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Euroleague Top 16 Preview and Injury list – Round 7

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The Top 16 hits its mid-point with all 16 teams still in playoff contention, with 15 of them holding between one and four victories, and only Fenerbahce Istanbul undefeated through six games. With eight games evenly split between Thursday and Friday, Top 16 Round 7 features a rematch of last season’s Final Four semifinal between CSKA Moscow and Olympiacos Piraeus, as well as two clashes in which teams face each other for the third time this season.

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

Group E

Looking to continue its undefeated Top 16 run, Fenerbahce (6-0) welcomes Unicaja Malaga (2-4) to Istanbul on Thursday. These two teams played each other in the Top 16 in each of the past two seasons, with Fenerbahce winning three of those four games and sweeping Unicaja last season. This season, Fenerbahce is 8-0 at home, and during its undefeated Top 16 campaign Fenerbahce ranks first in three-point percentage (41.3%) and blocks (5.2), while standing second in scoring (87.3), index rating (104.7) and two-point accuracy (58.2%). Unicaja often stays in games thanks to being the best offensive rebounding team in the competition, claiming 14.5 of its own misses per game in the Top 16.

Two teams looking to get back to winning ways, Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade (3-3) and Cedevita Zagreb (2-4), face off on Thursday, too. This is first time in nine years that two teams from Adriatic League face each other in Euroleague action, and first time ever in the Top 16. Zvezda’s perimeter defense holds opponents to 28.9% three-point shooting, better than all but one other team in the Top 16. Offensively, Zvezda could explore its opportunities closer to the basket as Cedevita allows a Top 16-high 58.6% two-point conversion to opponents.

On Friday, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar (4-2) welcomes Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (1-5) for the first game ever between them. Lokomotiv leads the Top 16 in three-point shots made with 12 per contest, while its defense allows a league-low 70.7 points per game. That number dips to 65.3 on its home floor, where Lokomotiv is 6-1 and has beaten opponents by an average margin of 12.3 points. Darussafaka is coming off its historic first ever Top 16 win, while four of its five losses have come by a single-digit margins, making it a more dangerous visitor than its record indicates. Also

Friday, Panathinaikos Athens (3-3) hosts Anadolu Efes Istanbul (3-3) in a pivotal game for both teams. Winners of two in a row, Panathinaikos commits more turnovers (14.8) than any other team in the Top 16, whil only one team scores fewer than the Greens’ 72.2 points on average. However, despite its low scoring, the Panathinaikos offense ranks third in the Top 16 with 19.6 assists. On the other hand, Efes has been very successful away from home, where it has 4-4 record this season. Efes men have been the Euroleague’s best three-point shooting squad overall this season, the only one that averages 10 triples made through 16 games, and also does so with a competition-best 42.9% accuracy.

Injury list

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 but he’s not expected to take part in the game.
Luka Babic and Marko Arapovic won’t be available for the game against Crvena Zvezda.

Crvena Zvezda

Luka Mitrovic remains unavailable due to a knee injury.

Darussafaka Dogus

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

Fenerbahce

Kostas Sloukas and Pero Antic won’t be available for the game against Unicaja.

Lokomotiv Kuban

Coach Bartzokas has a full roster available to play against Darussafaka.
The team added Matt Janning this week, but he won’t be eligible to play until Round 8.

Panathinaikos

Vasilis Charalampopoulos and Nikos Pappas will not be present in this week’s game.
The Greens have added Marquez Haynes and Elliot Williams, but neither of them will be eligible to play until Round 8.

Unicaja Malaga

Point guard Stefan Markovic will be sidelined for at least two months due to a leg injury.
Starters Richard Hendrix and Jamar Smith won’t be available for the game against Fenerbahce.

Group F

In this week’s first game on Thursday, Khimki Moscow Region (4-2) hosts reigning Euroleague champ Real Madrid (3-3) for the second time this season. Khimki won both of their regular season games, including a 84-70 home win in the season-opener last October. The last time Khimki played on its home floor, two weeks ago, it scored a club-record 111 points. These are also two of the three best teams at dishing assists in the Top 16, with Khimki tied for first (20 per game) and Madrid right behind at 19.7. Khimki also picks up 9.8 steals a night, by far the best in the Top 16. Madrid has 1-5 road record this season and allows the second-worst points per nigh, 85, away from home.

Also on Thursday, group co-leader Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz (4-2) returns home after back-to-back road wins to play Brose Baskets Bamberg (3-3). To its 89 points per game at home this Euroleague campaign, Laboral has added stellar defense in the Top 16, holding opponents to 26.8% three-point and 47.5% two-point accuracy – both leading the Top 16. Laboral is also the best rebounding team in the Top 16 with 39.8 boards per contest. Bamberg visits Laboral for the first time in 10 years, and has 0-4 record against the hosts. However, this season Bamberg has snapped many such negative records, like winning its first Top 16 game and last week beating FC Barcelona Lassa for the first time.

On Friday, in a Euroleague classic, CSKA Moscow (4-2) hosts Olympiacos Piraeus (3-3) in the Russian capital. Last season at the Final Four in Madrid, Olympiacos rallied late to shatter CSKA’s title hopes with 68-70 semifinal victory. These two powerhouses have played each other seven times in the last four seasons, and three times at Final Fours, with Olympiacos holding 4-3 record and winning all three Final Four clashes. However, Olympiacos has won in Moscow only once this century. CSKA is scoring 93 points per night at home in the Top 16 and leads Top 16 in index rating (106.2), two-point accuracy (59.1%), and assists (20). That league-best offense goes against an Olympiacos defense that allows the second-fewest points (71.4) this season.

Also on Friday, FC Barcelona Lassa (2-4) hosts Zalgiris Kaunas (1-5), in a must-win game for both teams. Barcelona holds a 19-2 all-time record against Zalgiris, but these teams split road wins earlier in the regular season, when Zalgiris won in Barcelona 88-92. This game, however, marks the first in which legend Sarunas Jasikevicius leads Zalgiris as a head coach against the club he helped to win its first Euroleague title in 2003. Zalgiris struggles offensively, scoring just 70.5 points on average this season, the lowest of any team still in the competition, and in the Top 16 has made just 5 triples per night. Barcelona takes the best care of the ball among Euroleague teams, committing just 10.3 turnovers, but it has lost seven of its last nine games.

Injury list

Brose Baskets Bamberg

Head coach Andrea Trinchieri is expected to have a full roster for the game in Vitoria.

CSKA Moscow

Ivan Lazarev appeared for a few seconds in the last VTB League game against Khimki.
Pavel Korobkov remains sidelined due to a knee injury.

FC Barcelona Lassa

Carlos Arroyo has been practicing with the team and could be back this week.

Khimki Moscow

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

Tornike Shengelia suffered a serious knee injury and is out indefinitely.

Olympiacos

Patric Young is sidelined long-term due to a torn ACL.
Olympiacos signed forward Kostas Papanikolaou, but he does not become eligible to play in the Euroleague until Top 16 Round 8.

Real Madrid

Rudy Fernandez (back) is out again this week after undergoing back surgery.
Felipe Reyes will be sidelined due to shoulder injury.
Andres Nocioni did not travel to Russia to face Khimki due to injury.
Jonas Maciulis is still sidelined as he didn’t play in the last Spanish League game due to a sprain.

Zalgiris Kaunas

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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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

(All prices correct at 31/01/2023, 08:10 CET, subject to change)

News Source: Euroleague.net

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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

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

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