Maccabi Tel Aviv v Real Madrid: Maccabi (+3.5) @ 10/11
After five matches, Maccabi have a 3-2 record and are playing well at home, where they are 2-1. Their only loss was so far was against Olympiakos, by one point.
Real Madrid are a powerhouse in the Euroleague and are one of the favourites to win the tournament. They currently have a record of 4-1, but they did lose their last match at home against Khimki Moscow. The Spanish side have the best attack in the league, with 87.4 points-per-game, but find themselves on this occasion up against a tough defence that have so far conceded just 72.6 points per match.
Los Merengues have also lost their starting centre, Gustavo Ayon, who underwent shoulder surgery this week and will be out indefinitely.
With Anthony Randolph just returning from an injury himself, this makes Real potentially weak under the basket against Maccabi, who are the team averaging most rebounds per match, and in Alex Tyus have the best rebounder in the league with 8.2 rebounds per match.
While Real are still the favouritse, the match under the basket may be a difficult one for them, and that will allow Maccabi to keep the score close.
Olympiakos v Panathinaikos: Panathinaikos (+4.5) @ 5/6
Olympiakos is hosting the first Greek Derby of this Euroleague season. The rivalry between these two teams is intense, and as usual it will be a tough match. Olympiakos are 4-1 at the start of the season and suffered their first defeat last week at the hands of Barcelona.
Panathinaikos, meanwhile, had a slow start this season (2-3) and lost last week at home against Saski Baskonia by one point. Both teams are low scoring: Olympiakos average 73.4 points per match, while Panathinaikos are at 76.2.
Olympiakos look stronger in defence where they concede just 71 points per match against the 83 that Panathinaikos allowed in the first five matches of the Euroleague.
But a closely contested match is to be expected, and Panathinaikos have done well over the past year away to Olympiakos. In last year’s Greek A1 Finals, Panathinaikos secured the title by winning the last match of the series away from home and in the other match of the series they lost by just two points.
This season in the Greek domestic league they went down at Olympiakos by just 2 points and we expect this match to be once again very tightly balanced.
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