There were some big wins on Thursday night in the EuroLeague, and the stage is set for a tremendous evening of action on Friday. We’ll recap Thursday’s action and then set the scene for the games that bring Round 31 to a close in the EuroLeague.
CSKA Moscow 87-72 Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
The Russians did their Play-Off hopes no harm on Thursday night with this strong result, moving them to a 20-10 record. Toko Shengelia provided 16 points for the winners with Daniel Hackett grabbing 15 points.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul 85-65 Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
A strong win for Anadolu leaves them on the brink of the Play-Offs. Vasiljie Micic grabbed 21 points in what was the Istanbul side’s last home game of the regular season. Bryant Dunston delivered 15 points in the win.
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv 81-88 Zalgiris Kaunas
This was a big away win for the side from Kaunas on Thursday. They were seven points behind with less than four minutes on the clock. However, a 2-16 scoring run sealed a fantastic win. Dragan Bender enjoyed a career high of 16 points.
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne 71-74 Real Madrid
Madrid gave their Play-Off hopes a massive boost with this strong away win. The French side can now no longer qualify for the Play-Offs, while Real know they will end this week in the Play-Off zone.
Valencia Basket 83-76 FC Bayern Munich
Valencia boosted their Play-Off hopes and severely damaged Bayern’s ambitions with this strong win. The Germans drop to a 19-12 record, while the hosts move to a 17-14 record after their third win in a row. Mike Tobey offered 18 points in the win.
Khimki Moscow Region vs. Zenit St Petersburg
The hosts are still rooted to the bottom, and Zenit know they need a win to stay in contention for the Play-offs. With Madrid and Valencia winning on Thursday, the side from St Petersburg are under immense pressure.
Td Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz vs. Ax Armani Exchange Milan
There is a great deal at stake for both of these sides. The hosts want to squeeze into the Play-Off spots and the away side are looking to book home advantage if they can. If basketball betting fans are looking for a match that is evenly balanced on Friday night, this could be it.
Olympiacos Piraeus vs. Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
The away side still hold ambitions of home-court advantage in the Play-Offs, but will also have an eye on the teams behind them. Therefore, Fenerbahce come into this game with a lot at stake, while Olympiacos are playing with more freedom.
FC Barcelona vs. Alba Berlin
It’s top versus fourth-bottom in Barcelona, and the hosts will look to confirm home-court advantage and push on to finish top of the regular season table. Complacency might hamper Barcelona in this game, but if they play to their capabilities, it should be a home win.