Euroleague Round One - Real Madrid v Zalgiris Betting TipsFans looking to get up to speed with the 2014/15 Euroleague will be delighted to know that after the opening day fixtures on Thursday the 16th of October, there are more games taking place on Friday the 17th of October. With games coming thick and fast, the betting opportunities are coming by quickly as well and there are some major games taking place on Friday around Europe.

The games we are going to focus on for the 17th of October are:

  • Real Madrid v Zalgiris Kaunas
  • Alba Berlin v CSKA Moscow
  • Fenerbahce Ulker v EA7 Milan

Euroleague – Real Madrid v Zalgiris Kaunas

With Real Madrid being the losing finalists in last season’s Euroleague Final Four, the team will be out to gain revenge in this campaign. The team is packed full of top quality Spanish internationalists, such as Sergio Rodriguez, Rudy Fernandez and their captain Felipe Reyes, but it could be the addition of Lithuanian Jonas Maciulis that adds the spark that Madrid missed at the end of last season.

Real Madrid vs Zalgiris Kaunas (80-71)
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[+] Show TrendsEuroleague tip locked in at 15/10 14:35 (Spread Result: 80-93, Totals: 151)
Alex8917/10 18:30Real MadridRMBZalgiris KaunasZAL162.51.90Over 162.5 
SPREAD  -22 +22 1.90Zalgiris KaunasZAL
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Kaunas are another side that attempts to blend old and new and if you are looking for a snapshot of the talent that is on offer from Lithuanian basketball, this is the team to look at. Darius Songalia is a veteran with 16 years behind him while there are key crucial components of the Lithuanian Under-20s team to look out for, including Tomas Dimsa, Lukas Lekavicius and Donatas Tarolis. However, it may be players like Paulius Jankunas and Robertas Javtokas, who finished fourth in the World Cup in Madrid in the summer that are the key players for Zaligiris in this match, and this campaign.

Real have won their last five games, they have scored an average of 90.2 points in their last five games and they also hold the advantage in the head to head record between the two teams. Zalgiris have won four of their last five games and their only defeat in this sequence was a narrow one at the hands of Juventus. This is why our betting tip focuses on Zalgiris with a handicap of +22 and I believe the final score will have OVER 162.5 points. Both of these bets are available at odds of 1.90 at Bet365.

Euroleague – Alba Berlin v CSKA Moscow

Alba Berlin have a relatively young looking side and this means that there will be plenty of energy and effort, if perhaps a lack of consistency at times. Ismet Akpinar is still only 19, but is a highly regarded German youth internationalist and he is expected to burst onto the Euroleague this season. There will also likely be 4 Berlin players heading to EuroBasket 2015 with the national team, so there is a good level of quality in the team. Players like Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann, Akeem Vargas, Alex King and Niels Giffney will all be looking to be big players this season to book their place in next summer’s tournament.

CSKA Moscow will feel the benefit of Victor Khryapa retiring from international duty while they can also rely on 2014 World Cup All-Tournament pick Milos Teodosic. The club is also welcoming Nando De Colo back from the NBA, so that will provide a strong sense of experience to CSKA.

While Berlin defeated the Spurs in a friendly match of late, showcasing the talent they have at their disposal, Moscow look strong and with odds of 1.35 available, this is going to be the tip we offer for this match. Please click here to bet this tip and other lines at Bet365.

Euroleague – Fenerbahce Ulker v EA7 Milan

Two silver medallists from the World Cup are found in the Fenerbahce line-up, with Nemanja Bjelica and Bogdan Bogdanovic from Serbia coming to the new season on a high. There are also plenty of top class Turkish players involved with the side and the club is coached by Zeljiko Obradovic, one of the most highly regarded coaches in Euroleague.

Linas Klezia was the big summer signing for Milan and they will be able to call on Daniel Hackett, who is suspended form playing by the Italian Federation, but this suspension is not applicable to Euroleague. Alessandro Gentile, the Milan captain, is another player who will be keen to have a good season before EuroBasket 2015.

It’s looking like Fenerbahce Ulker wins and with odds of 1.32 available from Bet365; this is the final free tip on offer for today.

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