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Zenit – Barcelona

A pair of Round 1 winners look to keep the momentum going when Zenit St Petersburg hosts FC Barcelona. Zenit comes off a road win at Anadolu Efes Istanbul in which Kevin Pangos shined with 23 points and 7 assists. Barcelona opened its season with a victory over CSKA Moscow with the frontline of Brandon Davies and Nikola Mirotic combining for 35 points. Barcelona will be without head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius and his assistant Darius Maskoliunas, who both tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend.

Zenit showed plenty of character in its come-from-behind win and some of that can be credited to the fact that Coach Pascual’s squad is an experienced group. The test against Barcelona will be even tougher and to win it will need more inside scoring and a stronger offensive rebounding presence from Alex Poythress, Arturas Gudaitis and Will Thomas.

Barcelona used its depth to better CSKA with three players notching performance index ratings in the 20s (Alex Abrines, Mirotic and Davies). Cory Higgins and Nick Calathes can also be difference makers in St Petersburg. Its biggest issue in the win was the 19 turnovers Barcelona committed, which it cannot repeat on the road if it expects to win.

Head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius and assistant Darius Maskoliunas have tested positive for COVID-19, the club announced Saturday.

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Khimki – Zalgiris

Khimki started the 2020-21 EuroLeague season with a 76-78 loss at Panathinaikos OPAP Athens. Devin Booker led the way for Khimki, which was without key players Alexey Shved, Stefan Jovic and Greg Monroe. Khimki may be even further shorthanded this week after three of its players tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend. Zalgiris edged Olympiacos Piraeus 67-68 in Round 1 in Greece. Rokas Jokubaitis had 12 points and hit the go-ahead free throws with 3.5 seconds remaining. Marius Grigonis led the winners with 15 points.

Khimki allowed Panathinaikos to pull down 19 offensive boards in Round 1. Rebounding is a team effort and it requires everyone to box out, especially since the team’s big man – Jonas Jerebko, Jordan Mickey and Booker – combined for 21 boards in that game. Khimki hit only 5-of-23 three-pointers, so better numbers are expected from sharpshooters like Sergey Karasev and Dairis Bertans. If Khimki protects its defensive glass and can run the floor as always, it will have a better chance to win.

Khimki announced on Sunday that Jordan Mickey, Janis Timma and Evgeny Voronov have conditionally tested positive for COVID-19. All three players have been isolated and are under medical supervision. Alexey Shved, Greg Monroe, Egor Vialtsev, Stefan Jovic and Errick McCollum all missed Round 1.

Zalgiris protected its rim pretty well in Round 1, forcing Olympiacos to shoot with low percentages (48.6% 2FG, 33.3% 3FG). The Lithuanian champs also pulled down 11 offensive rebounds. Zalgiris gets its best results in half-court offense due to its ball circulation and overall patience. Thomas Walkup and Jokubaitis must make sure that the team’s many shooters – Grigonis, Arturas Milaknis, Lukas Lekavicius, Steve Vasturia – find open looks. Joffrey Lauvergne plays against his former team and must play strong in the paint.

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Crvena Zvezda – Baskonia

Zvezda opened its EuroLeague season with a 77-63 loss at Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul. Jordan Loyd was its best scorer with 15 points. Baskonia had a strong start to the campaign by downing Real Madrid 76-63 at home. Pierria Henry led the way with 23 points and 6 assists to earn Round 1 MVP honors with a PIR of 32. Two former star players turned into successful coaches, Dusko Ivanovic of Baskonia and Sasa Obradovic of Zvezda, face each other in what promises to be a great tactical battle.

Zvezda must improve its shooting to be more competitive than in Round 1. Zvezda hit just 48.4% of its two-point shots and 31.0% from downtown, while committing 18 turnovers. Hall and Corey Walden should be ready for a physical battle against Henry and Luca Vildoza. Zvezda must look for advantages in the perimeters with versatile one-on-one players such as Loyd and Dejan Davidovac as well as looking for Ognjen Dobric down low. Defense and a better ball circulation should make Zvezda better right away.

Baskonia limited Real to just 7 assists in Round 1, Los Blancos’ worst mark in the EuroLeague since 2013. It also forced Real to shoot with low percentages (48.3% 2FG, 32.1% 3FG). Keeping that energy and intensity on defense in all games is mandatory for Baskonia. Its players were all over the passing lanes and collected 8 steals. On offense, Baskonia must get its best shooters involved – Rokas Giedraitis and Alec Peters – and also must rely on Ilimane Diop and Youssoupha Fall to stop Ognjen Kuzmic and Duop Reath down low.

Zoran Dragic did not play in Round 1.

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ALBA Berlin – Bayern Munich

In the season’s first all-German showdown in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, either ALBA or Bayern will get join the win column after dropping their season openers. ALBA opened with an 80-73 road loss against Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv. Marcus Eriksson led ALBA with 18 points while Simone Fontecchio had 16 off the bench for Coach Aito Garcia Reneses’s team. Bayern suffered a heartbreaking, 79-81 overtime home loss against AX Armani Exchange Milan despite 18 points from Wade Baldwin. Both teams know everything about each other, so expect a very intense game that will come down to very small details.

ALBA relies on fluid movement of the basketball to make the difference by getting sharpshooter Eriksson, Fontecchio and Niels Giffey involved, while at the same time running its offense through team leaders Peyton Siva and Luke Sikma. ALBA picked up 14 turnovers last week, but above all shot the ball poorly inside the arc, making just 45.5% of its two-point tries. It is important for ALBA to get Johannes Thiemann and Ben Lammers involved on offense, as both are great finishers, effective and fearless. As always, it all starts for ALBA with strong defense and energy all over the floor.

Bayern pulled down 14 offensive rebounds and collected 9 steals in Round 1, a great sign which shows that the team came out with the right energy to start the season. It also forced Milan into 18 turnovers. Bayern, however, suffered from low shooting percentages (44.7% 2FG, 31.8% 3FG), which was a problem. Jalen Reynolds, JaJuan Johnson and if available, Malcolm Thomas, must keep powering the boards, looking for easier second-chance baskets. Bayern will also expect its most experienced players, Lucic, Dedovic and Paul Zipser, to make the difference at both wings.

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Panathinaikos – Olympiacos

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These world-renowned winners of nine EuroLeague titles in the last 24 years take each other’s measure once again in the mother of all archrivalries. A rebuilt Panathinaikos won by 2 points on the road in Round 1 with Ioannis Papapetrou, one of just five returnees, leading the way. Olympiacos had the opposite fortune, falling by 1 at home with but a single player, EuroLeague rookie Hassan Martin, scoring in double figures. As such, the Greens will be extra-confident while the Reds will be even more hyped than usual to get the best of their hosts.

Olympiacos would like some confidence in its offense after a 67-68 home loss to Zalgiris Kaunas, who won by holding the Reds to just 9 fourth-quarter points. Getting to the foul line would help. The Reds attempted just 8 free throws in Round 1, the team’s third-lowest total in 241 home games this century. Another option is finding Martin more, since he made all 6 of his shot attempts in his EuroLeague debut. Spanoulis and Kostas Sloukas will know how to do that after having combined on 12 assists. The quartet of Kostas Papanikolaou, Printezis, Sloukas and Spanoulis understand this derby better than anyone, so their ability to lead their teammates will say a lot about the Reds’ chances.

Pierre Jackson, Howard Sant-Roos and Aaron White missed the team’s Round 1 game. The later two have possibilities to return tonight.

Panathinaikos did a masterful job on the boards last week, leading all EuroLeague teams with 42 rebounds in Week 1, and doing so on the road. Five players had at least 4 rebounds, with newcomer Leonidas Kaselakis pulling 6 in 9 minutes. That kind of hustle is how the Greens beat Khimki Moscow Region in Russia despite lower shooting percentages, lower PIR, fewer free throw attempts and more turnovers. Rebounding is one recipe for victory here, and another is using the speed of Nemanja Nedovic, Marcus Foster and new signing Keifer Sykes against an Olympiacos team that prefers to slow things down and play half-court situations on both ends of the court. Rebounding and speed lead to easy baskets that are worth their weight in gold in a derby.

Livio Jean-Charles is out.

basketball prediction Tip: Under 152.5 at 1.86 with bet365
(Price correct at 09/10/2020, 10:15 CET, subject to change)

Milano – Villeurbanne

Milan started the new EuroLeague season with a slim but valuable 79-81 road win at FC Bayern Munich. Malcolm Delaney and Kyle Hines were the engines behind Milan’s win. ASVEL also had a close game at Valencia Basket, but came out on the losing end, 65-63, despite big efforts from Moustapha Fall and Norris Cole. Both teams went into the season with different mindsets, but after such close results in the opening round, expect them to fight for a positive result.

Milan shot 10 of 23 (43.5%) from beyond the arc last week, but the team was not up to par in steals and turnovers and that almost cost them the game. Now playing at home, Milan will have to regroup and pay more attention to those details, especially the turnovers (18 in Round 1). Also, the impressive roster put together in Milan already saw Delaney and Hines step up and take control, but others will have to follow to make this team a true title contender.

Kevin Punter will miss the start of the season with a hip flexor. Vladimir Micov missed the team’s Round 1 game.

ASVEL comes off a heartbreaking loss in Valencia, but the team showed spirit and had a late shot to win the game. That is the attitude that will win the team games this season, so it will have to show it again when visiting Italy this week. Fall and Cole already stepped up in the opening game, but players like David Lighty, Antoine Diot and Ismael Bako were below their level from last season. As soon as ASVEL manages to get everyone together pushing in the same direction, it could be the surprise team of the league… again.

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Khimki – Maccabi

Khimki has struggled so far this season due to its many injuries but there is very good news as Alexey Shved, Jordan Mickey, Janis Timma and Evgeny Voronov are back in action and ready to play in Round 5. The Russian powerhouse comes off a 77-60 loss in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, despite 17 points from Viacheslav Zaytsev. Maccabi is on a three-game losing streak. It lost at the buzzer against Olympiacos Piraeus in Round 4, 85-82, despite 18 points from Wilbekin. Expect an entertaining and intense showdown at Arena Mytishchi.

Khimki is set to play with a longer rotation for the first time since Round 1 and Shved makes his season debut, so everything is expected to be different for Coach Kurtinaitis’s team. Shved needs the ball to facilitate things and will get it often. Players like Dairis Bertans and Zaytsev are expected to have more space to shoot and drive. Maccabi has a strong frontcourt, so players such as Mickey, Jonas Jerebko and Devin Booker must be ready to power the boards and stop Othello Hunter and Ante Zizic down low.

Khimki’s Jordan Mickey, Janis Timma, Evgeny Voronov, Greg Monroe and Maxim Barashkov all tested positive for COVID-19 and missed last week’s games. Alexey Shved, Stefan Jovic and Errick McCollum all missed the first four games of the season. Sergey Monia missed the Round 4 game.

Having effective scorers like Hunter, Zizic and Angelo Caloiaro has helped Maccabi make 55.6% of its two-point shots. Maccabi, however, ranks 14th in three-point shooting percentage (32.3%) so better selection is required. The Israeli champs rank third in offensive rebounds (11.3 orpg.) and must keep powering the glass against such a physical team. Maccabi relies on Wilbekin to make the difference in offense and needs a good defensive effort from Chris Jones, Bryant and Tyler Dorsey against Shved and Zaytsev, who has made the most out of his extended playing time recently (14.8 ppg., 6.5 apg.).

basketball prediction Tip: 2 (-2.0) at 1.95 with bet365
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Efes – Villeurbanne

Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne, originally scheduled to be played on Friday, October 23, has been suspended. ASVEL requested the suspension of the game due to multiple COVID-19 positive cases that do not allow the team to have a minimum eight players on the Authorisation List fit to play.

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Bayern – Olympiacos

Two teams that started the season with narrow losses and then went on to win three in a row will clash on Friday when FC Bayern Munich hosts Olympiacos Piraeus in Round 5. Last week, Bayern defeated juggernauts Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv and Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul in style, while the Reds took care of title contenders AX Armani Exchange Milan and Maccabi to turn their respective seasons around. One of these hot teams will see its winning streak snapped while the other will roll to its fourth straight victory.

Bayern managed to match its best start in the league since its debut in 2013-14 and it now has the chance to make it the best start ever. The team has become the highest-scoring squad in the league (82.3 ppg.) and is also second in steals (9.0 spg.) which means it likes to be aggressive on defense and run on the breaks. However, Olympiacos is also in great momentum and the differences between both teams are minimal, number-wise, so the trio formed by Lucic, Jalen Reynolds and Wade Baldwin will have to make sure they push Bayern in the right direction once again.

Olympiacos is following a similar trend to Bayern and now will want to add its fourth straight win. The team is tied for fourth in the league in assists and is also sixth in PIR, just below Bayern with an unnoticeable difference. The Reds can count on veteran warriors such as Printezis, Vassilis Spanoulis, Kostas Sloukas and Kostas Papanikolaou, but lately, it has been Aaron Harrison and Hassan Martin making contributions the offensive end to keep Olympiacos going. Expect it to be no different in Munich.

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Barcelona – Real Madrid

Friday marks one of the biggest dates of the season as Barcelona and Real lock horns for the 27th time this century in the EuroLeague. Nothing that happened before this season or in their eight decades of playing each other matters on derby day. For the record, though, Barca (3-1) has picked up where it left off last season, while Real (1-3) has not. The hosts are expected to still be without superstar Nikola Mirotic, and the same goes for a big-game veteran, Fabien Causeur, for Madrid — both due to being COVID-19 positive.

Low as its scoring is compared to normal, Real’s real problem is its fourth-worst EuroLeague defense, allowing 83.0 points per game. Opponents are making 43.8% of their three-pointers against Real, a league high, and getting to the free throw line 14.5 times a game. The visitors will have to mind the perimeter without fouling Barca and let Tavares worry about anyone threatening the basket up close. Once defending well, Real needs to run better with the rebounds to raise is low, 15.8 assists per game. Finally, Facundo Campazzo will have his hands full with Barca point guard Nick Calathes, and vice-versa, so controlling that matchup could be pivotal.

Nikola Mirotic missed Rounds 3 and 4 after testing positive for COVID-19.

With Barcelona possibly missing Victor Claver and Alex Abrines along with Mirotic, relative newcomers to this rivalry will have to carry the banner for the hosts. Davies and Calathes will need scoring punch from do-it-all Cory Higgins, but watch also for Rolands Smits, who helped undermanned Barca win a tough road game in Valencia. Adam Hanga will be tasked with keeping Real’s perimeter scorers under wraps, while Kyle Kuric is back to help keep the visitors’ defense honest with his own sniping. All will be needed to defend their home court on Friday.

Felipe Reyes has missed Real’s first four games of the season. Anthony Randolph missed the last two games. Real announced on Sunday that Fabien Causeur has tested positive for COVID-19.

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Euroleague Tips with Previews – Round 5 – Thursday

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Zalgiris – Valencia

First place Zalgiris Kaunas will look to remain atop the table when it hosts Valencia Basket on Thursday. Zalgiris picked apart Anadolu Efes Istanbul 89-73 in its last game with Nigel Hayes leading five Zalgiris scorers in double figures with 17 points. Valencia will look to bounce back from its first loss of the season in Round 3 at home against FC Barcelona. Its Round 4 game against Zenit St Petersburg was canceled. A Valencia victory would leave the two teams tied in first place.

Zalgiris has made its opponents’ lives miserable on defense while shooting efficiently on offense, which has proven to be a recipe for winning. The Lithuanian champs lead the league in three-point accuracy (41.7%) and are third in two-point shooting (57.9%). They have allowed the second-fewest points (6.98 ppg.) and the fewest rebounds (27.0 rpg.). The keys against Valencia remain taking good shots when they present themselves and playing tough defense, in particular on the guards to get the offense out of its comfort zone early.

 Valencia has allowed opponents to make 58.4% of two-point shots and will need to be tougher in the paint to lower that number. It also could use a bump in three-point shooting; its 31.9% is third-lowest in the league. Valencia can take pride in its excellent steals-to-turnover ratio as it has collected the fourth-most steals (7.3 spg.) and committed the fourth-fewest turnovers (2.33), which are great numbers to fall back on in a road game.

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Zenit – Milano

Zenit St Petersburg vs. AX Armani Exchange Milan, originally scheduled to be played on Thursday, October 22, has been suspended.

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ALBA Berlin – Baskonia

ALBA Berlin vs. TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz, originally scheduled to be played on Thursday, October 22, has been suspended. ALBA requested the suspension of the game due to local legislation imposing quarantine measures on the team, which leaves it without the minimum eight players on the Authorisation List fit to play.

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Panathinaikos – Fenerbahce

Panathinaikos looks for its first win since opening night. It registered a 97-89 overtime loss against FC Barcelona last Friday despite 24 points from Marcus Foster and a double-double by Dinos Mitoglou. Fenerbahce needs to bounce back after suffering back-to-back home defeats against CSKA Moscow, 77-78 in overtime, and FC Bayern Munich, 71-75, last week.

Panathinaikos did a lot of good things at Palau Blaugrana last week: it amassed 12 offensive rebounds and 22 assists with only 12 turnovers. The Greens need to be more efficient, as they made only 51.3% of their two-point shots and rank 17th in three-point shooting (29.4%). Panathinaikos needs to be more aggressive on defense in crunch time; it allowed 22 points in overtime against Barcelona last week. Panathinaikos has many talented scorers in its backcourt, but Panathinaikos must find a way to stop De Colo and 2019 MVP, center Jan Vesely. Mitoglou and Georgios Papagiannis are set to see playing time against the “Czech Jet.”

First of all, Fenerbahce needs to be focused for 40 minutes, as it paid a high price – consecutive losses – for its lack of concentration in crunch time. It needs to make the most out of its experience, as players such as Ali Muhammed, De Colo, Vesely and Leo Westermann have been in similar situations before. Fenerbahce must run its offense through De Colo and Jarrel Eddie and expect newcomers Dyshawn Pierre and Johnny Hamilton to step up. Being physical on defense is critical against a team with a lot of great scorers. Edgaras Ulanovas faces a critical matchup against Ioannis Papapetrou, too.

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Crvena Zvezda – CSKA Moscow

Zvezda looks for its second win of the season after downing TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz in Round 2. Last week, Zvezda suffered a 69-75 home loss against Zalgiris Kaunas despite 19 points from Jordan Loyd. CSKA had an up and down week; first, it bested Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 77-78 in an overtime thriller behind Will Clyburn’s late heroics, and then it lost at home to ALBA Berlin 88-93 despite 27 points from Mike James. Expect an intense and physical basketball battle at Aleksandar Nikolic Hall.

Loyd leads the EuroLeague in scoring (21.3 ppg.), but Zvezda ranks 15th in the category (74.0 ppg.), mainly because of its poor shooting percentages inside the arc (47.6%). Dejan Davidovac and Marko Jagodic-Kuridza have the tough mission of guarding Will Clyburn at small forward. At the same time, Zvezda relies on two good on-the-ball defenders in Branko Lazic and Langston Hall to try to stop James. Zvezda must prevent CSKA from running the floor by playing half-court offense, looking for Loyd and Corey Walden. A contribution from newcomer Emanuel Terry at power forward could also make a difference.

CSKA has a lot of offensive talent; Clyburn has been hot lately and is a nightmare mismatch at small forward, James remains a top-class scoring threat, while Toko Shengelia, Johannes Voigtmann and Nikola Milutinov can run the floor like guards. In order to run the floor and make the most out of that, however, CSKA needs defensive stops and rebounds. CSKA is allowing 85.5 points per game and opponents are getting 12.0 offensive rebounds on average. Locking down the defensive glass to run the floor is critical for CSKA against a physical squad like Zvezda.

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