It’s a double-header week in the EuroLeague, which means we bounce straight into Round 33. The end of the regular season is night, and there is still a lot to be decided.
The scores from the Wednesday 31st March EuroLeague games were:
- Khimki Moscow Region 87 – 85 LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
- Valencia Basket 79 – 88 Olympiacos Piraeus
The Thursday 1st April EuroLeague games are as follows:
TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul
The hosts are probably more concerned about what is happening behind them as opposed to hauling down the teams in front of them. However, this should provide Vitoria-Gasteiz with all the incentive they need in this game.
The Madrid defeat on Tuesday was a welcome bonus for the Spanish side, while Valencia’s slip on Wednesday would have been welcomed too. Anadolu of course have already qualified for the Play-Off, but they will be keen to maintain their home-court advantage, which they currently have thanks to their third place in the league.
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens vs. AX Armani Exchange Milan
This season has been a poor one for Panathinaikos,a nd you would be forgiven if they are keen to see this EuroLeague campaign come to an end. For Milan though, there is a need to remain focused. Heading into this game, Milan sit fourth, which would provide them with home-court advantage.
Of course, if they slip up in Greece, both Fenerbache and Bayern Munich will smell blood. If Milan rise to the pressure, they should win in style, but it could be a long night for all concerned.
Entering this season, Milan’s single-game record for assists by a player was 12, which Omar Cook set against Panathinaikos Athens on February 23, 2012.
FC Bayern Munich vs. Zalgiris Kaunas
Home-court advantage isn’t out of the question for the German side, although they have yet to officially qualify for the Play-Offs yet. Kaunas will look back on a season of missed opportunities, but they will relish the chance of upsetting the odds in Munich.
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade vs. Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
Two sides in the bottom six of the EuroLeague meet in this clash, and it is likely to be the least favoured game on Wednesday evening. That isn’t to say it can’t be enjoying. Both of these sides have served up some entertaining moments this season, and they will look to end their EuroLeague campaign with a sense of optimism.
It’s certainly the sort of game European basketball betting fans should look out for, because there is little pressure on either side.