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Khimki – Crvena Zvezda

Two direct competitors clinging to playoffs hopes face off when Khimki (9-14) hosts Zvezda (10-13) on Friday in a crucial Round 24 showdown for both. Khimki lost its seventh in eight decisions by 80-77 at Maccabi on Wednesday despite leading most of the game. Zvezda ended a four-game losing streak by stopping Panathinaikos 78-73 at home as Kevin Punter scored 24 points.

Khimki misses 18.0 three-pointers on average, a number that has to come down whether by trying fewer or making more. More offensive patience might help Khimki get more than just 15.9 free throw attempts per game, second-lowest in the league, too. But offense is not the big problem. Rather, giving up 12.0 offensive rebounds on average and 55.3% two-point shooting to opponents are both numbers that need to improve if Khimki wants to stay in the playoffs race.

Nine players contributed to Zvezda’s season-high assists total during its earlier victory against Khimki. The hosts give up 87.4 points on average, second-lowest in the EuroLeague, so extending Khimki’s defense in terms of time and spacing should pay dividends again for Zvezda. That and solid defense on the perimeter, where no team shoots more thank Khimki’s 29.0 three-point attempts per game, would be key ingredients if Zvezda is to win on the road.

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Fenerbahce – Maccabi

Fenerbahce (11-12) looks to win a fourth game in a row for the first time this season when it hosts injury-ridden Maccabi (15-8) on Friday of Round 24. On Wednesday, Fenerbahce escaped Zenit St Petersburg with a 68-73 victory in which Leo Westermann was decisive by scoring 11 of his 13 points in the last 13 minutes. Maccabi made a similar escape at home to beat Khimki Moscow Region 80-77 with 21 points from Elijah Bryant.

Fenerbahce remains the worst rebounding team in the EuroLeague, with 29.8 per game, while Maccabi ranks second at 36.4. Fenerbahce’s route to victory will have to include minimizing that difference while also taking advantage of Maccabi’s injuries to lock down scorers like Elijah Bryant and Hunter, leaving the visitors with fewer options to put points on the board.

The visitors will likely have to concentrate their efforts to contain Fenerbahce on the perimeter, where Kostas Sloukas, Nando De Colo and Leo Westermann bring a raft of experience to the task of trying to complete Fenerbahce’s comeback to the playoff positions. Maccabi’s top scorer, Scottie Wilbekin, made the trip to Istanbul, and if he plays will be key in giving his team a go-to shooter against a Fenerbahce defense that tends to force late shots on its opponents.

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Bayern – Valencia

Bayern welcomes Valencia for the first time in EuroLeague action in a clash between teams looking to quickly bounce back from tough losses 48 hours earlier. Valencia is coming off a heartbreaking 76-77 home loss against FC Barcelona in a game where it let a 15-point fourth-quarter lead slip away. Bayern struggled offensively on Wednesday in a 75-65 road loss at LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne, which marked its eighth defeat in the last nine games.

To get back on a winning track, Bayern will need to turn to its defense. In the seven games it won this season, Bayern held opponents to an admirable 72.6 points per game. But that number skyrockets to 87.0 points in the team’s 16 losses. Bayern has held opponents to fewer than 80 points in each of its last three games, and it will need to keep showing the same defensive desire and hustle to give its faithful fans another victory.

For Valencia, this game will be more mental than anything else. It will be key for the team to put behind an opportunity lost in the previous game and get off to a good start on a tough road test. Depleted in the backcourt with the absences of second-best scorer Jordan Loyd and team’s assists leader Sam Van Rossom, Valencia will need to rely once again even more to a team effort, something that has characterized it and helped it succeed this season.

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Panathinaikos – Zenit

Panathinaikos will be looking to extend its home winning streak to four games when it welcomes Zenit St Petersburg for the first time ever. Occupying a playoff position, but on the outside looking in when it comes to the battle for the home-court advantage, Panathinaikos is coming off back-to-back losses, including a Round 23 defeat at Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade where the Greens squandered a double-digit lead in each half. Zenit, on the other hand, comes into the game depleted by injuries, but encouraged by a brave effort in a close 68-73 loss against Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul. Zenit shares a EuroLeague worst 7-16 record, but more than half of its wins have come on the road.

Panathinaikos has the EuroLeague’s best offense, averaging 88.7 points, and it will need to find its mojo again. Just 48 hours ago, Panathinaikos was held to a season-low 73 points in a loss to Crvena Zvezda. Whether behind its defensive energy, running transition, or finding its touch from three-point range, it will be imperative for Panathinaikos to get its offense rolling again against Zenit.

With a depleted roster and an offense that averages the league’s second-fewest points, 74.5 per game, Zenit must control the rebounds on both ends of the floor. Offensive rebounding, in particular, would help the visitors defend against one of the league’s best transition teams, but also to slow down the tempo and rhythm of this contest.

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Barcelona – Milano

Two teams going in opposite directions face each other in a high-profile clash. Barcelona (17-6) is on a four-game winning streak, and in a share of the second place in the standings, coming off an encouraging come-from-behind 1-point road win over Valencia Basket. Milan (11-12), on the other hand, has lost four of its last five games, including being stunned by ALBA Berlin 96-102 at home on Tuesday. Also, Milan has not been victorious as a visitor since late October, having lost eight in a row on the road since then.

Barcelona will have to put pressure on Milan’s perimeter because that’s where majority of Milan’s offensive threat originates, with Sergio Rodriguez and Nemanja Nedovic. Barcelona not only needs to do it to limit their playmaking, but it would also make it tougher for the visitors to get their long-range shooting going. Milan averages just 77.6 points per game, and has not scored more than 82 points on the road this season, but it is coming off a 96-point performance and is more than capable of lighting it up offensively.

With all the worries about facing all of Barcelona’s talents, coach Ettore Messina’s team will have to make sure it takes good care of basketball. Milan has been among the best in the EuroLeague in that segment, but no team forces more turnovers than Barcelona (14.6 per game) and uses those thefts to put points on the scoreboard. Limiting turnovers is one of the prerequisites for Milan to succeed and pull out a win at Palau Blaugrana.

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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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