Only half of the games in Round 10 of the Top 16 in the Euroleague have been played but we already have a team who have booked their place in the play-offs. This makes Group E a little bit tighter and things are certainly getting quite exciting in the leading Euroleague basketball tournament. If you are looking for exciting basketball betting action, this is the best time of year because there is so much at stake.
Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul 68 – Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade 91
This was a game that the away side led from start to finish with the home crowd being left feeling flat and deflated about the manner of victory for the Belgrade side. This moved the away side on to a 3-7 record and out of last place, a position now solely occupied by Galatasaray who have a 2-8 record. Belgrade had a twenty point lead in the second quarter and although the Turkish team got to within 9 points, this was the cue for Jaka Blazic to grab ten points in a 0-17 scoring run that put the game out of sight.
Blazic grabbed 19 points in total for the winners with Boban Marjanovic offering up 14 points and 9 rebounds while Charles Jenkins grabbed 14 points. Maik Zirbes and Luka Mitrovic offered up 12 points each and Nikola Kalinic provided 11 points. For the home side, Martynas Pocius offered up 13 points while Zoran Ercig provided 11 points and Patric Young served up 10 points.
FC Barcelona 89 – Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 71
This win moved the Catalan giants clear into second place and they now hold a 7-3 record in the Top 16. The losing champions now hold a 6-4 record and sit behind Barcelona in the table. The manner of victory ensured that Barcelona grab the advantage with the head to head tiebrak between the teams. Ante Tomic was a key player for the Catalan side grabbing 16 points, on a night when he shot perfectly. Tomic also picked up 12 rebounds, giving him a double-double for the game. Justin Doellman offered up 13 points while Tomas Satoransky, Juan Carlos Navarro and DeShaun Thomas all offered up 11 points.
The leading player for Maccabi was Joe Alexander, who offered up 11 points while Sofoklis Schortsanitis grabbed 15 points and Brian Randle offered 10 points for the champions who will still think that they are in very strong contention for the play-offs.
Real Madrid 93 – Alba Berlin 62
This was a game Real Madrid wanted to win to clinch their play-off passage from the Top 16 and they did so in tremendous style. This was a convincing win from start to finish and with a 9-1 record in Group E, the Spanish giants know that they can look forward to remaining in the competition. The loss for Berlin dropped them to a 4-6 record, and they fell to fifth place in the group. Madrid held a double digit lead in the opening quarter and although the Germans were 46-39 at half-time, Madrid were playing on the break, carefully picking off their opponents who had to attack.
Jaycee Caroll offered up 13 points for Madrid, Sergio Lull provided 12 points, Rudy Fernandez grabbed 11 points while both Andres Nocioni and Gustavo Ayon provided 10 points. Alba were still without Jamel McLean and also had Cliff Hammonds and Leon Radosevic unavailable were boosted
Nizhny Novgorod 89 – Laboral Kutxa Vitoria 85
Nizhny may have played for 37 minutes of this game without holding the lead but that doesn’t matter if you hold the lead when the buzzer goes. The 89-85 win sees Nizhny move to a 3-7 record while Laboral are now on a 4-6 record in Group F. With just seven minutes left on the clock, Laboral actually held a lead of 66-74 but Nizhny were lifted by Evgeny Baburin and Trey Thompkins was hugely influential during a 11-0 run that won the game for the home side.
Thompkins offered 22 points and 10 rebounds, which was the fifth time he grabbed a double-double in this Top 15. Gal Mekel may have started on the bench but he offered 20 points and Taylor Rochestie was able to add 14 points and 9 assists. Artisom Parakhouski provided 13 points while Baburin provided 12 points.
Laboral were helped by Davis Bertans providing 21 points and there were four other players in double figures for the Spanish side. Fabien Causeur grabbed 13 points, Tornike Shengelia and Mike James both provided 11 points and Darius Adams grabbed 10 points. It was a brave showing by Laboral but their late collapse proved costly.