Predictions and Best Bets for EuroLeague Round 14 (Friday, December 10)

By Zarko Naric in Basketball
| December 8, 2021 7:01 am PST

Basketball fans, I got some fantastic news for you – EuroLeague Round 14 brings us some amazing matchups on Friday, December 10.

There are four games on the program that day, namely:

  • Zalgiris Kaunas vs. CSKA Moscow
  • Monaco vs. Olimpia Milano
  • Panathinaikos vs. Alba Berlin
  • Barcelona vs. Real Madrid

Each of those is bound to be packed with excitement, so the fans’ satisfaction is guaranteed. If you would like to take your experience to another level, why not place some EuroLeague bets this Friday?

In case you’re not sure which teams to back, I’m here to help you with my betting tips and predictions for all four games.

CSKA Moscow to Beat Zalgiris Kaunas

Zalgiris Kaunas vs. CSKA Moscow is a classic rivalry in Eastern European basketball. It goes all the way back to the times of the Soviet Union.

The two were the most successful teams in the Soviet Basketball League. CSKA Moscow was by far, the most decorated team in the USSR, with 24 domestic trophies. Zalgiris was second in that list with six titles.

Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the two rivals are no longer competing in the same domestic championship. However, both are regulars in the EuroLeague.

Since the year 2000, Zalgiris and CSKA have met 24 times in the EuroLeague, with the Russian team winning 21 of those. This fact surely isn’t giving Zalgiris much hope ahead of their Week 14 clash.

There’s one thing that’s giving Zalgiris confidence – two of their three wins over CSKA happened in Lithuania.

This Friday, the two foes meet at Zalgirio Arena in Kaunas. At home, Zalgiris has always been a tough nut to crack and the 2021-22 season is no exception. This team is 3-10 in the EuroLeague, with all of their wins happening in Lithuania.

The trouble is that those wins happened against teams that are much weaker than CSKA. Moscow’s Army Men are currently 8-5 in the EuroLeague, coming to Lithuania after three straight wins.

CSKA’s strongest weapon this season is their offense. Evidence of this is that their tally is 1,048 points in 13 games – better than any other EuroLeague team.

The reason why CSKA’s record isn’t even better than 8-5 is that their defense hasn’t been great. In fact, with 1,042 points conceded, they’re second-worst in the EuroLeague.

The good news for them is that the defense shouldn’t worry them much in Round 14. Why? Because they’re taking on one of the least productive teams in the competition. Zalgiris has scored only 924 points so far, which is better than only two other teams.

Olimpia Milano to Beat Monaco

Losing four straight games in the EuroLeague is just too much for a team like Olimpia Milano. Owned by fashion designer Giorgio Armani, this team has huge ambitions this season. The club owner has invested millions over the last couple of years with the intention of turning Olimpia Milano into a EuroLeague trophy candidate.

Some of the players they’ve signed in recent years include:

  • Sergio Rodríguez – the 2014 EuroLeague MVP arrived in 2019 from CSKA
  • Troy Daniels – signed for Olimpia in 2020 from Denver
  • Devon Hall – the former Oklahoma man signed in 2020
  • Kyle Hines – the two-time EuroLeague Best Defender joined in 2020 from CSKA
  • Nicolò Melli – came to Milano in 2021 from Dallas

In addition to signing elite players, Armani’s club also hired a top-class coach. The man in question is Ettore Messina, who already has four EuroLeague trophies in his collection.

Now that you know all this, you’re probably wondering why isn’t Milano doing better? Well, they did start the season in top gear, going 8-1 before hitting a rough patch.

Ugly schedule, injury problems, tiredness – these are some of the reasons why Olimpia lost the previous four EuroLeague games.

The good news is that that’s all in the past. They now look ready to get back on the winning track and Monaco is not going to stop them.

Panathinaikos to Beat Alba Berlin

Neither Panathinaikos nor Alba Berlin is doing too great in the EuroLeague. Panathinaikos is 3-10 on the season, while Alba’s record is 5-8.

Their recent form is very similar and the same goes for the player quality. So, what will be the decisive factor in this game?

I think fans. Panathinaikos is a team that just loves playing in front of its supporters. The proof of this is that the Greek team is 9-2 at home in all competitions in the 2021-22 season. In comparison, Panathinaikos’ away record is 3-9.

Further, the last time Panathinaikos and Alba Berlin met in Greece, the hosts got themselves a blowout win. The game was played in December 2020 and Panathinaikos won 92-69.

Four Panathinaikos’ players scored double figures in that game – Ioannis Papapetrou, Nemanja Nedovic, Howard Sant-Roos, and Georgios Papagiannis. What’s interesting is that all of them are still in the club.

Meanwhile, only one of the three Alba players with 10+ points in that game is still in the club – Luke Sikma.

Barcelona to Beat Real Madrid

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid is the biggest game of the EuroLeague Round 14. These two are occupying the top two spots in the EuroLeague table, each with an 11-2 record. The reason why Barcelona is higher than Real is a better score differential.

That said, the game on Friday is a battle for the #1 position in the EuroLeague. Whoever wins will get into Round 15 from the very summit of the table. So, who is it going to be?

The two Spanish foes meet in Barcelona where the home team is 6-0 this season. Oddsmakers think Barça will remain undefeated, but I think Los Blancos have a good chance of winning.

First of all, Real Madrid is in superb form with 11 straight wins. Barcelona, on the other hand, is coming off a home loss to Baskonia in the Spanish ACB League.

On top of that, Barcelona will miss one of its best players, Nick Calathes. The EuroLeague’s leading assistant remains out with an injury.

There’s no doubt his teammates will miss him on Friday. This goes especially for the fact that Calathes scored double figures in each of the previous six Barcelona vs. Real Madrid matches.

On the bright side for Barcelona, Cory Higgins could make a comeback after missing nine games due to a back injury. Still, considering that he was out for so long, he probably isn’t going to spend much time on the court even if he comes back.

Meanwhile, all of Real Madrid’s key men are fit and ready to play. This fact makes them favorites in my eyes. I think Los Blancos will win, but even if they don’t, they surely aren’t going to get destroyed by their arch-rivals.

Best EuroLeague Bets for Friday’s Round 14 Games

Real Madrid (+2.5) against Barcelona1.909
Olimpia Milano to Beat Monaco1.444
Panathinaikos to Beat Alba Berlin1.45
CSKA Moscow to Beat Zalgiris1.40

There you have it, my predictions for all of Friday’s EuroLeague games. If you agree with my picks and you like the odds, why not head to 888sport and place some bets?

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