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Khimki – Zenit

A pair of Russian clubs eager to snap losing streaks meet in Friday’s first game when Khimki hosts Zenit. Khimki, which is starting a three-game homestand, is on the fringe of the playoff zone at 8-9. The team hopes to have the services of scoring ace Alexey Shved, who missed last week’s loss to Efes in Istanbul. Zenit, which is last in the standings at 4-13, is 3-6 on the road.

Khimki not only boasts the second-highest scoring average (87.1 ppg.) in the league, it takes that to a higher level in home games (91.3 ppg.). Zenit is last in the league in scoring (73.4 ppg.). In three of Zenit’s wins, it has kept the opponents to 70 points or less. Khimki needs to control the pace, keep its scorers happy and keep putting the ball in the net to have a good shot at beating Zenit again.

Zenit leads the league in offensive rebounding with 12 per game and Khimki allows the second-most offensive boards (11.7 per game). Zenit center Gustavo Ayon ranks fourth in the league with 2.4 offensive boards per game. Dominating the offensive glass also won’t be enough to lift Zenit in Moscow, but a handful of extra second-chance baskets would be a good start.

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Bayern – CSKA Moscow

After a three-game losing streak capped by a 30-point road loss against Zvezda, Bayern this week let go head coach Dejan Radonjic and replaced him with assistant Oliver Kostic. The team will want to react to its situation with a much-needed win in front of its home fans. CSKA lost in overtime against Panathinaikos in Round 17 and lost a key player, Janis Strelnieks, indefinitely to injury. Greg Monroe (12.1 ppg.) has been Bayern’s top scorer until now, followed by Vladimir Lucic (11.8) and Maodo Lo (10.1). Mike James (20.6), Darrun Hilliard (10.1) and Kyle Hines (8.9) have led CSKA until now.

Bayern was heavily outrebounded in Belgrade, 37-29, and shot the ball with very low percentages from all distances (45.2% 2FG, 19% 3FG, 59.1% FT). It leads the EuroLeague in turnovers (14.8 per game) but managed to pick up just 10 last week. A better ball circulation is expected with T.J. Bray back from injury as the team will try to spread the floor to get its best shooters – Lucic, Petteri Koponen and Nihad Dedovic – better looks at the basket.

Bayern released guard DeMarcus Nelson at the end of his contract.

CSKA leads the competition in three-point shooting percentage (40.2%) despite taking more shots from downtown (28.9 per game) than any other team. Without Strelnieks, players like Hilliard and Ron Baker must step up and use their extended playing time to supply some of what’s missing. Joel Bolomboy, Johannes Voigtmann and Andrey Vorontsevich give CSKA a size advantage in the paint and the Russian powerhouse must make the most out of it.

CSKA travels to Munich without points guards Strelnieks, who is out long-term, and Daniel Hackett, who injured his finger. However, another point guard, Mikhail Kulagin, has returned from his long-term injury to play in a weekend domestic game.

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Villeurbanne – Crvena Zvezda

Two teams tied in the standings will square off on Friday to start the second half of the season when ASVEL Villeurbanne (8-9) welcomes Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade (8-9) to the Astroballe in Villeurbanne, France. ASVEL is strong at home this season, where it has won three of its last five games. Zvezda has won six of its last eight games and currently rides a three-game winning streak. Because ASVEL won their first meeting in Belgrade, this game will not only break their current tie but will have implications if they are tied at the end of the regular season, too.

ASVEL is particularly strong at home this season and is facing the only team it has managed to beat on the road. However, they are essentially tied since overtime points do not count in tiebreaks, so winning the game is practically the only option for the hosts. ASVEL will have to focus on rebounds and make sure that its physical defense gets the job done. Missing Edwin Jackson for a couple weeks with injury will not help, however.

Zvezda wants to extend its winning streak and take revenge from the Round 8 loss in the process. However, ASVEL feeds off the Astroballe energy, so the guests will have an added factor to deal with in their plan. Zvezda seems to have the upper hand on the defensive end, so exploiting it would probably be the way to go. At the same time, Zvezda’s league-worst 47.6% on two-point shots should improve in order to make better use of those defensive skills.

Stratos Perperoglou is sidelined and James Gist is doubtful. Due to personal reasons, Charles Jenkins travelled back to the States and will miss the game against ASVEL.

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Barcelona – Anadolu Efes

Barcelona is 7-1 at home this season and won its last three games at Palau Blaugrana. Efes is 7-1 on the road and its only loss came in October. The Turkish powerhouse is currently on a six-game road winning streak. Nikola Mirotic (18.8 ppg.), Cory Higgins (12.4) and Brandon Davies (9.6) have been Barcelona’s top scorers until now. Shane Larkin (20.2), Vasilije Micic (14.2) and Tibor Pleiss (8.9) have led Efes so far this season.

It all starts with defense for Coach Svetislav Pesic’s team. Barcelona allows just 77 points per game and holds opponents to a league-low 8.7 offensive rebounds on average. Controlling the defensive glass allows Barcelona to spread around its offense; as many as 9 players average 5 points or better this season. Stopping Larkin will be critical in this game, and Barcelona will rely on Hanga, Kyle Kuric and Pau Ribas to do so.

Efes is the third-best scoring team in the competition (86.6 ppg.) despite ranking eighth in assists (17.9 apg.). Micic, Larkin, Rodrigue Beaubois and Krunoslav Simon find advantages in one-on-one situations and the whole team has been really effective, hitting 57.5% of its two-point shots and 39.5% from downtown. Efes is also deadly from the foul line (84.9%). As always, Larkin and Micic will be the key, as Efes runs its entire offense through its star point guard duo.

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Valencia – Olympiacos

Two teams moving in opposite directions will clash on Friday to start the second half of the regular season as Valencia Basket (8-9) hosts Olympiacos Piraeus (6-11) for Round 18. Valencia is clearly on the rise after a slow start to the season, having won four of the last five games. The Reds have lost five of their last six, including three in a row, but come to town with EuroLeague scoring king, Vassilis Spanoulis, fresh off establishing the new all-time points record last week.

It took some time, but Valencia rolling and aims to stay that way at home against Olympiacos. The fact that the guests will miss Milutinov could give the hosts, led by big man Bojan Dubljevic, a strong advantage in the paint. Both teams are more balanced stats-wise than the standings might suggest, but Valencia’s fifth-ranked PIR (93.5) is a solid reason why the hosts can trust in their game and use the force of the La Fonteta fans to start the second half of the season on an even higher note.

Olympiacos, struggling at this moment, has a tall task to get back on its feet on the court of one of the most in-form teams of recent weeks. The Reds will be missing their starting big man, but as always will face the game with their classic character. One of the main flaws of the guests this season is their 73.3% free-throw accuracy, third-worst in the league. That’s something they will want to pay attention to should the game reach a close finale, which is completely possible given how similar the numbers are between these teams.

Will Cherry and Willie Reed did not travel with the team at Spain. Brandon Paul is injured, but he traveled with the team, as well Nikola Milutinov. Milutinov will continue his therapy in Spain and if he feels better, he may take some minutes against Valencia.

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Fenerbahce – Milano

After a three-game winning streak, Fenerbahce (8-12) suffered a home loss against FC Barcelona but has this opportunity to bounce back in front of its home crowd. Milan (10-10) is on a seven-game road losing streak. Its last victory away from Mediolanum Forum came in late October. Nando De Colo (18.8 ppg.) is Fenerbahce’s top scorer, followed by Derrick Williams (11.8) and Kostas Sloukas (11.3). Sergio Rodriguez (13.2), Vladimir Micov (11.5) and Keifer Sykes (10.5) are leading Milan’s offense right now.

Fenerbahce’s improved defense has made it more competitive. The Turkish powerhouse has allowed 80.7 points on average this season, but just 69.7 in the last three games. Rebounding remains an issue, as Fenerbahce ranks last with 29.7 boards per game, and allows 11.3 offensive rebounds on average. If Fenerbahce is able to control the defensive boards, players like De Colo, Sloukas, Vesely and Luigi Datome will take care of business at the other end.

Milan is one of the best teams at defensive rebounds (25.3 drpg.) but ranks really low in offensive boards (9.4 orpg.), which is particularly worrying when the Italian powerhouse is last in two-point shooting percentage (46.6%). Milan does a great job at limiting turnovers, with just 11.8 on average. With the right ball circulation, coach Ettore Messina’s team has enough talent everywhere to improve that shooting percentage and eventually be more competitive.

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Zalgiris – ALBA Berlin

Zalgiris (6-14) comes off a narrow road loss against Panathinaikos but has been doing better. After a recent nine-game losing streak, Zalgiris went on to win three of its next five games. ALBA (7-13) comes off a triumphant double-round week, with road wins against Olympiacos and Zvezda, and now looks for another one. Zach LeDay (10.9 ppg.), Lukas Lekavicius (10.8) and Jock Landale (10.5) are leading Zalgiris right now. Rokas Giedraitis (13.5) is ALBA’s top scorer, followed by Marcus Eriksson (10.9) and Martin Hermannsson (10.7).

Zalgiris is hitting just a third of its three-point shots (78-of-234, 33.3%) at home and is also struggling (49.0%) inside the arc. Feeding off its crowd’s energy will be very important for Zalgiris, as well as sharing the ball better, considering that it ranks 17th assists at 15.7 per game. Lekavicius has been on fire lately, but he will need help, especially from his frontcourt teammates, to make Zalgiris as competitive as it can be.

ALBA leads the EuroLeague in turnovers (14.5 per game), a critical issue to make the most out of its run-and-gun offense. ALBA is also first in assists (19.8 apg.) despite not having the best shooting percentages (50.3% 2FG, 38.8% 3FG). Overcoming the strong basketball atmosphere at Zalgirio Arena will be important for ALBA, as well as getting its most experienced players – Sikma, Siva and Giedraitis – involved on offense.

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Panathinaikos – Villeurbanne

Panathinaikos (12-8) comes off a solid double-round week with come-from-behind home wins against FC Bayern Munich and Zalgiris Kaunas. On the other hand, ASVEL (8-12) is on a four-game losing streak and must battle hard in the Greek capital to snap it. Jimmer Fredette (14.3 ppg.) is Panathinaikos’s top scorer, followed by DeShaun Thomas (14.2) and Nick Calathes (13.6). Former Panathinaikos center Adreian Payne (11.1) is ASVEL’s top scorer, followed by David Lighty (9.8) and Livio Jean-Charles (8.9).

Panathinaikos is the highest-scoring team in the competition (89.0 ppg.) and leads the EuroLeague in two-point attempts (43.0 per game) with great efficiency (56.2%) inside the arc. Almost half of the team’s assists (18.6 apg.) come from Calathes, so grabbing defensive rebounds and allowing him to create for others will be, as usual, a big key for the Greens. Panathinaikos has a lot of great finishers – Tyrese Rice, Ioannis Papapetrou, Georgios Papagiannis, Thomas… – so finding who’s hot, a Calathes specialty, will be critical, too.

ASVEL is the lowest scoring team on the road (66.9 ppg.) and allows 84.7 points on average away from The Astroballe. Better ball circulation is needed to improve its shooting percentages (47.8% 2FG, 32.0% 3FG), so ASVEL relies on Taylor and Diot not only to slow Calathes down, but to find the right rhythm on offense, finding good shots and making the most out of its athletic advantage in the paint. If Jean-Charles, Jekiri and Payne can dominate inside and attack the offensive glass, ASVEL will have a better chance to beat Panathinaikos again.

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Real Madrid – Anadolu Efes

The top two teams in the standings stage a monumental showdown to finish off Round 21. League leaders Efes (17-3) set itself apart with a two-game sweep last week, while Real (15-5) saw a 13-game win streak stopped with consecutive losses and now has three 14-win teams breathing down its neck, making this result especially important for the hosts, who are unbeaten at home this season. Efes has an 8-1 road record, however.

Real rarely finds itself hard-pressed to outgun opponents, but that happened in its last loss, at Khimki Moscow Region, and Efes outscores the hosts 87.4 to 84.4 points per game. For that reason, Tavares and defensive aces Jeffery Taylor and Facundo Campazzo will be important on Friday. Both teams allow the same amount of points (77.4 per game) but Real holds opponents to much lower PIRs on average, and that effort has to be focused on keeping the Efes scorers, especially red-hot Shane Larkin, from going off.

Although Efes seems to be able to do no wrong, lately, it will need to do a lot right to win in the Spanish capital. Protecting the perimeter, where Madrid ranks second with 11.2 triples per game, will be job one. Getting around Tavares for good shots close to the basket will be another challenge. Power forward Chris Singleton may have a big role to play in helping lure Tavares outside, especially if Real is without its own corner ace, Anthony Randolph, who has missed the last four games due to injury.

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CSKA Moscow – Baskonia

CSKA (13-6) comes off a hard-fought victory against Real Madrid and wants to keep its momentum going. Baskonia (7-12) has only won twice in the last nine games and arrives in Moscow after a road loss against Zenit St Petersburg. Mike James (20.8 ppg.) has been CSKA’s top scorer until now, followed by Darrun Hilliard (10.8) and Kyle Hines (9.2). Toko Shengelia (16.7 ppg., 6.0 rpg.), Nik Stauskas (9.7) and Shavon Shields (8.3) have led Baskonia’s offense until now.

CSKA limited Real, one of the best offenses in the competition, to just 55 points, and will need the same defensive mentality against Baskonia. After pulling down 44 against Real, CSKA now leads the rebounds standings at 38.1 per night, getting 26.2 defensive boards on average. That is mandatory for CSKA to get going in transition, making the most out of mobile big men like Nikita Kurbanov, Johannes Voigtmann and Hines.

Baskonia allowed Zenit to score 77.4% of its two-point shots, the second highest percentage in the EuroLeague this season. Protecting the paint will be mandatory for Baskonia. Its big men – Michael Eric, Youssupha Fall and Ilimane Diop – must be ready to be aggressive down low. Baskonia keeps struggling from the three-point line (28% against Zenit, 32.5% overall) and only improving those shooting numbers will make the team more competitive.

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Zenit – Valencia

Zenit (6-13) has won consecutive games for the first time this season, using great defense to do so. Valencia (9-10) is also in a good moment, coming off a road victory against Khimki Moscow Region. After a 0-5 start, Valencia is 9-5 in the last 14 games. Gustavo Ayon (12.3 ppg.) is Zenit’s top scorer this season, followed by Will Thomas (10.9) and Mateusz Ponitka (10.0). Jordan Loyd (11.2), Fernando San Emeterio (7.9) and Alberto Abalde (7.3) will be Valencia’s leaders in this game.

Zenit is allowing 79.4 points per game this season but has dramatically improve those numbers in the last four games, allowing just 71.3 on average. That defensive improvement has allowed the team to find more balance on offense, hitting 77.4% of its two-point shots against Baskonia this week. Without Dubljevic and Tobey on court for Valencia, Zenit must get Colton Iverson and Ayon involved to make the most of its size advantage and depth in the paint.

Valencia has averaged 91.5 points over the last four games, winning three of them, and must try to speed up the game tempo against a defensive-minded team like Zenit. It is mandatory for Valencia to make the most out of its depth at point guard, with Sam Van Rossom, Quino Colom and Guillem Vives giving coach Jaume Ponsarnau plenty of options. Stopping Will Thomas down low and getting Fernando San Emeterio and Alberto Abalde involved at both wings will be other keys for the Spanish powerhouse.

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Crvena Zvezda – ALBA Berlin

After four consecutive wins, Zvezda (9-10) suffered a home loss against Zalgiris Kaunas on Wednesday and wants to bounce back right away. ALBA (6-13) comes off a brilliant road victory against Olympiacos Piraeus and wants to keep its momentum going. Lorenzo Brown (14.1 ppg.) has been Zvezda’s top scorer until now, followed by recently signed Kevin Punter (12.7) and Vladimir Stimac (12.3). Rokas Giedraitis (13.8), Marcus Eriksson (10.9) and Luke Sikma (9.9, 6.2 rpg.) are leading ALBA right now.

Zvezda has averaged 81.0 points since Punter joined the team, as he has made the team’s offense more unpredictable. Zvezda is struggling to shoot the ball with high percentages at home (49.1% 2FG, 34.7% 3FG in Belgrade) and has a good opportunity to improve those numbers. Stimac and Kuzmic have a size advantage in the paint while Brown, Baron, Punter and Dejan Davidovac give coach Dragan Sakota more options. Charging the offensive glass will be important to stop ALBA’s transition game.

ALBA is one of the highest-scoring teams in the competition (84.3 ppg.) and leads the 2019-20 EuroLeague in assists (19.8 apg.). The German powerhouse, however, hits just 49.8% of its two-point shots on average and has struggled to rebound the ball under its own rim, grabbing just 22.6 defensive rebounds per game while allowing 10.3 offensive boards to its opponents. Boxing out and locking down the glass will lead to more transitions, in which players like Giedraitis, Niels Giffey and Peyton Siva feel most comfortable.

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Olympiacos – Bayern

Olympiacos (7-12) comes off a tough home loss against ALBA Berlin and has only managed to win twice in the last eight showdowns. Bayern (6-13) is on a five-game losing streak, its longest in the competition since 2014, and needs a victory as soon as possible. Georgios Printezis (12.1 ppg.) has been Olympiacos’s top scorer until now, followed by Nikola Milutinov (10.7) and Vassilis Spanoulis (10.6). For Bayern, Greg Monroe (12.7 ppg.), Vladimir Lucic (11.7) and Maodo Lo (9.3) have been leading the offense until now.

Olympiacos has struggled on defense, allowing 92.7 points on average in the last six games. Head coach Georgios Bartzokas has a reputation as a defensive coach and is expected to bring those numbers down. Olympiacos relies on its legendary core of players (Spanoulis, Printezis, Milutinov, Kostas Papanikolaou) to step up at both ends, preventing Bayern from running the floor, and to play with extra patience on offense.

Bayern has struggled to protect its paint, as opponents hit 55.6% of their two-point shots and grab 10.9 offensive rebounds on average. Its big men – mainly Monroe, Barthel, Mathias Lessort and Leon Radosevic – must make an extra effort to box out, as getting in transition will benefit Bayern’s many fast perimeter players such as Lo, Lucic and Nihad Dedovic. Josh Huestis gives Bayern extra explosiveness, much needed against a deep team like Olympiacos.

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Panathinaikos – Zalgiris

Zalgiris (6-13) is arriving in Athens running high on confidence after having won three of its last four games, but Panathinaikos (11-8) and its high-scoring offense intend to keep protecting the home floor. Nick Calathes is running the show for Panathinaikos with 13.6 points, 9.4 assists and 4.9 rebounds, but the Greens’ two best scorers are Jimmer Fredette (14.5 ppg.) and DeShaun Thomas (14.1). Zalgiris is missing its top scorer, Marius Grigonis, and has big men Zach LeDay (11.0 ppg. 4.7 rpg.) and Jock Landale (10.7 ppg. 4.4 rpg.) carry the biggest load. Thomas Walkup who does a bit of everything with 9.6 points, 4.9 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals.

No team allows more offensive rebounds (13.2) or more three-pointer per game (10.7) per game than Panathinaikos. If the team can control either of the two defensive segments, it will have an opportunity to get its offense in transition and running, and no one this season does it better than Panathinaikos, the best scoring team in the competition, averaging 88.6 points.

It is imperative for Zalgiris to keep Panathinaikos from running and engaging in a shootout. The hosts have the highest-scoring offense, but also one of the most porous defenses, which allows 85.8 points on average. That’s where Zalgiris’s chances lie, playing long and patient possessions and attacking the offensive glass. If Zalgiris also gets an efficient three-point shooting night, it will have its chances in OAKA.

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Anadolu Efes – Villeurbanne

Efes is in its best moment of the season, overcoming injuries to lead the standings (16-3). It is on a four-game winning streak. ASVEL (8-11) has lost its last three EuroLeague games and its only road victory, against Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade, was in mid-November. Shane Larkin (20.7 ppg., 3.9 apg.), Krunoslav Simon (9.3) and Tibor Pleiss (8.6) are Efes’s leaders in this game. Adreian Payne (11.0 ppg.) is ASVEL’s top scorer, followed by David Lighty (10.3) and Tonye Jekiri (9.0).

Efes is the second-highest scoring team in the competition (86.6 ppg.) and has been equally unstoppable (87.0) in the last two games without Micic. Its outstanding ball circulation (1.76 assists per turnover) allows Efes to shoot the ball with high percentages (57.0% 2FG, 39.9% 3FG). Running its offense through Larkin is where it all starts for Efes, as he opens all sort of options for its many talented players.

After a strong defensive start to the competition, ASVEL is allowing opponents to shoot the ball with great effectiveness (54.5% 2FG, 39.0% 3FG), so lowering those numbers would be a first step for the French champs. ASVEL has to make the most out of its athleticism in the paint, trying to get Pleiss into foul trouble, and need Diot and Taylor to put Larkin into some sort of trouble at both ends of the floor, especially on offense.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 158.5 at 1.90 with bet365
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