Betting Preview and Odds for the 2021-22 EuroLeague Season
What the NBA is in America, the EuroLeague is in Europe. Although the format and some rules of the game are slightly different, there’s one major similarity between the two competitions – they both feature the best basketball teams from the continent.
This season, the best 18 European clubs will compete for the title, from September 30, 2021, to May/June 2022 when the EuroLeague Final Four starts.
Turkish team Anadolu Efes is the reigning champion, having won its first-ever EuroLeague title last season. Will the title stay in Turkey?
The top basketball betting sites seem to think so, making Anadolu Efes the #1 favorite to win the 2021-22 EuroLeague. However, bookies also think the Turkish team will have to work hard to keep the title in its possession.
Barcelona, CSKA Moscow, Real Madrid, and all the other giants of European basketball are determined to take the title away.
Looking to bet on EuroLeague play this year? Be sure to read my 2021-22 EuroLeague betting preview before you do.
Odds for Who Will Win 2021-22 EuroLeague
Oddsmakers favor Anadolu Efes to win the 2021-22 EuroLeague, which is not surprising considering that this is the team that won the title last season.
The team they beat in the final was Barcelona, which is the second favorite for the 2021-22 championship.
CSKA Moscow is also among the top favorites, the team that reached the Final Four in the 2020-21 tournament. Then, there’s also Real Madrid, the club with more EuroLeague trophies in the cabinet than anyone else.
Olimpia Milano, the team that won the #3 place in the previous tournament, is currently fifth in the list of EuroLeague favorites for the upcoming season.
Why is Anadolu Efes the Favorite?
The simple answer is, it’s because Anadolu Efes is the reigning champion of the competition. A longer answer is, they have pretty much the same roster as before, led by the EuroLeague MVP Vasilije Micic.
The Philadelphia 76ers second-round pick in 2014, has been the crucial man for Efes ever since he moved to Turkey in 2018. At the age of 27, the Serbian point guard seems to have no intention of slowing down anytime soon.
Of course, Efes is not a one-man army; there are plenty of other top-quality players on this team’s roster. Cincinnati-native, Shane Larkin is probably the best example.
Now a 28-year-old, the American holds the EuroLeague record for the most points scored in a single game in the 21st century. It happened in 2019 when he scored 49 points in Efes’ win over Bayern Munich.
Other 2021-22 EuroLeague Contenders
Are there any teams that could take down Anadolu Efes from the EuroLeague throne? Sure, there are!
Actually, there are 17 other elite European teams that have the chance to do so. Even the biggest EuroLeague underdogs – Red Star Belgrade and Alba Berlin – could make things difficult for the reigning champ.
Of course, some teams have a better chance than others.
There are three that stand out from the crowd, namely, Barcelona, CSKA Moscow, and Real Madrid.
Before the start of their EuroLeague-winning season, Anadolu Efes wasn’t the main title favorite in the bookies’ eyes. Instead, it was Barcelona.
The roles have changed in 2021, and now Barcelona is behind Efes in the list of the top 2021-22 EuroLeague candidates. (standout text)
The Spanish team is famously good at defending, having conceded the least number of points in the previous EuroLeague campaign. This year, they’re expected to do something similar.
Getting to the postseason should be no problem for Barcelona. The only question is, how far will they go in the Playoffs?
The overall stats leader of the 2020-21 EuroLeague has decided to move back to America. The man in question is Mike James, who averaged 19.3 points and 5.7 assists per game last season.
He’s out, but Alexey Shved is in.
CSKA Moscow signed the Russian guard from Khimki, where he spent the previous six seasons. In the 2020-21 season of the EuroLeague, he was the points leader with 19.8 on average, as well as the assists leader with 7.7 per game.
Shved’s feat is even more impressive knowing that Khimki failed to do much last year, finishing the regular season at the very bottom of the EuroLeague table, with a 4-30 record.
He now has much better teammates by his side, so should we expect him to do even better? Definitely! And his output will likely make CSKA even more efficient in the offense.
The team from the Spanish capital mustn’t be underestimated. After all, Los Blancos have the most EuroLeague titles of all the clubs on the continent.
They weren’t too impressive last season, finishing sixth in the regular season and ending their postseason campaign in the first round of the EuroLeague Playoffs.
Truth be told, the reason behind their early exit is that their opponent was Anadolu Efes.
Perhaps Real Madrid will have better luck this time?
Betting on the EuroLeague in 2021-22
Anadolu Efes is the favorite for a reason – this is probably the best basketball team in Europe. “Probably” is the word to focus on here, as there are several other teams competing for that label.
Barcelona is seen as the main contender, followed by CSKA Moscow.
Not only does this team look capable of outscoring literally anyone in Europe but their players are hungry for titles.
The last time they won the EuroLeague was in the 2011-12 season. Ten years seems like too-long of a wait for the Moscow-based club.
If you enjoy betting on EuroLeague, be sure to check out our guide to betting on EuroLeague basketball.