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Fenerbahce – Khimki

This game is a battle between powerhouses with deep, versatile rosters. Fenerbahce comes off a road win against ASVEL and wants to keep climbing the table in front of its fans. After a 6-2 start, Khimki suffered back-to-back road losses and needs to regain momentum as soon as possible. Nando De Colo (20.9 ppg.) has been Fenerbahce’s best scorer until now, followed by Derrick Williams (10.9 ppg.) and Kostas Sloukas (8.5 ppg.). De Colo, however, has been sidelined for the last three games. Alexey Shved (19.3 ppg.), Devin Booker (12.7 ppg.) and Janis Timma (12.7 ppg.) have led Khimki so far this season.

Fenerbahce must improve its scoring, as it ranks 16th overall with 73.6 points per game. It is also allowing opponents to make 40.2% of their three-point shots, so better and more aggressive perimeter defense is required. If Nando De Colo remains sidelined, Kostas Sloukas, Derrick Williams and Luigi Datome will keep sharing more responsibilities. Ali Muhammed and Vladimir Stimac, who both come off great games in France, must confirm their good form against Khimki.

Nikola Kalinic, Leo Westermann and Jan Vesely are out due to injuries. Nando De Colo has started practicing with the team, but he still remains as ‘game-time decision’.

Khimki is one of the best scoring teams in the EuroLeague (85.6 ppg.) and is shooting really well from two-point range (54.9%). Khimki is doing a good job of limiting its turnovers (13.0 per game) and is sharing the ball well (18.0 apg.). Good ball circulation will be needed against a tough team like Fenerbahce, so Jovic and Shved must be ready to help Khimki find open looks. If Khimki is patient and determined, it has the talent to beat anyone.

Alexey Shved will miss the game against Fenerbahce due to injury, but Janis Timma will be available in Istanbul.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 (-6.5) at 2.00 with bet365
(Price correct at 28/11/2019, 11:45 CET, could have changed)

Crvena Zvezda – Valencia

A pair of teams on the upswing will duel on Thursday when Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade hosts Valencia Basket. Zvezda comes off its first road win of the season last week at Zalgiris and even its 2-3 record at home is misleading since those losses were all close calls. Moreover, the Serbian champs should be rejuvenated by the arrival of new head coach Dragan Sakota. Valencia has won four of its last five games, but is winless in its four road trips thus far and now begins a run of three straight away games.

When a new coach arrives, many changes can be expected. Chief among them is always to fix what appears to be broken. Zvezda has excelled on the defensive end, allowing the fourth-fewest points per game (76.4). However, it is last in the league in both two-point (45.9%) and three-point (31.7%) shooting accuracy and has scored the second-fewest points (71.7 ppg.). Expect Coach Sakota to emphasize that and for the team to be taking better shots in what will be a key to this game.

Derrick Brown is doubtful due to knee problems while Stratos Perperoglou will miss the next 4 to 6 weeks also with a knee injury.

Valencia must take the confidence from its winning streak on the plane to Serbia, because to date when the team has left the borders of Spain, things have fallen apart. Its lone road loss by single figures was at FC Barcelona. In Valencia’s other three road games, it’s averaged 68.7 points and lost by an average margin of 16.7 points. In each of those games, Valencia has been outrebounded, too. Playing with greater confidence could make all the difference for Valencia in Belgrade.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 (+4.5) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 28/11/2019, 11:45 CET, could have changed)

ALBA Berlin – Zalgiris

After winning two of its last three games, ALBA Berlin will look to keep its positive momentum going when it hosts Zalgiris Kaunas. Before turning things around, ALBA had lost three games in a row. Zalgiris, which has now lost four straight games, hopes to change places with ALBA and start its own positive run. It will be a clash of styles as ALBA is fourth in the league in scoring (84.6 ppg.) and allows the most points (91.0 ppg.). Zalgiris is in the bottom third in both points scored (74.8 ppg.) and points allowed (76.5 ppg.). New signing K.C. Rivers could help change that.

It starts with defense. Despite a series of injuries, ALBA has found ways to score game-in and game-out. However, it has allowed the most points in the league. The only times ALBA has held opponents to 80 points or fewer, it has won. Teams are shooting 40.9% on three-pointers against ALBA and that is something that Coach Garcia Reneses must find a solution for, especially against Zalgiris’s standout shooters.

According to coach Aito, Tim Schneider, Tyler Cavanaugh, Johannes Thiemann and Stefan Peno will not be able to play this game and Peyton Siva has just returned from his injury.

The Zalgiris playing style under Coach Jasikevicius is the antithesis of ALBA’s. Zalgiris plays slower, tougher and tries to make every possession count. Where that has gone awry for the Lithuanian champs this season is three-point shooting; after leading the league in that category two years ago and finishing top-five last season, Zalgiris is in the bottom third this season at 33.8%. New signing K.C. Rivers could help Zalgiris change that and with more three-pointers falling, the team will be a bigger threat to win in the German capital.

Marius Grigonis did not travel to Berlin, because of his foot injury.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 (-1.0) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 28/11/2019, 11:45 CET, could have changed)

Panathinaikos – Baskonia

Two teams that started winning streaks last week will face each other to keep it going when Panathinaikos OPAP Athens (6-4) welcomes KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz (5-5) in Greece. Panathinaikos won its two road games last week, including a 75-87 win at FC Bayern Munich and reports claim that Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino, who announced last week that he is returning to Panathinaikos, will be on the bench for this game. Baskonia also won both of its games in the double-round week, both at home against Russian teams. It now travels to Athens to try to increase its winning run to three games.

The Greens seem to have found their pace again and Coach Pitino will try to pick up where he left it last season with many of the players he coached last year still on the team. Panathinaikos currently boasts the best offense in the league and it also has the best passer, which means that it loves to run the ball and play as many possessions as possible. However, the Greens also have the third-weakest defense in the league, so they will have to try to regroup and keep the Baskonia players at bay, especially when crashing the boards, the only aspect where the visitors significantly outperform the hosts, aside from the blocks (Baksonia leads the league with 4.7 bpg.)

On paper, it looks like Panathinaikos has the upper hand in this game, especially with the fact that the game is in OAKA. However, Baskonia comes form defeating two Russian teams, including defending champs CSKA Moscow, so the visitors come to Athens with an injection of morale. Coach Velimir Perasovic will have to look for a way to stop the flow in the Panathinaikos offense, which seems to be thriving lately. Limiting players like DeShaun Thomas and Nick Calathes will be key to hampering the Greens’ progress in the game. Baskonia must also pay attention to improve its efficiency from the charity stripe, as it currently holds the lowest percentage from that distance in the league.

basketball prediction Tip: Under 165.5 at 1.95 with bet365
(Price correct at 28/11/2019, 11:45 CET, could have changed)

Maccabi – ASVEL Villeurbanne

In a matchup of teams looking to bounce back quickly from a rough double-round week of games, Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv hosts LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne on Thursday. The Israeli champs suffered a pair of road losses to see a six-game winning streak stopped, however, they remain undefeated in four games at home this season. ASVEL saw its perfect home record smashed by the two Istanbul teams, but can draw on the confidence gained in its last road game, a nail-biting win in the Serbian capital against Crvena Zvezda.

As a starting point, health. Omri Casspi has been spectacular for Maccabi this season and the team is 5-1 with him in the lineup and 1-3 without. Maccabi must also control the rebounding battle and get its points in transition. The team is tied for second in the league with 37.5 rebounds per game and its 86.3 points are second-most. Despite the presence of Tonye Jekiri, ASVEL is second-to-last in rebounding (31.7 rpg.) and its 71.5 points are bottom of the standings. Rebounding and running would play to Maccabi’s strengths and ASVEL’s weaknesses.

For a team relying on some teenage talents plus several other players in their first EuroLeague campaign, playing on a Thursday night at Menorah Mivtachim Arena is a challenge. However, ASVEL survived an equally stern test by beating Crvena Zvezda on the road. Playing its pace and style in Tel Aviv is a must; ASVEL is 0-4 this season when the opponent has scored at least 80 points. Point guards Antione Diot, Theo Maledon and Jordan Taylor – the latter of which has some experience in Tel Aviv from his two seasons with Hapoel Holon – will be charged with that task.

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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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(Price correct at 12/03/2020, 10:50 CET, subject to change)

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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(Price correct at 06/03/2020, 10:05 CET, subject to change)

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