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CSKA Moscow – Real Madrid

The two most successful clubs in European history take each other’s measure at mid-season as CSKA Moscow (12-6) hosts streaking Real Madrid (15-3) to light the spark of a double-round week that could have long-term repercussions for all teams. CSKA has fought off injuries to win six of eight games and tie for fourth place, while Real has matched its longest winning streak this century, 13 games, which is also the longest under the EuroLeague’s new format since 2016.

CSKA is unlikely to ride only a great game by James to victory over such a deep team as Madrid. But neither will the hosts leave anything to chance. Having Darrun Hilliard on the wing, Nikita Kurbanov in transition, and Johannes Voigtmann in the corners round out its offense will give CSKA a lot more chances. And the hosts, ranked first in overall rebounding this season, need to imposed that advantage on the boards, as well. If they do all that, CSKA will be hard to beat, even for Real.

Real’s streak will face its ultimate test against a team on whose court it has not won since 2008. Its top scorer, Anthony Randolph, won’t make the trip due to injury, so the visitors can expect to have to win with defense. Around the basket, that means the league’s top shot-blocker, Walter Tavares, has to be on his game. And on the perimeter, it’ll be a matter of making a driver out of James, which proved successful in their first game. Real must expect ups and downs offensively that will require compensation on the defensive end.

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Khimki – Valencia

Two teams tied for ninth place in the standings will face each other for the chance to stay there or rise when Khimki Moscow Region (8-10) hosts Valencia Basket (8-10) in Round 19 on Tuesday. Both teams lost their last games and will look to be back on the winning track as soon as possible, especially against a foe that could be a direct rival for a playoff spot in the long run.

Having dropped four of its last five games, the last three in a row, Khimki needs to get to the W side as fast as possible. The hosts have some of the best offensive weapons and percentages in the league, but Valencia seems to take the upper hand on the defensive side. The numbers between both teams are rather close, so the hosts will have to step it up on defense, in which case their options to keep the win in Moscow will raise dramatically.

Valencia comes from a difficult home loss to Olympiacos, but the team is on the right path, and will look not to divert from it too much in Moscow. Valencia dominates the rebounds and a couple other defensive statistics, while it’s not too far away from Khimki on the others. If it becomes a close game like the first time this season however, the guests will have to pay attention at their lower percentage from the stripe. Those small details can make a big difference in the end.

Valencia will be missing Mike Tobey and Bojan Dubljevic at center in the game against Khimki.

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Anadolu Efes – Milano

High-flying co-leader Efes (15-3) takes on sixth-place Milan (10-8) in a game between teams that have found ways to win at the start of the new year. Efes comes off a big-ticket road win over FC Barcelona and has prevailed in 11 of its last 12 games. Milan beat visiting Panathinaikos OPAP Athens for its third victory in four games since shaking off a five-game losing streak.

The hosts have no trouble piling up the points as the EuroLeague’s third-ranked offense (86.6 ppg.), which makes their defense a bigger focus. Despite solid three-point accuracy (39.5%) Milan likes to go inside, which is where Efes is short-handed due to defensive ace Bryant Dunston being injured. These teams are very evenly matched in rebounds, and controlling them could be enough for Efes to use its home-court advantage for yet another victory. Pulling Milan’s big men to the perimeter will open up lanes for Larkin and friends to do their damage.

The visitors excel at limiting assists and three-pointers to their opponents, on the road as much as at home. Both of those are imperatives to stop Efes in Istanbul, but Milan will still be required to play solid one-on-one defense, intimidate around the rim and rebound, rebound, rebound. Milan would seem to prefer a slower pace, but considering how fluently Efes fills the basket it would also behoove the visitors to take advantage of transition scoring opportunities and not depend solely on game tempo and superior shooting accuracy, should it come, to stay close enough for an upset bid.

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Fenerbahce – Villeurbanne

Surging old stanby Fenerbahce (7-11) looks to step over newcomer ASVEL (8-10) in the standings when they face off on Tuesday. Fenerbahce is coming off two road wins amid signs that its old dominance has returned. ASVEL has lost two in a row at home, making it seven defeats in 10 games, and counts this as the first of a daunting three-game road trip to stay within shouting distance of the playoff spots.

Nailing 16 three-pointers in consecutive games went a long way to making Fenerbahce’s resurgence happen over the last two weeks. Leo Westermann and De Colo combined for 17 of those 32 triples, calling to mind that Fenerbahce built its dominance over five years on the second-best three-point shooting (both total made and percentage) in the EuroLeague. Anything close to 16 three-pointers at home will make ASVEL’s task extremely difficult. What solid outside shooting has done lately is let Fenerbahce’s injury-thinned frontcourt concentrate on its job around the rim, where it rebounded to a draw over the last two weeks, avoiding what has been one of the team’s big problems this season.

Neither team is great at overall rebounding, but ASVEL does a lot better on the offensive glass, where Fenerbahce is vulnerable. Adreian Payne has joined Tonye Jekiri, who ranks second with 3.0 offensive boards per game, in giving opponents lots to think about inside. They will need to combine forces in Istanbul so that their teammates in the backcourt may focus a whole lot of their attention on stopping Fenerbahce’s experienced perimeter players at one end and on eluding the hosts’ strong defense on first and second passes at the other. If the guards are successful, Jekiri and Payne may find themselves getting plenty of scoring chances for ASVEL, too.

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Olympiacos – ALBA Berlin

Two teams facing similarly difficult moments will square off on Tuesday as Olympiacos Piraeus (7-11) hosts ALBA Berlin (5-13) for Round 19. Olympiacos snapped a losing streak against Valencia and will have Georgios Bartzokas returning to its bench to try to stay on the right path. ALBA has lost six of the last seven games and will look to steal a win in Piraeus to try to rise up again.

The hosts welcome Bartzokas back to the bench with the goal of trying to build a streak off of their last win against Valencia. ALBA is the more offensive team, and the Reds’ defense will have to work hard to try and limit the league-best 19.8 assists per game of the guests. If Olympiacos has its main players healthy and looks for options to maintain or even increase its 55% efficiency on two-point shots, it will have solid chances to add another win.

Injuries have been plaguing ALBA these last months and the results reflect that. Peyton Siva returned for ALBA last week, and as the team’s long-time floor director, his presence helps everyone on the team. ALBA’s offensive style can beat anyone, but the team must not forget defense and try to control the rebounds as Olympiacos is the fifth-best team in the league in that regard. The game around the basket, where Olympiacos is tough, must be a defensive priority of the visitors, who shoot better than the Reds in other places on the court.

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Maccabi – Barcelona

Two teams with top-five records and already with thoughts of home-court advantage for the playoffs meet in Tel Aviv when Maccabi FOX hosts FC Barcelona. Maccabi comes off a road win at ALBA Berlin to begin a stretch that will see it plat four of its next five games at home. The Israeli champs are also regaining strength in the rotation with the return from injury of Nate Wolters, while newcomers Jalen Reynolds and Aaron Jackson gain form. Barcelona, which begins a tough week that will see it play Fenerbahce Beko in Istanbul on Thursday, will look to stop a two-game slide.

Nikola Mirotic has dominated for Barcelona this season, but when he has struggled, Barcelona has had trouble winning. The star forward has failed to record a performance index rating of 20 in any of his team’s five defeats; he’s averaged 16.4 points on 14 of 29 two-pointers (48.3%) and 12-of-34 shooting on threes (35.3%) plus 5.0 rebounds in losses, which are still strong numbers, but lower and less efficient than his norm. Maccabi will use a mix of the physical Quincy Acy, the young Deni Avdija and the versatile Angelo Caloiaro to guard Mirotic knowing that slowing him down would be a boon to the home team.

Barcelona had 20 assists and just 10 turnovers in its win against Maccabi. That was much better (2.00) than its regular assist-to-turnover ratio: 1.39. Preventing Maccabi from dominating the boards will be critical for Coach Svetislav Pesic’s team, as well as running its offense through Mirotic, Brandon Davies and Ante Tomic. The more points in the paint, the better looks Barcelona will find for sharpshooters Kyle Kuric, Alex Abrines and Cory Higgins.

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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.

basketball prediction Tip: Under 163.5 at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 17/01/2020, 10:30 CET, subject to change)

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
(Price correct at 17/01/2020, 10:30 CET, subject to change)

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