EuroLeague Predictions and Best Bets – March 25, 2021

| March 25, 2021 5:32 am PDT

I can safely say I have missed EuroLeague betting over the past week. It’s weird to say that with the NBA and March Madness to fall back on, but it’s true.

Thursday brings it back in style, with five games to bet on. Check out who is playing on March 25th, 2021.

  • Crvena vs. CSKA
  • Panathinaikos vs. Anadolu Efes
  • Maccabi Tel Aviv vs. Zalgiris
  • Real Madrid vs. Asvel
  • Bayern Munich vs. Valencia

While I’m glad to have EuroLeague betting back, this has the potential to be a ghastly slate.

Two of these games have insane point spreads (north of +12), while only one game really feels “reliable” when projecting it to be a tight battle.

Each one is still worth looking at, and there is always a bet to snag from any contest. With that, let’s get into Thursday’s EuroLeague predictions and top betting picks.

Crvena vs. CSKA Predictions

  • CSKA to beat Crvena
  • Predicted total: 155-160

This is one of the likely blowouts I mentioned. Crvena isn’t good, and they’ll be facing one of the best teams in the league in CSKA Moscow.

The latter is in second place in the standings, and I don’t expect them to trip up here. I’m still not super interested in betting on the spread, of course, as the top basketball betting sites have it listed at a cool +12.5 for Crvena.

Mike James is heating up with 22 and 21 points in his last two games, and he’s unlikely to cool off in this spot.

Crvena won a crazy 86-84 shootout earlier this year, but don’t let that fool you. Ultimately, I have a slight lean toward CSKA covering, but the best play is likely the Over or just staying away.

Panathinaikos vs. Anadolu Efes Predictions

  • Anadolu Efes to beat Panathinaikos
  • Predicted total: 155-160

Anadolu Efes is the biggest favorite at -14.5, and I get it. Shane Larkin and Vasilije Micic are playing lights out, and they’ve climbed all the way to third in the EuroLeague standings.

Bayern Munich did edge out Anadolu by one point in their last game, but that snapped an insane eight-game winning streak.

In that stretch, Anadolu covered this spread six times.

That alone makes them interesting, but you’re not betting on them to win at -954, and winning by 15 points is still a big ask.

Keep in mind that Panathinaikos is still quite talented. They could be down top guard Nemanja Nedovic again, but he’s closing in on a return, and the team did bring in Mario Hezonja.

They’re just 10-18 on the year, but they’ve been really competitive. In their last four losses, they’ve lost by double digits just once. They won their other three games over their last seven contests, too.

All things considered, it’s just too thick of a spread. I love Panathinaikos at +14.5, and if you feel like getting crazy, you could do worse than betting on them at +674.

Maccabi Tel Aviv vs. Zalgiris Predictions

  • Zalgiris to beat Maccabi Tel Aviv
  • Predicted total: 150-155

This is one of the more evenly matched battles on Thursday, as 11-17 Maccabi battles 15-15 Zalgiris.

The latter has been the better team, and they’re considerably more balanced. They aren’t in great form (1-5 over their last six), and they got crushed in this same matchup earlier this season.

Of course, Maccabi Tel Aviv comes in at less than 100%. Big man Othello Hunter has been ruled out for this one already.

He is a sizable loss, as he averages almost nine points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Against a string of viable bigs like Joffrey Lauvergne, Augustin Rubit and Nigel Hayes, I think that’s a deal breaker for me.

It’s a close call, but I like Zalgiris as a -179 favorite.

Real Madrid vs. Asvel Predictions

  • Real Madrid to beat Asvel
  • Predicted total: 150-155

Real Madrid has been slumping lately, but there’s a chance that people just look at their recent form and bet poorly here.

Yes, they’re just 2-5 over their last seven games, but most of those losses were close, and to really good teams.

Last time I checked, you don’t get knocked for losing to the likes of CSKA, Barcelona, and Valencia.

The one-point loss to Khimki was obviously shocking and super disappointing, but Real Madrid has spent a lot of time without two of their best guards.

They feel like a reasonable option here, as they prepare to battle an Asvel squad they ousted earlier this year.

To their credit, Asvel put together a really nice seven-game winning streak to turn their season around. They’ve dropped three in a row since then, but they’ve done so while scoring 75, 86, and 89 points.

I think this is a close one, and the points should be there for the taking.

Real Madrid is my pick to win, but you’re not chasing them at -249. I like Asvel to beat the +5.5 spread, and the Over is alluring given their recent defensive struggles.

Bayern Munich vs. Valencia Predictions

  • Bayern Munich to beat Valencia
  • Predicted total: 155-160

Easily the best game of the slate sees Bayern Munich battle Valencia Basket. Bayern has climbed up the ladder and comes in at 19-11 after winning seven of their last nine games.

They had a clutch win over Anadolu in their last game, so they’re either rounding into elite form, or they could be in for a letdown.

Valencia may not be able to take advantage, of course. They are really banged up right now, with Bojan Dubljevic, Mike Tobey, and Sam Van Rossom all at less than 100%.

Van Rossom is due back for this game, but you’ll want to check for updates on everyone else.

Due to the health concerns – and the fact that I was leaning toward the more reliable Bayern anyways – I see no reason not to bet on Bayern in some capacity.

They look fine ATS (+3), or you can go for it at +133. The Over (-104) is another secondary bet worth considering, as well.

Best EuroLeague Bets for Thursday, March 25th

  • Panathinaikos (+14.5) -117
  • Zalgiris to Win (-179)
  • Asvel (+5.5) -107
  • Real Madrid vs. Asvel Over 160 (-102)
  • Bayern Munich to Win (+133)

The more games, the more bets tend to stand out. I’ll be honest, when I first looked at Thursday’s EuroLeague odds, I didn’t really think there would be this many bets that I’d like.

It’s funny how that works sometimes, but there are five games, and five bets look very appealing.

The first is Panathinaikos. I won’t go as far as calling the upset, but the price there is obscene. So is the spread. They’re really a lot better than their record suggests, and +14.5 is just too thick to not try to take advantage of.

I also like Zalgiris and Bayern Munich to get wins. You’re eating a little money to back Zalgiris, while Bayern is a really nice underdog play. Both teams are the superior, healthier teams in their matchups.

Asvel at +5.5 also looks good. They’re very competitive, and that line feels a little thick against a Real Madrid team that is much scarier in name than reality right now.

That said, Asvel’s defense has done them no favors. Real Madrid probably edges them out in a close, high-scoring game.

Noah Davis
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