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Euroleague Top 16 Preview and Injury list – Round 6

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Arguably the most competitive Top 16 ever, with as many as 14 teams with at least two wins in their accounts, continues with Round 6, featuring some of Europe’s great rivalries from three different corners of the continent. With road teams winning only six games during the last three weeks, every victory away from home is a precious one. Four games are scheduled on Thursday, followed by four more on Friday. Get ready for a great week of Euroleague action!

Teams in red – Playing Thursday
Teams in green – Playing Friday

Group E

In the Round 5 opener on Thursday, Cedevita Zagreb (2-3) returns home to host Panathinaikos Athens (2-3) for the first time. During this Euroleague campaign, Cedevita is 2-5 at home, where it allows 81.3 points, most than any team still playing, and the Croatian champs are 1-5 all-time against Greek teams. Panathinaikos plays in Drazen Petrovic Zagreb Arena for the first time in nine years and is 5-1 all time there. However, the Greens have been scoring 68 points per game away from home this season, the least of any Top 16 team.

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Also on Thursday, the winless Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (0-5) plays host to Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade (3-2), which arrives to Istanbul on a two-game winning streak. No team has been better than Zvezda defensively in the last three games, allowing just 67.3 points per game and holding opponents in the Top 16 to second-lowest 28.6% three-point shooting. Meanwhile, Darussafaka has allowed 90.7 points per game in the last three weeks, the highest mark in the Top 16 during that span, as it continues to search for its first-ever Top 16 victory.

Two teams trying to get back to winning ways, Unicaja Malaga (2-3) and Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar (3-2) have their first meeting ever on the Costa del Sol. Unicaja has the Top 16’s best defense, allowing just 73.8 points, and ranks first in offensive rebounding this season with 13.5 per game. On the other hand, Lokomotiv’s strength is on the perimeter, where Malcolm Delaney and Co. make a Top 16-high 11.2 triples per game.

Last but not least, on Friday, in a clash between two great Istanbul city rivals, Anadolu Efes Istanbul (3-2) hosts undefeated Fenerbahce Istanbul (5-0). This is third consecutive season that Efes and Fener are squaring off in the Top 16 and Fenerbahce has won all four of those previous meetings. However, this season, in the Turkish League a month ago, it was Efes that won 93-84 on its home floor led as its playmaking duo of Jayson Granger and Thomas Heurtel combined for 39 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists between them. Fenerbahce leads the Top 16 in index rating (108), scoring (89.4), three-point accuracy (43.6%) and blocks (4.8), while Efes has made more three-pointers (153) with better accuracy (43.4%) than any other team during the full season, and also averages second-best 20.5 assists and third-best 84.9 points.

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Group F

In the lone Thursday game in this group, Brose Baskets Bamberg (2-3) welcomes FC Barcelona Lassa (2-3) for the first time in three years for the Game of the Week. No team on its home floor shoots the ball better from three-point range than Bamberg, who does so with 44.8% accuracy, but for the Top 16 Bamberg has the least offensive rebounds (6.4) of any team. Barcelona, which is 4-0 all-time against Bamberg, does the best job of taking care of the ball this season, committing just 10.4 turnovers per game. Barcelona is also tied for first in assists for the Top 16 with 20 per game.

Action on Friday starts with one of Europe’s great classics as Zalgiris Kaunas (1-4) hosts CSKA Moscow (3-2) and the competition’s top scorer Nando De Colo (19.1 ppg). There is an amazing tradition and almost seven decades to this great all-time rivalry that dates back all the way to 1947. Since 1999, Zalgiris and CSKA have played each other 16 times in the continental competition, with CSKA having won the last 15 of those contests. CSKA comes into the game as Euroleague’s index rating leader (107.5) and the best scoring team, averaging 90 points per night. Meanwhile, Zalgiris has allowed a Top 16-high 88.6 points, and Lithuanian giant also trails every Top 16 team with 45.1% accuracy on two-point shots and 4.8 made three-pointers per game.

In an all-Spanish clash, Real Madrid (3-2) hosts Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz (3-2). It’s the second week in a row Laboral pays a visit to a fellow Spanish side, after edging Barcelona in overtime last week. This is the first time, however, Madrid and Laboral will play in the Euroleague, although they have played each other 66 times in the Spanish League and the Spanish Cup so far. In the latest of those matches in early January, Laboral beat Madrid at home 86-80 behind 24 points and 8 rebounds from big man Ioannis Bourousis who won Euroleague title with Madrid last season, and now returns to the Barclaycard Center for the first time since then. Laboral’s defense has held Top 16 opponents to 27.6% three-point shooting. Laboral leads the league in rebounding (38.3) but also commits a league-high 14.6 turnovers. Madrid is first in assists (20.5), second in scoring this season (85.3), and since the start of Top 16 has hit the third-most triples per night, 9.4.

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Olympiacos Piraeus (2-3) looks to snap its three-game losing streak while hosting group leader Khimki Moscow Region (4-1) and Top 16 Round 5 MVP Tyrese Rice. Khimki is on a three-game winning streak, and is coming off a club record 111-point performance in its win over Zalgiris last week. But all four of Khimki’s Top 16 victories so far have come on its home floor, and now travels to the Peace & Friendship Stadium to face Olympiacos’ defense that has allowed league-low 71.1 points this season. The Reds have lost two of their last three in Piraeus, however, and have been struggling offensively there, scoring just 71 points at home this season, the lowest of any team still in the competition.

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Source: euroleague.net

Group E

Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Other than Nenad Krstic, who is sidelined long term, Efes Coach Ivkovic has a full roster to choose from.

Cedevita Zagreb

Luka Zoric has already started practicing with the team.
Luka Babic is expected to be out for two weeks due to foot problems.

Crvena Zvezda

Luka Mitrovic remains unavailable due to a knee injury.

Darussafaka

Oguz Savas and Serhat Cetin have not played for Darussafaka in recent weeks.

Fenerbahce

Kostas Sloukas didn’t play in the last domestic game and is doubtful against Anadolu Efes.

Lokomotiv Kuban

Coach Bartzokas has a full roster available to play against Unicaja.

Panathinaikos

Dimitris Diamantidis didn’t play in the Greek League but will be available against Cedevita.
Vasilis Charalampopoulos will not follow the team to Zagreb because of injury.

Unicaja Malaga

Point guard Stefan Markovic will be sidelined for at least two months due to a leg injury.
Richard Hendrix missed the last Spanish League game but he should be available against former team Lokomotiv Kuban.

Group F

Brose Baskets Bamberg

Head coach Andrea Trinchieri is expected to have a full roster to face FC Barcelona Lassa.

CSKA Moscow

Joel Freeland was back in action last week and is now fully back with the team.
Ivan Lazarev is questionable against Zalgiris due to an ankle injury.
Pavel Korobkov remains sidelined due to a knee injury.

Barcelona

Carlos Arroyo will be sidelined at least until early February after suffering a left calf muscle tear in practice.

Khimki

Paul Davis and Ruslan Pateev remain sidelined with long-term injuries.
Khimki signed big man Josh Boone, but he does not become eligible to play in the Euroleague until Top 16 Round 8.

Laboral Kutxa

Davis Bertans is finally available for coach Perasovic.
Tornike Shengelia suffered a serious knee injury and is out indefinitely.

Olympiacos

Patric Young is sidelined long-term due to a torn ACL.
Matt Lojeski appeared for a few seconds against Real Madrid. He will probably have a styrongest role from now on.
Olympiacos signed forward Kostas Papanikolaou, but he does not become eligible to play in the Euroleague until Top 16 Round 8.
Daniel Hackett is expected to be sidelined for two weeks due to knee problems.

Real Madrid

Rudy Fernandez (back) is out again this week after undergoing back surgery.
Sergio Rodriguez missed the last Spanish League game but he is expected to play.
Jonas Maciulis is still questionable for this week’s game.

Zalgiris Kaunas

Marty Pocius missed the last domestic league game due to personal reasons.
Veteran center Robertas Javtokas will miss the remainder of the season due to an ankle injury.
Vytenis Lipkevicius remains sidelined. He has not played in the Euroleague yet.

Source: euroleague.net

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Liverpool vs Real Madrid Prediction, Injuries, Suspensions and Possible Line-ups

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Liverpool vs Real Madrid play in the Champions League final.

Who’s likely to start, who might be left out, and who is unavailable? We have brought together all the information available, so check out our Champions League final predictions today.

Saturday, 28/05/2022

  • Stade de France (80,698), Paris
  • Referee: Clement Turpin (France)
  • Real have won 13 Champions League titles (including the European Champions Cup) in 16 appearances in the final.
  • Liverpool have 6 Champions League titles (including the European Champions Cup) in 9 appearances in the final.

Road to the final

Liverpool wrapped up their on paper “tough group” (Atletico, Porto, AC Milan) with 6/6 wins. They then eliminated Inter, Benfica and Villarreal successively, winning on all 3 occasions and scoring 2+ goals on the road, while at home they only won against the Spaniards, drew with the Portuguese and were beaten by the Italians (0-2) in their only defeat in the competition this season.

Real Madrid cruised through the group stage (Inter, Sheriff, Shakhtar) with a 5-0-1 record. Their only loss was a shocking 1-2 defeat to Sheriff in Madrid. But Ancelotti’s team eliminated three championship contenders in… epic fashion. Against Paris Saint-Germain, they needed Benzema’s hat-trick in Madrid (3-1). The Frenchman scored 3 more goals in London against Chelsea (1-3) before his team beat the English side in extra time in the second leg. This was followed by two incredible games against Manchester City, losing 4-3 away, but scoring two goals after the 90 minutes in the replay and winning in extra time (3-1).

Liverpool vs Real Madrid possible line-ups

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konaté, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Keïta; Salah, Mané, Luis Díaz

Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Éder Militão, Alaba, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modrić; Valverde, Benzema, Vinícius Júnior

Liverpool vs Real Madrid prediction

The odds don’t show how tightly contested the final can be, with Liverpool given as favourites by all bookmakers, but Real are the side that has linked their name with European success. Liverpool may be more tired from their unsuccessful battle to win the Premier League, and in two finals this season they have drawn 0-0 with Chelsea and won the titles on penalties.

On the other hand, Real have had a chance to refuel over the last month and are expected to be fresh, so they offset the disadvantage of the Reds’ greater physicality.

Whew… tough to predict. But we’ll go with the “2-3 goals” bet as our main prediction, with the most likely score being 1-1. Finally, we think 2.37 on the Spanish side to win is too generous to pass up.

Football bullet Tip 1: 2-3 goals at 2.00

Football bullet Tip 2: Correct Score 1-1 at 7.00

Football bullet Tip 3: Real Madrid to win the Trophy at 2.37


The last final played by Liverpool vs Real Madrid in 2018

Source: www.uefa.com

Football Tips: livetipster.com

(All prices correct at 27/05/2022, 19:15 CET, subject to change)

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Euroleague Final, Predictions

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Euroleague FInal Four 2022

Euroleague Basketball Predictions

Euroleague basketball predictions The Euroleague Final fot in the Final Four will be between Real Madrid and Anadolu Efes. Check our expert Euroleague predictions.

Our EuroLeague Final 4 tips appear under each mini game preview.

Real Madrid vs Efes Anadolu

  • Real Madrid has 26 wins against Efes, that has 13.

Anadolu Efes and Real Madrid will meet for the first time in the EuroLeague Championship Game, but they have played many important games recently, including the 2021 play-offs series, which Efes won and then went on to win the title in the Final Four a few weeks later.

In the current campaign, Real and Efes have met twice. Real trounced Efes 82-69 in their season opener, with newcomers Heurtel and Yabusele each scoring 18 points. Efes defeated Real 93-90 in Round 31 almost six months later, with Micic scoring 29 points.

The championship game in 2022 will be the latest chapter in this developing rivalry. It’s a defining moment for both, and only the victor will be fulfilled.

The final is completely unpredictable; we like Real’s victory at the odds of 2.00, but we will also predict two players’ special bets. Real Madrid’s Causeur proved in the semi-final that he is a big game player, and his job will be even more essential with Williams-Goss out, while Yabusele is testing his hand a lot, and the odds on the market of Over 1.5 three-point attempts are worth it from every angle!

basketball prediction Tip: Real Madrid win at 2.00

basketball prediction Tip 2: Causer Over 8.5 points at 1.90

basketball prediction Tip 3: Yabusele Over 1.5 three-point shot (scored) at 2.15

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Stark Arena, Belgrade, Serbia – The venue of the Final Four

(All prices correct at 21/04/2022, 09:30 CET, subject to change)

News Source: Euroleague.net

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Euroleague Final 4, Semifinals, Predictions

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Euroleague FInal Four 2022

Euroleague Basketball Predictions

Euroleague basketball predictions The Euroleague Final 4 is here! Check the semifinals previews and our expert Euroleague predictions.

Our EuroLeague Final 4 tips appear under each mini game preview.

Barcelona vs Real Madrid

This season, Barcelona was one of the stronger rebounding teams in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, but it couldn’t match Real Madrid’s dominance on the boards.

Sarunas Jasikevicius’ team has conceded the fewest rebounds in the league this season, 31.2 per game, and outrebounded opponents by 3.2 per game. It had the third-most defensive rebounds (24.3 per game) and the fourth-most total rebounds (34.4 rpg.).

Real’s resurgent supremacy elevated it to a new level. Los Blancos dominated the league in rebounds (38.3 per game), defence boards (26.8 per game), and offensive boards (11.6 per game). It gave up the fewest rebounds (31.7 per game) and outrebounded opponents by an incredible 6.6 per game.

When Real met Barcelona this season, such was not the case. When the two teams played in Round 14, Barcelona won 36-29. After that, Barca won the battle of the boards 39-36 in Round 26. In El Clasico this season, Barcelona averaged 5 more boards per game than their opponents.

Matching those great defensive efforts in the semifinals could be the difference between Barcelona and the EuroLeague’s top rebounding club.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 (-3.5) at 1.90

Olympiacos vs Efes

Several figures stand out from Olympiacos and Efes’s prior games this season that could be worth watching in their semifinal clash.

Even though the teams won a game each, there was little else that was equal. Efes had 18 turnovers in each game, whilst the Reds had 26. Efes not only had more possessions, but they also shot substantially better, hitting 62.0%of their two-point attempts. Both teams tried 71 twos, but Olympiacos shot 53.5%, which was 6 less. Efes also had the best three-point shooting squad, making 20 of them (33.9%). The Reds converted 17 attempts at 30.9%.

Each game was won by the club that won the battle of the boards, with Olympiacos gathering 6 more rebounds across the two games. Even in the Round 26 game, which Efes lost, it outscored Olympiacos 90-105 in the performance index rating.

Olympiacos did get to the foul line more frequently, even if it did not shoot as well. The Reds converted 29 of 36 foul shots (80.6%), while Efes converted 25 of 27. (92.6%). Efes also had a superior season free-throw shooting percentage (82.1 percent -75.8%). However, if Olympiacos continues to draw a lot of fouls and puts Efes in foul trouble, that might be a game changer.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 157.5 at 1.90

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Stark Arena, Belgrade, Serbia – The venue of the Final Four

(All prices correct at 19/04/2022, 08:35 CET, subject to change)

News Source: Euroleague.net

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