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CSKA Moscow – Anadolu Efes

Both teams arrive at this game in great shape. CSKA is on a five-game winning streak and comes off a big road victory against Khimki. Efes is now on a seven-game winning streak and 15-1 in the last 16 games despite not having a full roster. Mike James (21.1 ppg.) is CSKA’s top scorer, followed by Darrun Hilliard (10.3 ppg.) and Kyle Hines (9.0 ppg.). Shane Larkin (21.8 ppg.), Vasilije Micic (13.8 ppg.) and Chris Singleton (8.1 ppg.) are leading Efes right now.

CSKA leads the EuroLeague in defensive rebounds (26.0 dropg.), which is a must to get its transition game going. The team got even more unpredictable on defense since signing Howard Sant-Roos, a steals specialist with great anticipation in the passing lanes. CSKA limited Shane Larkin to 18 points in Round 15 and if it manages to slow him down again, it will have a better chance to get this important win.

Efes ranks second in scoring (86.9 ppg.), but just eighth in assists (17.7 apg.). It plays a lot of isolation, but its two-point (56.7%, second overall) and three-point shooting percentages (41.3%, first) allow Efes to lead the standings with authority. Efes also ranks 15th in turnovers at just 11.6 per game. Taking care of the ball and shooting it with efficiency, with players creating their own shots or finding the open teammate, makes Efes’s offense unpredictable and great.

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Zalgiris – Olympiacos

The latest chapter in one of the EuroLeague’s most interesting rivalries in recent seasons will be written on Tuesday when Zalgiris hosts Olympiacos. Zalgiris has found its form in recent weeks and comes off back-to-back wins and victories in five of its last seven games. Olympiacos has won three of its last five contests, but has only been victorious in one of its last five road games.

Neither of these teams overloads on three-pointers; Zalgiris’s 172 three-pointers made are third-fewest in the league and its 34.9 accuracy is fourth-lowest. However, they are playing an Olympiacos side which has allowed opponents to shoot 41.2% from downtown this season. Moreover, Zalgiris has made 44.4% of its threes in wins this season. A good shooting night from the perimeter for guys like Thomas Walkup, Lukas Lekavicius and Arturas Milaknis could spell victory for Zalgiris.

Controlling the glass will be vital for the Reds to capture a key road win. Olympiacos is ranked sixth in the league in rebounds (34.9 rpg.) and Zalgiris is 13th (33.3). The difference between them is not that great. However, Zalgiris is fifth in offensive rebounds (11.3 orpg.) and Olympiacos is 12th (10.1). The recent addition of Octavius Ellis should help Olympiacos on the boards. If the Reds can outrebound Zalgiris, limit the hosts on the offensive glass and get some second-chance baskets of their own, it could put Coach Bartzokas’s men on the path to victory.

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Villeurbanne – Bayern

Both teams will try to bounce back in this game. ASVEL is currently on a six-game losing streak and comes off a home defeat against Zalgiris. Bayern is 1-7 in its last eight games and lost against Milan on the road last week. It has not won outside Germany; its only road win came against ALBA in Berlin. Adreian Payne (9.8 ppg.) is ASVEL’s top scorer, followed by David Lighty (9.6 ppg.) and Livio Jean-Charles (9.4 ppg.). Greg Monroe (12.4 ppg., 6.6 rpg.), Vladimir Lucic (11.8 ppg.) and T.J. Bray (9.8 ppg.) are leading Bayern right now.

ASVEL has allowed 86.2 points on average away from the Astroballe, but just 79.0 at home. It limits opponents to just 18.5 three-point shots taken by being aggressive and slowing down the pace on offense. Stopping Greg Monroe down low is one of the keys, but ASVEL relies on up-and-coming youngsters Theo Maledon and Matthew Strazel to make the difference with their outside shooting and creativity.

Bayern has struggled to score on the road this season (69.9 ppg.), hitting just 47.5% from two-point range and 36.8% from downtown. That affects the team’s ball circulation; Bayern only dishes 1.02 assist per turnover in road games. It must get its most experienced wing players involved: Vladimir Lucic, Nihad Dedovic and Petteri Koponen, who should make the difference in this game, especially if it is a close one.

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Milano – ALBA Berlin

Milan snapped a three-game losing streak with a come-from-behind home win in Round 22 and wants to keep its momentum going. ALBA has also lost its last two games after grabbing consecutive road wins against Zvezda and Olympiacos. Sergio Rodriguez (12.8 ppg.) is Milan’s top scorer this season, followed by Vladimir Micov (11.3 ppg.) and Luis Scola (9.9 ppg.). Rokas Giedraitis (13.5 ppg.), Marcus Eriksson (10.4 ppg.) and Luke Sikma (9.9 ppg., 6.1 rpg., 4.2 apg.) are leading ALBA so far this season.

Milan has allowed opponents to take 25.1 defensive rebounds on average, while grabbing only 9.3 offensive rebounds. It can avoid a lot of easy points in transition – one of ALBA’s strong points – by being more active on the offensive glass. Kaleb Tarczewski and Arturas Gudaitis have a size advantage in the paint and must make the most out of it. Milan must try to play five-on-five offense and dominate the game tempo to prevent ALBA from running the floor.

ALBA is 1-9 this season when scoring 80 points or less, so speeding up the game tempo is mandatory for the German powerhouse. ALBA leads the EuroLeague in assists (19.5 apg.) and is third in steals (7.1 spg.), but allows opponents to make 56.9% of its two-point shots. On Coach Aito Garcia Reneses’s teams, aggressive defense usually leads to a fluent offense and that is what ALBA will look for at Mediolanum Forum by running its offense through Luke Sikma and Rokas Giedraitis.

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Real Madrid – Baskonia

Real snapped a three-game losing streak with a brilliant road victory against Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv, a direct opponent in the fight for home-court advantage in the playoffs. Baskonia has only registered two wins in its last nine games and comes off a road loss against Olympiacos. Anthony Randolph (13.4 ppg.) has been Real’s top scorer this season, followed by Trey Thompkins (10.8 ppg.) and Facu Campazzo (10.5 ppg.). Toko Shengelia (16.0 ppg.), Nik Stauskas (9.8 ppg.) and Shavon Shields (9.4 ppg.) are leading Baskonia right now.

Real is doing a great job at protecting the paint this season, allowing opponents to make just 48.7% of its two-point shots. That helps Real to rank third in defensive rebounds (25.4 drpg.), which is critical to getting its run-and-gun, transition offense going. With Anthony Randolph back in action, Real adds firepower and deep shooting range, but relies on Facu Campazzo and Sergio Llull to make the difference in this game, putting pressure on Semaj Christon and Sergi Garcia at point guard.

Two weeks ago, Baskonia outrebounded Real 26-34 and made 28 of 45 two-point shots, while limiting Los Blancos to just 14-of-32 shooting. With Pierria Henry sidelined, Semaj Christon has an opportunity to showcase his passing and scoring skills against elite playmakers Facu Campazzo and Sergio Llull. Youssoupha Fall will play a critical role against Edy Tavares, trying to stop him down low and get him into foul trouble. Of course, Toko Shengelia must lead the team once more in this tough road game.

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It is a classic EuroLeague clash in rare Monday action with 10-time EuroLeague champion Real Madrid welcoming six-time winner Panathinaikos OPAP Athens. Real has won the last nine games between these two teams and knows a win in this and some help later int he week could clinch it a place in the EuroLeague Playoffs. The Greens, on the other hand, will try to put an end to a streak of losing three of their last four games – and five of their last six road games.

The… Real domination

Earlier this season in Round 16, Real beat Panathinaikos 75-87 in the Greek capital behind 22 points from Anthony Randolph and 14 points plus 14 rebounds from Walter Tavares. That marked the ninth consecutive win for Real against Panathinaikos. The two teams have met in the EuroLeague Playoffs in each of the last two seasons with Real winning 3-1 in 2018 and sweeping the series last season.

With the EuroLeague’s top-scoring offense coming to town, Real will need to focus on its defense. Panathinaikos is averaging a league-best 88.7 points per game, but over the past five weeks, Los Blancos have managed to hold CSKA to 60 points and Efes and Maccabi to a respectable 80 or below, while Fenerbahce was allowed just 65 last week. To grab control of things against Panathinaikos, Real will need to control the paint and deliver a similar defensive effort.

The Greens have struggled with rebounding the entire season, especially on the defensive glass where they allow a EuroLeague-high 12.4 offensive rebounds per game. It will be a must for Panathinaikos to protect its glass for a full 40 minutes. It would not only prevent Real from second and third possessions, but would give the Greens more chances to run in transition and it is hard to find a team that does it better than Panathinaikos.

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Crvena Zvezda – CSKA Moscow

Two teams in dire need of a victory meet in the Serbian capital. Zvezda is in the midst of the playoff race and intends to protect its home floor with the support of its die-hards at Stark Arena, while CSKA will do whatever it can to avoid going on a three-game losing streak for the first time in more than three years. CSKA has 7-1 edge in head-to-head games between the teams and has beaten Zvezda by double digits each of the last four times teams met.

It is not every day that Zvezda is able to come back from a double-digit deficit – twice in the same night – like the last time it played on its home floor when it faced Panathinaikos OPAP Athens. So, Zvezda needs to try not to fall behind early, again. However, what Zvezda should repeat is the defensive effort. CSKA has all the offensive tools, but Zvezda has the size, muscle, speed and energy on defense to set the tone in this game.

CSKA cannot allow another showing with a lack of energy and urgency as might have been the case in its latest defeat. That’s increasingly important facing Zvezda, which is needing victories to stay in the playoff race. With so much to play for in front of its fans, Zvezda is expected to be at a high energy level and CSKA must match Zvezda’s effort and energy from the start, not allow the hosts to spread their wings at Stark Arena.

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Valencia – Maccabi

These two teams have positive momentum going and are eager to keep their spots in the standings and even climb higher. Maccabi has won its last two games – by a combined 4 points! – and is tied for fourth in the standings. Valencia has won four of its last six games, but has lost two of its last three at home. The team is in seventh place, but ninth-place Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul has only one win less.

Maccabi has one of the toughest defenses in the league, but Valencia has one of the tools needed to attack it. Valencia gets to the free throw line often; the team is third in the league with 360 free throws made – 19.3 per game. Maccabi commits the most fouls in the league (22.9). The more Valencia attacks, the more fouls it draws, the more free throws it makes, the better chances it has to win.

Maccabi has one of the toughest defenses in the league, but Valencia has one of the tools needed to attack it. Valencia gets to the free throw line often; the team is third in the league with 360 free throws made – 19.3 per game. Maccabi commits the most fouls in the league (22.9). The more Valencia attacks, the more fouls it draws, the more free throws it makes, the better chances it has to win.

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Panathinaikos – Barcelona

Panathinaikos is on a four-game home winning streak and wants to keep its great momentum going in front of its outstanding home crowd. Barcelona is on a five-game winning streak that included road victories against Fenerbahce and Valencia. DeShaun Thomas (14.5 ppg.) is Panathinaikos’s top scorer this season, followed by Jimmer Fredette (13.7 ppg.) and Nick Calathes (13.4 ppg.). Nikola Mirotic (18.7 ppg.), Cory Higgins (11.7 ppg.) and Brandon Davies (9.8 ppg.) are leading Barcelona right now.

Panathinaikos is the highest-scoring team in the competition at 89.0 points per game. It also has a fantastic assist-to-turnover ratio, leading the competition at 1.61. Panathinaikos has been effective in the paint (55.9% 2FG), but not so much beyond the three-point line (37.0% 3FG). Getting its main shooters – Fredette, Ioannis Papapetrou, Tyrese Rice – involved will be critical to open the floor, allowing Calathes to distribute the ball even better.

As with all teams coached by Svetislav Pesic, defense comes first. Barcelona is boxing out well, as opponents average only 9.55 offensive rebounds against them. It allowed 14 in its last road game in Valencia, a detail that must be corrected right away. On offense, Barcelona has become even more unpredictable with Thomas Heurtel back in action and is shooting the ball well (54.8% 2FG, 39.2% 3FG) from all distances. Defense, however, must lead to offense and Barcelona must box out before running the floor.

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Bayern v Anadolu Efes

Last place Bayern welcomes playoff-bound league-leader Efes. Before last week’s break, Efes became the earliest-ever team to book its playoffs ticket when it did so in Round 24. Bayern, on the other hand, enters the game on a three-game losing streak and having lost nine of its last 10 games. Moreover, in each of their previous three meetings, Efes has registered a win by 15 points or more, making it quite a favorite in this one although it will take the floor without the league’s top scorer, Shane Larkin, who is out with an ankle injury.

Bayern needs to try to get Efes into playing physical basketball. In addition, Bayern cannot allow the visitors to get into their free-flowing rhythm, especially with Larkin sidelined. Whether with long possessions or by gaining the edge of the offensive glass, and also with timely personal fouls and timeouts, Bayern must find ways to keep Efes offense from becoming too comfortable.

As impressive as Efes’s offense is, during this nine-game winning streak it has averaged 97.0 points on home floor, but 83.3 points on the road. And even though Efes has won 10 games in a row away from home, six of those have been decided by 6 points or less. Now, with a playoff place clinched, Coach Ergin Ataman cannot allow a letdown and a loss of momentum. Efes will need to be focused and step up on defense, because Bayern will be eager to prove itself against the league leader.

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