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Champions League – Injury list, Suspensions and Possible Line-ups

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Who’s likely to start, who might be left out and who is unavailable? We have brought together all information provided by UEFA for this week’s Champions League matches.

The football predictions are as always from livetipster. So, before you make your selections you’d better read the injuries and suspensions for the Champions League.

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Wednesday 18/09/2019

GROUP A

Club Brugge v Galatasaray

Club Brugge: Mignolet; Ricca, Deli, Mitrovic, Mata; Vanaken, Rits, Vormer; Diatta, Okereke, Bonaventure
Out: none
Galatasaray: Muslera; Mariano, Luyindama, Marcao, Nagatomo; Nzonzi, Lemina, Seri, Babel, Feghouli; Falcao
Out: Belhanda (jaw)

Football bullet Tip: 1 at 1.90 – bet365

Paris v Real Madrid

Paris: Navas; Diallo, Thiago Silva, Meunier, Marquinhos; Verratti, Gueye, Herrera, Di Maria; Icardi, Sarabia
Out: Mbappe (hamstring), Neymar (suspended), Dagba (thigh), Kehrer (foot) Draxler (foot), Cavani (hip)
Doubtful: Bernat (knee)

Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Militao, Mendy; Casemiro, Kroos, James Rodríguez; Bale, Benzema, Hazard
Out: Modric (adductor), Asensio (knee), Brahim (thigh) Valverde (muscle), Ramos (suspended), Nacho (suspended), Marcelo (back)
Doubtful: Isco (hamstring)

Football bullet Tip: X at 3.60 – bet365


GROUP B

Olympiacos v Tottenham

Olympiacos: Sa; Elabdellaoui, Meriah, Cisse, Tsimikas; Guilherme, Bouchalakis, Masouras, Valbuena; Podence, Guerrero
Out: none
Doubtful: Semedo (knee)

Tottenham: Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Winks, Skipp, Ndombele; Lucas, Alli, Kane
Out: Lo Celso (hip), Foyth (ankle)
Doubtful: Sanchez (ankle), Sessegnon (hamstring)

Football bullet Tip: BTTS (G/G) at 1.75 – bet365

Bayern v Crvena zvezda

Bayern: Neuer; Pavard, Sule, Boateng, Hernández; Kimmich, Tolisso, Coutinho; Gnabry, Perisic, Lewandowski
Out: Alaba (thigh), Goretzka (thigh)

Crvena zvezda: Borjan; Rodic, Milunovic, Degenek, Gajic; Jovicic, Canas, Van la Parra, Marin, Garcia; Pavkov
Out: Tomane (suspended)
Doubtful: Doubtful: Gobeljic (injured)

Football bullet Tip: 1 & Under 5 goals at 1.72 – bet365

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GROUP C

Shakhtar v Manchester City

Shakhtar: Pyatov; Bolbat, Kryvtsov, Matviyenko, Ismaily; Stepanenko, Marlos, Kovalenko, Alan Patrick, Solomon; Moraes
Out: Khocholava (shoulder), Totovytskyi (unspecified)
Doubtful: Taison (head)

City: Ederson; Cancelo, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gündogan; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling
Out: Laporte (knee), Sane (knee), Foden (unspecified)
Doubtful: Mendy (fitness)

Football bullet Tip: X/2 at HT/FT at 3.75 – bet365

Dinamo Zagreb v Atalanta

Dinamo: Livakovic; Stojanovic, Dilaver, Peric, Leovac; Gojak, Ademi, Moro, Orsic; Olmo, Petkovic
Out: none
Doubtful: Moro (ankle)

Atalanta: Gollini, Palomino, Kjaer, Masiello; Hateboer, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Ilicic, Gómez; Zapata
Out: none
Doubtful: Muriel (knee)

Football bullet Tip: 2-3 goals at 2.00 – bet365


GROUP D

Atletico v Juventus

Atletico: Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Gimenez, Lodi; Koke, Níguez, Llorente, Lemar; Felix, Costa
Out: Garces (knee)
Doubtful: Partey (thigh), Morata (knee)

Juventus: Szczesny; Danilo, De Ligt, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Bentancur, Matuidi; Bernardeschi, Higuain, Ronaldo
Out: De Sciglio (thigh), Douglas Costa (thigh), Pjanic (thigh)

Football bullet Tip: 1-1 Correct Score at 5.50 – bet365

Leverkusen v Lokomotiv Moskva

Leverkusen: Hradecky; Lars Bender, Tah, Sven Bender, Wendell; Aranguiz, Havertz, Demirbay; Bellarabi, Volland, Bailey
Out: Pohjanpalo (foot)

Lokomotiv: Guilherme; Zhivoglyadov, Howedes, Corluka, Ignatyev; Zhemaletdinov, Krychowiak, Joao Mario, Barinov, Rybus; Smolov
Out: Aleksei Miranchuk (thigh), Kverkvelia (unspecified)
Doubtful: Howedes (head), Anton Miranchuk (foot)

Football bullet Tip: Over 10 Corners at 2.00 – bet365

All prices correct at: 18/09/2019 – 09:25 CET

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Euroleague Preview & Tips – Round 3 – 18/10/2019

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Olympiacos – Zenit

After having won its home opener in Round 2, Olympiacos Piraeus welcomes Zenit St Petersburg on Friday. The Russian team arrives in Greece to try to snag its first Euroleague victory ever. A coaching change sparked the Reds, who played great against Valencia Basket in Round, to the delight of their fans, and now will have another go at home to try to improve a 1-1 record. Zenit lost once at home and once on the road, so will face a tall order to break the ice at Peace and Friendship Stadium.

Olympiacos will try to ride the momentum it got from the coaching change and the win against Valencia. Playing at home again will certainly help a bit, but moving the ball swiftly on offense might help even more. If the hosts also manage to play tight defense and keep Zenit at less than 30% from beyond the arc, as the visitors have shot until now, Olympiacos will have an upper hand to add their second win of the year.

Despite having a coach and some players with EuroLeague experience, Zenit still seems to be adapting to the big stage, but that process will have to end soon if the guests want to keep moving forward with the playoffs in mind. Zenit is giving up 86.0 points per contest so far, so tightening up that defense will be key. The Russian team is ranked fifth in assists, propelled there by Alex Renfroe and Andrew Albicy. If the visitors manage to combine that creativity with better defense, they may be close to their first win of the season.

basketball prediction Tip: Under 154.5 at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 18/10/2019, 10:15 CET, could have changed)

Barcelona – ALBA Berlin

FC Barcelona will be going for a third straight win to stay perfect in the regular season as it welcomes EuroLeague returnee ALBA Berlin. The hosts will look to stay on the winning momentum they have entered while ALBA, in its second straight road game, will try to bounce back from a dramatic loss in Istanbul last week against Anadolu Efes.

Barcelona seems to be unstoppable in this start to the season as the big signings of the summer are meeting the expectations. Niko Mirotic leads the team in points and rebounds, while Brandon Davies excels on those fronts and also assists. As long as Barcelona’s big men keep peforming the way they have been doing these last weeks, the hosts will have reasons to expect a good result from the game.

ALBA started the season with two outstanding performances, and the team is clearly on the rise. To succeed in such a tough trip, the German squad will need to stay true to its offensive style (95.0 ppg. and 25.5 apg.) and count on Siva, Rokas Giedraitis, Marcus Eriksson – who also returns to what was once his home – and Landry Nnoko. However, with such a talented team as Barcelona, a shootout could be a double-edged sword, so defense must be a key goal for the visitors to have chances in Barcelona.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 (-12.0) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 18/10/2019, 10:15 CET, could have changed)

Valencia – Anadolu Efes

Valencia Basket will be looking to start up its win column at home against Anadolu Efes Istanbul. Valencia has had to start the season playing against the defending champs and the runners-up, which can be tough on any team. On the other side, Efes comes from an OT win by the skin of their teeth against ALBA Berlin at home and lost the first game of the season at home, so it will be looking to start a positive streak in Spain.

Valencia has the third poorest offense in the league at the moment (67.0 ppg.) and that will have to change radically against such an offensive powerhouse as Efes. Players like Aaron Doornekamp, Alberto Abalde, Sam Van Rossom or Guillem Vives will need to step up their game in offense as they are combining an average 9.5 points per game in a combined average playing time of about 16 minutes each, something that is definitely not enough in a competition like the EuroLeague.

Louis Labeyrie might be ready to play against Efes, while Jordan Lloyd had some minor knee problems this week but he is expected to be available.

Efes comes to Valencia after a tough home win in overtime last week. Last season’s runners-up got back their main offensive weapon, Shane Larkin, and will continue looking up to him in offense. Efes is the team averaging the least steals in the league (4.5 spg.) so a bigger effort in defense would probably pay off big time, especially against a low-scoring team like Valencia. A win at the home of the current 7DAYS EuroCup champs could go a long way when money time comes.

Adrien Moerman, Bugrahan Tuncer and Tolga Gecim will not play against Valencia while Krunoslav Simon is questionable.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 (-2.5) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 18/10/2019, 10:15 CET, could have changed)

 

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Euroleague Preview & Tips – Round 3 – 17/10/2019

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CSKA – Khimki

Two undefeated Moscow rivals square off in another EuroLeague edition of the Leningradka derby, as CSKA hosts Khimki in their first head-to-head clash this season. CSKA has started its EuroLeague title defense with a pair of double-digit victories, and will be intent on keeping up that trend. Khimki has opened EuroLeague action with two wins only for the second time ever, but now goes on the road for the first time this season.

Being the early part of the season, where new players on a team are still getting accustomed, CSKA excellent downtown shooting has worked well in its favor. CSKA has made (29) and attempted (65) more triples than any other team in the competition, and its third-highest 44.6% accuracy has allowed the defending champs to win comfortably in the first two rounds. When an offensively talented team such as CSKA is shooting this well, it is really hard to beat.

Kostas Koufos is still out with foot injury.

Khimki loves to play up-tempo basketball, and certainly has the offensive talent and athleticism to rival any opponent. However, to beat CSKA away from home, Khimki will need to cut down on its turnovers (12.0 per game), choose better long-range shots (32.2% for three-pointers), and – most importantly – make sure it controls its defensive glass. Only one team has allowed more offensive rebounds (15.0 per game) than Khimki so far this season.

Chris Kramer, Egor Vialtsev, Petr Gubanov, Timofey Mozgov and Stefan Jovic are still sidelined with injuries.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 (+6.5) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 17/10/2019, 09:50 CET, could have changed)

Zalgiris – Real Madrid

Zalgiris will be in search of its first win of the season when it welcomes Real Madrid in what will once again be a packed Zalgirio Arena on Thursday. Zalgiris will not only try to win its first game of the season but to also beat Real on its home floor for the first time since 2014 in what has been a pretty one-sided rivalry between them. Real is undefeated, with two wins by a total of 5 points. The visitors will try to open the season with a 3-0 record for the third year in a row.

With its 15.0 turnovers per game, Zalgiris will clearly have to take better care of the ball against a team such as Real which uses those giveaways to run transition for easy baskets. Zalgiris will aim to continue creating second-chance opportunities, as it leads the league with 16.0 offensive rebounds per game. Those offensive rebounds, coupled with fewer turnovers, would allow Zalgiris to control and slow the tempo of the game to its liking.

Having come out victorious of the two close calls at home, Real hits the road for the first time this EuroLeague season hoping to continue what has worked so far. Real has been moving and sharing the ball well, ranking third with 20.5 assists per game, and shooting threes with 41.8% accuracy. Real has also used its impressive experience to finish the games strong, and that is something every coach would like to see his teams do.

basketball prediction Tip: Under 159.5 at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 17/10/2019, 09:50 CET, could have changed)

Fenerbahce – Baskonia

Two EuroLeague powerhouses meet again for the 28th time since the competition started in 2000, making this a classic showdown in the competition. Nando De Colo has been Fenerbahce’s top scorer until now (20.5 ppg.), followed by Derrick Williams (9.5) and Ali Muhammed (8.5). Toko Shengelia (15.5), Pierria Henry (10.0) and Luca Vildoza (10.0) have been Baskonia’s main guns so far.

Fenerbahce has a core of players who have worked together really well for years, led by Kostas Sloukas, Ali Muhammed, Gigi Datome, Nikola Kalinic and Jan Vesely. The hosts need to stop Youssoupha Fall and Michael Eric down low but have enough big guys – with Vesely, Ahmet Duverioglu and Vladimir Stimac – to do so. Fenerbahce will seek to improve its two-point shooting percentage through better ball circulation. Sloukas and Muhammed will have a critical role in order to do that.

Joffrey Lauvergne and Egehan Arna are in the process of recovering from their respective injuries.

Baskonia is last in three-point shooting accuracy despite having some specialists like Matt Janning, Patricio Garino and Vildoza. Having better numbers from downtown will create more space for Shengelia, Fall and Eric to play around the baskets. Baskonia relies on Vildoza and Henry to set the right game tempo, especially when Fall, a potential difference-maker, is on the court.

Luca Vildoza (shoulder) and Nikolas Stauskas (knee) are doubtful against Fenerbahce.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 (+8.5) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 17/10/2019, 09:50 CET, could have changed)

Maccabi – Crvena Zvezda

Two teams representing basketball-crazy countries meet at Menora Mivtachim Arena. Maccabi looks for its first win in its home opener, which adds more anticipation to this showdown. Scottie Wilbekin (15.5 ppg.), Omri Casspi (13.0) and Elijah Bryant (12.5) have led Maccabi so far. James Gist (16.5) is Zvezda’s top scorer, followed by Stratos Perperoglou (13.0) and Billy Baron (9.0).

The battle in the paint will be critical in this game, as both teams have deep, strong frontcourts. Tarik Black and Othello Hunter need to stay out of foul trouble and power the boards, while Quincy Acy will have use his quickness against Gist, one of the most experienced power forwards in the competition. With Casspi back in action, Maccabi has another good option at both forward spots.

Zvezda needs to keep powering the offensive glass, looking for second-chance opportunities to raise its two-point shooting percentage. Gist is ranked second with 6 offensive rebounds per game, but needs more help from Mouhammad Faye and Michael Ojo. The guests look to Dejan Davidovac, Derrick Brown and Perperoglou to provide versatility, especially if Maccabi opts to switch on defense. Baron and Ognjen Dobric will be counted on provide the fireworks from downtown.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 & Both Teams Over 80 points at 4.20 with bet365
(Price correct at 17/10/2019, 09:50 CET, could have changed)

Bayern v Villeurbanne

FC Bayern Munich will be going for its second win of the season as it welcomes undefeated LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne. Bayern will try to bounce back on its home floor after going down against the defending champions CSKA Moscow last week, while ASVEL will try to take its home-floor mojo to Munich. This will be the first road game for ASVEL this season, after hosting – and beating – Panathinaikos OPAP Athens and Olympiacos Piraeus.

So far this season, Bayern has faced the top two offensive teams from a year ago, AX Armani Exchange Milan and CSKA Moscow. Its defense has held them to 44.3% two-point shooting – second-best in the competition – and a very stingy 28.6% from three-point distance. Bayern will need its frontcourt to maintain its strong inside play on defense, and keep ASVEL’s big men in check.

ASVEL has been relying on its defense and its ability to control the rebounds, and will need to excel in both again. ASVEL is ranked fourth after two weeks with 13.5 offensive boards per game, while Bayern is at the bottom with 8.0 per contest. Getting those extra possessions, but also forcing the opponents to put extra bodies to protect their own glass and hindering their transition, could be of big importance to ASVEL.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 (-8.5) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 17/10/2019, 09:50 CET, could have changed)

Panathinaikos – Milano

Two teams with nine EuroLeague crowns between them meet in a classic showdown. Panathinaikos is undefeated at home and Milan looks for its first road win. DeShaun Thomas (20 ppg., 8.5 rpg.), Nick Calathes (17.5 ppg., 7.5 apg.) and Jimmer Fredette (14.5 ppg.) have been Panathinaikos’s leaders until now. Sergio Rodriguez (15.5 ppg.) is Milan’s top scorer until now, followed by Luis Scola (14.0) and Vladimir Micov (13.0).

Stopping Rodriguez will be critical for the Greens. With Shelvin Mack and Nemanja Nedovic sidelined, Milan runs its offense through him. Calathes and Tyrese Rice must be ready to play hard on defense against Rodriguez and Michael Roll. Thomas needs more help around the baskets, and players like Ian Vougioukas and Georgios Papagiannis will be called on provide it. Getting Fredette involved and finding good shots for him guarantees instant offense, too.

Ian Vougioukas did not practice due to illness and he is expected to miss the game.

It all starts with defensive rebounds for Milan, so Kaleb Tarczewski, Jeff Brooks and Paul Biligha will be ready to power the glass and send Rodriguez into transition. Milan will opt often for a half-court offense in which Scola and Micov play big roles. If Milan is able to control the game pace and only run the floor when it has a clear advantage, it will compete pretty well in a tough court like OAKA.

Shelvin Mack and Nemanja Nedovic are sidelined.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 155.5 at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 17/10/2019, 09:50 CET, could have changed)

 

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Euroleague Preview & Tips – Round 2 – 11/10/2019

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Zenit – Barcelona

EuroLeague newcomer Zenit St. Petersburg welcomes one of the greats of the competition for its first-ever home game when it hosts FC Barcelona on Friday. Insult was added to literal injury in Round 1 when Zenit lost its game at ALBA Berlin and also lost Gustavo Ayon and Andrey Zubkov to injury. Barcelona will play for the second straight week on the road after opening the season with a victory at Anadolu Efes Istanbul in which Nikola Mirotic marked his return to the EuroLeague with 24 points in 26 minutes.

The difference between a few three-pointers that go in or don’t can greatly impact any game. Zenit was just 7 for 26 (26.9%) in its loss at ALBA, but over the weekend stunned EuroLeague champion CSKA in Moscow in the VTB United League. In that game, Zenit shot 11 for 23 (47.8%) from behind the arc. A strong shooting night for Andrew Albicy, Evgeny Voronov, Austin Hollins and Tim Abromaitis would put Zenit in a much better position against Barcelona.

Barcelona used its frontcourt depth and its athletic wings to outrebound Efes 37-44 last week, though it did allow 13 offensive rebounds, which Efes converted into 17 second-chance points. However, that only underscores how strong of an overall defensive effort the team made to keep the opponent to 64 points at home. If Barcelona can duplicate that effort on defense and control the rebounds against a short-handed Zenit frontline, Barcelona’s many offensive stars should put the team in position to take a second road win.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 159.5 at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 11/10/2019, 09:40 CET, could have changed)

Khimki – Baskonia

In a clash of Round 1 winners, Khimki looks to remain perfect at home while Baskonia seeks a valuable second road win. Khimki bested Maccabi with Jannis Timmas joining the old guard of Alexey Shved and Anthony Gill in putting up big numbers. Baskonia triumphed on the road at Zalgiris Kaunas with Shavon Shields providing the offense and Youssoupha Fall dominating on defense. Baskonia swept the season series against Khimki last season.

Khimki scored 89 points in Round 1 despite making only 13 of 32 two-point shots (40.6%). Led by Alexey Shved and Jannis Timma, Khimki fired up more three-point shots (35) than twos and such strategy is an excellent way to neutralize Baskonia’s shot blockers. However, the spreading of the floor can only be complete if the Khimki bigs convert inside. Devin Booker and Jeremy Evans are two of the players who must step up in that department.

Chris Kramer, Timofey Mozgov, Evgeny Valiev, Egor Vialtsev, Stefan Jovic are still out with injuries. Sergey Karasev and Dairis Bertans will probably be a game-time decision for coach Kurtinaitis.

Baskonia put on a defensive clinic to start the season. Ball pressure from Luca Vildoza and co. led to Zalgiris committing 17 turnovers. Youssoupha Fall blocked 5 shots and together with the threat of Michael Eric, they forced the home team into 13 of 36 two-point shooting (36.1%). The downside of challenging so many shots was that they gave up 17 offensive rebounds, but nonetheless, Baskonia held Zalgiris to just 58 points. If Baskonia can duplicate that kind of defensive effort, it will give Khimki fits.

Amazing stat: CSKA has hosted Bayern twice for the Euroleague. The final score in both games (2014 and 2019) was 77-70.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 (+4.0) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 11/10/2019, 09:40 CET, could have changed)

Anadolu Efes – ALBA Berlin

Anadolu Efes Istanbul, last season’s runner up, will be in search of its first victory in the new season when it welcomes ALBA Berlin to Sinan Erdem Dome on Friday. Shorthanded in the opening round, Efes battled hard but could not avoid 64-74 home defeat against FC Barcelona Lassa, while ALBA had a great return to the EuroLeague, downing Zenit St Petersburg 85-65 in the German capital.

Coach Ergin Ataman’s team had major success last season behind some of the best three-point shooting ever see in the EuroLeague. Efes led the league with 10.4 triples per game, the second-best average in EuroLeague this century, and ranked third with 40.6% accuracy from long range. Indeed, Efes made 10 triples last week against Barcelona, but on a massive 39 attempts. If it seems like a lot, it is: 39 three-point attempts is tied for the second most in the competition since January 2014. Efes is one of the best teams in the competition in creating good three-point looks, but needs better accuracy to help itself re-capture last-season’s form.

Similar to Efes, ALBA has not done many changes to its roster over the summer, and the team has done a great job staying true to itself despite moving up to play at the EuroLeague level. ALBA plays with great ball movement where all players share the ball, and no one is shy about pulling a trigger. No team in Round 1 had more than ALBA’s 23 assists, but more importantly, each of the 10 players who got minutes registered at least 1 assist. Continuing to play with such mindset will be the key for this team against Efes, too.

Johannes Thiemann and Stefan Peno will not play due to injury. Peyton Siva might return on Friday, but is still questionable, the club reported.

basketball prediction Tip: Under 165.5 at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 11/10/2019, 09:40 CET, could have changed)

Olympiacos – Valencia

Two teams looking to bounce back from disappointing starts to the season meet on Friday when Olympiacos hosts Valencia. the Reds are reeling not just from their opening-night loss at LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne, but also the decision to part ways with Coach David Blatt. His top assistant, Kestutis Kemzura, is guiding the team on an interim basis. Valencia was rocked in Round 1 by the champs, but Coach Jaume Pansarnau can be pleased with how his big men fared against CSKA in that game.

Teams always come out and play hard after a coaching change and this is a sure thing for Olympiacos, too. The stumbling block last week for the Reds was the second unit’ Olympiacos only got 19 points off the bench, despite the presence there of weapons like Vassilis Spanoulis, Kostas Papanikolaou, Brandon Paul, Will Cherry and Augustine Rubit. It is imperative to get more scoring from the second unit going forward.

You can’t win in basketball if you can’s put the ball in the hoop. This is something that Valencia struggled with in Round 1. The team made just 47.2% of its two-pointers and 23.8% of threes. Even though Valencia drew many fouls and shot 29 free throws, the poor shooting meant that Valencia could not keep pace with its opponent. It must find its shooting touch this week to trip up Olympiacos in Greece.

basketball prediction Tip: Olympiacos 3-6 points Winning Margin at 5.50 with bet365
(Price correct at 11/10/2019, 09:40 CET, could have changed)

AX Armani Milano – Zalgiris

Both teams are eager to get onto the winning track after disappointing outcomes in the opening round. Milan was held to 64 points in a road loss to FC Bayern Munich, while Zalgiris was able to score only 58 points in a home defeat against KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz. It is very early in the season, so it is hard to say that there is pressure mounting ahead of this clash, but any team with high aspirations like these two would love to avoid dropping to 0-2.

Milan’s offense struggled last week. Milan has not been doing well from long range this season, and that was especially true in team’s EuroLeague opener when Milan shot a mere 4-for-22 against Bayern. In that game, however, Milan was also held to just 42.9% for two-pointers, and missed one third of its free throws. Messina’s team will need to facilitate more offense, and shoot with better percentages, to improve its chances on any given week, including in this game against Zalgiris.

Center Jock Landale is the biggest man on Zalgiris roster at 2.11 meters, but has found himself in a new role in Round 1 when he fired 6 three-point shots in 20 minutes of action. For comparison purposes, Landale has shot 21 threes in 16 EuroCup appearances last season. His newly developed skill could be of big importance when he goes against his Milan counterparts, especially the 2.13-meter Kaleb Tarczewski. Forcing Tarczewski, and other Milan’s big men, to play further from the basket could open up things for Zalgiris down low, and a team coached by Jasikevicius will know how to use it.

Vladimir Micov is expected to be available for at least some minute against Zalgiris. Nemanja Nedovic and Arturas Gudaitis are still unavailable to coach Messina.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 & Both Teams to Score 80 points at 10.00 with bet365
(Price correct at 11/10/2019, 09:40 CET, could have changed)

 

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