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Euroleague Preview & Tips – Round 29

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Panathinaikos – Real Madrid

Two giants of the sport clash in the Greek capital on Thursday when old rivals Panathinaikos and Real Madrid meet. The Greens are the hottest team in the league with six straight wins and a seventh would give Coach Rick Pitino’s men a playoff berth this week. Panathinaikos could also advance with a loss depending on other results. Madrid, which has lost three of its last four road games, retains an outside chance of finishing the regular season in the top spot, but must win this game to do so.

During its current winning streak, Panathinaikos has scored 90 points four times and the Greens are 6-0 this season when reaching that number. Defense has also played a role with Panathinaikos twice keeping its opponents to 70 points or fewer in that run. Against Madrid, the Greens will need a little bit of both, but an efficient Nick Calathes-led attack is a must in an effort to outscore Madrid.

Few men can look Madrid’s 2.21-meter tower of power Walter Tavares in the eyes, but Panathinaikos’s young center Georgios Papagiannis is one of them. Madrid has made a habit of dominating the paint with Tavares and Gustavo Ayon at the pivot and Anthony Randolph and Trey Thompkins complementing them at the ‘4’. However, Papagiannis is on the rise and the Greens have veterans at power forward with James Gist and Ioannis Papapetrou. It won’t be easy, but if Madrid can stamp its usual authority on the painted area, it will have a great chance to win on the road.

Tip: 1 (-3.5) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 28/03/2019, 10:45 CET)

Maccabi – Gran Canaria

In its final home game of the regular season, Maccabi will look for a decisive win to remain in the playoff hunt. The Israeli champs are one of seven teams vying for one of the three remaining playoff berths. Gran Canaria is playing carefree basketball and routed Olympiacos Piraeus last week in a game that hindered the Reds’ playoff push. However, while Gran Canaria has won two of its last three games, it has not won on the road since Round 11 in December.

Maccabi set a club rebounding record with 54 boards on the road at Khimki Moscow Region last week and similar rebounding dominance against Gran Canaria could be a key to victory. Not only is Maccabi, which ranks fourth in the league with 35.4 rebounds per game, superior to Gran Canaria, 12th with 31.6 per game, but the visitors also allow the second-most rebounds (35.7). That sounds like good news for Tarik Black, Johnny O’Bryant and Alex Tyus.

For the season, Gran Canaria is ranked 14th in three-point accuracy at 34.2% and has made 8.8 threes per game however in its last two wins the team has been hot from downtown. Against Darussafaka the Islanders eight different players struck from downtown and the team was 12 for 25. Against Olympiacos, Marcus Eriksson was 6 for 10 from downtown and Siim-Sander Vene 3 for 3 as the team made 13 of 29. Great outside shooting could be the trump card in Tel Aviv.

Gran Canaria announced it will be without Eulis Baez (calf), Anzejs Pasecniks (ankle), Luke Fischer (shoulder), Xavi Rabaseda (knee) and Kim Tillie (knee) in Tel Aviv.

Tip: Over 1 (-12.5) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 28/03/2019, 10:45 CET)

Milano – Fenerbahce

There will be much at stake when AX Milan hosts Fenerbahce on Thursday night in the fashion capital. Milan can clinch a playoff berth with a win and some help from others, but a loss would see the Italian champs sink into a quagmire with a handful of other teams seeking the final playoff spots in Round 30. Milan only controls its destiny if it wins both of its remaining games. Fenerbahce has already clinched a playoff berth and home-court advantage in said playoffs. Another win would secure the top overall spot in the standings for Coach Zeljko Obradovic’s men.

Milan has allowed opponents to score at least 90 points in more than half its games so far this season and despite its great offensive prowess is only 4-11 when that happens. Fenerbahce has reached 90 on seven occasions this season and won each time. Accordingly, Milan may not want to play at a breakneck pace, since Fenerbahce may be able to stick with it. However, in a slower game, Milan may be able to use its size in the paint against Fenerbahce, which is ranked 14th in rebounding (30.5 rpg.) and the foul-drawing abilities of Mike James, Nemanja Nedovic and Vladimir Micov to get the Fenerbahce defenders in trouble.

Fenerbahce’s iron defense has allowed the fewest points (75.3) in the league this season, but now faces the league’s leading scorer in James, and Milan’s offense that puts up 86.9 points per night, second most this season. Fenerbahce’s defense has been successful not because it targets the opponent’s best weapons, but because it limits scoring opportunities for the entire team. However, no defense has stopped James all season. If Coach Obradovic has something up his sleeve to neutralize James, Fenerbahce would be in great shape.

Fenerbahce’s Tyler Ennis, Joffrey Lauvergne, Jan Vesely and Kostas Sloukas did not travel with the team to Milan.

Tip: 1 (-2.5) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 28/03/2019, 10:45 CET)

Barcelona – Buducnost

FC Barcelona Lassa will look to lock up fifth place when it hosts Buducnost VOLI Podgorica on Thursday. Barcelona already qualified for the playoffs for the first time in three years last week and now will secure fifth place if it defeats the visitors, who were eliminated from the playoff race several weeks ago. Barca comes off a last-second loss to FC Bayern Munich, but managed to win El Clasico in domestic competition over the weekend. Buducnost dropped its eighth straight last week against Anadolu Efes.

Barcelona is already in the playoffs and that’s a step forward compared to the last two seasons. However, the hosts will be playing to secure fifth place, which would pair the team with Anadolu Efes in their series. Barca boasts the second-best defense in the league and is playing against the fourth worst. Also, Buducnost has the poorest percentage in two-point shots overall (48.2%) and also a league-low 14.6 assists per game. Playing at home, the hosts should be able to set the pace form the beginning and avoid the same situation as in Podgorica.

The visitors arrive in Barcelona with no chances to move up, but winning in that city is always a badge of honor, so expect Buducnost to come ready to play. The guests should try to capitalize on Barcelona’s 12.9 turnovers per game. Buducnost is playing against a that wants revenge and who plays for a big goal so it won’t be easy, but it’s never late for the first road win of the season.

Tip: Over 156.5 at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 28/03/2019, 10:45 CET)

Source: Euroleague.net
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Euroleague Preview & Tips – Play-offs Game 2

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Real – Panathinaikos

Real Madrid held off a stirring comeback from Panathinaikos OPAP Athens to record a thrilling 75-72 home victory in the opening game of their playoffs series. Madrid was in front nearly all night and led by 14 early in the third quarter, but the Greens did not give up and roared in front 66-72 with 4 minutes left. Jeffery Taylor paced the winners with 13 points, Fabien Causeur scored 12. Nick Calathes recovered from a slow start to lead all scorers with 17 points for the Greens.

The hosts won the first game by the skin of their teeth but if one good thing comes out of that win is that now the team knows they can handle playoffs pressure. Panathinaikos had a solid 9 of 20 form the arc, so Madrid will have to watch for those open shots from long range, as well as the rebounds, as the guests managed to win the battle under the glass 38-39.

Panathinaikos was on the verge of upsetting the defending champs in Madrid, and that’s a good sign for future games. The problem for the Greens was that Madrid was consisten from the free throws line with 19 of 22 attempts, and in such close games, that is a huge factor. Also, Panathinaikos has the best passer in the league in Nick Calathes and got stuck at 10 assists, the third lowest mark for the team this season.

Tip: 2 at 3.15 with bet365
(Price correct at 17/04/2019, 09:05 CET)

Anadolu Efes – Barcelona

Anadolu Efes started the playoffs in style with a Game 1 win, but both teams know that it will be meaningless if Barcelona can even the series with a road win on Friday in Istanbul. The teams finished fourth and fifth, respectively in the regular season, but Efes finished stronger to get home-court advantage in the playoffs and for good reason. Efes is now 13-3 at home this season and Barcelona is 6-10 on the road.

The hosts gave no thought to Game 2 on Wednesday as they played their best players at length to open the series with a victory. However, the price paid is that four starters topped 30 minutes: Adrien Moerman (37:31), Krunoslav Simon (32:32), Vasilije Micic (31:08) and Bryant Dunston (30:05). Even though it’s the playoffs and players must give their all, fatigue may be a concern in a close Game 2. Efes will hope that the injured Brock Motum is available Friday and for bigger contributions from Rodrigue Beaubois, Dogus Balbay and Tibor Pleiss. Otherwise, Barcelona’s players – none of whom played even close to 30 – may have fresher legs down the stretch.

So many things went right for Barcelona in Game 1, yet Coach Pesic’s men still came up short. The visitors outrebounded Efes 32-38 and only committed 7 turnovers. Barcelona scored 18 second-chance points. The problem was shooting; Barcelona made just 21 of 44 two-pointers (47.7%) and 6 of 23 threes (26.1%). If Barcelona shot its regular season average on the same shots, it would have scored 80 points. A better shooting night is imperative to win Game 2 in Istanbul.

Tip: 1 (-4.0) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 19/04/2019, 09:05 CET)


CSKA Moscow – Baskonia

The pivotal second game of this best-of-five series tips off in Moscow where host CSKA looks to double up its lead, while Baskonia seeks to tie the score before heading to Vitoria-Gasteiz for Game 3 – and, if necessary, Game 4 – next week. CSKA stretched its home-court winning streak against Baskonia to 15 games with its Game 1 victory and the last two of those have been decided by big quarters in the second half.

CSKA Moscow began the playoffs with a convincing 94-68 victory over KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz in Game 1 of their best-of-five series.

CSKA outplayed Baskonia in the paint in Game 1. The hosts won the rebounding battle 31-25 and shot 60% on two-pointers, while Baskonia settled for 54.5%. League-leading rebounder Vincent Poirier was held to just 5 boards and All-EuroLeague big man Toko Shengelia scored just 6 points off the bench. Othello Hunter and Nikita Kurbanov in the starting five and Kyle Hines and Alec Peters off the bench did their job against Baskonia’s bigger frontline and if they can do it again, CSKA may start thinking about a sweep.

Baskonia was unable to follow its plans on Tuesday in part because Coach Perasovic was dealing with foul trouble from the start. Point guard Luca Vildoza was called for 2 early fouls and his replacement, Marcelinho Huertas, soon found himself in a similar situation. Shavon Shields was the team’s most effective offensive weapon, but he fouled out after just 20 minutes on the floor. CSKA has many guards who specialize in drawing fouls and it will be imperative for the visitors’ backcourt to avoid that trap and be ready to follow the game plan for 40 minutes.

Tip: Over 163.0 at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 18/04/2019, 08:25 CET)

Fenerbahce – Zalgiris

Fenerbahce will try to remain perfect on its home floor and climb within one win of its fifth consecutive EuroLeague Final Four appearance when it welcomes Zalgiris for Game 2 of their best-of-five series. Fenerbahce has won all 16 home games this season and is on an 18-game home-court winning streak dating back to last season’s playoffs. Fenerbahce has also won all eight of its playoff games at home under Coach Obradovic, dating back to 2015.

Fenerbahce took control of the series behind a stellar defensive performance, beating Zalgiris 76-43 on Tuesday.

After an impressive display in Game 1, Fenerbahce’s challenge is to bring the same energy and focus into Game 2. Fenerbahce will want to avoid a letdown at all costs and try to get a quick start to carry the momentum from the first game. Fenerbahce will also like to get more from Jan Vesely, especially with Joffrey Lauvergne sidelined with an injury.

As Zalgiris head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius pointed out after the Game 1 loss, his team needs to find a way to answer Fenerbahce’s physicality. Zalgiris will need to take better care of the ball after committing 23 turnovers in the series opener. The visitors must also knock down some shots. Despite Fenerbahce’s defense, Zalgiris did find a bunch of open looks, but made just 3 of 16 three-point shots (18.8%) and will need to do much better than that to get a chance to win this contest.

Tip: 1 (-12.0) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 18/04/2019, 08:25 CET)

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Euroleague Preview & Tips – Play-offs Game 1

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Real – Panathinaikos

For the second season in a row, these teams meet in the playoffs. This time, the series begins in the Spanish capital. The teams arrive in much different momentums. Madrid lost two of its last three games and is facing the possibility of starting the series without point guard and former EuroLeague MVP Sergio Llull. Panathinaikos is among the hottest teams in the league with seven wins from its last eight games. However, the lone Madrid win and Panathinaikos defeat in the aforementioned periods was in Athens on a Rudy Fernandez buzzer-beating three in Round 29.

Madrid enters this series with its on-court leader, Sergio Llull, injured. The team must collectively make up for his absence in many areas. First is playing time; with two games in three days, the knock to the team’s depth is relevant. Madrid will also miss his backcourt scoring and leadership. Having Facu Campazzo to step into the starting lineup is huge, but without a natural third point guard, running the offense when Camapzzo rests will be more difficult. Playing well in these minutes is vital for Madrid.

Among many things that Panathinaikos must do to slow down Madrid’s offense, the Greens need strong play in the front. Center Georgios Papagiannis played very well down the stretch for Coach Pitino and had a respectable 9 points and 7 boards against Madrid last time. Beyond his contributions in numbers, Papagiannis must be a physical presence to limit Walter Tavares, Gustavo Ayon and Felipe Reyes without getting into foul trouble. It’s a big ask, but important for his team’s success.

Tip: 2 (+7.0) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 17/04/2019, 09:45 CET)

Anadolu Efes – Barcelona

It is a little bit of a historic occasion for Efes as it welcomes Barcelona for Game 1 of their best-of-five series. This will mark the first time Efes hosts a series opener in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague this century. Efes is also attempting to get its first series win in its sixth attempt. Meanwhile, Barcelona returns to the playoffs after missing them the last two years and will look to return to the Final Four for the first time since 2014. In its previous three attempts, Barcelona has never won a Game 1 on the road.

The team holding home-court advantage would not want to jeopardize losing it with a slow start to the series. Efes ranks second in two-point (58.9%) and three-point (40.7%) accuracy, which means that its offense is likely to get going at some point of the game. But Efes needs to make sure that does not happen too late, and suddenly find itself playing catch-up. Coach Ergin Ataman’s men need to bring focus and energy from the opening tip-off in this game, to take control, just like they did against this same opponent in Round 25.

Barcelona allowed 76.4 points per game during the regular season, second-fewest in the competition, and it has relied on its defense throughout the season. It will be important for Barcelona to slow down the Efes ballhandlers — Micic, Shane Larkin and Krunoslav Simon — and make sure Efes does not get into its free-flowing offense, which posts 85.4 points and 19.9 assists per contest. Efes is also extremely dangerous in transition, and preventing the hosts from getting their usual dosage of easy buckets will be one of Barcelona’s priorities.

Tip: 1 (-4.5) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 17/04/2019, 09:45 CET)


CSKA Moscow – Baskonia

The playoffs begin the Russian capital with CSKA facing Baskonia in a repeat of their Round 30 game. CSKA has a long and impressive history both against Baskonia at home and the playoffs in general. The Russian giants have not lost a home game against Baskonia since 2005 and have not lost a playoff series this century. Baskonia has reasons for optimism after putting up a good fight in their most-recent meeting and slowly rebuilding chemistry with players returning from injuries.

Even after not playing to its standards for 30 minutes, one big quarter was enough for CSKA to take down Baskonia in Round 30. But that may not always be the case. What CSKA did well in that game was get good shots and make them (50.0% 2FG and 47.1% 3FG). However, it was outrebounded 28-35. Baskonia collected 12 offensive rebounds and turned them into 18 second-chance points. CSKA had just 6 second-chance points from 6 offensive rebounds. Closing that gap could pay dividends for Coach Itoudis’s men.

Baskonia committed the fifth-most turnovers in the league this season 12.8 per game. It made 15 in the Round 30 loss in Moscow. Every lost ball is a lost opportunity and in playoff basketball, one cannot let many opportunities go unused. Only Marcelinho Huertas (2.4 TOpg.) has committed more than 2 turnovers per game this season, so the effort must be a collective one. Look for Baskonia to be prepared for all of CSKA’s defensive looks to avoid wasting possessions with turnovers.

Tip: 1 (-8.5) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 16/04/2019, 09:45 CET)

Fenerbahce – Zalgiris

It’s a series opener on the Asian side of Istanbul as Fenerbahce is prepared to host Zalgiris. Fenerbahce is undefeated on its home floor this season, and has won 17 EuroLeague games in a row at Ulker Sports and Event Hall dating back to last season. Fenerbahce is also 7-0 at home in the playoffs under coach Zeljko Obradovic. As Fenerbahce attempts to protect that streak and pave the way to its fifth consecutive Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four appearance, upset-minded Zalgiris arrives red-hot to Game 1 with lots of momentum after a six-game winning streak to reach the playoffs at the last gasp.

Fenerbahce has not become the first team with 25 wins in the regular season by accident. Its defense allows league-low 75.8 points per game, and its offense has some of the best shooting percentages in EuroLeague history. Its 59.0% on two-pointers is the second-highest and 43.18% of three-pointers the third-highest accuracy in the EuroLeague this century. Despite such shooting prowess, Fenerbahce needs high energy and defensive intensity to grab control of the game, and the series.

In the two games earlier this season, Zalgiris did not manage to contain Kostas Sloukas. To steal Game 1, coach Sarunas Jasikevicius’s men need to start with defense on Fenerbahce’s playmaker while trying to slow the pace to cool down both the home players and their fans. Zalgiris will also need to make sure to control the defensive glass. Fenerbahce is tied for last place in offensive rebounds (8.2), and Zalgiris needs to make sure that those second-chance opportunities stay low.

Tip: Under 150.5 at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 16/04/2019, 09:45 CET)

Source: Euroleague.net
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