Top Betting Picks for EuroLeague Games on Thursday, October 7, 2021

| October 5, 2021 10:18 am PDT

In Round 1 of the 2021-22 EuroLeague, favorites won in almost every game. Is the same going to be the case in Round 2, which kicks off with four games on Thursday, October 7?

This Thursday, I think we’ll see at least one underdog grabbing a win. Further, I also think no team will get thrashed. Instead, all four of Thursday’s EuroLeague games should be relatively close.

To see what I mean, make sure to read my betting predictions for all of those matchups.

Barcelona to Beat Bayern

Last Friday, we saw why bookmakers think Barcelona is the no.1 favorite to win the 2021-22 EuroLeague. The Spanish side demolished Alba Berlin 96-64.

We also saw why Barça’s Nikola Mirotic is one of the top EuroLeague MVP candidates this season. The Montenegrin power forward was the man of the match with 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 assist. What makes his stats even more impressive is that he spent only 17:34 on the court in that game.

Europe’s highest-paid player is expected to do great against Bayern Munich as well. Still, he and his teammates probably aren’t going to demolish Bayern the same way they did Alba.

One reason is that Bayern is a better team than its rivals from the German capital. Furthermore, Bayern has a pretty decent record against Barcelona, with two wins in their previous two meetings.

Another reason why I expect Bayern to do reasonably well is that Barcelona is playing on the road this time.

Of course, this doesn’t mean I’m expecting the Germans to win. On the contrary, I’m pretty confident we’ll see Barça winning again.

This time, however, it shouldn’t be a too dominant win. That said, maybe it would be smart to bet against the spread in this game.

Zenit Petersburg to Beat Zalgiris Kaunas

Zalgiris Kaunas has a very bad record when it comes to EuroLeague games against Zenit Petersburg. These two have met on four occasions thus far, and the Russian team won each time, as you can see below:

  • Zalgiris vs. Zenit Petersburg 70-82 (October 30, 2019)
  • Zenit Petersburg vs. Zalgiris 76-75 (March 5, 2020)
  • Zalgiris vs. Zenit Petersburg 83-75 (November 26, 2020)
  • Zenit Petersburg vs. Zalgiris Kaunas 77-65 (January 15, 2021)

Their previous two games saw Zenit Petersburg winning dominantly. Should we expect something similar this Thursday?

The answer is yes, and the reason is that Zenit Petersburg’s roster looks even stronger than the last season. Sure, Zalgiris will have fan support on their side, but the player quality is definitely on the visiting team’s side.

This season, the Russian team has several players with NBA experience on the roster, most notably Jordan Loyd.

The former guard for the Toronto Raptors started off his Zenit Petersburg career in top gear. He was one of the best players on the court in Zenit’s first EuroLeague game in 2021-22.

As a reminder, they beat UNICS Kazan on the road 70-69. Meanwhile, Zalgiris started its campaign with a defeat to Lyon. The final score was 88-76 for the French.

Panathinaikos to Beat Fenerbahce

Panathinaikos got ripped apart by Monaco in the first round of the EuroLeague. The score was 75-63, and now everyone seems to think the Greek team will continue losing.

They were horrible in Monaco–but this time, they play in front of their fans at EuroLeague’s largest arena, O.A.C.A. Olympic Indoor Hall.

At home, Panathinaikos has been without a defeat in competitive games since March. That’s when they lost to Baskonia in EuroLeague. However, in that game, Panathinaikos’ home arena was closed to the public.

Actually, the last time Panathinaikos fans were in the stands during a EuroLeague game was in early March 2020. You can be sure that some 19 months later, they’re more than eager to create a spectacular atmosphere.

This time, up to 18,500 fans will be in the stands, most of whom will be rooting for the Greek team. Will the fan support push Panathinaikos player to a victory?

It might, and it did in the past. In fact, Panathinaikos’ record against Fenerbahce in Greece is 11-4, with their previous two meetings at O.A.C.A. ending in favor of the hosts.

Maccabi Tel Aviv to Beat Red Star

Last season, Khimki was the worst team in the EuroLeague. The club got bankrupt in the meantime, and we won’t be seeing them in the EuroLeague this season. If there’s a team that could take their place at the bottom of the table, it’s Red Star.

In the 2021-22 season, the Serbian team went 10-24, which was superior only to Khimki.

This season, they might do even worse. They weren’t too terrible in the first game of the EuroLeague season. Red Star did lose to Fenerbahce, but they didn’t embarrass themselves. The Turkish team beat them by only four points.

However, Red Star might not be able to avoid an embarrassment against Maccabi. The champion of Israel has always been terrific at home, winning each of the past 12 games played at Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel-Aviv.

This includes their first EuroLeague game of the season. In Round 1, Maccabi beat Bayern 69-68 thanks to a fabulous performance in the final quarter.

Furthermore, Maccabi has a superb record against Red Star in games played in Israel, with an all-time record of 7-1.

Best Bets for Thursday’s EuroLeague Action

Bayern Munich +7.5 Against Barcelona1.91
Zenit Petersburg to Beat Zalgiris1.44
Panathinaikos +4.5 Against Fenerbahce1.91
Maccabi Tel Aviv to Beat Red Star1.23

All these bets look sure to win, in my opinion. If you agree with my picks, I have another bit of advice for you – put all four bets into a parlay.

This way, the odds should be around 6.46, which looks like an excellent value in my eyes.

Zarko Naric

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