The end of the double-header week means the final round of the regular season is upon us.
Thursday 1st April results
- Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 86 – 83 AX Armani Exchange Milan
- FC Bayern Munich 71 – 70 Zalgiris Kaunas
- TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 101 – 111 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
- Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 76 – 64 Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
Bayern Munich booked their place in the Play-Off, and it was a nail-biting night on Thursday.
Vladimir Lucic was the hero, drawing a foul right at the death, just when it looked as the Germans were slipping to a defeat. Lucic then grabbed the two points and found the time to block a shot from Joffrey Lauvergne to clinch the victory.
It is the sort of outcome that fans dream of, and means Bayern can relax going into the final week of the regular season.
There are now only two Play-Off spots up for grabs, which means Friday, and next week will be very nervy for some teams.
It was a late finish and great game in Vitoria-Gasteiz. The teams couldn’t be separated at the end of regulation time, with the score being 92-92 after 40 minutes. In Overtime, Anadolu ran away with it, and now sit in second place with a 22-11 record.
Milan lost and are now currently outside of the home-court advantage positions for the Play-Offs.
Friday 2nd April games
With five games on offer, Friday could be pivotal in the race for the remaining Play-Off spots.
CSKA Moscow vs. Khimki Moscow Region
The team in third and looking to move higher welcomes the side in rock bottom. This match should run to form, but there is pressure on CSKA Moscow. It’s unlikely they’ll fall out of the home-court advantage spots, but they’ll want over that line asap.
Zenit St Petersburg vs. LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
Zenit are the team just outside of the Play-Off zone, and a win here will rectify that. Therefore, the hosts should be keyed up for this game against an opponent with little to play for. Shocks happen, but you’d think Zenit will do the business here.
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul vs. FC Barcelona
Will Barcelona bounce back after their loss earlier this week, or are they coasting to the Play-Offs? The hosts find themselves in fourth spot, and will surely be fired up to maintain that position to the end of the regular season.
ALBA Berlin vs. Valencia Basket
ALBA Berlin don’t have a lot to play for, but this could be one of the biggest games of Valencia’s season. Even wins in their remaining games might not be enough to propel Valencia to the Play-Offs, but if they lose here, it’s all over.
Real Madrid vs. Olympiacos Piraeus
Every team above Real Madrid have qualified for the Play-Offs. The Spaniards are keen to join them, A win here is essential, but they have been far from their best in recent weeks.