Euroleague - I Feel DevotionIt seems as though the bookmakers are pretty certain about which two teams will be battling it out in the Euroleague Final on Sunday the 18th of May in Milan. The semi-finals are taking place in the same Italian city on Friday the 16th of May, but Bwin and Bet365 seem pretty certain about which two of the semi-finalists will book their place at the premier event in European basketball.

There is nothing odd about CSKA Moscow basketball success

With CSKA Moscow winning 4 out of the last 5 matches they have played against Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, it is easy to see why the bookmakers have the Russian side as strong favourites heading into this tie. The team, many people’s tips to clinch the Euroleague Final Four again, look as though they’ll take some stopping. A triumph this season would be the Russian side’s third Euroleague triumph in the Final Four era, but they know that it won’t be easy.

At the time of checking (Wednesday lunchtime), both Bwin and Bet365 were providing odds of 1.40 for CSKA Moscow to make their way through to the final. Bwin have Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv at 2.90 while you will find odds of 3.00 for the unfancied team to cause an upset in the semi-final on Bet365.

With respect to the total points in the game, both sites are providing odds at 146.5. Bwin is providing odds of 1.87 for the over/under bet for this score while Bet365 is offering odds of 1.90 for the same over/under wager.

Spanish giants are always at odds with each other

Of the last 5 performances between the Spanish giants, Real Madrid has triumphed in four of the last five. However, you should note that Barcelona triumphed in the last match between the two and they are the outsiders for the bookmakers for the semi-final clash. Bwin have Real Madrid at 1.62 to win through to the final and you will receive odds of 2.25 for the men from Catalonia to beat their capital city counterparts. Bet365 provide odds along similar lines but you’ll find that they have Real Madrid prices at 1.60 while Barcelona are priced up at 2.40 for the win. If you believe that the semi-finals will throw up an upset or two, the Bet365 site is the one with the more attractive odds so be smart if you are placing bets for the semi-final matches.

Bwin is pricing the total points scored bet at 154.5 with odds of 1.87 for the over/under bets. For the over/under bets of 154.5 points on Bet365, you will find odds of 2.03 for 155 or more points to be scored and odds of 1.70 for 154 or fewer points to be scored.

Whether you think the bookies have called it right or they have laid themselves wide open for you to make a killing, make sure you are involved with the Euroleague Final Four matches.