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Spread Pick: Maccabi Electra Tel AvivAway with handicap -4.5 at 1.90
Over/Under: Over 151.5 at 1.90 Bet Now!

05/03/2015 19:45 – Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade v Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv

Euroleague Top 16 Betting Tips - Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade v Maccabi Electra Tel AvivMaccabi have sometimes struggled with the pressure and weight of expectation that comes with being the champions but there is an argument that says that they are finding their feet now. This will definitely be a tough game, Belgrade is a tough place to visit as regular Euroleague observers will know, but there should be confidence within the Maccabi ranks that they continue in a rich run of form.

Maccabi will be without Sylven Landesberg but the return of Sofkolis Schortsanitis should help to minimise the impact of that loss. For Belgrade, all eyes are likely to be Boban Marjanovic as usual and he will be looking for his fifth double-double in a row.

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade vs Maccabi Tel Aviv (89-76)
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Euroleague tip locked in at 04/03 13:40 (Spread Result: 89-71.5, Totals: 165)
giorgio05/03 19:45Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade Maccabi Tel AvivMAC151.51.90Over 151.5 
SPREAD  +4.5 -4.5 1.90Maccabi Tel AvivMAC
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Crvena have struggled in the Top 16

Crvena have a 7-11 record in the Euroleague this campaign, racking up a 6-4 record in the regular season but then a 1-7 record in the Top 16. This contrasts with the 13-5 record held by Maccabi who held a 7-3 record in the regular season but who now hold a 6-2 record in the Top 16. The top teams know when to hit form in a season and this is something that Maccabi has shown this year. With respect to average points scored, the Tel Aviv team has the advantage with 78.5 compared to 74.9.

Boban Marjanovic has grabbed an average of 16.1 points per game this season for Belgrade in the Euroleague and he has also offered an average of 10.1 rebounds per game. Marcus Williams has also chipped in with an average of 6.3 assists per game.

Devin Smith has been the key man for Maccabi

Euroleague - Maccabi Electra Tel AvivDevin Smith has been crucial for Maccabi this campaign with an average of 15.4 points per game and an average of 6.7 rebounds per game. Jeremy Pargo has also been a top player, offering up an average of 5.6 assists per game.

Crvena are at the top of the Adriatic league with a 21-2 record but their most recent domestic outing was a 77-63 loss away to Partizan. Maccabi are at the top of the Israeli league with a 19-2 record, and the team’s most recent domestic outing was a close 83-81 win against Maccabi Ashd. With both teams having a good run domestically, it is the Euroleague form that stands them both apart and you have to think that this is set up for the away team to come away with a comfortable win.

Taking Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv with a -4.5 handicap, at odds of 1.90, is likely to be a good way to add some additional spice to the Thursday night run of Euroleague games. If you are looking to get involved with the Over/Under bet for this game, choosing to go Over 151.5, again at odds of 1.90, isn’t a bad bet at all. Both of these bets are available from Bet365, one of the leading sportsbook sites for Euroleague basketball betting. Bet Now!

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