EuroLeague Predictions and Best Bets – January 22, 2021
EuroLeague basketball closes out the week with four more games. The best team in the league is in action and will look to keep their hold on first place.
Seven other teams are in action, of course, so there is a lot to think about for bettors. Here’s a quick look at the other contests for Friday, January 22nd.
- Fenerbahce Ulker vs. CSKA Moscow
- FC Barcelona vs. Crvena Zvezda
- Olympiacos vs. Zalgiris
- Alba Berlin vs. Saski Baskonia
Both CSKA Moscow and FC Barcelona are playing today, so in theory, there could be a tie atop the EuroLeague standings when the dust settles on Friday’s schedule.
Either way, this appears to be a fun slate.
One quick look at the best sites for betting on the EuroLeague suggests this is going to be a fairly competitive slate.
If you need a little help gauging which way to bet, join me for my EuroLeague predictions and top betting picks.
Fenerbahce Ulker vs. CSKA Moscow
- CSKA Moscow to beat Fenerbahce
- Predicted total: 155-160
CSKA Moscow comes in at a stellar 15-5. Mike James heads the best team in the league, and they’ll be looking to get back on track after a loss to FC Barcelona.
I do think it’s worth noting that James is a bit banged up, of course.
Mike James: Dealing with leg injury – https://t.co/9Kkqe2LNnT— RotoWire EuroLeague (@RotoWireEuro) January 18, 2021
Fenerbahce is a tougher opponent than some might think, too. They actually fought CSKA Moscow extremely hard (lost, 78-77) back in round three, and they’re red hot at the moment with five straight wins behind them.
I’m sure CSKA Moscow holds down the fort at home, but don’t be shocked if Fenerbahce comes to play and beats the spread.
FC Barcelona vs. Crvena Zvezda Predictions
- Barcelona to beat Crvena
- Predicted total: 150-155
Barcelona is still down a key star in Nikola Mirotic, but Nick Calathes has played well during a three-game winning streak.
More importantly, Barcelona trimmed the gap between them and CSKA Moscow with a key win last week.
I think they keep on trucking here and take care of business against an inferior Crvena team. A shot at first place in the 2021 EuroLeague standings depends on it.
Olympiacos vs. Zalgiris Predictions
- Zalgiris to beat Olympiacos
- Predicted total: 155-160
Kostas Sloukas continues to be the driving force for Olympiacos, who are 3-1 over their last four games.
Their balanced attack will have a challenge on their hands against 11-9 Zalgiris, which has two surging players in Joffrey Lauvergne and Marius Grigonis.
The latter didn’t crack the top-10 plays of December for nothing.
Marius Grigonis at No.1 in Euroleague top 10 plays of December https://t.co/Pc6qVZDSmC— Sportando (@Sportando) January 7, 2021
Both have played well during a nice run where Zalgiris has gone 6-2. Their two losses? To the best team in the league and a strong Zenit squad.
Zalgiris is in better form and actually edged out Olympiacos back in round one. Look for them to do it again on Friday.
Alba Berlin vs. Saski Baskonia Predictions
- Saski Baskonia to beat Alba Berlin
- Predicted total: 160-165
Alba Berlin has their work cut out for them on Friday. They’re at home, but they’re one of the worst teams at 7-13, and they’re riding an ugly six-game skid.
I don’t love their chances to turn things around here, while it’s worth noting that during their losing streak, they’ve lost by at least 8+ points five times.
They did beat Baskonia in a wild 95-91 shootout earlier this year, but I anticipate the result being much different this time around.
Best EuroLeague Bets for Friday, January 22nd
- Fenerbahce (+6.5) -109
- Barcelona (-7.5) -113
- Zalgiris to Win (-175)
There are a few other bets to look at, but the three EuroLeague picks listed here are my favorite.
Even without their best player, they’re too deep and too balanced. I think they coast to a big win to close out the week.
Fenerbahce has been in a groove, too. Yeah, they’re almost certainly losing to the EuroLeague’s top team, but I think they give it a go and make it a lot closer than anyone is expecting.
Zalgiris is also a pretty good bet to win, and this is one of the better straight up plays on the slate. I’m not seeing any major EuroLeague upsets to shoot for on this slate, but I think bettors still have plenty of value coming their way.