On Thursday night, there were convincing home wins for FC Barcelona, AX Armani Exchange Milan and Anadolu Efes Istanbul. These three teams strengthened their push for the EuroLeague Playoffs, and of course, the Catalan club bolstered their space at the top of the table.
TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz grabbed a road victory which will also boost their Playoff hopes. The pressure is now on the teams needing a big win in the Friday night fixtures.
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul v ALBA Berlin
The hosts come into this tie in seventh place, knowing a win will rank them above city rivals Anadolu. That should be all the incentive Fenerbahce need when they welcome ALBA Berlin on Friday evening. The Germans enjoyed a resounding victory when these sides met earlier in the campaign, but it is likely to be a very different match in Turkey.
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne v FC Bayern Munich
The visitors arrive in fifth position, and with a strong defensive attitude that has seen them come out on top in many close games. It was Bayern’s defensive strength which helped them defeat Villeurbanne earlier this season, and they will need more of the same on Friday night.
The hosts hold a 10-14 record so far, but they have won four games in a row. This is their most successful winning stretch in the EuroLeague, and Norris Cole has been in tremendous form of late.
Crvena Zvezda MTS Belgrade v Zenit St Petersburg
The hosts have lost their last three EuroLeague games, but enter this match after enjoying domestic success in the Serbian Cup. The side from Belgrade will hope this is the catalyst for a happier time in the leading European basketball tournament.
Zenit arrive in Belgrade with a 13-9 record, and they enjoyed a comprehensive victory when these two sides met earlier in the campaign. Zenit haven’t been as strong defensively in recent weeks as they usually are, but will view this game as an opportunity to get back to doing what they do best.
Valencia Basket v Real Madrid
The all-Spanish clash brings the Friday night fixtures to a close, and there is every indication this will be a classic match. Valencia enjoyed their trip to Madrid earlier this season, and will no doubt be keen to do the double over their compatriots.
The hosts hold a 12-12 record while Real Madrid carry a stronger 15-9 record into this game.