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Euroleague Top 16 – Round 2 Preview

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The Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top-16 reaches its second round with a lot to offer. From battles between historical teams to showdowns never seen before, Round 2 will have a little bit of everything, as all eight teams that played on the road in opening week now make their Top 16 home debuts. Four games are scheduled on Thursday, followed by four more on Friday.

GROUP E

In the only Group F game on Thursday, Darussafaka (0-1) takes on Cedevita Zagreb (0-1) for the first time ever. Darussafaka is one of the best offensive rebounding teams in the competition (11.4) but ranks next-to-last among Top 16 qualifiers in free throw shooting accuracy (69.3%). Cedevita ranks high in two-point shots made (20.7) thanks to center Miro Bilan, the seventh-best scorer in the competition (15 ppg.), but is last in steals (5.0).

In a battle between undefeated teams, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar (1-0) takes on visiting Anadolu Efes Istanbul (1-0). It will be a special game for Derrick Brown, who plays against Lokomotiv for the first time after three seasons with that team, with whom he won the Eurocup title in 2013. Lokomotiv is the second-best defensive team in the Euroleague, allowing opponents just 68.9 point on average. Efes ranks second in three-point shooting (40.1%) and fourth in two-pointers made (21.6).

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade (0-1) faces Fenerbahce Istanbul (1-0) for the third time this season. Fenerbahce beat Zvezda twice in the regular season. Fenerbahce is taking great care of the ball, averaging just 11.8 turnovers per game, and is ranked fourth in blocks (3.64). Zvezda takes care of the offensive glass really well (11.7) but ranks first in fouls committed (22.6 per game). Pero Antic and Nikola Kalinic of Fenerbahce played for Zvezda in the past. Tarence Kinsey was with Fener, too.

Panathinaikos Athens (0-1) faces Unicaja Malaga (1-0) for the 21st time. James Gist and Ognjen Kuzmic of Panathinaikos played for Unicaja in the past. DeMarcus Nelson was with the Greens last season. Unicaja leads the competition in offensive rebounds (12.7) but Panathinaikos ranks high in defensive rebounds (25.0) so the battle under the boards will be critical. Panathinaikos is second in assists (20.5) and fourth in steals (7.82). Unicaja, which gives up just 71 points per game, is one of the best defenses in the Euroleague, with the Greens not far behind (72.0).

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GROUP F

Two world basketball giants meet again in the Game of the Week when CSKA Moscow (0-1) hosts Real Madrid (1-0) in the Russian capital on Thursday. CSKA ranks first in performance index rating (109.4 per game) and Madrid is second (101.3), so expect a major clash of talents. This marks their 38th meeting, including Euroleague finals in 1963, 1965 and 1969, but they have not met outside of the Top 16 since 2008. CSKA relies on a pair of top-ten scorers , Nando De Colo (18.3 ppg., 2nd overall) and Milos Teodosic (14.2 ppg., eighth overall). With Sergio Llull sidelined, Gustavo Ayon (11.2 ppg.) is Madrid’s best scorer, ranking 41st overall.

In their first meeting in three years, Barcelona Lassa (1-0) takes on Khimki Moscow Region (0-1) in a very interesting showdown. Barcelona is one of the best scoring teams at home (84.4 ppg.). Khimki ranks high in three-point shots made (8.9 per game) and index rating (90.9).

Also on Wednesday, Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz (1-0) welcomes Olympiacos Piraeus (1-0) in a rematch from the regular season. Ioannis Bourousis, who leads the Euroleague in performance index rating (22.2 per game) goes against his former team. Laboral leads the Euroleague in scoring (93.2 ppg.) on its home court, but Olympiacos has the best defense in the competition (68.6 ppg. allowed) and does even better on the road (61.3).

In the only Group F game on Friday, Brose Baskets Bamberg (0-1) faces Zalgiris Kaunas (0-1) with the victory getting into the Group F win column. In Bamberg’s case, that would be its first Top 16 win ever after 21 consecutive losses. Zalgiris has an 8-0 record against Bamberg, too. Bamberg ranks second in fouls committed (22.4) but third in two-point percentage (54.4%) and fifth in three-point shooting (38.4%) due to its dynamic offense in which everyone passes the ball. Zalgiris is last in assists (15.0) of all Top 16 teams but is fifth in defensive rebounds (25.4) and first in two-point shots made (21.3).

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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

(All prices correct at 20/01/2023, 08:00 CET, subject to change)

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Euroleague Tips with Previews – Thursday 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.

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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