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Anadolu Efes – Zalgiris

Standings leader Anadolu Efes Istanbul (20-3) will look to continue its eight-game winning streak in Round 24 when it welcomes Zalgiris Kaunas (9-14) on Thursday. Efes comes back home fresh off another feat, having defeated CSKA in Moscow earlier this week, 80-82, for the first time in 21 years. On the other side, Zalgiris won its third in a row in style against Olympiacos at home, 94-69.

There’s no stopping Efes right now. Or that’s what it looks like. The team has shown it can even deal with injuries and keep on winning, with its game-long control on CSKA’s court just another display of power. Efes has the second-best offense of the league and gives up exactly the same 77.4 points per game as Zalgiris does. If the main Efes perimeter trio that worked against CSKA – Larkin, Vasilije Micic and Rodrigue Beaubois – remains inspired, head coach Ergin Ataman will have to pull few other special strings to keep the leaders moving in the direction of an early qualification to the playoffs.

If Efes seems a tall order for Zalgiris right now, beware. The Lithuanian team has won its three last games and sits just two victories away from the playoff spots, so the guests will land in Istanbul with maximum ambitions. Head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius will have to make sure that his defense takes care of many things, especially Efes’s league-best 41.4% from beyond the arc. At this point, however, Efes is doing many things right and averages a PIR of almost 20 points higher than Zalgiris’s. The first step to victory for the guests will be to show their courage and ambition for 40 minutes – but 14-of-22 shooting from the arc as they did against Olympiacos wouldn’t hurt, either.

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Olympiacos – CSKA Moscow

Two teams coming off losses earlier on Tuesday will face off to salvage the week as Olympiacos Piraeus (9-14) welcomes defending champs CSKA Moscow (16-7) in Round 24. Olympiacos suffered a blowout loss at Zalgiris, 94-69, and has not managed to win two games in a row since Round 11. After its five-game winning streak get snapped at home by Efes, 80-82, CSKA will also look to return to its winning ways.

There’s not such a statistical gap between these teams as the standings might imply, but probably the biggest problem for Olympiacos this season is focus and consistency. There is an average PIR difference of just 1.2 between them, in favor of CSKA. Olympiacos already has the third-best numbers in two-point shots in the league, so it will have to pay more attention to other aspects, like rebounds and defense, which is where the guests seem to have the biggest advantage right now.

The champs just suffered their seventh loss of the regular season, which is already one more than the total they suffered in that same phase the previous two seasons. This speaks volumes about the increased level of the competition, and the fact that CSKA already lost to the Reds at home this season, should make the guests be alert from the tip-off. Olympiacos seems to find good shooting options inside the perimeter by circulating the ball, so putting pressure on that will probably be one of the main focuses of the guests going into the game.

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ALBA Berlin – Real Madrid

ALBA Berlin will try to end its winless streak against Real Madrid when it welcomes the Spanish powerhouse to the German capital. Two teams have met nine times this century and Real has won each one of those meetings, including seven EuroLeague contests. Both teams are coming off narrow wins on Tuesday. ALBA pulled out a 96-102 road triumph at AX Armani Exchange Milan, while Real edged KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 70-69 in a drama on its home floor.

It is imperative for ALBA to stay true to its game plan, to set the tempo to its liking and force the mighty visitors to adapt to the style of play. Even though ALBA has eight wins compared to Real’s 17 on the season, it is ALBA that leads the EuroLeague in assists (19.7 apg.). Offense is ALBA’s best defense and there is no reason to step away from what has been setting this team apart from the rest of the league.

This game will be another test for Real’s defense, which has kept the team in games lately and will need to step up once again. Real’s high-powered offense has struggled, scoring 75 or fewer points in three of its last five games, but the defense has been doing the job throughout the season. Real has held opponents to 77.1 points this season and only one team allows fewer than that this season. Real will need to put pressure on the perimeter and pay attention to Luke Sikma to slow down ALBA’s efficient ball movement.

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Baskonia – Villeurbanne

Baskonia comes off a 1-point loss against Real and is 2-8 in its last 10 EuroLeague games. ASVEL ended a six-game losing streak with a convincing home win against FC Bayern Munich on Tuesday. The French champion, however, is 1-10 on the road in this EuroLeague campaign. Toko Shengelia (15.8 ppg.) is Baskonia’s top scorer until now, followed by Shavon Shields (9.6 ppg.) and Nik Stauskas (9.3 ppg.). Adreian Payne (10.3 ppg.), David Lighty (9.6 ppg.) and Livio Jean-Charles (9.2 ppg.) are leading ASVEL so far.

Baskonia only pulled down 7 offensive rebounds against Real on Tuesday and allowed Los Blancos to take 16. That difference, added to its 19 turnovers, caused Baskonia to shoot 13 fewer field goal attempts than its opponent. Baskonia has the right players to box out, like Shengelia, Youssoupha Fall and Michael Eric, but the whole team must help under the boards to get more second-chance opportunities and fastbreak points.

ASVEL forced Bayern into 22 turnovers at the Astroballe on Tuesday, almost 10 more than its season average (12.7). It will need the same kind of mentality and aggressiveness against a character team such as Baskonia. Jordan Taylor and Maledon must set the right game tempo, playing five-on-five offenses to get Jean-Charles, Jekiri and Payne involved in the paint. Putting pressure on Baskonia’s ballhandlers, Christon and Sergi Garcia, will be very important, too.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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