Welcome back again to a very intense Euroleague with many teams still fighting for home court advantage in the playoffs or even worse, a spot in the top eight to move on to the next round. The three teams classified securely are Real Madrid, CSKA Moscow and Olympiakos, not too much of a surprise there, but from the fourth position of the table until the tenth many things can transpire over the next 5 days so let's look at two games Thursday where we can earn some money.
The first will be the match to start the week off between Anadolu Efes and Maccabi Tel Aviv. Anadolu will be at home and here we have a game where one team, Maccabi, is one loss from being out of the playoffs and playing against Efes on the road. The Turks occupy the eighth and final position for their ticket to the playoffs but can not afford to lose knowing that they finish out their last three games against Fenerbahce and Olympiakos at home, then Real Madrid away.
Here there is no doubt that this is a must win situation for Anadolu and in 888sport.es they are favorites by 9.5 points and the truth is that I think that may be too many points to give a team like Macabbi that can score. The way the Turks win is on offense and I think that after the bad game they played at home against Brose the reaction this week will be to dictate the rythym of the game to more uptempo which suits Macabbi fine. That’s why I am looking at the total of this game at 164.5 points and I see it as a very surpassable number. Macabbi is a team that does not defend much and even less when playing on the road while Anadolu is averaging 84 points per game and more than 90 in their last five, let’s take the………OVER 164.5 @ 1.91 !!!
Later Thursday, Real Madrid is in Greece to take on Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens. This is a very important match for both teams, maybe a little more so for the local team since Real is already in the playoff round but they are still in the fight to finish first in the standings. Pana, after it’s devastating loss in Lithuania with Zalgiris are at a delicate moment in the season. Following this weeks game they have a trip to Baskonia and then CSKA in their near future which only looks to complicate things for the Greek side. I was at the game they loss in Kaunas last week and saw a team that looked quite nervous and panicked after controlling the game for 37 minutes but blew it in the final three. Things will only be more difficult against a Madrid team hungry for victory. Looking for a win from the visitors ....... REAL MADRID WINNER @ 1.98 !!!
Enjoy these Thursday games and will be back with more for Friday!!!!