Joe Arlauckas
The first two games to start the Euroleague playoffs this Tuesday are very good opportunities to make some extra cash with

The first two games to start the Euroleague playoffs this Tuesday are very good opportunities to make some extra cash with There are many different philosophies when you start a five game playoff but the most important of them is to pull out all the stops to win that first game. This philosophy is consistent for both the home team and the visitors. Tuesday the 17th of April we get started in Russia with CSKA Moscow facing Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz, then in Greece it’s Panathinaikos Superfoods and Fenerbahce Istanbul. Now let's go over some important keys and find where we're going to make our money.

CSKA is at home where they are one of the most dominant teams in all of Europe and I’ll leave you with a little information here to understand exactly what I mean, 14 victories with only 1 defeat at home this season. Of those 14 wins the Russians  average margin of victory was 14.35 points per game and that  includes their 112-84 destruction against Baskonia in round 9. It should also be noted that Vitoria has lost 10 consecutive games in Moscow since 2005. With all this information, one would think we should bet on CSKA but the win only pays 1.12 to 1 at CSKA are also favorited by 11.5 points which pays a little better at 1.91 to 1. If you ask me the 11.5 points could be too much for this first contest because the norm in these cases is the road team does everything they can to try and pull off the quick surprise. That's why I think if we look towards the over/under of 165.5 points we give ourselves more options to win. These teams like to score and and I do not expect any type of defensive battle. The play here is OVER 165.5, which also pays 1.91 to 1 and I feel is less risky.

The matchup between Panathinaikos and Fenerbahce is another chance to win some cash. Two teams that are in the playoffs thanks to their intense defense and I do not think their styles will change much during this series. The biggest problem for the Turks is their inability to score points while they hold teams to a low output and that’s reason I give a big advantage to the Greeks in game one. The atmosphere in Athens and home court advantage will be two reasons that Panathinaikos should fly out of the gate and get off to a fast start. In the Greeks are favorites by 3.5 points and I think they will cover this number but it is paying only 1.84. The alternative bet which is a Double Opportunity bet for Panathinaikos knowing that they will come out very strong in the first half and should win the game. In Double Opportunity we play the 1/1, that means the home team will be leading at the end of the first half and also will win the game. This bet is a bit more risky but pays much better at 2.20 to 1.

We can play each one as individual bets or combine the two bets  which will increase our profits to a 4.20 to 1 payout. I honestly like both these plays so feel free to do as you please just make sure to get in on the fun.

Good Luck.