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Zenit – CSKA

It is an all-Russian affair in St Petersburg when Zenit will be in search of its first home win as it welcomes the defending champions CSKA. Two teams have 48 hours to process all the drama they were involved with on Wednesday night, when CSKA suffered a rare home defeat against Olympiacos Piraeus, while Zenit won in overtime at Zalgiris Kaunas. Zenit’s two wins so far in club’s EuroLeague debut season have both come on the road, in overtime, and it would make an even more memorable night if Zenit defeats CSKA for the first win in front of its fans.

Zenit is experiencing, first hand, the toughness of the EuroLeague, but the team is ready and willing to show that it belongs in the competition, as it did beating Zalgiris earlier this week. For this Russian derby, the main focus of the hosts will be trying to stop the main contributors of CSKA Moscow, even if that will not guarantee anything, due to the impressive depth of the roster of the defending champs. Zenit is one of the weakest offenses in the league and it is facing the second-best up to this point, so the defense must be a key focus for the hosts if they want to stand a chance.

Kostas Koufos (foot), Dmitry Kulgin (foot) and Daniel Hackett (back( will miss this game. Will Clyburn will miss most of the season due to an ACL injury.

CSKA arrives in this game having suffered the first defeat and, on top of that, it did not have to travel too far for this second game of the double-feature week, so the defending champs will have many things in their favor entering the game and looking to vent a little. CSKA ranks among the top five teams in field goal percentages, but strangely enough, it is one of the last in free throws, so paying attention to that detail would increase its dominant position even more. Zenit’s main assets seem to be playing in the paint up to this point, so the guests will have to close in on Gustavo Ayon and Thomas to severely limit the opponent.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 (+6.0) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 01/11/2019, 10:00 CET, could have changed)

Fenerbahce – Zalgiris

In a rematch of last year’s EuroLeague Playoffs series, Fenerbahce welcomes Zalgiris. Both teams are coming off Wednesday losses, with Fenerbahce coming into this tilt having suffered four losses in the first five games for the first time this century. All losses did come on the road, but Fenerbahce will badly need a win in front of its passionate fans. Zalgiris, on the other hand, will not be without pressure as it tries to recover in 48 hours from an emotional home overtime loss against Zenit St Petersburg.

After an unprecedented slow start to the season, Fenerbahce seems to be struggling hard, especially offensively as it averages a mere 69.8 points per game. To get out of the slump, Fenerbahce will need to come out with high energy, and get the push from their fans to get things going early. Nando De Colo, Jan Vesely, Luigi Datome, Derrick Williams or Kostas Sloukas are among players with great individual quality who can single-handedly give Fenerbahce an offensive spark this team badly needs, but it Fenerbahce does not want to get behind in this game and give itself another obstacle on the road to recovery.

Zalgiris started the season with two losses, but it seems to have found is rhythm with the last games despite the last home loss to Zenit. It is expected that coach Sarunas Jasikevicius will keep tweaking the details to get the most out of his players, as usual. Measuring up against Fenerbahce is always a great way to see where the team stands, and the main obstacle will be overcoming the hosts’ traditionally stiff defense. Zalgiris will want to control the rhythm and make Fenerbahce work hard knowing that the hosts will be particularly dangerous having lost four of the first five games of the season.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 (-8.5) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 01/11/2019, 10:00 CET, could have changed)

Valencia – Villeurbanne

Valencia will look for its first win of the season as it welcomes ASVEL. The hosts are the only winless team in the league but are poised to change that on Friday night when the French champion comes into town. Despite ASVEL dropping its previous two road games by a combined 55 points, that is a dangerous team that has nothing to lose because it has taken care of its home floor and is coming off a come-from-behind win over KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Valencia’s situation is starting to be very uncomfortable having started the season with a 0-5 record, so the defending EuroCup champs need a win right away. The fact of playing at home against a team that has not won on the road yet could be a starting point. It will be the perfect moment for the key Valencia contributors like Dubljevic, Jordan Loyd and Brock Motum to step up and get those offensive numbers up for the team. Valencia, which averages third-fewest 70.4 points, has had a rough time with injuries, but players like Maurice Ndour, Quino Colom or Alberto Abalde will need to step up and help the orange team to climb a couple more steps in the ladder.

ASVEL is probably enjoying a start to the season that few expected in Lyon. However, the team has shown that it is capable of winning at home in the most difficult circumstances, but on the road, it fell big twice. Coach Zvezdan Mitrovic will look that it does not happen again, but to do that, ASVEL will likely need to score more than its average 69.2 point production. Defensively, Valencia has been struggling from the arc this season, so ASVEL will try to force those long-range shots from the hosts, but at the same time secure the rebounds (ASVEL is currently last in the rankings with 30.6 rpg.) which could prove to be a path to follow in Valencia.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 154.0 at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 01/11/2019, 10:00 CET, could have changed)

Milano – Barcelona

In a clash of two teams that have gotten their respective seasons to a hot start, Milan plays host to unbeaten Barcelona in a highly awaited collision in the Fashion capital. The visitors not only have an unblemished record in the EuroLeague so far this season, but also the league’s top offense, but Milan and coach Ettore Messina have the weapons to test it, and growing confidence to take down the league leaders.

Despite a small hiccup with a loss in opening night, Milan is clearly on a trend for improvement, and playing at home against an undefeated Barcelona will be enough motivation to take the effort to the next level. Barcelona does many things well, which means that the hosts will have to be focused for all 40 minutes on both ends. Stopping the flow of the guests’ offense and securing those rebounds against a team that does not forgive when it is awarded second options should be the main goal for Milan. It does not make sense to focus on one or two players, because the depth in Barcelona’s bench seems to have no end, so the hosts will have to try to play their game and try to stop the rhythm of the guests.

The offseason moves in Barcelona have started paying off right from the start and as it remains the only undefeated one left in the competition. The team is among the top-scoring teams in the league and has shown it knows how to play both at home and on the road, be it a blowout game or a closer one. The guests are second overall in average PIR, which summarizes all the good things they do. However, Milan is a team on the rise and it plays at home, so taking care of key names like Sergio Rodriguez, Luis Scola or Vladimir Micov will have to be key focuses of the guests, as well as watching those shots from down deep, as the hosts are right there at the top with the best percentage from that distance.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 at 2.05 with bet365
(Price correct at 01/11/2019, 10:00 CET, could have changed)

Olympiacos – Maccabi

It is a classic EuroLeague showdown when Olympiacos plays host to Maccabi. This time, it is also a clash of two teams with growing confidence. Olympiacos is coming off a rare regular-season road win over CSKA Moscow, which could turn into a season changer after a rough start. Meanwhile, Maccabi has strung together three home wins, and now it entertains the idea of finally winning one on the road.

The Reds are still adapting to the major changes they suffered in the last weeks. Always a team with spirit, Olympiacos already showed its pride with a tremendous win at CSKA, and now want to complete the job in front of its fans in this double-round week. The thing that catches the eye is that the hosts average 74.0 points, five fewer per game than Maccabi’s 79.0, and the Reds are facing the team with the best two-point accuracy (58.5%) in the league. Adjustments on defense to force the rival to take difficult shots will be the main concern for coach Kestutis Kemzura. There’s still a long way to go in the season, but starting with a 2-4 could be a big obstacle to overcome when money-time comes.

Maccabi will play its game of the week on the road, and the team is finding a hard time trying to win away from Tel Aviv. The fact that Olympiacos has had its share of struggles at the start of the season could provide a solid chance for Maccabi to snag a valuable win on the road, but the Reds are capable of anything, as they showed in Moscow. The main job for the visitors will be limiting the trio of Olympiacos major contributors, the likes of Vassilis Spanoulis and Georgios Printezis but, most of all, young big man Nikola Milutinov who leads the league in rebounding (11.6 rpg.). Olympiacos seems to have a hard time circulating the ball fast, so Maccabi should try to capitalize on that in defense and make a run for it.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 at 2.00 with bet365
(Price correct at 01/11/2019, 10:00 CET, could have changed)

Baskonia – Bayern

Baskonia returns to Vitoria-Gasteiz for only its second home game of the season to welcome Bayern on Friday night. Baskonia is coming off a Tuesday loss at LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne, a game where it held control for three quarters, and now will need to bounce back and avoid dropping to a 2-4 record. For Bayern, on the other hand, this marks only a second road game of this campaign, but the team arrives full of confidence after a great offensive display in a 95-86 win over Real Madrid on Wednesday.

Baskonia is having a hard time trying to find a solid rhythm at the start of this season. The last loss at ASVEL by just three points showed that the team is struggling with managing close moments. The main task of the hosts will be stopping the offense of Bayern, but in the offense, Baskonia will need to try to circulate the ball faster and better to get those league-worst 12.6 assists per game go up. Under the rims, the hosts lead the league with a huge 5.6 blocks per game, but that alone will probably not be enough to stop a Bayern team that seems to be gathering more and more confidence each round.

In the same vein of Baskonia, Bayern is struggling to find a solid pace that allows it to chain wins, but the last one at home against Real will surely be an injection of morale. The ace in the sleeve for Bayern, at least according to numbers, is its superior offensive power and it will have to try to exploit that as much as possible. Bayern has better percentages from all ranges and should try to force Baskonia to shoot from beyond the arc since the Spanish team has the second-lowest accuracy (29.1%) in the league. The only edge Baskonia has over Bayern is under the glass, but if the guests work on those rebounds, they could have a solid option to steal a win from Vitoria-Gasteiz.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 (-7.0) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 01/11/2019, 10:00 CET, could have changed)

Real – ALBA Berlin

Two teams on losing streaks meet in the Spanish capital when Real hosts ALBA. Both teams started the season in style, but Real currently sits on a three-game losing streak, while ALBA has lost four in a row. It is no secret two teams entered the season with different ambitions, with Real always contending for the title while ALBA is sporting one a young roster, so the pressure will be on the hosts to get back on the winning track. However, ALBA will surely make its best effort to play the role of a spoiler, as it is surely capable of an upset.

Real Madrid started the season well but suffered some bad and, some could say, unexpected losses that the team will try to put behind as soon as possible. The visit of ALBA to the Spanish capital could be a perfect chance for Madrid to return to a winning path. ALBA remains one of the top-scoring teams in the league but has only one win to show for it, so the visitors will be hungry to prove that their scoring can also bring in wins. Real will have to step up on defense and use the help of their fans at home to stop ALBA. The guests mainly rely on two names: Rokas Giedraits and Peyton Siva, so if defense focuses on those two players, Los Blancos will be halfway there.

ALBA is having a bittersweet start to the season. The team is playing well and it is among the top performers in several categories, but after a starting win, it has been four losses in a row. ALBA will have to learn how to counterbalance its flawless offense with an effort in defense which ranks bottom in the league allowing 87.4 points per game. ALBA will need the defense to stop the excellent individuals that Real has in the roster, as Los Blancos have seven players averaging 7 or more points. Stopping such a resourceful team will be a tough test for the guests, but it would do wonders for ALBA’s transition game and increase the team’s chance to pull out a victory.

basketball prediction Tip: Under 170.0 at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 01/11/2019, 10:00 CET, could have changed)

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CSKA Moscow – ALBA Berlin

Back in-form CSKA Moscow will look to keep its momentum going when it hosts ALBA Berlin on Thursday. After dropping three of four, CSKA won twice last week, including a 31-point thumping of Panathinaikos in Athens. Every win is crucial for the champs, who are fighting for homecourt advantage in the playoffs. ALBA, which has lost three in a row, could see its playoff hopes formally put to an end if it losses and other results go the other way.

CSKA always does a great job of picking apart the opponents’ weaknesses and against ALBA it surely knows that by moving the ball and getting penetration or passing to the big men inside it will get great looks against ALBA, which allows a league-high 57.6% of two-point shots against opponents. Strong play from the CSKA bigs could decide this game.

While three-point shooting will be important to this game – the teams are ranked third (ALBA, 39.6%) and fourth (CSKA, 39.2%) in the league in three-point accuracy, rebounding for ALBA will be paramount. CSKA leads the league in rebounding (37.8 rpg.) and its league-best 26.0 defensive rebounds per game ignite many fast breaks. ALBA is a strong offensive rebounding team (fourth, 11.4 prpg.) and will need to be a factor there to avoid CSKA getting easy baskets in transition.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 167.5 at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 12/03/2020, 10:50 CET, subject to change)

Anadolu Efes – Valencia

A host with only first place left to clinch faces a visitor struggling for survival when Efes (24-4) welcomes Valencia (12-16) to Istanbul on Thursday. Efes assured itself home-court advantage in the playoffs last Friday when Shane Larkin returned to MVP form in a 91-79 win over Olympiacos Piraeus. Valencia (12-16) suffered its fourth straight loss, 81-83 in heartbreaking fashion to AX Armani Exchange Milan on a game-winning three-pointer to beat the buzzer in overtime. Valencia now shares ninth place just four rounds after having held seventh place alone.

It’s easy to say give the ball to Larkin when he has rained 10 triples and more than 4 points in two separate games this season. But Efes will have to be wary of some things Valencia does well, like offensive rebounds, drawing fouls, making free throws and assist-to-turnover rate, in all of which the visitors rank among the top five in the league. If Efes keeps up an aggressive pace, however, its endless bench could well make the difference.

The visitors would do well to grind it out, slow the game, and somehow keep both Larkin and Micic to a minimum of shots. They have a lot to do with Efes ranking first in both two- and three-point accuracy, so Valencia’s defenders will likely risk trying to turn off the spigot at its source. Not many defenses have had luck with that, but disrupting the perimeter play of Efes would change the dynamic of the game, and that’s not a bad way to try to beat the league leaders.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 (-11.0) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 12/03/2020, 10:50 CET, subject to change)

Maccabi – Baskonia

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv will look to rebound from a loss in Belgrade when it meets red-hot KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz. Maccabi had won five in a row before its loss to Crvena Zvezda and is neck-and-neck with CSKA Moscow for fourth place, which is worth homecourt advantage in the playoffs. Baskonia has won three in a row to join a heated playoff race and at 12-16 in now one of five teams that is one win outside the playoff zone.

The test of rebounding in the game will be when Baskonia misses shots. Coach Ivanovic’s men are third in the league in offensive rebounds (11.5 orpg.) and Maccabi is second in defensive boards (25.7 drpg.). If Baskonia can make noise on the offensive glass and get a few extra second-chance baskets, it could go a long way. But if Maccabi locks down the defensive boards and turns them into transition points, the Israeli champs will be in pole position.

It is as important as ever for Baskonia to take good care of the ball against Maccabi. Baskonia has committed the second-most turnovers in the league (14.3 TOpg.), while Maccabi has taken more steals than any other team (7.8 spg.). There are many players on the Maccabi defense with quick hands and Baskonia must rise to the challenge to keep them at bay.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 (+8.0) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 12/03/2020, 10:50 CET, subject to change)

Real Madrid – Crvena Zvezda

Two teams with different goals in mind will meet in Round 29 when Real Madrid (22-6) hosts Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade (11-17). Real has clinched a playoff berth and has won seven straight games, including last week against ASVEL at home. The hosts are looking to get the home-court advantage for the next phase. On the other side, Zvezda managed to win again last week after losing eight of its previous nine games. The Serbian champs defeated red-hot Maccabi at home to remain in the playoff hunt.

The hosts average almost 10 points more per game than the visitors,  are on a winning run and still fighting for a tangible goal. It’s hard to deny that going into the game, Real is the favorite. Los Blancos have better numbers on all fronts and that fact is summed up with a difference of average PIR of 102.6 vs. 77.5 in favor of Real. However, Zvezda is still looking for a playoff ticket and the last home win against such a solid team as Maccabi at this point could give the guests a boost of morale that could be dangerous for the hosts to underestimate.

Zvezda will land in Madrid with a lot of things at stake. It has everything to win… and everything to lose also. One could expect that the visitors can drop this game in the Spanish capital, but at this moment, Zvezda is still playing for a playoff ticket so winning in Madrid has become almost mandatory. It won’t be easy because Real is on a roll and is also playing for a specific goal. The visitors will have to come into the game pumped by the last win against Maccabi and with the idea to steal an upset that would put them in a good position to fight for one of the last places in the next phase.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 159.0 at 1.90 with bet365

(Price correct at 12/03/2020, 10:50 CET, subject to change)

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Euroleague Tips with Previews – Round 28 – Friday

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Khimki – Fenerbahce

Two teams in the thick of the playoffs race will face each other on Friday when Khimki Moscow Region (12-15) hosts Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul (13-14) for Round 28. After having won three in a row, Khimki’s streak came to a halt earlier this week at Zalgiris, while Fener won at home against Zvezda and finally entered the playoff positions.

Going into the game, Khimki’s best option will probably be to unleash its better offense. Fenerbahce is also the worst team of the league under the boards, so if the hosts manage to control those defensive rebounds and run on offense, thanks to their second-best assists numbers in the league, they could have solid options to take this win.

Fenerbahce finally overcame the mental obstacle of being outside of the playoffs zone, and seems to be getting up to speed. Even if Khimki shows better numbers on almost all aspects, the biggest weapon for the guests will be a strong mentality that is just getting stronger week after week and, of course, the second-best three-point shooting in the league.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 at 2.20 with bet365
(Price correct at 06/03/2020, 10:05 CET, subject to change)

Anadolu Efes – Olympiacos

A classic EuroLeague matchup will live a new edition on Friday when league leader Anadolu Efes Istanbul (23-4) welcomes Olympiacos Piraeus (12-15) for Round 28. Efes comes off a rare loss earlier in the week at Maccabi that snapped its 11-game winning streak. The hosts will be facing the Reds, who land in Turkey fresh off a close win at home in the Greek derby against Panathinaikos earlier this week.

It’s kind of ironic that Efes suffered its first loss in 12 rounds just when it had its full roster available again. The hosts are the second-best offensive team in the league, and this loss shows that they are human after all, but it could also be a wake-up call just at the right time. Efes is already in the playoffs, but a win in this game combined with either a Maccabi or CSKA Moscow loss, would secure home-court advantage for the hosts in the next phase.

Olympiacos is having one of the most irregular seasons of the last decade, and having Vassilis Spanoulis and Nikola Milutinov sidelined does not help, either, However, the Reds have won three of their last four games and they are still pushing hard to make the playoffs in a tough competition. On paper, Efes is basically better at everything this season, but Olympiacos is famous for beating the odds, and the fact that they play on the road with the chance to avenge the home loss earlier this season just adds to the motivation.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 158.5 at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 06/03/2020, 10:05 CET, subject to change)

Crvena Zvezda – Maccabi

Playoffs hopeful Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade (10-17) will welcome Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv (19-8), a team that just punched its postseason ticket, on Friday for Round 28 of this double-feature week. The hosts are going through a rough patch, having lost eight of their last nine games, including a close one at Fenerbahce earlier this week, 66-63. On the other hand, Maccabi comes from a thrilling home win over Efes, 77-75, that increased its winning streak to five games and secured the club a playoff berth for the first time since 2015.

The hosts need to get out of the dark zone they are in right now. A motivated and happy team like Maccabi might not be the best option to do that, but Zvezda plays at home and that is always a big factor in any game. Maccabi does not have many weak points, but its free-throw percentage is the third-worst in the league, so stepping up on defense and then sending the guests to the line could work in Zvezda’s favor for this game.

Maccabi is in a good place right now. The team is playing well, the wins keep coming in and the playoffs are a reality once more after four seasons. Now it’s just a matter to keep pushing in order to earn home-court advantage. Maccabi has the upper hand in this game, especially in offense, and also with the second-best numbers of the league under the boards. Zvezda also has the worst percentage in two-pointers, so paying attention to defense could bring a big payoff to the guests.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 (-4.0) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 06/03/2020, 10:05 CET, subject to change)

Barcelona – Bayern

Two teams in opposite places will face each other on Friday as already qualified FC Barcelona (21-6) welcomes FC Bayern Munich (8-19) for Round 28. Barca is one of the hottest teams in the league, with eight consecutive wins, including on Wednesday against another German team, ALBA. The hosts also have the February MVP, Nikola Mirotic, on a roll. Bayern, on the other hand, has lost 11 of its last 13 games, including at home to Baskonia earlier this week, and at risk of soon being mathematically ruled out of the playoffs race.

It all looks bright for Barca going into this game. The hosts are facing the second-worst offense in the league, and the second-worst team in rebounds per game. All in all, Barcelona averages a PIR of 20 more than Bayern per game, plus the hosts are playing well and winning games like they had not done for quite a few seasons now. If Barca manages to execute its game plan, it should be able to add another win and get closer to home-court advantage in the playoffs.

Bayern is in a rough moment of the season and the fact that it plays on the road against one of the hottest teams does not help. Barca is a talented team with a deep bench, so Bayern will have to clench its teeth from tip-off and try to start building a win through defense. Expect the visitors to base their game on going inside to Greg Monroe and Danilo Barthel, and hope that creates space for shooters like Petteri Koponen, who will be playing on his former home floor.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 159.5 at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 06/03/2020, 10:05 CET, subject to change)

Baskonia – ALBA Berlin

Two teams still in the race for the playoffs will square off on Friday when KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz (11-16) welcomes ALBA Berlin (9-18) in Round 28. Baskonia has won three of its last four games, including the last road win at Bayern, and seems to be making a big push towards the postseason spots. ALBA has lost three of its last four games and needs to get back to the winning track if it wants to retain some options.

Baskonia has the worst offense in the league and plays against the fourth-best. That could seem a tall order for the hosts, but these teams are in opposite trends and Baskonia stands at the better end of those. Baskonia is also the EuroLeague team averaging the least assists per game, while ALBA is third, so this will be a clash of styles. If Baskonia manages to put its third-ranked defense at the top of its priority list against an opponent that gives up the most points this season, the hosts could be on their way to their fourth win in five games.

ALBA just fell short of defeating Barcelona in Berlin, and has now lost three of its last four games. Against Baskonia it will be a duel of opposite styles. ALBA will have to by-pass the tough defense of the hosts in order to display its fun-to-watch offense. If those league-best assists flow and those threes fall in the basket (third best numbers in the league for ALBA), the guests could upset Baskonia for a second time this season, even if missing some players like Peyton Siva.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 (-5.5) at 1.95 with bet365
(Price correct at 06/03/2020, 10:05 CET, subject to change)

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