Euroleague Preview & Tips – Round 23 – Back from the break

Euroleague basketball predictions included under each mini game preview.

After three Turkish Airlines EuroLeague teams won their respective domestic cup competitions last week and four others reached the finals, the focus returns to the premier competition on the continent with Round 23. This round will see the first time a team can clinch a playoff berth and it will come in the very first game if CSKA Moscow defeats Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz. Among Friday highlights will be a meeting between the winners of the Turkish and Lithuanian Cups, Anadolu Efes Istanbul and Zalgiris Kaunas, and the final will be another Clasico plus a rematch from Sunday’s Copa del Rey: FC Barcelona Lassa versus Real Madrid.

Friday’s matches

Khimki Moscow vs Panathinaikos

A big battle between two teams with sights set on securing home-court advantage in the playoffs features a fascinating duel between two of this season’s outstanding individual performers, Alexey Shved and Nick Calathes. But there’s far more to this game than just two players, with Khimki (13-9) claiming four wins in its last five largely thanks to outstanding defense, allowing an average of just 66 points per game in those victories. Panathinaikos (14-8) has stuttered recently, losing three consecutive games on the road, but has welcomed back Mike James to add another spark for the remainder of the campaign.

Tip: Under 155.5 at 1.90 with bet365

Anadolu Efes vs Zalgiris

After losing its last three away games, Zalgiris (13-9) will look to get back on track against an Efes (6-16) team thar is placed bottom of the standings, but has won three of its last four in Istanbul. Both teams are in good spirits following domestic cup triumphs on Sunday. Zalgiris has been a far more efficient offensive force, converting 54.8% of two-point attempts and 41% of three-pointers compared to the respective totals of 49.4% and 34.3% for Efes. And the home team will have to be particularly wary of the threat posed by visiting guard Kevin Pangos, who ranks third in the league in both three-pointers made (2.3 per game) and assists (6.2 per game).

Tip: 1 at 2.10 with bet365

Brose Bamberg vs Crvena Zvezda

These two teams could be visiting the last-chance saloon in the race for the playoffs as Brose (8-14) aims to climb level in the standings with Zvezda (9-13). The German champion has won its last two home games against tough opposition, Panathinaikos and Zalgiris, while Zvezda has suffered three straight road losses. It could well be a shoot-out, with Brose scoring 93 and 95 points in those two wins, while three of Zvezda’s last six contests have seen one of the teams reach 100 points. Sharing the ball could be crucial – the teams rank third-last (Zvezda 15.9 apg) and next-to-last (Brose 15.4 apg) in assists.

Tip: Over 160.5 at 1.95 with bet365

Barcelona vs Real Madrid

Barcelona (7-15) welcomes Madrid (13-9) under new leadership following the return of coaching veteran Svetislav Pesic to the bench. Madrid has enjoyed the better of recent EuroLeague Clasicos, winning three in a row including a crushing 63-102 road victory last season, however Barca edged Madrid in the Spanish Cup final on Sunday. Nobody has registered more assists this season than Barcelona (20.6 per game), but Madrid has the second-best team average performance index rating (99.6) on the back of Luka Doncic’s 17.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Barcelona’s ability to stop the boy wonder could be decisive to the outcome in this one.


Tip: 2 (-1.5) at 1.90 with Novibet

Euroleague Basketball Tips

25/04/2018ELReal Madrid v Panathinaikos1 (-5.5)Pre1.90bet36510+9
25/04/2018ELReal Madrid v Panathinaikos1 (-5.5)Pre1.90bet36510+9
02/03/2018ELPanathinaikos v Olympiacos2 (+5.5)Pre1.90bet36520+18
01/03/2018ELMilano v Anadolou EfesOver 168.0Pre1.90novibet10-10
23/02/2018ELKhimki v PanathinaikosUnder 155.5Pre1.90novibet40+36
22/02/2018ELOlympiacos v Valencia1 & Over 152.5Pre2.35novibet20-20
09/02/2018ELReal Madrid v OlympiacosOver 161.5Pre1.90bet36510-10
08/02/2018ELPanathinaikos v Baskonia2 (+5.5)Pre1.90bet365100+90
02/02/2018ELBrose Bamberg v PanathinaikosWinning Margin 3-way: Any Other (1-5 points)Pre2.75bet36540-40
26/01/2018ELCrvena Zvezda v OlympiacosUnder 149.5Pre1.90bet36520-20
25/01/2018ELPanathinaikos v Zalgiris1 (-8.0)Pre1.90bet36510-10
19/01/2018ELPanathinaikos v CSKA MoscowUnder 161.0Pre1.90bet36510+9
18/01/2018ELMaccabi v Crvena ZvezdaOver 162.5Pre1.90bet36510+9
17/01/2018ELFenerbahce v Panathinaikos2 (+5.0)Pre1.90bet36510-
16/01/2018ELOlympiacos v MaccabiOver 154.0Pre1.90bet36520+18
12/01/2018ELBaskonia v Olympiacos2Pre2.25bet36510-10
11/01/2018ELPanathinaikos v BarcelonaOver 156.5Pre1.90bet36510+9
05/01/2018ELBrose Bamberg v Khimki MoscowUnder 156.5Pre1.90bet36510+9
05/01/2018ELOlympiacos v Milano2 (+9.5)Pre1.90bet36520+18
04/01/2018ELPanathinaikos v Anadolu Efes2 (+9.0)Pre1.90bet36510-10
29/12/2017ELMilano v Crvena Zvezda2 (+5.0)Pre1.90bet36510+9
29/12/2017ELKhimki v Barcelona2 (+4.5)Pre1.90bet36520+18
28/12/2017ELValencia v Panathinaikos2 (-2.0)Pre1.90bet36510-10
28/12/2017ELZalgiris v Olympiacos1 (-2.5)Pre1.90bet365100+90
22/12/2017ELBaskonia v Barcelona2Pre2.67bet36540-40
22/12/2017ELAnadolu Efes v Olympiacos1Pre2.15bet36520-20
21/12/2017ELCrvena Zvezda v PanathinaikosWinning 3-way
Any other result
(any win 1-6p)
20/12/2017ELMilano v Baskonia1Pre2.00bet36520+18
19/12/2017ELPanathinaikos v MaccabiUnder 159.5Pre1.90bet36510-10
14/12/2017ELBamberg v Olympiacos1Pre2.50bet36510+15
08/12/2017ELOlympiacos v Real MadridUnder 156.5Pre1.90bet36510+9
01/12/2017ELPanathinaikos v MalagaOver 150.5Pre1.90bet365250+225
01/12/2017ELReal Madrid v Crvena Zvezda1 (-13.0)Pre1.90bet365100-100
30/11/2017EL1. Khimki v Bamberg
2. Efes v Milano
3. Baskonia v Fenerbahce
1. 1 (-4.5)
2. Over 162.5
3. 2 (-1.5)
Pre - Treble6.95bet36540-40
30/11/2017ELValencia v OlympiacosWinning Margin 3-way - OtherPre2.55bet36520-20
24/11/2017ELPanathinaikos v Real Madrid1 (-3.5)Pre1.90bet36510-10
23/11/2017ELMilano v OlympiacosOver 148.5Pre1.90bet36510+9
17/11/2017ELCSKA Moscow v Fenerbahce2 (+6.0)Pre1.90bet36540+36
15/11/2017ELFenerbahce v Olympiacos1 (-6.5)Pre1.90bet36520-20
14/11/2017ELPanathinaikos v Khimki MoscowUnder 157.5Pre1.90bet36510-10
10/11/2017ELOlympiacos v Panathinaikos2 (+5.0)Pre1.90bet36510+9
09/11/2017ELCSKA Moscow v ValenciaUnder 162.5Pre1.90bet36520+18
02/11/2017ELBaskonia v PanathinaikosUnder 152.5Pre1.90bet36510-10


Thursday’s matches

CSKA Moscow vs Baskonia

League-leading CSKA (17-5) could become the first team to secure a playoffs berth by putting more distance between itself and ninth-placed Baskonia (10-12). It should be a high-scoring encounter between the competition’s top and fourth-highest scoring teams – CSKA averages 89.2 points per game against Baskonia’s 81.7. With new signing Victor Rudd set to make his CSKA debut, Baskonia could look to profit from the host’s lack of big man depth by dominating inside through Vincent Poirier and Toko Shengelia, who ranks joint third in the league in rebounding alongside CSKA’s Will Clyburn (6.1 rpg).

Tip: Over 173.0 at 1.90 with bet365

Fenerbahce vs AX Olimpia Milan

Fenerbahce (15-7) will look to solidify its position in the top four by claiming a fifth straight home win when Milan (7-15) comes to town. The visitors look for firepower from former Fener man Andrew Goudelock. Milan has a more-potent offense, averaging 80.6 points per game against the host’s 78.1 ppg, but Fenerbahce has been harder to score against, boasting the competition’s best defensive record with an average of just 73.3 points per game allowed, while Milan ranks last in that category after conceding 85.3 points per game. The Italian team must stiffen its resolve to escape Istanbul with a road win.

Tip: 2 (+12.5) at 1.90 with bet365

Olympiacos vs Valencia

Two teams with confidence renewed return to action after downing big-name opposition in their last EuroLeague outings. Olympiacos (15-7) ended a horrible run of road form with a victory at Real Madrid, while Valencia (8-14) downed CSKA Moscow in a high-scoring thriller. Olympiacos has gained six straight victories over the visiting team and will aim for number seven by leaning on its physicality – the Reds have significantly outrebounded Valencia so far this season, averaging 35.8 boards per game against the Spanish champs’ 31.9 rpg – second-best in the league against fourth-worst in that category.

Tip: 1 & Over 152.5 at 2.35 with Novibet

Unicaja Malaga vs Maccabi Tel Aviv

A game with huge implications for the playoffs race could see Unicaja (9-13) get right back into contention by overcoming the current owners of all-important eighth place, Maccabi (12-10). Unicaja has been strong defensively in recent weeks, allowing just 74.0 points per game in its last four outings. And the key for Unicaja will be slowing down a fast-paced Maccabi offense that has attempted far more two-pointers per game than any other team (47.4 per game) and won three of its last four games amid a flurry of points, scoring 89, 111 and 94 points in those victories.

Tip: Under 163.5 at 1.90 with bet365


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