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CSKA Moscow – Panathinaikos

Two teams in direct competition for the top spots of the standings ladder will square off to welcome 2020 as defending champs CSKA Moscow (11-5) host Panathinaikos OPAP Athens (9-7) at the end of the first half of the regular season. CSKA has won five of its last six games, including the last one against Milan by a tight 78-75. With new coach Rick Pitino on board, it looked like the Greens were on a roll, but they have now dropped three of their last four games, including at home in Round 16 against Real Madrid, 75-87. A win in this game will be a coveted prize and a momentum-builder into the new year for the team that comes out on top.

CSKA is determined to keep adding wins to pull itself up into the top four of the standings. Panathinaikos has the second-best offense in the league, but CSKA ties for third-best defense, so expect a battle of philosophies. CSKA has to impose its rhythm to control the game, but will have to watch out for the 56.4% in two-point shooting that allows Panathinaikos to score so much. CSKA boss Dimitris Itoudis will probably have to find a way to beat his old team through defense.

Panathinaikos keeps showing offensive basketball, but the method seems to have malfunctioned a bit these last weeks. It’s true that its last three losses came against teams at the top — Barcelona, Maccabi and Real — but CSKA could is another such team to watch out for. The offense seems alright for the guests, but its defense is another story. To stop CSKA, Panathinaikos will have to step up and disrupt CSKA’s league-best 40.5% shooting from beyond the arc. One glaring problem for the Greens is the league-worst 13.4 offensive rebounds per game that opponents have been able to snatch. Unless that number comes down, Panathinaikos will encounter rough sledding in Moscow.

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Anadolu Efes – Khimki

Anadolu Efes Istanbul (13-3) will look to retain its share of first place on Friday when it welcomes Khimki Moscow Region (8-8) to start the new year and to finish the first half of the regular season. After a hiccup against CSKA Moscow two rounds ago, Efes went back to its winning ways last week against Maccabi at home, 99-79. On the other side, Khimki has dropped six of its last eight games and seems to have lost the momentum with which it started the season. Last week, Khimki was the newest victim to fall at the Astroballe against LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne, 92-88.

Two of the top four scoring teams in the EuroLeague face each other in this game, so without digging much deeper it is clear that defenses will have a huge role in the outcome. Efes is giving up about 10 fewer points per game to opponents than Khimki is, so on paper it looks like the defensive battle could fall on the hosts’ side. However, Khimki is the best-scoring team so far this season and that must not be taken lightly, especially when the guests boast a solid 56.4% accuracy on two-point shots.

Bryant Dunston won’t be available against Khimki.

Khimki does so well on offense that it is a bit supriring to see the Russian power struggle for results in recent weeks. Of course, the main problem lies with defense, and that’s what the guests will have to work hard at if they want a chance to succeed on the court of one of the league’s hottest teams. Efes is dangerous on all fronts, but a league-best 57.6% on two-pointers shows its ability to generate good shots. It will be Khimki’s job to try to disrupt that and push the pedal to the metal to try to come out on top of what sure looks like an old-fashioned shootout.

According to the club, Alexey Shved will not play against Efes because he has the flu.

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Villeurbanne – Real Madrid

After a strong start of the season, ASVEL overcame its first bad moment by winning the last three home games. Real is on an 11-game winning streak in the competition, its longest one under the new format. David Lighty is ASVEL’s top scorer until now (10.9 ppg.), followed by Adreian Payne (10.0 ppg.) and Tonye Jekiri (9.6 ppg.). Anthony Randolph (13.0 ppg.), Facu Campazzo (10.9 ppg., 6.7 apg.) and Edy Tavares (6.2 ppg., 6.8 rpg., 1.8 bpg.) have led Real recently.

ASVEL needs to take care of rebounds in order to be fully competitive against Real. The hosts currently rank 16th on the boards (31.8 rpg.) and get just 21.4 defensive rebounds on average. ASVEL has also struggled from beyond the three-point line, hitting just 34.3% of its shots from downtown. If ASVEL prevents Real from running and is able to get Payne and Jekiri involved, putting Tavares into foul trouble, it will have a better chance to win this game.

Real is shooting the ball with great efficiency this season, hitting 54.0% of its two-point shots and a second-ranked 39.9% from downtown. It all starts with defense and taking good care of the ball, though. Real averages 25.8 defensive rebounds per game, dishing 1.6 assists for every turnover. Even with some key players injured, Real has the depth, strength and size to put any team into trouble right now.

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Milano – Zenit

The last game of the decade featuring two teams that have never played each other before takes place when AX Armani Exchange Milan (8-8) welcomes Zenit St Petersburg (4-12) to the fashion capital on Friday. Since starting the season 6-2, the hosts have struggled, losing six of the last seven games to tie two other teams for the eighth and final playoffs position. Zenit has had worse luck overall, but has taken two of its victories in the last five rounds. Both could use another win like water in the desert.

Milan will need to dictate the tempo on its own floor or run the risk of Zenit staying in the game long enough to flip the pressure towards the hosts. Point guards Sergio Rodriguez and Shelvin Mack will have that responsibility, while Milan is expected to debut scorer Keifer Sykes in the same backcourt. Shooting from deep, where it ranks third with 39.5% accuracy, is not Milan’s problem. Rather, its 17th-ranked two-point efficiency, 47.3%, needs to improve. With both, the hosts will struggle a lot less.

Zenit will want to keep its eye on the perimeter with Sykes joining Rodriguez, Vladimir Micov and other dead-eye Milan shooters there. That’s especially true because the visitors have the worst three-point defense in the league, allowing other teams to shoot 39.5% there. Up-and-down play from key contributors like Mateusz Ponitka and Alex Renfroe needs to stay up if Zenit hopes to rise in the rankings by winning road games like this one. They and Austin Hollins will also be needed to defend the perimeter shooters better than until now.

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Valencia – ALBA Berlin

A rematch of the last 7DAYS EuroCup Finals will be welcome 2020 in Spain, where Valencia Basket (7-9) hosts ALBA Berlin (5-11) to cap the first leg of the regular season on Friday. Valencia has won three of its last four games, including an overtime thriller at Fenerbahce last week, 98-100, and is knocking on the door to playoff spots going into the second half of the season. ALBA snapped a four-game losing streak last week with an 81-57 home blowout over Baskonia that gives the German team some good momentum.

Valencia knows how to beat ALBA, but this time the stage is different and the situation of both teams is not exactly the same the last time they met. This will be a direct duel that later in the season could have implications for playoff tickets. ALBA is very aggressive on offense, so Valencia will have to make sure that its defense stays on the level with the one displayed these last weeks. With 19.7 assists per game, ALBA is the best team in the league, so the hosts will have to try to stop the visitors from getting into an offensive flow.

ALBA arrives to Valencia with good numbers, especially on offense. But the absences of a couple key players and the fact that Valencia is making 53.5% of its two-pointers should make the guests beware. So far, the problems for ALBA have come from defense, so this will be the area in which the guests will have to work harder if they want to stop a confident team that will be playing at home in one of the hottest arenas in Europe.

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Fenerbahce – Milano

After a three-game winning streak, Fenerbahce (8-12) suffered a home loss against FC Barcelona but has this opportunity to bounce back in front of its home crowd. Milan (10-10) is on a seven-game road losing streak. Its last victory away from Mediolanum Forum came in late October. Nando De Colo (18.8 ppg.) is Fenerbahce’s top scorer, followed by Derrick Williams (11.8) and Kostas Sloukas (11.3). Sergio Rodriguez (13.2), Vladimir Micov (11.5) and Keifer Sykes (10.5) are leading Milan’s offense right now.

Fenerbahce’s improved defense has made it more competitive. The Turkish powerhouse has allowed 80.7 points on average this season, but just 69.7 in the last three games. Rebounding remains an issue, as Fenerbahce ranks last with 29.7 boards per game, and allows 11.3 offensive rebounds on average. If Fenerbahce is able to control the defensive boards, players like De Colo, Sloukas, Vesely and Luigi Datome will take care of business at the other end.

Milan is one of the best teams at defensive rebounds (25.3 drpg.) but ranks really low in offensive boards (9.4 orpg.), which is particularly worrying when the Italian powerhouse is last in two-point shooting percentage (46.6%). Milan does a great job at limiting turnovers, with just 11.8 on average. With the right ball circulation, coach Ettore Messina’s team has enough talent everywhere to improve that shooting percentage and eventually be more competitive.

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Zalgiris – ALBA Berlin

Zalgiris (6-14) comes off a narrow road loss against Panathinaikos but has been doing better. After a recent nine-game losing streak, Zalgiris went on to win three of its next five games. ALBA (7-13) comes off a triumphant double-round week, with road wins against Olympiacos and Zvezda, and now looks for another one. Zach LeDay (10.9 ppg.), Lukas Lekavicius (10.8) and Jock Landale (10.5) are leading Zalgiris right now. Rokas Giedraitis (13.5) is ALBA’s top scorer, followed by Marcus Eriksson (10.9) and Martin Hermannsson (10.7).

Zalgiris is hitting just a third of its three-point shots (78-of-234, 33.3%) at home and is also struggling (49.0%) inside the arc. Feeding off its crowd’s energy will be very important for Zalgiris, as well as sharing the ball better, considering that it ranks 17th assists at 15.7 per game. Lekavicius has been on fire lately, but he will need help, especially from his frontcourt teammates, to make Zalgiris as competitive as it can be.

ALBA leads the EuroLeague in turnovers (14.5 per game), a critical issue to make the most out of its run-and-gun offense. ALBA is also first in assists (19.8 apg.) despite not having the best shooting percentages (50.3% 2FG, 38.8% 3FG). Overcoming the strong basketball atmosphere at Zalgirio Arena will be important for ALBA, as well as getting its most experienced players – Sikma, Siva and Giedraitis – involved on offense.

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Panathinaikos – Villeurbanne

Panathinaikos (12-8) comes off a solid double-round week with come-from-behind home wins against FC Bayern Munich and Zalgiris Kaunas. On the other hand, ASVEL (8-12) is on a four-game losing streak and must battle hard in the Greek capital to snap it. Jimmer Fredette (14.3 ppg.) is Panathinaikos’s top scorer, followed by DeShaun Thomas (14.2) and Nick Calathes (13.6). Former Panathinaikos center Adreian Payne (11.1) is ASVEL’s top scorer, followed by David Lighty (9.8) and Livio Jean-Charles (8.9).

Panathinaikos is the highest-scoring team in the competition (89.0 ppg.) and leads the EuroLeague in two-point attempts (43.0 per game) with great efficiency (56.2%) inside the arc. Almost half of the team’s assists (18.6 apg.) come from Calathes, so grabbing defensive rebounds and allowing him to create for others will be, as usual, a big key for the Greens. Panathinaikos has a lot of great finishers – Tyrese Rice, Ioannis Papapetrou, Georgios Papagiannis, Thomas… – so finding who’s hot, a Calathes specialty, will be critical, too.

ASVEL is the lowest scoring team on the road (66.9 ppg.) and allows 84.7 points on average away from The Astroballe. Better ball circulation is needed to improve its shooting percentages (47.8% 2FG, 32.0% 3FG), so ASVEL relies on Taylor and Diot not only to slow Calathes down, but to find the right rhythm on offense, finding good shots and making the most out of its athletic advantage in the paint. If Jean-Charles, Jekiri and Payne can dominate inside and attack the offensive glass, ASVEL will have a better chance to beat Panathinaikos again.

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Real Madrid – Anadolu Efes

The top two teams in the standings stage a monumental showdown to finish off Round 21. League leaders Efes (17-3) set itself apart with a two-game sweep last week, while Real (15-5) saw a 13-game win streak stopped with consecutive losses and now has three 14-win teams breathing down its neck, making this result especially important for the hosts, who are unbeaten at home this season. Efes has an 8-1 road record, however.

Real rarely finds itself hard-pressed to outgun opponents, but that happened in its last loss, at Khimki Moscow Region, and Efes outscores the hosts 87.4 to 84.4 points per game. For that reason, Tavares and defensive aces Jeffery Taylor and Facundo Campazzo will be important on Friday. Both teams allow the same amount of points (77.4 per game) but Real holds opponents to much lower PIRs on average, and that effort has to be focused on keeping the Efes scorers, especially red-hot Shane Larkin, from going off.

Although Efes seems to be able to do no wrong, lately, it will need to do a lot right to win in the Spanish capital. Protecting the perimeter, where Madrid ranks second with 11.2 triples per game, will be job one. Getting around Tavares for good shots close to the basket will be another challenge. Power forward Chris Singleton may have a big role to play in helping lure Tavares outside, especially if Real is without its own corner ace, Anthony Randolph, who has missed the last four games due to injury.

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CSKA Moscow – Baskonia

CSKA (13-6) comes off a hard-fought victory against Real Madrid and wants to keep its momentum going. Baskonia (7-12) has only won twice in the last nine games and arrives in Moscow after a road loss against Zenit St Petersburg. Mike James (20.8 ppg.) has been CSKA’s top scorer until now, followed by Darrun Hilliard (10.8) and Kyle Hines (9.2). Toko Shengelia (16.7 ppg., 6.0 rpg.), Nik Stauskas (9.7) and Shavon Shields (8.3) have led Baskonia’s offense until now.

CSKA limited Real, one of the best offenses in the competition, to just 55 points, and will need the same defensive mentality against Baskonia. After pulling down 44 against Real, CSKA now leads the rebounds standings at 38.1 per night, getting 26.2 defensive boards on average. That is mandatory for CSKA to get going in transition, making the most out of mobile big men like Nikita Kurbanov, Johannes Voigtmann and Hines.

Baskonia allowed Zenit to score 77.4% of its two-point shots, the second highest percentage in the EuroLeague this season. Protecting the paint will be mandatory for Baskonia. Its big men – Michael Eric, Youssupha Fall and Ilimane Diop – must be ready to be aggressive down low. Baskonia keeps struggling from the three-point line (28% against Zenit, 32.5% overall) and only improving those shooting numbers will make the team more competitive.

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Zenit – Valencia

Zenit (6-13) has won consecutive games for the first time this season, using great defense to do so. Valencia (9-10) is also in a good moment, coming off a road victory against Khimki Moscow Region. After a 0-5 start, Valencia is 9-5 in the last 14 games. Gustavo Ayon (12.3 ppg.) is Zenit’s top scorer this season, followed by Will Thomas (10.9) and Mateusz Ponitka (10.0). Jordan Loyd (11.2), Fernando San Emeterio (7.9) and Alberto Abalde (7.3) will be Valencia’s leaders in this game.

Zenit is allowing 79.4 points per game this season but has dramatically improve those numbers in the last four games, allowing just 71.3 on average. That defensive improvement has allowed the team to find more balance on offense, hitting 77.4% of its two-point shots against Baskonia this week. Without Dubljevic and Tobey on court for Valencia, Zenit must get Colton Iverson and Ayon involved to make the most of its size advantage and depth in the paint.

Valencia has averaged 91.5 points over the last four games, winning three of them, and must try to speed up the game tempo against a defensive-minded team like Zenit. It is mandatory for Valencia to make the most out of its depth at point guard, with Sam Van Rossom, Quino Colom and Guillem Vives giving coach Jaume Ponsarnau plenty of options. Stopping Will Thomas down low and getting Fernando San Emeterio and Alberto Abalde involved at both wings will be other keys for the Spanish powerhouse.

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Crvena Zvezda – ALBA Berlin

After four consecutive wins, Zvezda (9-10) suffered a home loss against Zalgiris Kaunas on Wednesday and wants to bounce back right away. ALBA (6-13) comes off a brilliant road victory against Olympiacos Piraeus and wants to keep its momentum going. Lorenzo Brown (14.1 ppg.) has been Zvezda’s top scorer until now, followed by recently signed Kevin Punter (12.7) and Vladimir Stimac (12.3). Rokas Giedraitis (13.8), Marcus Eriksson (10.9) and Luke Sikma (9.9, 6.2 rpg.) are leading ALBA right now.

Zvezda has averaged 81.0 points since Punter joined the team, as he has made the team’s offense more unpredictable. Zvezda is struggling to shoot the ball with high percentages at home (49.1% 2FG, 34.7% 3FG in Belgrade) and has a good opportunity to improve those numbers. Stimac and Kuzmic have a size advantage in the paint while Brown, Baron, Punter and Dejan Davidovac give coach Dragan Sakota more options. Charging the offensive glass will be important to stop ALBA’s transition game.

ALBA is one of the highest-scoring teams in the competition (84.3 ppg.) and leads the 2019-20 EuroLeague in assists (19.8 apg.). The German powerhouse, however, hits just 49.8% of its two-point shots on average and has struggled to rebound the ball under its own rim, grabbing just 22.6 defensive rebounds per game while allowing 10.3 offensive boards to its opponents. Boxing out and locking down the glass will lead to more transitions, in which players like Giedraitis, Niels Giffey and Peyton Siva feel most comfortable.

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Olympiacos – Bayern

Olympiacos (7-12) comes off a tough home loss against ALBA Berlin and has only managed to win twice in the last eight showdowns. Bayern (6-13) is on a five-game losing streak, its longest in the competition since 2014, and needs a victory as soon as possible. Georgios Printezis (12.1 ppg.) has been Olympiacos’s top scorer until now, followed by Nikola Milutinov (10.7) and Vassilis Spanoulis (10.6). For Bayern, Greg Monroe (12.7 ppg.), Vladimir Lucic (11.7) and Maodo Lo (9.3) have been leading the offense until now.

Olympiacos has struggled on defense, allowing 92.7 points on average in the last six games. Head coach Georgios Bartzokas has a reputation as a defensive coach and is expected to bring those numbers down. Olympiacos relies on its legendary core of players (Spanoulis, Printezis, Milutinov, Kostas Papanikolaou) to step up at both ends, preventing Bayern from running the floor, and to play with extra patience on offense.

Bayern has struggled to protect its paint, as opponents hit 55.6% of their two-point shots and grab 10.9 offensive rebounds on average. Its big men – mainly Monroe, Barthel, Mathias Lessort and Leon Radosevic – must make an extra effort to box out, as getting in transition will benefit Bayern’s many fast perimeter players such as Lo, Lucic and Nihad Dedovic. Josh Huestis gives Bayern extra explosiveness, much needed against a deep team like Olympiacos.

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Panathinaikos – Zalgiris

Zalgiris (6-13) is arriving in Athens running high on confidence after having won three of its last four games, but Panathinaikos (11-8) and its high-scoring offense intend to keep protecting the home floor. Nick Calathes is running the show for Panathinaikos with 13.6 points, 9.4 assists and 4.9 rebounds, but the Greens’ two best scorers are Jimmer Fredette (14.5 ppg.) and DeShaun Thomas (14.1). Zalgiris is missing its top scorer, Marius Grigonis, and has big men Zach LeDay (11.0 ppg. 4.7 rpg.) and Jock Landale (10.7 ppg. 4.4 rpg.) carry the biggest load. Thomas Walkup who does a bit of everything with 9.6 points, 4.9 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals.

No team allows more offensive rebounds (13.2) or more three-pointer per game (10.7) per game than Panathinaikos. If the team can control either of the two defensive segments, it will have an opportunity to get its offense in transition and running, and no one this season does it better than Panathinaikos, the best scoring team in the competition, averaging 88.6 points.

It is imperative for Zalgiris to keep Panathinaikos from running and engaging in a shootout. The hosts have the highest-scoring offense, but also one of the most porous defenses, which allows 85.8 points on average. That’s where Zalgiris’s chances lie, playing long and patient possessions and attacking the offensive glass. If Zalgiris also gets an efficient three-point shooting night, it will have its chances in OAKA.

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Anadolu Efes – Villeurbanne

Efes is in its best moment of the season, overcoming injuries to lead the standings (16-3). It is on a four-game winning streak. ASVEL (8-11) has lost its last three EuroLeague games and its only road victory, against Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade, was in mid-November. Shane Larkin (20.7 ppg., 3.9 apg.), Krunoslav Simon (9.3) and Tibor Pleiss (8.6) are Efes’s leaders in this game. Adreian Payne (11.0 ppg.) is ASVEL’s top scorer, followed by David Lighty (10.3) and Tonye Jekiri (9.0).

Efes is the second-highest scoring team in the competition (86.6 ppg.) and has been equally unstoppable (87.0) in the last two games without Micic. Its outstanding ball circulation (1.76 assists per turnover) allows Efes to shoot the ball with high percentages (57.0% 2FG, 39.9% 3FG). Running its offense through Larkin is where it all starts for Efes, as he opens all sort of options for its many talented players.

After a strong defensive start to the competition, ASVEL is allowing opponents to shoot the ball with great effectiveness (54.5% 2FG, 39.0% 3FG), so lowering those numbers would be a first step for the French champs. ASVEL has to make the most out of its athleticism in the paint, trying to get Pleiss into foul trouble, and need Diot and Taylor to put Larkin into some sort of trouble at both ends of the floor, especially on offense.

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