CSKA at home makes Olympiacos tough to beat.

Vassilis Spanoulis is out for the remainder of the season.

ASVEL’s scoring average of 74.4 points per game is third-lowest in the league and it drops to a league-low 68.6 points in road games. To overcome that, ASVEL must not only generate more points, but also deny the opponents easy baskets. To date, ASVEL has collected the second-fewest defensive rebounds (20.8). Against an aggressive Olympiacos frontline, which between Nikola Milutinov, Octavius Ellis and Augustine Rubit can do some damage on the offensive glass, ASVEL must rebounder better to improve its chances on the road.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 (+6.0) at 1.90 with bet365
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Fenerbahce – Real Madrid

Two of the last three Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champions meet again. Real is on a three-game winning streak and looking for more in a tough place to play. Fenerbahce has won six of its last eight games, but comes off a home loss against Maccabi. Nando De Colo (16.6 ppg.) is Fenerbahce’s top scorer this season, followed by Kostas Sloukas (11.8 ppg.) and Derrick Williams (11.3 ppg.). Anthony Randolph (13.7 ppg.), Facu Campazzo (10.5 ppg., 7.2 apg.) and Trey Thompkins (10.7 ppg.) are leading Real.

Fenerbahce has made 40.4% of its shots from downtown and that should be one of its biggest weapons against Real Madrid. It will need to be extra physical on defense, especially at the center position, playing hard against Jordan Mickey and Edy Tavares. Fenerbahce is not rebounding the ball well (29.8 rpg., 18th overall), getting 21.4 defensive boards and allowing opponents to get 10.5 offensive rebounds per night. Better rebounding will lead to a more efficient offense led by Sloukas and De Colo.

Real has a 1.55 assist-to-turnover ratio, which shows its efficiency on offense. It all starts with grabbing the defensive rebound to get its trademark transition offense going, and it is no surprise that Real ranks fourth in this category (24.9 drpg.). Real needs to improve at steals (6.2 spg., 13th overall) to be able to run the floor even more, making the most out of dynamic players like Sergio Llull, Campazzo, Rudy Fernandez and Randolph.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 at 2.20 with bet365
(Price correct at 20/02/2020, 09:15 CET, subject to change)

Milano – Khimki

One can expect to see a playoff atmosphere on Thursday when Milan hosts Khimki. Milan enters the round occupying the last spot in the playoff zone, but has a mere one-win lead over Khimki in the standings. Both teams have slumped recently with Milan losing five of its last six games and Khimki dropping three of its last four.

Despite the presence of Kaleb Tarczewski and his 66.7% shooting accuracy, Milan is last in the league in two-point shooting accuracy at 48.7%. It is noteworthy that the number rises to 51.5% in home games. Nevertheless, against a Khimki attack that is fourth in the league in scoring (85.1 ppg.) and second in two-point shooting (56.3%), Milan can ill afford missing shots from any range, let alone close to the basket.

Khimki has allowed the second-most points in the league this season (86.7 ppg.) and one reason for that is that is has given up the second-most offensive rebounds (12.0). The arrival of Thomas Robinson to strengthen the frontline should help in that regard as Khimki must do a better job rebounding and defending to win in Italy.

basketball prediction Tip: Under 173.5 at 1.90 with bet365
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Baskonia – Zalgiris

Baskonia comes off a home win against ASVEL and hopes it is a turning point for the rest of the season. Zalgiris registered a narrow road loss against first-place Efes, snapping a three-game winning streak. Toko Shengelia (15.8 ppg.) is Baskonia’s top scorer this season, followed by Zoran Dragic (10.5 ppg.) and Shavon Shields (9.7 ppg.). Lukas Lekavicius (10.9 ppg.), Jock Landale (10.8 ppg.) and Thomas Walkup (9.8 ppg., 5.2 apg.) are leading Zalgiris.

Baskonia ranks second in turnovers (14.4 per game), which is one of its main handicaps right now. The other may be three-point shooting, as Baskonia is last in the EuroLeague this season, hitting just 33.1% of its shots from downtown. Baskonia did better against ASVEL, shooting fewer three-point shots and improving its efficiency (7 of 16, 43.8%). It also outrebounded ASVEL 42-25. Making the most out of its depth at center – Youssoupha Fall, Michael Eric, Ilimane Diop – is critical for the hosts.

Zalgiris downed 19 three-point shots against Efes in Round 24, a new EuroLeague club record. It remains to be seen if it was a one-game strategy – Zalgiris takes 36.9 two-point shots and 22.8 three-pointers on average, but it took more shots outside (31) than inside the three-point line (24) in Istanbul. Zalgiris ranks low in steals (5.6 spg.) and blocks (1.6 bpg.), and it will need extra aggressiveness against an athletic, physical team like Baskonia.

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Euroleague Tips with Previews – Tuesday matches

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The Euroleague continues with a double-round week and the battle for the playoffs heating up. So, let’s dive straight into our Euroleague picks for today’s games. Here’s a rundown of what’s coming up.

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Fenerbahce – Olympiacos

Tuesday’s action kicks off with third-placed Fenerbahce (13-8) hosting co-leader Olympiacos (14-7). The Round 13 matchup between the teams was a rout, with Olympiacos winning 94-67 thanks to 21 points from Sasha Vezenkov. In that first game, the Greek club blitzed for 31 points in the first quarter, thus Fenerbahce will have to be ready to contend from the outset, especially after a sluggish start in last week’s loss against ASVEL.

1 (-2.5) at 1.90

Milano – Baskonia

Following a dramatic overtime victory over defending champion Efes in which Darius Thompson set a new EuroLeague season high with 16 assists, playoff-chasing Baskonia (12-9) will attempt to keep its offence going with a trip to free-falling Milan (6-15). The Italian squad has slid to the bottom of the standings after losing five consecutive games, and after conceding 101 points to Monaco last week, Ettore Messina’s men will need a significant defensive improvement to limit Baskonia’s dynamic offence.

1 at 1.86

Valencia – Bayern

Valencia (11-10) and Bayern (9-12) meet off on Spain’s east coast, both with four wins in their past five games, as they try to maintain their march towards the playoffs. Valencia will almost certainly give shooter Shannon Evans his debut, although captain Bojan Dubljevic will almost certainly miss out due to injury. Augustine Rubit, the January MVP, will be expected to put up another good performance for Bayern, who has scored at least 13 points in each of the last seven games.

Over 161.5 at 1.90

Partizan – Villeurbanne

ASVEL (8-13) will look to build on their fantastic triumph over Fenerbahce last week when they go to Partizan (10-11), who is also on a high after a thrilling victory in the Belgrade derby. ASVEL’s newly recruited point guard Dee Bost will aim to continue his excellent start with his new club, while the host has its own backcourt ace in Dante Exum, who has double-digit scoring in the last nine games.

1 (6.5) at 1.90

Barcelona – Maccabi

Barcelona (13-8) must reclaim Palau Blaugrana’s status as a fortress after losing three of its past four home games, and it is also determined to avenge last week’s El Clásico overtime setback. Despite only two road wins this season, visiting Maccabi (11-10) is clinging to a spot in the top eight, but a victory by 8 points or more on Tuesday would be extremely significant in securing the head-to-head edge between the teams.

Over 160.5 at 2.60

Virtus Bologna – Crvena Zvezda

In Tuesday’s final game, two direct rivals just outside the playoffs meet as Virtus (9-12) hosts Zvezda (10-11). Virtus must improve his ball-handling skills after averaging a league-high 14.4 turnovers per game. It will be critical to maximise possessions against a Zvezda club that specialises on defence, allowing an average of 77.6 points per game. Zvezda won the first meeting between the teams in December and may be able to claim crucial head-to-head advantage this week.

Winning margin 3-way: Any Other Result (1-5 points) at 2.65

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Euroleague Tips with Previews – Friday matches

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The Euroleague action for 2023 continues non-stop. We are already in round 21 and the teams know exactly what they need to get into the play off spots. So, let’s dive straight into our Euroleague picks for today’s games.

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Crvena Zvezda – Partizan

The EuroLeague’s devotion will be on full show at the Aleksandar Nikolic Hall as Zvezda (10-10) and Partizan (9-11) battle in a key Belgrade derby. Zvezda won the December match thanks to a dramatic game-winning goal from Nemanja Nedovic. Both teams have been inconsistent recently, but none of that will matter when they meet in a battle when anything can happen and maximum intensity is certain. Another victory for Zvezda would secure a potentially lucrative tie-break advantage and effectively give them a three-game lead over their local rivals.

3-way Winning Margin – Other Result (1-5 points) at 2.60

Olympiacos – Maccabi

After downing Real Madrid in perhaps its best performance of the season last week, Olympiacos (13-7) will attempt to maintain its lead by defeating a Maccabi (11-9) squad that needs a rare away victory to stay in the playoffs. With a 59.0% conversion percentage, the Reds are the most accurate two-point shooting club in the competition, but they may struggle to get to the basket against a Maccabi side that ranks second in blocked shots at 3.7 per game.

1 (-7.5) at 1.87

Baskonia – Anadolu Efes

Baskonia (11-9) will look to snap a four-game losing streak against reigning champion Efes (10-10), who is still reeling from last week’s home setback to Bayern. Long-range shooting accuracy will be critical: Baskonia leads the league with 10.8 three-point attempts per game, barely ahead of Efes’ 10.6. The shootout between Markus Howard and former Baskonia star Shane Larkin, in particular, might prove decisive.

Over 165.5 at 1.95

Bayern – Virtus Bologna

There is still a lot of work to be done if Bayern (8-12) or Virtus (9-11) wish to make the playoffs, but both got off to a promising start with tough wins last week. One of them will get more impetus if he or she wins this week’s final tipoff in Munich. The sides’ first EuroLeague meeting, in Round 2, was a hard-fought 66-63 victory for Virtus, but this might be a more offensive fight with Milos Teodosic in excellent form for the visitors and veteran big man Othello Hunter unexpectedly becoming a three-point marksman for Bayern.

2 at 2.25

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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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