Top EuroLeague Picks for Round 4 Games on Friday, October 15

By Zarko Naric in Basketball
| October 14, 2021 1:18 pm PDT

The EuroLeague Round 4 concludes on Friday with five interesting games. The biggest storyline of the matchday is whether the reigning EuroLeague champion will finally grab its first win in the 2021-22 season.

The team I’m talking about is Anadolu Efes, whose record coming into Round 4 is 0-3. The trouble is that the champs are squaring off with undefeated Olimpia Milano.

That’s the game I will cover in-depth now, but don’t worry, I will provide my betting analyses for a few more games as well. On top of everything, I will present you with my top betting picks for Friday’s EuroLeague. Let’s go!

Anadolu Efes to Beat Olimpia Milano

This will be a clash between two European heavyweights led by two arguably best coaches in the EuroLeague.

On one end, there’s Ettore Messina, the former assistant coach for Gregg Popovich at the San Antonio Spurs.

In Europe, the 62-year-old Italian legend is best known as the man who won four EuroLeague titles, as well as got crowned the EuroLeague Coach of the Year on two occasions.

Speaking of the Coach of the Year award, the recipient of this year’s award is no other than the Anadolu Efes boss, Ergin Ataman.

What’s kind of sad is that Ataman received his award just before the game with CSKA, which his team ended up losing 100-96. That was their second defeat of the season, after the Round 1 loss to Real Madrid.

Their most recent, as well as their probably most heartbreaking loss, happened last Tuesday when Lyon beat them 75-73.

It’s not just because that Efes lost by just two points; it’s also because the EuroLeague champions had a 14-point lead at halftime.

Knowing all this, you understand that Efes’ players will be super motivated on Friday. They’re desperate to grab their first win of the season and I think they’ll get it.

CSKA Moscow to Beat Crvena Zvezda

Red Star, or Crvena Zvezda as it’s officially called, did a very good job in the previous two EuroLeague games. First, they beat Maccabi in Tel Aviv; then, they won against Zalgiris in Belgrade.

Things don’t look that bright for this team in Round 4, though. They’re taking one CSKA Moscow, one of the top candidates for the EuroLeague title in 2021-22.

CSKA really doesn’t seem like a team Crvena Zvezda likes playing. Evidence of this is that the Russian team beat them in 12 of their 14 games since 1991.

Crvena Zvezda did get a win over CSKA about a year ago, but a lot has changed since.

For instance, CSKA is much stronger in the offense thanks to Alexey Shved’s arrival. Last season’s scoring leader of the EuroLeague still hasn’t fully fit in with his new teammates, but I think it’s just a matter of time when he’ll start killing it again.

Still, the Russian guard probably isn’t going to be the man to take down Crvena Zvezda on Friday. Instead, I expect to see a lot from Kenneth Faried.

The NCAA rebound leader in the post-1973 era has joined CSKA to take the role of the center in Milutinov’s absence. He’ll probably share that position with Johannes Voigtmann and Joel Bolomboy.

The reason why the center position will be crucial in Friday’s game is that it’s Crvena Zvezda’s Achille’s Heel.

This team’s scouts are working hard on bringing in another center, but that’s not going to happen in time for the CSKA game.

Even if Crvena Zvezda had an elite center, they’d still probably end up losing to CSKA in Moscow. This way, I expect them to lose heavily.

Picks for the Remaining EuroLeague Round 4 Games on Friday

  • Barcelona to Beat Monaco
  • Real Madrid to Beat Panathinaikos
  • Olympiakos to Beat Zalgiris

Barcelona is 3-0 in the EuroLeague right now, but this team’s previous performance was far from impressive. The Spanish team beat Olympiakos at home, with the final score being 79-78 after overtime.

On Friday, Barcelona is playing against Monaco on the road, meaning that an equally tough task awaits them. Still, this team definitely has the quality needed to get to 4-0.

Barcelona’s biggest nemesis, Real Madrid is playing against Panathinaikos in Spain. I can see the hosts winning that game without any problems.

The bad news is that the bookies share my opinion, which is why Real Madrid odds are very, very short.

It’s a similar case when Olympiakos is concerned. The Greeks are expected to demolish Zalgiris, a team that’s still without a win in the EuroLeague this season.

Best EuroLeague Bets for Friday, October 15

Anadolu Efes to Beat Olimpia Milano2.25
CSKA Moscow -12.5 Against Crvena Zvezda1.91

The odds available at top basketball betting sites suggest these bets might be risky, at least slightly. However, I can see both of them winning.

If you’re looking for safer bets this Friday, I say back the favorites to win – Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Olympiakos.

Unfortunately, the odds aren’t great, but if you put those three bets into a parlay, you’d get the price of about 1.65.

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