Betting Tips for EuroLeague Round 12 Games on Friday, November 26

By Zarko Naric in Basketball
| November 25, 2021 4:57 am PST

Friday, November 26 is when Round 12 of the 2021-22 EuroLeague comes to an end. There are four games on the program that day, namely:

    • Crvena Zvezda vs. UNICS
    • Monaco vs. ASVEL Lyon
    • Olimpia Milano vs. Olympiacos
    • Barcelona vs. Zalgiris

I will now preview all of those matchups, providing my betting tips along the way. So, let’s start!

Crvena Zvezda to Beat UNICS

The last time Crvena Zvezda played in the EuroLeague, they got obliterated by Real Madrid. The final score was 79-67, which isn’t that bad, considering that Zvezda was seriously undermanned in that game. They were without some of their best players – Nikola Kalinic, Nate Wolters, Luka Mitrovic, and Aaron White.

The good news for the Serbian team is that all those guys should play on Friday against UNICS. Excluding White, all of them featured in Zvezda’s ABA League game on Monday, in which they beat Montenegrin team Studentski Centar 99-67.

Zvezda seems to be back on the right track, but so is UNICS. This team is coming off some really impressive performances, most notably the one against Olimpia Milano, in which they won 97-71, scoring 14 three-pointers along the way.

The win over the Italian heavyweight was one of the five straight wins this team recorded over the last couple of weeks. What’s interesting is that the game in question took place in Kazan, a Russian city close to Europe’s eastern geographical border.

Actually, four of UNICS’ five previous wins happened at home. What needs to worry them is that Crvena Zvezda is even more impressive at home. This team won 23 of their previous 25 games played in Belgrade.

Further, Zvezda has a 4-0 all-time record against UNICS at home. I’m pretty confident we’ll see the fifth happening on Friday.

ASVEL Lyon to Beat Monaco

Monaco is seen as the betting favorite in the Round 12 clash with ASVEL Lyon, the team that beat them in each of their previous three meetings.

The reason behind this is that Lyon is having problems with absentees. Last week, Dylan Osetkowski and Marcos Knight tested positive for coronavirus, meaning that they’ll be off the court for at least another week.

On top of that, Lyon has a few more injuries, most notably:

    • Antoine Diot
    • David Lighty
    • Raymar Morgan
    • Victor Wembanyama (doubtful)

On a positive note, most of Lyon’s key men are fit and ready for the clash with Monaco – Elie Okobo, Chris Jones, Kostas Antetokounmpo, and others.

Olimpia Milano to Beat Olympiacos

Both teams are flying very high in the EuroLeague. Olimpia Milano is 8-3, Olympiacos is 7-4. Nevertheless, online sportsbooks think the Italian team will have a field day on Friday. The reason is that the Greek team is horrible when playing on the road.

Despite being in fifth place in the EuroLeague, Olympiacos is still without an away win in this competition. They’re 0-4 on the road this season, which isn’t too surprising as they’ve always been bad when playing outside Greece.

Just take a look at their away record in a previous couple of EuroLeague seasons:

    • 9-8 in the 2020-21 season (*most teams played behind locked doors due to COVID-19)
    • 3-11 in the 2019-20 season (*the season was canceled in March 2020 due to the pandemic)
    • 5-10 in the 2018-19 season
    • 7-8 in the 2017-18 season

If all this isn’t enough to convince you to back Olimpia Milano, you should also know that this team’s been sensational when playing home. In fact, they’re on a series of 11 straight wins at Mediolanum Forum in Milan.

Barcelona to Beat Zalgiris

Last week was fantastic for Zalgiris – they won their first EuroLeague game in the 2021-22 season on Tuesday when they beat Panathinaikos 76-76.

Two days later, Zalgiris got their second EuroLeague win of the season – they beat Fenerbahce 86-75 on Friday.

Finally, on Sunday, they demolished their Lithuanian LKL rival Juventus 101-77. Unfortunately, their winning run probably isn’t going to last much longer. Actually, it will probably end this Friday.

The reason is that Zalgiris is playing against one of the best teams on the continent. Barcelona is the team I’m talking about, whose roster is packed with superstars, including Nick Calathes, the EuroLeague assist leader. Then, there’s also Nikola Mirotic, who’s the highest-paid player in the EuroLeague.

I’m not saying Barcelona is one of the best teams in Europe without proof – they’re at the very top of the EuroLeague table with a 9-2 record. Further, this team has a 100% record at home, with five wins.

Knowing all this, no one should be surprised that oddsmakers are giving just 1.10 on Barça to beat Zalgiris. Obviously, that’s no good; however, betting that Barcelona will cover the spread seems like a very good option.

At most online sportsbooks, the spread is set to 13.5 points, which Barça should have no problems covering. This team beat Zalgiris by 14+ points in five of their previous ten meetings that took place in Spain.

Best EuroLeague Round 12 Picks for Friday, November 26

Crvena Zvezda to Beat UNICS1.74
ASVEL Lyon (+5.5) Against Monaco1.91
Olimpia Milano to Beat Olympiacos1.44
Barcelona (-13.5) Against Zalgiris1.99

10Bet.com is where I found these odds, which seem to be more attractive than what most other bookmakers are offering. Another reason why I went with this sportsbook is that it allows you to parlay bets. If you do that with these four, you’ll get cumulative odds of 9.58, which is a fantastic value in my eyes.

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