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CSKA Moscow – Fenerbahce

The first playoff game on Wednesday pits CSKA Moscow against Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul. CSKA finished the regular season on a six-game winning streak and was tied for the best record in the league, 24-10. Fenerbahce returned to form by winning its final two games for a 21-13 mark. CSKA seeks its ninth consecutive Final Four appearance, while Fenerbahce looks to get to the European showcase for the sixth time in a row.

Daniel Hackett is not expected to play for CSKA which leaves it without any of its main ballhandlers. However, CSKA has thrived this season despite low assists numbers by crating promising one-on-one situations. Getting Will Clyburn, Shengelia and Lundberg into good scoring situations may be the recipe for starting the series on the right foot.

  • Nikola Milutinov could miss the rest of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery.
  • Mike James has been suspended by head coach Dimitris Itoudis.
  • Daniel Hackett will miss this game due to a shoulder injury.

Fenerbahce will be shorthanded with Jan Vesely injured among a few other potential absentees. Fenerbahce’s 30.2 rebounds per game ranked last in the league and CSKA led all teams with 36.0. Kyle O’Quin, Danilo Barthel and Ahmet Duverioglu will need to match CSKA on the boards to improve the team’s chances of starting the series with a road win.

  • Edgaras Ulanovas has missed the last five games.
  • Jan Vesley sat out Round 34 with an ankle injury and remains sidelined.

basketball prediction Tip: Under 162.5 points at 1.86 with bet365
(Price correct at 21/04/2021, 10:10 CET, subject to change)

Barcelona – Zenit

The team with the best record from the regular season will host a first-time playoff side on Wednesday when FC Barcelona meets Zenit St Petersburg in Game 1 of their best-of-five Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs series. Barcelona (24-10) seeks its first Final Four appearance since 2014 led by Nikola Mirotic (16.9 ppg., 6.3 rpg.), Cory Higgins (12.6 ppg.) and Nick Calathes (7.0 apg.). Zenit (20-14), which won three straight must-win games to finish the regular season in eighth place, has relied on Kevin Pangos (13.1 ppg., 6.6 apg.), Arturs Gudaitis (9.9 ppg.) and Mateusz Ponitka. These teams boast the best two defenses in the league with Barcelona having limited opponents to a league-low 73.6 points per game and Zenit second at 74.9.

Reflecting on the two previous matchups between these teams this season shows what Barcelona must focus on. Barcelona was the superior rebounding team this season and outrebounding Zenit is critical in the series. And Zenit was second in two-point shooting accuracy this season (57.3%), yet Barcelona reigned in the paint when they played. If Davies, Pierre Oriola and the returning-to-form Pau Gasol can control the paint, Barcelona will be in a great spot.

  • Pau Gasol made his Barcelona return and season debut in Round 34.

Coach Xavi Pascual never fails to bring a new wrinkle to his team’s tactics before big games such as these, however, it may be a little tougher against a Coach Sarunas Jasikevicius, who played under Pascual in Barcelona. Zenit’s focus may well be on the defensive end as it limited opponents to 70.1 points scored in its victories this season. Barcelona was held below 70 points only three times all season and lost each of those games. Zenit went 7-0 when keeping opponents below 70.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 (-8.5) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 21/04/2021, 10:10 CET, subject to change)

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(20/4) Efes – Real Madrid

Anadolu Efes Istanbul hosts Real Madrid in Game 1 of their best-of-five Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs series. The two sides split road wins this season and met as recently as March 30, when Efes scored 67 second-half points and marched through the Spanish capital for a resounding 93-108 win. Efes enters the game having won 11 of its last 13 regular-season games, while Real ended the regular season with two victories after having lost six of its previous nine games.

Efes is hard to beat, home or away, if it plays its kind of basketball, with pace and good ball movement where it does not allow opponents to adjust and players take open shots. To achieve that as quickly as possible, however, Efes must make sure to open the game with the focus that will help the team fight off the pressure and stress that come with the start of the playoffs.

It is hard to find a team with more playoff experience than what Real’s players have and they need to use all of it in Game 1 against Efes. It is imperative for Real not to try to run with Efes, which is hard for any team. Real should attempt to slow down the pace of the game and make it a low-scoring affair. Another segment that is imperative for Los Blancos is to win the rebounding battle. Real is the best defensive rebounding team in the league and it cannot afford to lose that battle against Efes.

  • Anthony Randolph is out with a ruptured left Achilles tendon.
  • Gabriel Deck has left the team.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 (+8.5) at 1.86 with bet365
(Price correct at 20/04/2021, 10:40 CET, subject to change)

(20/4) Milano – Bayern

Two teams in search of new horizons open their best-of-five series at Mediolanum Forum. It is the first Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs game in visiting Bayern’s history, while Milan returns to the playoffs for the first time since 2014 and is chasing its first Final Four berth in 29 years. The two clubs enter the playoffs with identical 21-13 regular-season record, but Milan holds the home-court advantage for the series thanks to sweeping Bayern in their two meetings.

No team in the competition does a better job of taking care of the ball than Milan, which committed only 10.9 turnovers per game during the regular season. Coach Ettore Messina’s squad will need to maintain the focus and patience it had all season to carry over into this playoff series opener. That should allow Milan to establish control of the pace and rhythm of the game to its liking.

In the first, historic, playoff game in club history, and also the first EuroLeague Playoffs appearance for all but one of the players on the Bayern roster, the visitors must come out with high energy and determination from the opening tip off. What Bayern also must focus on is keeping Milan’s long-range shooting in check. Milan ranks second in three-point accuracy (41.6%) accuracy this season and Bayern does not want to see Milan convert high percentages from behind the arc.

  • Nihad Dedovic has missed the team’s last 10 games.

basketball prediction Tip: Under 153.5 points at 1.95 with bet365
(Price correct at 20/04/2021, 10:40 CET, subject to change)

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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

(All prices correct at 25/01/2023, 23:00 CET, subject to change)

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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 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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