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NBA basketball Preview and Tips 2017-18

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The new season in the NBA starts in a few hours and it is more than clear who is this year’s favorite. It is not easy to give NBA predictions today, but we will give it a go. The current champions Golden State Warriors are the team most people bet their money on to win a second successive title and 3rd in 4 years.

Who can beat the Warriors?

The addition of KD last year was the cheery on top of the cake for a team with so much talent that is trying to leave behind it a dynasty like the Chicago Bulls did before. It does not come as a surprise that GS Warriors are priced at 1.55 (11/20 UK) to win the title. Second favorite is Cleveland Cavaliers and King Lebron, priced at 6.00 (5/1 UK).

Great expectations

The pre-season built great expectations. The experts called it the best off-season ever in the NBA. Some transfers and swaps were so unexpected and shocking that they could change the balance between teams. Kyrie Irving‘s move to Boston from Cleveland was the most discussed in the summer. It included the move of Isiah Thomas vice versa.

Oklahoma City Thunders look sharper having signed Paul George and Carmelo Antony. Jimmy Butler left Chicago for Minnesota while Chris Paul will play along-side James Harden after jumping to Houston.

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Wild, Wild West!

It is the teams of the West Conference that have strengthened more and it is now even harder to determine which teams will get a play-offs place. Competition is huge and only the top-4 looks a bit clear because of the presence of Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder. Most of the remaining teams have a chance, with less or more possibilities.

The current odds show that 5 of the 7 favorites to win the title come from the West, which proves why it is… wilder than ever.

 

Maybe the Spurs are the team less improved regarding to the squad, but nobody can write off the super coach Gregg Popovich and hos experienced set of players.

 

As for the 4 positions left to fight for, Minnesota looks as the underdogs with the addition of Butler, Gibson and Crawford helping the already talented side. So, the Timberwolves might be the team to watch during this exciting season. Minnesota is priced at 1.95 with bet365 to exceed the mark of 48.5 wins.

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East and the Beast!

On the East coast things are different. A number of good players left to travel west and the games here might prove more interesting and challenging with more surprises on the long way of the regular season. Cleveland Cavaliers are definitely the team for the others to beat. Thomas, Wade and Rose are more than capable to make everyone forget about Irving and make the champions of 2015-16 lead the conference. It looks quite safe to say that they will exceed the 54 wins needed to make the odds of 1.71 with bet365 a winning bet.

Behind the Cavaliers, there will be great competition including the renewed Boston Celtics, the always with quality Toronto Raptors and the team of the capital Washington Wizards. Not to forget the 76ers, who hope to return in the NBA’s elite.

The -always have to mention from respect- Chicago Bulls might have another low season and the scenario is similar for the New York Knicks.

What The… Buck?

But here, allow me to say who can be the team to break the odds. Milwaukee Bucks. A team that reached the play-offs last season gaining 9 positions and having a positive win percentage for the first time after 2010. It will not be a surprise if they jump in this year’s percentage too, so the 46.5 wins looks a must and is priced at 1.95 with bet365.

It seems Milwaukee will go as far as Giannis can take them.

With another year of experience for Giannis Antetokounmpo and Thon Maker heading into next season, Milwaukee is expected to compete for a top-four seed in the East. The Greek Freak experienced a meteoric rise last season, delivering career highs in almost every statistical category. He won the Most Improved Player Award, played in the All Star Game and ended the season on second-team All-NBA. He starts the season coming from an injury, but with MVP buzz now circulating around the four-year pro, it seems as though Milwaukee will go as far as Giannis can take them.

The main concern is the Bucks’ lack of scoring punch outside of Antetokounmpo. Jabari Parker looked to be a perfect wingman for Giannis after scoring 20 points per game in 51 contests last season, but he is sidelined until the All-Star break. Tony Snell and Malcolm Brogdon can’t be counted on for large outputs, and Greg Monroe will likely see a reduction in playing time with the rise of Maker. Middleton has to emerge as Milwaukee’s No. 2 option behind Giannis.

Barring any health setbacks, Milwaukee should find itself competing for one of the East’s top seeds next season. If they manage to come to the top of the Central Division, a bet at 8.50 (15-2 UK) will be paid to those risk takers. Or should I see to… us risk takers?

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Euroleague Tips with Previews – Tuesday matches

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Euroleague Basketball Predictions

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.

Yes, these are the best Euro League basketball tips you can possible find and appear under each mini game preview.

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)

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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

(All prices correct at 26/01/2023, 21:15 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.

Yes, these are the best Euro League basketball tips you can possible find and appear under each mini game preview.

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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