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Euroleague Top 16 – Round 3 Preview

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The Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 enters its third week with just three undefeated teams – Olympiacos Piraeus, Fenerbahce Istanbul and Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar – which shows how tough the competition has been for everyone until now. Four games will be played on Thursday, followed by four more on Friday. Expect a little bit of everything in an exciting Round 3!

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GROUP E

In the Game of the Week on Thursday, Fenerbahce (2-0) takes on visiting Lokomotiv (2-0) in a direct battle for first place. Lokomotiv is first in steals (8.5 per game) and has the second-best defense in the competition, giving up just 69.6 points per game. Fenerbahce also excels on defense, allowing a league-low 69.5 performance index rating average to opponents and ranking second in blocks (3.9). Malcolm Delaney of Lokomotiv has earned back-to-back MVP of the Week honors to start the Top 16 and leads all active players in scoring (18.1 ppg.).

Also on Thursday, Panathinaikos Athens (1-1) hosts Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade (0-2) in the Greek capital. Panathinaikos ranks third in assists (20.3) but is last among all Top 16 teams in offensive rebounds (8.4), with Zvezda being fifth overall (11.4). Zvezda ranks high in turnovers (14.5) and fouls committed (22.5), and so must improve those numbers to have better chance at its first Top 16 win.

Unicaja Malaga (1-1) hosts Cedevita Zagreb (1-1) in an interesting showdown. Cedevita big man Luka Zoric played for Unicaja in the past, as did his head coach Veljko Mrsic, who led the Spanish visitors to a Korac Cup title in 2001. Unicaja leads the Euroleague in offensive rebounds (12.3) but trails all Top 16 teams in defensive boards (21.3). Cedevita ranks low in steals (4.92) and blocks (1.5) but has great three-point defense, holding opposing shooters to 34% accuracy from the arc.

In the only Friday game in the group, Anadolu Efes Istanbul (1-1) goes against Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (0-2) – barely four days after facing each other in the Turkish League. As many as five Darussafaka players and head coach Oktay Mahmuti worked for Efes in the past. Darussafaka has good defensive numbers: its opponents make just 33.7% of their three-point tries and own a very poor 1.15 assist-to-turnover ratio. On other hand, Efes is third in index rating (97.5 per game), second in scoring (85.4) and first in assists (20.8) and three-point shooting accuracy (45.1%).

GROUP F

In the only Group F game on Thursday, CSKA Moscow (1-1) hosts FC Barcelona Lassa (1-1) in a big showdown between teams with two Euroleague titles each this century. It is the 26th matchup between them, including Euroleague semifinals in 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2010. CSKA leads the Euroleague in index rating (109.7 per game), scoring (91.3) and two-point shooting percentage (58.9%). Barcelona has the best assist-to-turnover ratio in the competition (1.83), is fifth in scoring (80.9) and last in fouls committed (18.5) and turnovers (10.5).

In the first of three Friday games, Khimki Moscow Region (1-1) takes on Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz (1-1). Laboral leads the Euroleague in defensive rebounding (27.7) behind the overall best individual in the competition, Ioannis Bourousis (9.2 rpg.). Laboral is third in scoring (84.9) but Khimki is first in blocks (5.1) and third in steals (8.3), so a very intense game is expected.

Real Madrid (1-1) faces Zalgiris Kaunas (2-0) in another battle between Euroleague champions. Madrid forward Jonas Maciulis and Zalgiris swingman Martynas Pocius go against their former teams. Madrid ranks second in index rating (99.5), fourth in scoring (84.8) and third in rebounds (37.2). Zalgiris is last in index rating (56.5) and scoring (65.5) in the Top 16, with a true shooting percentage of 40.7% compared to Madrid’s 48.6%, so a major turnaround is needed. Legend Sarunas Jasikevicius is expected to head the Zalgiris bench in his first Euroleague game as head coach.

In a Olympiacos (2-0) hosts Brose Baskets Bamberg (1-1) as the visitors comes off their first-ever Top 16 win after 21 consecutive losses. Bamberg is leading the Top 16 in true shooting percentage (56.8%) and assists (21.5), but will have it tough to continue those great numbers against the Reds. The best defensive team in the competition, Olympiacos holds opponents to 69.2 points on average, 43.9% two-point shooting and a low 14.6 assists per game.

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The injury list and who returns:

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

– Nemanja Gordic and Karlo Zganec returned to action this weekend, giving Cedevita a full roster.

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

– Kostas Sloukas has missed his team’s last two games.

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar

– Dontaye Draper did not play in the VTB League game on Monday, but should be back against Fenerbahce.

Panathinaikos Athens

– Lefthetis Bochoridis remains sidelined.
– Nikos Pappas will be out for two weeks due to injury.

Unicaja Malaga

– Point guard Stefan Markovic will be sidelined for at least three months due to a leg injury.
– Mindaugas Kuzminskas did not travel to Athens last week due to a small injury, but returned to action this weekend.

Group F

Brose Baskets Bamberg

– Elias Harris returned to action against Zalgiris giving Bamberg a full roster.

CSKA Moscow

– Aaron Jackson remains sidelined due to multiple face fractures, but could be back soon.
– Victor Khryapa returned to action against Saratov and is available going forward.
– Nando De Colo sprained his ankle in the VTB League this weekend. He is listed as questionable against Barcelona.
– Pavel Korobkov did not play against Real Madrid last weekend and missed his team’s game in Saratov this weekend.
– Joel Freeland did not travel to Saratov due to a leg injury. He is questionable against Barcelona.

FC Barcelona Lassa

– Carlos Arroyo will be sidelined at least until late January or early February after suffering a left calf muscle tear in practice.
– Juan Carlos Navarro missed his team’s Spanish League game due to back problems. He is probable against CSKA.

Khimki Moscow Region

– Paul Davis, Egor Vyaltsev and Ruslan Pateev remain sidelined.
– Petteri Koponen and Marko Todorovic did not play in the VTB League this weekend. Both players stayed in Khimki to recover from their injuries and will play against Laboral Kutxa.

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz

– Alberto Corbacho is out due to a leg injury.
– Davis Bertans is nearing a comeback but is not available yet.
– Ioannis Bourousis missed a Spanish League game due to personal reasons, but will be back against Khimki.

Olympiacos Piraeus

– Patric Young is sidelined long-term due to a torn ACL.

Real Madrid

– Rudy Fernandez (back) and Sergio Llull (thigh) are out again this week.

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 – 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

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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

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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.

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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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