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Euroleague Tips with Previews – Round 11 – 29/11/2019

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Zenit – Real Madrid

Two teams on almost opposite sides of the spectrum will meet for Round 11 when EuroLeague debutante Zenit St Petersburg (2-8) welcomes Real Madrid (7-3) to Russia. Zenit is currently riding a five-game negative streak and will have to start adding wins soon if it wans to keep the playoffs on target. Real is also in the middle of a five-game strek, but in its case the streak is positive. Los Blancos defeated two Russian teams at home in the double week, including defending champ CSKA Moscow, and will look now to complete the trio with a win over Zenit.

Zenit is in dire need of a win as soon as possible, and even if a game against Real Madrid is always a tough challenge, this could be a good chance to kill two birds with one stone: getting a balsamic win and sending a strong message. Zenit has an edge over the guests in assists and steals, so if the hosts play aggressive and fast, they could manage to impose their pace and run away with the win. Real has one of the best offenses in the league and is in a positive dynamic, so defense will be paramount for Zenit if it wants to suceed in this game.

Los Blancos will play their first game in St Petersburg against a wounded opponent. Zenit seems to be struggling big time and the guests almost average 9 points more per game, so they have the offensive edge on their side. Zenit has some of the weakest numbers from beyond the arc in the league, so if Real’s defense manages to push the Zenit shooters away from the rim, it could find a path to its sixth straight win.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 (+7.5) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 29/11/2019, 09:50 CET, could have changed)

Efes – Bayern

Two teams in different dynamics will face off in Round 11 when Anadolu Efes Istanbul hosts FC Bayern Munich on Friday. Efes is riding a four-game winning wave and it seems nothing can stop last season’s runners-up. Efes won its two games on the road during the last double-round week including a huge win in Milan. On the other hand, Bayern has lost four of its last five games and dropped its last one at home against Panathinaikos. The hosts will look to retain a share of first place at least, while the visitors try to get back on the winning path as soon as possible.

Efes seems to have found its rhythm again this season despite missing a few key players in the last games. Now back in Istanbul, the team will play against a team that is going through a tough phase. Efes has better numbers on offense and defense than Bayern and its main concern on defense should be Bayern’s third-best figure in the league from beyond the arc (40.2%). If the hosts manage to keep the offensive juices flowing and stop Bayern’s long-range shooters, they will be on their way to extending their winning streak.

Adrien Moerman and Bryant Dunston won’t be available against Bayern.

Despite a consistent start to the season, Bayern seems to have found some difficulties in the last few weeks. A visit to Efes doesn’t look like the best way to start a recovery, but the German champs have no other choice if they want to get back on the winning track. The visitors dominate the three-point shooting and the blocked shots numbers over Efes, so they will have to step up and do many more things well in Round 11 if they want to win in Istanbul. The top priority should be stopping the hosts’ guards Shane Larkin and Vasilije Micic, the main creators for Efes.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 164.5 at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 29/11/2019, 09:50 CET, could have changed)

Olympiacos – Milano

It is a battle between three-time EuroLeague champions. Olympiacos caught some fresh air with a road win against ALBA Berlin and will try to win consecutive games for the first time this season. Milan comes off its first home loss of the season and will try to erase that with a victory. Georgios Printezis (12.1 ppg.) has been Olympiacos’s top scorer until now, followed by Nikola Milutinov (10.3 ppg., 9.7 rpg.) and Brandon Paul (10.0 ppg.). Sergio Rodriguez (15.2 ppg., 6.0 apg.), Luis Scola (12.4 ppg.) and Vladimir Micov (12.1 ppg.) have led Milan so far this season.

Olympiacos is struggling to score this season, averaging 76.6 points per game mainly because of its poor three-point shooting percentage. Olympiacos is averaging 32.6% from downtown (17th overall) so it is up to its best shooters – Brandon Paul, Vassilis Spanoulis, Kevin Punter and Kostas Papanikolaou – to increase those figures. If Milan is still without Arturas Gudaitis, Olympiacos will have a size advantage in the paint with Milutinov, so finding him around the basket will be critical for the Greek powerhouse.

Milan has been deadly from three-point territory, averaging 43.8% from downtown, but has struggled inside the arc, ranking 17th overall with a 46.5% two-point shooting percentage. Milan will look for a more balanced offense. Getting Sergio Rodriguez and Nemanja Nedovic to set the right tempo and thus allowing all Milan scorers to get involved is very important against a five-on-five offense team like Olympiacos, so expect the battle for the game rhythm to be critical.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 at 2.10 with bet365
(Price correct at 29/11/2019, 09:50 CET, could have changed)

Barcelona – CSKA Moscow

Two of the most decorated teams in continental basketball meet again at Palau Blaugrana. Barcelona leads the standings and is undefeated at home. CSKA lost its last three road games and sees this showdown as the perfect opportunity to bounce back. Nikola Mirotic (18.5 ppg.) has been Barcelona’s best scorer until now, followed by Cory Higgins (14.1 ppg.) and Kyle Kuric (10.1 ppg.). Mike James (19.1 ppg., 4.5 apg.), Darrun Hilliard (11.7 ppg.) and Janis Strelnieks (8.7 ppg.) have led CSKA so far this season.

Barcelona has turned into one of the best-scoring teams in the EuroLeague this season (84.4 ppg.) and leads the competition in rebounds (37.6 rpg.). Dominating the defensive boards (26.2 drpg.) has allowed Barcelona to play fluently on offense, shooting the ball with good percentages (53.1% 2FG, 39.7% 3FG). As usual, running its offense through Nikola Mirotic, Cory Higgins and Brandon Davies will be critical, but for Coach Svetislav Pesic’s team, it all starts with defense.

In the opening eight games of the season, CSKA scored 50% of its two-point shots. In the last two games, however, CSKA has made just 28 of 82 shots inside the arc (33.7%). Being more effective around the basket is critical for CSKA, as it is powering the glass well (11.4 orpg.). CSKA ranks second in three-point shooting percentage (41.6%) and that will help spread the floor and create better scoring chances down low.

Will Clyburn and Dmitry Kulagin are still out with respective injuries.

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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.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 (+8.0) at 1.90 with bet365
(Price correct at 12/03/2020, 10:50 CET, subject to change)

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.

basketball prediction Tip: 2 at 2.20 with bet365
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Anadolu Efes – Olympiacos

A classic EuroLeague matchup will live a new edition on Friday when league leader Anadolu Efes Istanbul (23-4) welcomes Olympiacos Piraeus (12-15) for Round 28. Efes comes off a rare loss earlier in the week at Maccabi that snapped its 11-game winning streak. The hosts will be facing the Reds, who land in Turkey fresh off a close win at home in the Greek derby against Panathinaikos earlier this week.

It’s kind of ironic that Efes suffered its first loss in 12 rounds just when it had its full roster available again. The hosts are the second-best offensive team in the league, and this loss shows that they are human after all, but it could also be a wake-up call just at the right time. Efes is already in the playoffs, but a win in this game combined with either a Maccabi or CSKA Moscow loss, would secure home-court advantage for the hosts in the next phase.

Olympiacos is having one of the most irregular seasons of the last decade, and having Vassilis Spanoulis and Nikola Milutinov sidelined does not help, either, However, the Reds have won three of their last four games and they are still pushing hard to make the playoffs in a tough competition. On paper, Efes is basically better at everything this season, but Olympiacos is famous for beating the odds, and the fact that they play on the road with the chance to avenge the home loss earlier this season just adds to the motivation.

basketball prediction Tip: Over 158.5 at 1.90 with bet365
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Crvena Zvezda – Maccabi

Playoffs hopeful Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade (10-17) will welcome Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv (19-8), a team that just punched its postseason ticket, on Friday for Round 28 of this double-feature week. The hosts are going through a rough patch, having lost eight of their last nine games, including a close one at Fenerbahce earlier this week, 66-63. On the other hand, Maccabi comes from a thrilling home win over Efes, 77-75, that increased its winning streak to five games and secured the club a playoff berth for the first time since 2015.

The hosts need to get out of the dark zone they are in right now. A motivated and happy team like Maccabi might not be the best option to do that, but Zvezda plays at home and that is always a big factor in any game. Maccabi does not have many weak points, but its free-throw percentage is the third-worst in the league, so stepping up on defense and then sending the guests to the line could work in Zvezda’s favor for this game.

Maccabi is in a good place right now. The team is playing well, the wins keep coming in and the playoffs are a reality once more after four seasons. Now it’s just a matter to keep pushing in order to earn home-court advantage. Maccabi has the upper hand in this game, especially in offense, and also with the second-best numbers of the league under the boards. Zvezda also has the worst percentage in two-pointers, so paying attention to defense could bring a big payoff to the guests.

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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
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Baskonia – ALBA Berlin

Two teams still in the race for the playoffs will square off on Friday when KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz (11-16) welcomes ALBA Berlin (9-18) in Round 28. Baskonia has won three of its last four games, including the last road win at Bayern, and seems to be making a big push towards the postseason spots. ALBA has lost three of its last four games and needs to get back to the winning track if it wants to retain some options.

Baskonia has the worst offense in the league and plays against the fourth-best. That could seem a tall order for the hosts, but these teams are in opposite trends and Baskonia stands at the better end of those. Baskonia is also the EuroLeague team averaging the least assists per game, while ALBA is third, so this will be a clash of styles. If Baskonia manages to put its third-ranked defense at the top of its priority list against an opponent that gives up the most points this season, the hosts could be on their way to their fourth win in five games.

ALBA just fell short of defeating Barcelona in Berlin, and has now lost three of its last four games. Against Baskonia it will be a duel of opposite styles. ALBA will have to by-pass the tough defense of the hosts in order to display its fun-to-watch offense. If those league-best assists flow and those threes fall in the basket (third best numbers in the league for ALBA), the guests could upset Baskonia for a second time this season, even if missing some players like Peyton Siva.

basketball prediction Tip: 1 (-5.5) at 1.95 with bet365
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