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Zenit – Khimki

It’s an all-Russian affair in Round 7 when EuroLeague debutante Zenit St Petersburg (2-4) welcomes Khimki Moscow Region (4-2) on Thursday. Zenit comes fresh off another Russian deby against defending champ CSKA Moscow, who prevented the newcomers to get their first winning streak. After two straight wins, Khimki also fell in the last game against Crvena Zvezda, so one of the two teams will be back on the winning track after this game.

It could look like a daunting task for Zenit when it faces the second best offense in the league (87.0 ppg.) right after having faced the top one. However, Zenit is in a tie for second place with the best numbers in steals of the league. The guests were having a placid run that came to a halt last week, so they will probably want to get back on track in St. Petersburg. Coach Joan Plaza and his players will have to step up on defense to stop Khimki from playing the style of game it likes this season.

Khimki saw its winning streak snapped in Round 6 and wants to get back to the fine pace it showed before that. Alexey Shved (21.2 ppg.) and Janis Timma (14.0 ppg.) are the main pillars in offense for the guests, boosting them to the second best offense in the league. Khimki is the team with the highest PIR average in the league (97.7), which goes a long distance in telling that the team does many things, and that it does them well. If the guests manage to move the ball the way they like, and they manage to find their usual production in offense, they will be on their way to a new win.

Egor Vialtsev and Timofey Mozgov are still out with injury. Stefan Jovic and Chris Kramer are expected to play against Zenit.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 (+5.5) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 07/11/2019, 10:10 CET, could have changed)

Crvena Zvezda – Real Madrid

Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade will look to keep its momentum going at home when it hosts Real Madrid on Thursday. The Serbian champs come off an impressive victory over Khimki Moscow Region. Real, which routed ALBA Berlin in Round 6, is seeking its first road win of the season. In each of the previous three seasons in which these teams met, they split their regular-season contests.

The Round 6 victory over Khimki marked the first time since Round 1 that Zvezda had scored more than 70 points. Its outbreak came in part thanks to the excellent shooting of Billy Baron, Stratos Perperoglou and Borisa Simanic, who made 10 three-pointers between them. Another strong shooting night and controlling the glass would certainly help Zvezda in its big to take another scalp at home.

Derick Brown is out, Nemanja Nenadic, and Dejan Davidovac are doubtful (back problems).

Long considered to be one of the top offensive teams in the EuroLeague, Real has averaged just 73.0 points in road games this season. Part of the problem has been its 14.0 turnovers in those games. Cutting down on turnovers will be of major importance this week where the Belgrade crowd will be fired up by every Real error.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 (-5.0) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 07/11/2019, 10:10 CET, could have changed)

Olympiacos – Anadolu Efes

Two classic EuroLeague powerhouses go against each other one more time. Efes comes off a road loss that put an end to a four-game winning streak. Olympiacos has already lost twice at home this season and cannot afford any more mistakes in front of its fans. Georgios Printezis (11.7 ppg.) has been Olympiacos’s top scorer until now, followed by Kevin Punter (10.0 ppg.) and Vassilis Spanoulis (9.8 ppg.). Shane Larkin (17.6 ppg.), Vasilije Micic (16.0 ppg., 7.0 apg.) and Bryant Dunston (11.7 ppg., 6.3 rpg.) have been Efes’s leaders so far.

Olympiacos has to improve its offense, as it is averaging just 47.9% inside the arc and just 30.2% from downtown (17th overall). A better ball circulation is required, as Olympiacos ranks last in assists (12.7 apg.). Of course, it needs to play physical against Larkin and Micic, as Efes runs its offense through its stellar point guard duo. Will Cherry, Taylor Rochestie and Spanoulis have to dominate the game tempo, and Olympiacos has to get Milutinov and Printezis down low to increase its chances to win the game.

Efes hit just 6-of-30 three-point shots (20.0%) in its last EuroLeague game, way below its previous numbers (48-of-142, 33.8%), which were not partcularily high for a team in which everyone but Dunston usually pulls the trigger from downtown. Efes relies on Dunston, Tibor Pleiss and Alec Peters to stop Printezis and Milutinov down low. Locking the defensive glass to get going in transition and as always, getting Micic and Larkin involved, will give Efes more chances to win the game.

basketball prediction Tip: Under 159.5 at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 07/11/2019, 10:10 CET, could have changed)

Maccabi – ALBA Berlin

Two teams in completely opposite trends square off in Round 7 when Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv (4-2) welcomes ALBA Berlin (1-5). After starting the season with two losses, Maccabi managed to build a four-game winning streak, the last two being against powerhouses such as Olympiacos Piraeus and Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul. On the other side, ALBA won the opening game but it’s been all losses since then, and will look to get back to life in Tel Aviv.

Maccabi is probably one of the three or four hottest teams in the league right now. The hosts boast the second best defense in the league (71.2 ppg. allowed) and have the sixth best offense, just about one point shy of ALBA’s numbers. Maccabi will try to capitalize on that and the fact that ALBA is swimming against the current at this point. The main key for the hosts will be to stop the fluid offense of the guests, who rank first overall in assists per game (20.2).

It’s starting to become a matter of heart to ALBA. The German squad needs a win badly if it wants to stay in the mix and, most of all, if it wants to recover self-confidence. The guests could try to force Maccabi shoot from beyond the arc, an area where ALBA clearly dominates the hosts. Stopping names like Omri Casspi, Nate Wolters or Wilbekin will be a top priority for coach Aito Garcia Reneses and his men if they want to escape Tel Aviv with a win.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 (+9.5) at 1.95 with bet365
(Price correct at 07/11/2019, 10:10 CET, could have changed)

Milano – Baskonia

AX Armani Exchange Milan (5-1), the hottest team in the EuroLeague, puts its spotless home record on the line against the KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz (3.3), owners of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague’s best defense, allowing just 69.3 points per game. They are 8-8 against each other this century, so the winner will break that tie

The hosts are enjoying their best EuroLeague start this century while ranking highly in a few categories. Chief among them are three-point accuracy (44.2%), in which Milan ranks first, and defensive rebounds (26.5) in which it ranks third. Both of those will be necessary to extend the Baskonia defense and to negate Baskonia’s number 1 ranking in offensive boards (12.8). The pace of the game will be key for Milan because Baskonia likes to apply pressure and race up and down the floor. Point guards Sergio Rodriguez – the just-named October MVP – as well as Andrea Cinciarini and Nemanja Nedovic will be conscious of not rushing and making their passes count so that Baskonia does not get to enjoy the transition game it likes so much.

The visitors put their considerable talent and ambition together completely in a blowout 93-60 home win in Round 6 against FC Bayern Munich, the only team to have beaten Milan yet. Baskonia will be coming in on a high behind the force of Shengelia and the game-changing presence of 2.21-meter shot-blocker Youssoupha Fall. Pierria Henry and Luca Vildoza will have the job of slowing down Rodriguez, but all of Baskonia’s perimeter defenders must help frustrate Milan’s high-percentage shooters. And inside, the visitors will want to neutralize Milan’s tag-team centers, Arturas Gudaitis and Kaleb Tarczewski. Baskonia has owned the middle to date as the EuroLeague’s top rebounding and shot-blocking team. On the road against a first-place team, those elements will be even more important to maintain.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 154.5 at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 07/11/2019, 10:10 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.

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(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.

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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
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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
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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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