Euroleague Basketball Predictions
After the first “double” week of the season, the Euroleague regular season continues. The action does not cease after a few exciting games. So, let’s dive straight into our Euroleague picks for today’s games:
Our EuroLeague basketball tips appear under each mini game preview.
Olympiacos – Monaco
Last year, Olympiacos (4-0) and Monaco (3-1) played out a thrilling five-game playoff series, with Olympiacos winning Game 5 to advance to the Final Four in Belgrade. Olympiacos and Monaco will play one another for the first time since the final buzzer sounded and jubilation broke out in Piraeus in Round 5 of the 2022–23 EuroLeague Regular Season.
Olympiacos has had a tremendous start to the current season, winning all four of its games, three of which were away games against Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Baskonia. The other triumph, which came against Zalgiris Kaunas at home, was played without any spectators, thus Monaco’s arrival will be the first time this season that Olympiacos supporters will be in attendance. Vezenkov has been performing at an MVP level for Olympiacos thus far this season, averaging a PIR of 28.8 through the team’s first four matches. He will probably be crucial to the hosts’ success against Monaco on Thursday night.
Tip: 2 (+5.5) at 1.90
Maccabi – Panathinaikos
When Maccabi and Panathinaikos square off on Thursday night at Menorah Mivtahim Arena, their rivalry will be reignited. After winning back-to-back games the previous week and taking home the Israeli League Cup on Sunday, Maccabi (3-1) arrives in excellent spirits. The assault has been led by Baldwin (15.5 ppg, 4.2 apg) and Brown (14 ppg, 7.5 apg), with Poythress, Nebo, and Sorkin standing out in the paint.
After suffering two losses the previous week, Panathinaikos (1-3) will try to rebound in Israel. Four players for the Greens average double digit scoring, and two more score at least eight times every game, giving them a balanced offence. Williams, a former Maccabi forward, is the team’s top scorer with 14.2 points per contest, and sixth-man Ponitka (8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.2 ast) has been a key contributor.
Tip: 2 (+8.5) at 1.90
Valencia – Alba Berlin
On Thursday, Valencia (1-3) will host ALBA Berlin (3-1) in Round 5 after both teams suffered defeats to Turkish opponents in Round 4. The defending champions, Efes, defeated ALBA in their season opener, 78-74. In Round 3, Valencia had defeated Efes to end its own losing streak, but in Round 4, it was defeated by Fenerbahce 79-77. The 2010 and 2019 EuroCup finals saw these two teams square off, and they will now play for the sixth time in the EuroLeague, with Valencia leading 4-1.
Due to important injuries to Webb and Rivero, as well as Harper’s inability to finish the game against Fenerbahce, Valencia has had a rough start to the season. Dubljevic and Jones were the principal contributors in the most recent game, but some other players—like Prepelic, Lopez-Arostegui, or Radebaugh—must step up if Valencia wants to respond quickly, particularly given the players they are missing.
Tip: Over 160.5 at 1.90
Partizan – Zalgiris
When Partizan hosts Zalgiris Kaunas at Stark Arena on Thursday, two clubs will look to build on last week’s results and keep things going in the right direction. Both teams recently won convincingly at home in front of crowded gyms.
In Round 4, Partizan defeated visiting Virtus Bologna by a score of 28 to record its first victory in eight years. With 20 points, Nunnally led Partizan. Coach Zeljko Obradovic’s team also received 14 points apiece from Andjusic and Lessort.
Partizan must ensure that its defensive glass is maintained. With 13.5 rebounds per game and a combined 6.8 per game from their starting big men Hayes and Smits, Zalgiris leads the league in offensive rebounding. Partizan has done a good job, giving up only 8.5 rebounds per game, including just 12 in two games last week. In this game, it must maintain the same standard.
Tip: 1 (-7.5) at 1.90
Real Madrid – Virtus Bologna
Real Madrid (2-2) will host Virtus Bologna (1-3) in Round 5 on Thursday, marking the first time in nearly 20 years that two previous continental champions will face off against one another. Real has a 12-7 record against Virtus, which it overcame Los Blancos 79-74 in the 1990 Saporta Cup final to win the most significant matchup between the two clubs.
Real just defeated Crvena Zvezda 72-56 at home, with Musa scoring a game-high 13 points. In terms of points allowed per game, the group is second only to Fenerbahce (72.0 ppg) (68.3 ppg.). Real has the… best (lowest) 3-point percentage defence with 30.7%.
In 337 games, Rodriguez has 3,445 points (10.2 ppg) and 1,583 assists (4.70 apg). In 240 games, Teodosic has accumulated 2,823 points (11.8 ppg) and 1,139 assists (4.75 apg). They can both spontaneously come up with impossible assists.
Tip: 2 (+11,5) at 1.90
(All prices correct at 27/10/2022, 10:45 CET, subject to change)
News Source: Euroleague.net
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