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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.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 (-6.5) at 1.86 with bet365
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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.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 (+6.5) at 1.90 with bet365
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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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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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Euroleague Tips with Previews – Round 28 – Friday

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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.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 (-4.0) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 06/03/2020, 10:05 CET, subject to change)

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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