Euroleague Tips with Previews – Thursday matches

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Euroleague basketball predictions The Euroleague is back! May’s winners, Anadolu Efes will try to defend their crown as one of the 18 European teams ready for the biggest club competition in the continent. Enjoy every single game preview of this season’s 34-round regular season and our expert predictions.

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Anadolu Efes – Unics Kazan

  • Efes holds A 3-1 lead in head-to-head games against UNICS in the EuroLeague this century.

Defending champion Anadolu Efes Istanbul (0-4) looks for its first win of the season against UNICS Kazan (1-3) in Round 5 in a highly-anticipated showdown in which both teams look to bounce back from recent struggles. Efes comes off a 75-71 road loss against still-undefeated AX Armani Exchange Milan. Shane Larkin had 13 points plus 9 rebounds, Adrien Moerman scored 12 and Filip Petrusev 10 points in the loss. No other defending champion has had a 0-4 start in EuroLeague history.

It was a bittersweet two-round week for UNICS. It rallied from a double-digit deficit to top FC Bayern Munich 73-70 for its first win in Round 3. Isaiah Canaan led the way with 21 points, Lorenzo Brown added 17 and Mario Hezonja had 15 for UNICS, which then went on to fall 80-41 at Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul. The 41 points was a new club low; the previous worst was 50 points on December 8, 2011, against FC Barcelona.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 160.5 at 1.90 with bet365

Zalgiris – Bayern

  • Bayern leads Zalgiris 4-3 in head-to-head meetings between the teams.

After they both started the season 0-4, either Zalgiris Kaunas or FC Bayern Munich is certain to taste its first victory on Thursday night. The Lithuanian champs have had a rocky start that included a coaching change with Jure Zdovc stepping in before Round 3. Meanwhile, Bayern has been plagued by injuries and two of its four losses have come by a single score. Last season both games between them were won by the home team by a single point. Both teams have reasons for optimism this week. Zalgiris’s big summer signing Emmanuel Mudiay comes off his best game of the season with 19 points against Olympiacos Piraeus, while Bayern sharpshooter Andreas Obst made his debut over the weekend in the German League.

basketball prediction Tip: Zalgiris Under 73.5 at 1.86 with bet365

Maccabi – Panathinaikos

  • Panathinaikos has a 14-13 lead in head-to-head games against Maccabi in the competition.

Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv will look to build on the momentum of its Round 4 win when it hosts Panathinaikos OPAP Athens on Thursday. Maccabi (2-2) comes off its best showing this season in an 85-93 victory at previously undefeated LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne. James Nunnally shined with 25 points off the bench.

Panathinaikos (1-3) will try to bounce back after losing twice on the road in the two-round week. Daryl Macon Jr. scored a personal-best 18 points in Friday’s loss at Real Madrid. The rivalry, which has seen the teams clash in three championship games and two semifinals over the past quarter-century, has gone the way of the home side the last five times they played.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 (+6.5) at 1.90 with bet365

Milano – Villeurbanne

  • ASVEL holds a 2-1 edge in games against Milan this century.

Two of the hottest teams to start the season meet on Thursday in the fashion capital when undefeated AX Armani Exchange Milan hosts LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne. Milan (4-0) has won its three home games by an average margin of 8.3 points, including victories over two of last season’s Final Four teams. In Round 4, Milan edged defending champion Anadolu Efes Istanbul 75-71 behind 16 points from Malcolm Delaney.

ASVEL (3-1) started the season with three straight wins before falling at home in Round 4 to Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv 85-93. Elie Okobo shined in defeat with 23 points. In its only other road game this season, ASVEL bested ALBA Berlin in the German capital. This will be the fourth clash ever between these two sides and the hosts won all of the previous three.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 (+9.5) at 1.90 with bet365

Real Madrid – Fenerbahce

  • Los Blancos have won each of the last six meetings between the clubs.

After respective convincing wins in Round 4, Real Madrid (3-1) and Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul (2-2) meet each other in the Spanish capital in Round 5 on Thursday. It is a battle between two of the last four Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champions; Fenerbahce won its first title in 2017 and Real claimed its 10th crown in 2018. Last season, Real downed Fenerbahce twice – 94-74 in the Spanish capital behind 17 points from Alberto Abalde and 67-93 on the road with 20 points from Fabien Causeur.

Fenerbahce comes off a 39-point home win against UNICS Kazan. Marial Shayok paced Fenerbahce with 17 points, Devin Booker scored 16 points with 5 rebounds and 4 steals, Nando de Colo tallied 13 points and Ahmet Duverioglu chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. Real registered an 88-65 home win over Panathinaikos OPAP Athens in Round 4. Edy Tavares led the way with 17 points, Abalde added 16 and Guerschon Yabusele 14.

basketball prediction Tip: Fenerbahce Over 74.5 at 1.80 with bet365

(All prices correct at 20/10/2021, 08:30 CET, subject to change)

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