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Spread Pick: Maccabi Electra Tel AvivHome with handicap -14.5 at 1.90
Over/Under: Under 158.5 at 1.90 Bet Now!

02/04/2015 19:05 – Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv v Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul

Euroleague Top 16 Betting Tips - Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv v Galatasaray Liv Hospital IstanbulThe reigning Euroleague champions head into this match knowing that they could book their place into the playoffs by the end of the evening. A home win and then a Panathiniakos win over Alba Berlin will see the Israeli side through to the next round of the campaign. However, if Maccabi loses or Alba grabs a win, the battle goes down to the last game in a head to head game in Berlin. This means that there is every incentive for the hosts to win this one and they have a 5-1 record at home in the Top 16 so far.

Maccabi hold a 14-8 record in the Euroleague this season with a 7-3 record in the regular season being added to with a 7-5 record in the Top 16 so far. The team stands on the brink of booking their passage through to the knock-out section of the season and there is still a chance that the Israeli side will be in the running at the end of the season.

Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul (81-72)
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Euroleague tip locked in at 31/03 19:30 (Spread Result: 66.5-72, Totals: 153)
giorgio02/04 19:05Maccabi Tel AvivMACGalatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul 158.51.90Under 158.5 
SPREAD  -14.5 +14.5 1.90Maccabi Tel AvivMAC
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The Turkish side have struggled this campaign

Euroleague - Maccabi Electra Tel AvivGalatasaray hold a 6-16 record this season, which includes a 4-6 record in the regular season and an abysmal 2-10 record in the Top 16. The Turkish side are merely looking for the Euroleague season to be over and done with as quickly as possible. With respect to average points scored, the home side have a slight edge of 77.9 to 76.8.

When it comes to important players for the reigning Euroleague champions, they don’t come much bigger or better than Devin Smith. Smith has been on fire this campaign and has served up an average of 15.1 points per game this campaign while also providing an average of 6.2 rebounds per game this season. Smith has been at the heart of much of the best play delivered by Maccabi this campaign but Jeremy Pargo has also been in fine form. He has offered up an average of 5.3 assists per game this season so far.

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The loss of Carlos Arroyo hints at bigger problems for Galatasaray

For Galatasaray, Zoran Erceg has been in excellent form, with an average of 15.3 points per game this season so far. Patric Young has also been an instrumental figure for the Turkish side, offering up an average of 6.7 rebounds per game this campaign. Another player that has been important for the away side is Carlos Arroyo who has an average of 4.3 assists per game this season. Of course, Arroyo left Galtasaray near the start of March due to a dispute over salary and the player is currently back in Puerto Rico plying his trade. His absence is another blow for a Galatasaray side that haven’t really managed to achieve too much success in the European field this season.

Maccabi are currently in fine form in their domestic league, sitting at the top of the table with a 22-3 record, which provides them a healthy lead over their nearest challenger. Maccabi’s most recent domestic came on Monday night with the league leaders grabbing a narrow away win against Hapoel Holon, triumphing by a score of 83-87.

Galatasaray are currently in fifth place in the Turkish league, sitting with a 13-11 record. On Monday night, they lost 76-64 away to Royal Hali, continuing their dismal showing of late.

The Israeli side are clear favourites and taking them with a -14.5 handicap, at odds of 1.90, is likely to be a decent bet, especially when they will be out to clinch their playoff spot. For those looking to take advantage of the Over/Under market, choose to go UNDER 158.5, at odds of 1.90 for this crucial Thursday night game. Bet Now!

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