Best Betting Picks for EuroLeague Games on Friday, October 8, 2021

| October 7, 2021 11:07 am PDT

Round 2 of the 2021-22 EuroLeague ends with five games on Friday. If you’re planning to bet on them, you’re at the right place.

I will now provide you with essential info about each matchup and share my betting predictions with you.

So, with no further ado, let’s start!

Anadolu Efes to Beat CSKA Moscow

The reigning EuroLeague champion lost in the opening round to Real Madrid. Los Blancos beat them 82-69, which did come as a bit of a surprise.

Anadolu Efes was a pre-game underdog, but bookmakers didn’t think the Turkish team would lose by 13 points. Instead, the spread was set to only two points.

This Friday, Efes is the favorite, even though they face another EuroLeague giant – CSKA Moscow.

Same as Efes, this team too started the 2021-22 EuroLeague campaign. Unlike Efes, CSKA lost to an underdog.

Despite coming into the game as a five-point underdog, Olimpia Milano ended up beating the Russian champ 84-74.

Obviously, CSKA would love to bounce back with a win straight away, but Efes has the exact same plan. That said, both teams will be super motivated on Friday, meaning that the decisive factor in this game is going to be player quality.

So, which team has better players?

Probable Starting Lineups
Team Anadolu Efes CSKA Moscow
Shooting Guard Vasilije Micic Aleksey Shved
Point Guard Shane Larkin Iffe Lundberg
Power Forward Adrien Moerman Nikita Kurbanov
Small Forward Krunoslav Simon Will Clyburn
Center Filip Petrusev Nikola Milutinov

The key player for Anadolu Efes is Vasilije Micic, who won the EuroLeague MVP award last season. He didn’t do too great against Real Madrid, with just 9 points.

Two of his teammates did better – Shane Larkin scored 21, while Filip Petrusev scored 17.

Over in CSKA, all eyes are on Aleksey Shved, who didn’t impress against Olimpia Milano. Instead, CSKA’s best player in that game was Iffe Lundberg. 

All of these guys are expected to do much better in Round 2, meaning that we’re in for a very exciting game. But, which team will win the game?

I think Efes has better players, even though CSKA Moscow’s roster is much stronger this season than before.

It’s going to be a close game, but Efes will win it.

Olympiakos to Beat Real Madrid

Although it’s called Peace and Friendship Arena, Olympiacos’ home venue can be a very hostile environment for the opposition players. The thing is that the home fans are famously very passionate, often creating a crazy atmosphere in the stands.

This explains why Olympiacos has been so superior at home when fans are around. Unfortunately for the Greek champion, fans weren’t there to support them earlier this year.

With no fans in the stands, Olympiacos lost 10 of their 17 home games in the 2020-21 EuroLeague season.

The good news for the Greeks is that the fans are back in. Almost 6,000 home fans attended the game against Baskonia, which Olympiacos won 75-50.

This time, a much better team is coming to Greece. Still, Olympiacos players probably don’t fear Real Madrid much. After all, the Greek team has a pretty impressive history against Los Blancos, especially in home games.

Excluding their 2020 matchup, which was played behind closed doors, Olympiacos beat Real Madrid in 12 of the 14 EuroLeague games these two played in Athens since the start of the century.

I can definitely see them getting another one.

Lyon to Beat Alba Berlin

Alba Berlin won the previous three EuroLeague games against Lyon. However, I think it’s time for the French club to end the losing streak.

ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne, as this team’s official name is, started its rebuilding process a few years ago when NBA legend Tony Parker took over.

Serving as the club president, Tony made some big changes in Lyon. For instance, we saw him giving the role of the head coach to his brother, T. J. Parker.

In his first year at Lyon’s helm, T.J. led them to the domestic title. In his second year, his goal is to take Lyon to the EuroLeague playoffs, something this team hasn’t achieved since the 2016-17 season.

They definitely got the manpower to do it, as they demonstrated in Round 1 by beating Zalgiris 88-76 at home.

What’s interesting is that Lyon’s top three scorers against Zalgiris were the guys who arrived in France this summer, namely:

  • Elie Okobo (23 points) – came from the Long Island Nets, a Brooklyn Nets affiliate
  • Chris Jones (21 points) – arrived from Maccabi Tel Aviv
  • Youssoupha Fall (12 points) – came to Lyon from Baskonia

Lyon’s newcomers led the team to their first EuroLeague victory, with fans attending L’Astroballe in more than a year.

This Friday, Lyon plays on the road. However, this time, Lyon’s opponent is one of the worst teams competing in the EuroLeague.

In fact, Alba Berlin and Red Star Belgrade are the biggest underdogs, with the odds of +15000 on each team.

That said, the French champion just mustn’t miss the chance to add another win to the record.

Olimpia Milano to Beat Baskonia

The biggest surprise of Round 1 of the 2021-22 EuroLeague was CSKA Moscow’s defeat to Olimpia Milano.

In that game, we saw Ettore Messina’s brilliance in action. One of Europe’s most decorated basketball coaches showed everyone why Giorgio Armani-owned team appointed him as their boss.

Of course, Olimpia Milano doesn’t owe the success only to the coach but to players as well. Saying that they were brilliant in Round 1 would be an understatement.

Just take a look at the stats of Olympia’s starters, and you’ll see what I mean:

Player Points Rebounds Assists
Shavon Shields (SF) 17 7 5
Sergio Rodriguez (PG) 17 4 2
Nicolo Melli (PF) 15 6 1
Kyle Hines (C) 13 2 3
Devon Hall (SG) 11 1

If these guys managed to destroy such a strong team as CSKA Moscow, they should have zero problems doing the same against Baskonia.

UNICS Kazan to Beat Monaco

UNICS players must feel awful after not beating their Russian rivals Zenit Petersburg in Round 1 of the EuroLeague.

UNICS’ 9-0 drive in the final quarter just wasn’t enough to turn the game in their favor – the hosts ended up losing by just one point.

With a new round comes a new challenge, but this time, you can expect UNICS players to be even more motivated. They just have to go for a win, as their schedule is going to get real ugly real soon.

By the end of the month, they will have to face such EuroLeague heavyweights as Fenerbahce, Anadolu Efes, and Real Madrid.

They aren’t going to lack any motivation against Monaco, that’s for sure. The question is whether their players have the quality to set UNICS’ EuroLeague record to 1-1?

Judging by what we saw in their previous four EuroLeague meetings, the answer is no. Monaco beat them in each of those games.

Still, stranger things have happened in the EuroLeague, and knowing that UNICS will have fans on their side, they might be able to grab a win. A very narrow win, most probably.

Best EuroLeague Bets for Friday, October 8

Anadolu Efes to Beat CSKA Moscow1.50
Olympiacos +2.5 Against Real Madrid1.87
Lyon to Beat Alba Berlin1.86
UNICS Kazan to Beat Monaco1.57
Olimpia Milano to Beat Baskonia1.52

Even though all of these bets seem very safe from my point of view, the betting odds are still pretty attractive. This goes especially for Olimpia Milano, which is the banker of the round, in my opinion.

Another bet you shouldn’t miss is Lyon. This team is just much, much better than Alba Berlin, and the 1.87 odds are just too good to sleep on them.

When it comes to the other three games, they all look destined to win, although I wouldn’t put too much money on them individually. Instead, I’d rather put them together in a parlay bet and go with a reasonable stake.

Zarko Naric

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