With the first game between Spanish Laboral Kutxa and Russian Neptunas Klaipeda on the 15th of October, the 2014/15 Euroleague gets underway on the 16th of October and this will be the 15th season of the modern era tournament. There has been well over 50 seasons of leading basketball competition in Europe but this campaign, which will culminate in Madrid in May 2015, looks set to be one of the most exciting ever.
The games we are going to focus on for the 16th of October are:
- Anadolu Efes v Unics Kazan
- Valencia Basket v Olympiacos Piraeus
- Maccabi Electra v Limoges CSP
Euroleague – Anadolu Efes v Unics Kazan
It is an exciting time for Anadolu Efes with this season seeing the club welcome back Dusan Ivkovic as coach, after he took a year out. New signing Nenad Kristic comes in on a high after picking up a silver medal at the 2014 FIBA World Cup and another Efes player that had an excellent summer was Cedi Osman. Osman was a winner and the MVP at the U20 European Championship this summer, and also represented his nation in Spain. In basketball, it is good to have players who have the winning habit and this will stand Anadolu Efes in good stead.
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Unics Kazan have a good blend of youth and experience in their team, and they have a squad packed full of players who will be looking forward to representing Russia at the EuroBasket 2015 event next summer. Valerii Likhodei is one of the top shooters in Russia and he will be vital for club and country this season. Kazan are also bolstered by two Greek players, Nikos Zisis, the Greek captain, and Kostas Kaimakoglou, both players enjoying their second season with Unics. Greece achieved a 5-0 record in the group stages of the 2014 FIBA World Cup but slumped to an early defeat in the knock-out rounds.
I’ve a feeling that the winning habit of many of the Anadolu Efes players from the summer will be maintained and you should be looking to take Efes with a handicap of -2.5. The early season matchups will find teams striving to get in to their stride, so some mistakes may be made and this means that you should be looking to bet on OVER 147.5 points being scored. Both of these bets are on offer at odds of 1.90 at Bet365.
Euroleague – Valencia Basket v Olympiacos Piraeus
Vassilis Spanoulis of Olympiacos Piraeus decided to sit out the World Cup in the summer and while that was a blow for Greece, it is a decision that will likely be of benefit to his club side. They take on Valencia in the opening game of their campaign and Rafa Martinez, the Valencia captain, knows that he doesn’t have many more chances to grab success and leave his mark on the game. You should look out for this 33 year old busting a gut all season.
Both teams are on a hot streak but with odds of 2.10 for Olympiacos, they are a good bet to get the new season off to a flying start. These winning line odds are offered by Bet365. Click here to see more game lines.
Euroleague – Maccabi Electra v Limoges CSP
The reigning Euroleague champions come into this season with a new coach and a lot of expectations, but they should do the business against Limoges CSP. Captain Guy Pnini leads the team in the hope of defending their title and with fresh blood coming through in the shape of Sylven Landesberg and Jake Cohen; Maccabi should have enough about them to see off Limoges in style. 22 year old loan signing from Barcelona, Leo Westermann, has plenty to prove and if he stays fit, he could be a key man for the team.
With odds of 1.10 for a Maccabi victory, provided by Bet365, this is a nice and easy way to start your basketball betting for the Euroleague 2014/15 season.
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