Heading into Round 31 of the EuroLeague, FC Barcelona has booked their spot in the Play-Offs, and many teams were looking to join them. However, as we look back on Round 31, the Catalan club remain the only side to have clinched this spot.
Barca also have home court advantage, but with 90% of the regular season completed, we still don’t the names of the seven teams who will join them. Of course, this is a double-round week, so we have an awful lot of games to get through.
CSKA and Efes both moved to 20 wins, and they’ll feel confident of completing the task this week. We also have three teams on 19 victories so far for the season. Fenerbahce picked up a tremendous win on the road, but Milan and Bayern both stumbled. This allowed the Turkish team to draw level with them.
In seventh place is Real Madrid. The Spanish giants have 18 wins, and while this is still a precarious position, they have a slender advantage over three teams trying to overhaul them, to place themselves into the final qualification spot.
Baskonia, Zenit and Valencia are the teams who know a cruel end to their EuroLeague season isn’t too far away unless they pull out a big week, and results fall in their favour.
Round 31 scores in the EuroLeague are as follows:
- CSKA Moscow 87-72 Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
- Anadolu Efes Istanbul 85-65 Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
- Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv 81-88 Zalgiris Kaunas
- LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne 71-74 Real Madrid
- Valencia Basket 83-76 FC Bayern Munich
- Khimki Moscow Region 70-91 Zenit St Petersburg
- TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 86-69 AX Armani Exchange Milan
- Olympiacos Piraeus 71-76 Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
- FC Barcelona 80-67 ALBA Berlin
Nikola Mirotic was the leading score of the week, grabbing 26 points for FC Barcelona in that big win over ALBA Berlin. Nigel Hayes was the next leading marksman, offering 24 points for Zalgiris Kaunas in their away win over Maccabi.
Jordan Mickey provided 23 points in the loss for Khimki Moscow Region. It has been a tough campaign for the Russian side but the American has been a consistent performer.
Vasilije Micic provided 21 points for Anadolu in their crucial win over Panathinaikos, while Vladimir Lucic offered 20 points for Bayern Munich in their loss away to Valencia.
Nick Calathes nabbed 11 assists for FC Barcelona.