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Euroleague Top 16 Preview and Injury list – Round 5



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The Top 16 is proving as competitive as ever, with as many as 10 teams sharing 2-2 records after four games. That means that anything can happen from Top 16 Round 5 going forward, with every team holding options open to clinch a playoff spot. Expect more of the same unpredictability this week in three games to be played on Thursday, followed by five more on a busy Friday. Don’t miss it!

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


In the only game in this group on Thursday, the Top 16’s sole undefeated team, Fenerbahce Istanbul (4-0) hosts Cedevita Zagreb (2-2). James White and – if available – Luka Zoric of Cedevita will play against their former team. Not only is Fenerbahce the only undefeated team in this phase, it also leads the Top 16 in index rating (108.8 per game), scoring (90.3 ppg.), rebounding (38 rpg.) and blocks (4.25 bpg.). Cedevita is allowing opponents to hit 58% of its two-point shots, but doing a much better job (33.3%) in three-point shots.

On Friday, Unicaja Malaga (2-2) hosts Anadolu Efes Istanbul (2-2) in Top 16 action for the fourth straight year. Efes point guard Jayson Granger plays against his former team for the first time after playing there in the last couple of seasons. Unicaja has the best defense in the Top 16 (71 ppg.) but allows more points (77.5 ppg.) at Martin Carpena Arena than on the road. Efes ranks first in assists (20.9 apg.) and three-point shooting (23%). The battle under the baskets will be exciting: Efes ranks second in defensive rebounds (26.1 drpg.) and Unicaja leads the 2015-16 Euroleague in offensive boards (13.2 orpg.).

Also Friday, Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade (2-2) welcomes Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar (3-1) to Pionir Arena. Zvezda will need to stop Malcolm Delaney, who leads the Top 16 in index rating (25.8 per game). Lokomotiv trails everyone in two-pointers made (15 per game) but is first in three-pointers (12.5 per game). Zvezda trails everyone in rebounds per game at home (28.5) but has forced opponents to shoot just 24.4% from downtown at Pionir.

Finally, in a first meeting ever between them and a must-win game for both teams, Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (0-4) visits Greece to face Panathinaikos Athens (1-3). Darussafaka wants to become the first team to reach the playoffs after a 0-4 start in the Top 16. It ranks second in protecting the ball with just 11.5 turnovers per game. Panathinaikos is the lowest-scoring team in the Top 16 (68.3 ppg.) due to its poor three-point shooting percentage (29.2%).


In the earliest game of this round, CSKA Moscow (2-2) welcomes Brose Baskets Bamberg (2-2) to the Russian capital. CSKA has never lost against Bamberg in 10 previous showdowns. CSKA center Kyle Hines goes against his former team. Nando De Colo, who leads the 2015-16 Euroleague in scoring (19.1 ppg.) and index rating (22.7 per game) will be back in action after missing two games due to injury. CSKA is the highest scoring team in the competition (89.9 ppg.) this season and also leads the 2015-16 Euroleague in index rating (107.2 per game). Bamberg leads the Top 16 in defensive rebounds (27.8 drpg.) and is third in three-point shooting (42.5%).

Also on Thursday, in the Game of the Week, Real Madrid (2-2) goes against Olympiacos (2-2), in a rematch of last season’s final. Madrid has allowed more points than anyone since the start of the Top 16 (86.7 ppg.). Olympiacos has the best defense overall this season, allowing just 70.1 points per game to opponents. Los Blancos are allowing opponents to score 58.8% of their two-point shots and 40.7% of their attempts from downtown. Madrid must bring those numbers down against the Reds, whose reputation as a tough, physical team is backed by numbers, ranking sixth in steals (6.5 spg.) and first in fouls committed (24).


On Friday, FC Barcelona Lassa (2-2) takes on Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz (2-2). Barcelona has a 39-1 home record in its last 40 Top 16 games, only losing against Laboral. Barcelona leads the Top 16 in fewest turnovers (10 per game) and is second in three-point percentage (43.6%), hitting more than 10 triples per game. Laboral ranks second in rebounds (37 rpg.) in the Top 16, led by Ioannis Bourousis, who recorded its seventh double-double against CSKA last week. Pau Ribas and Brad Oleson played for Laboral in the past.

Also on Friday, Khimki Moscow Region (3-1) hosts Zalgiris Kaunas (1-3). Paulius Jankunas of Zalgiris played for his opponent, just as Khimki head coach Rimas Kurtinaitis did for Zalgiris throughout the 1980s and the early 1990s. Zalgiris leads the Top 16 in two-pointers made (93) and free throw shooting percentage (85.3%). Khimki ranks first in steals (9.25 spg.).

Injury Report

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 did not play last week due to a hamstring problem and he also missed the latest Adriatic League game this weekend.

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade

Luka Mitrovic remains unavailable due to a knee injury.

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul

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

Fenerbahce Istanbul

Coach Zeljko Obradovic will have a complete roster to choose from.

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar

Sergey Bykov returned to action this past weekend in VTB League action.

Panathinaikos Athens

Nikos Pappas made his comeback this past weekend in the Greek League derby against Olympiacos.
Dimitris Diamantidis is doubtful for the game against Darussafaka.
Vasilis Charalampopoulos did not play in the Greek League this weekend, but is probable against Unicaja.

Unicaja Malaga

Point guard Stefan Markovic will be sidelined for at least two months due to a leg injury.

Brose Baskets Bamberg

Head coach Andrea Trinchieri is expected to have a full roster to face CSKA Moscow.

CSKA Moscow

Nando De Colo will be back for the game against Brose Baskets.
Joel Freeland is still marked by the club as questionable for the game.
Pavel Korobkov remains sidelined due to a knee injury.

FC Barcelona Lassa

Carlos Arroyo will be sidelined at least until early February after suffering a left calf muscle tear in practice.
Juan Carlos Navarro did not play in the last Spanish League game against Valencia due to minor injuries.

Khimki Moscow Region

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 Vitoria Gasteiz

Davis Bertans is nearing a comeback, but is not available yet.

Olympiacos Piraeus

Patric Young is sidelined long-term due to a torn ACL.
Matt Lojeski has missed six consecutive games, but is nearing a return.
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.
Jonas Maciulis will likely sit out the game against Olympiacos due to ankle problems.

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.



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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


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Euroleague Final, Predictions



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

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Euroleague Final 4, Semifinals, Predictions



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

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