Betting Predictions and EuroLeague Picks for Tuesday’s Round 15 Games

| December 13, 2021 9:55 am PDT

Tuesday, December 14 is when Round 15 of the 2021-22 EuroLeague kicks off with five games. Judging by the betting odds, online sportsbooks seem to think the favorites will have a field day in all of those matches. However, I can see some upsets.

That’s what inspired me to write this EuroLeague preview, in which I share my top betting picks. The games you can read about here are:

  • Crvena Zvezda vs. Barcelona
  • Fenerbahce vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv
  • Olimpia Milano vs. Panathinaikos

Apart from dissecting those three, I will also reveal my predictions for the remaining two games. If all this sounds good, let’s start!

Barcelona to Beat Crvena Zvezda

It is very likely that Barcelona will win against Crvena Zvezda. What’s not very likely is that it’s going to be a blowout win. However, oddsmakers seem to think otherwise – they’ve given the role of an eight-point favorite to Barça.

I honestly don’t think this is going to be an easy match for the Spanish team. First of all, they’re coming to Serbia after a couple of physically challenging games. So far in December, they played against the following teams:

  • Anadolu Efes on the road (won 95-93 after overtime)
  • Baskonia at home (lost 91-78)
  • Real Madrid at home (won 93-80)
  • Tenerife on the road (won 75-60)

After such intense games, their players must feel jaded. Plus, they also have some problems with injuries, the most notable being Nick Calathes, their leading assist-maker.

Another reason why they’re likely to struggle against Crvena Zvezda is that the Serbian team is excellent in the defense. In fact, with 1090 points conceded in 14 games, Crvena Zvezda has the second-best defense in the EuroLeague. Barça is first in that list with just six points fewer.

On top of that, Crvena Zvezda will also have fan support on their side. And these guys really feel comfortable at home. In Belgrade, they’re 4-2 in the EuroLeague, with their most recent home game being a win over Olympiacos. The game saw Zvezda’s best player Nikola Kalinic score a career-high 25 points.

Meanwhile, Barça isn’t too impressive when playing on the road. In fact, both of their EuroLeague losses this season happened in away games.

Now that you know all this, you too probably think that backing Crvena Zvezda (+7.5) at 1.85 is a much better betting option than putting money on Barça at 1.286.

Maccabi Tel Aviv to Beat Fenerbahce

Here’s another EuroLeague matchup in which I can see an upset happening. Oddsmakers think of Fenerbahce as a favorite at 1.45 odds. However, I believe Maccabi Tel Aviv has what it takes to get a win.

The Israeli champ is 7-7 on the season, which is two wins more than Fener. The trouble is that Maccabi is without a win in the EuroLeague for the past four rounds, which has made them drop in the standings. Ahead of Round 15, they’re in the eighth position, the last one that leads to the playoffs.

They would surely like to stay there, but for that, they need to get back on the winning track. With that being said, beating Fenerbahce is a must for Maccabi.

Maccabi’s most recent game saw them beating Hapoel Beer Sheva in the Israel Super League. The victory has certainly given them a confidence boost ahead of their trip to Turkey. Their players have the motivation to beat Fener but do they have the quality to achieve such a feat?

I think they have and the evidence of that is that they’ve already beaten much better teams than Fenerbahce, most notably Barcelona.

Olimpia Milano to Beat Panathinaikos

I have no doubt Olimpia Milano is going to win the Round 15 game against Panathinaikos. The Italian team is just way better than its Greek rival. However, I doubt this is going to be a demolition job. The thing is that Olimpia hasn’t been too impressive lately.

After a superb start of the season when they went 8-1 in the EuroLeague, the Italians hit a rough patch. In November, they lost all four of their EuroLeague games. They came back to their winning ways in December, beating Monaco 71-65.

Olimpia should be able to do something similar against Panathinaikos, a team that’s not very good when playing on the road. Actually, this team is 0-8 in away games in the EuroLeague this season.

Due to the embarrassing record, you can be sure Panathinaikos players will go far and beyond on Tuesday to try and grab their first win away from Greece. I don’t think they’ll make their plan come true, but I do think they’ll make the game interesting.

By “interesting” I mean that they’re not going to let Olimpia beat them by double figures. What makes me think this is that such a thing has never happened before. Each time Olimpia beat Panathinaikos in the EuroLeague, it was by fewer than ten points.

Speaking of their previous duels, Panathinaikos is leading the all-time series 14-6. Further, when it comes to the Olimpia Milano vs. Panathinaikos games played in Italy, the visiting team leads 7-3.

Predictions for the Other Two Tuesday’s Games

  • Anadolu Efes to Beat Baskonia
  • Real Madrid to Beat Alba Berlin

Now, these two are the games in which I think the favorites will grab easy wins. It’s not just because Anadolu Efes and Real Madrid are among Europe’s best teams, it’s also because Baskonia and Alba Berlin are not. In fact, one may argue that those two don’t even belong in the EuroLeague.

Bets EuroLeague Bets for Tuesday, December 14

Crvena Zvezda (+8.5) Against Barcelona1.85
Maccabi Tel Aviv (+5.5) Against Fenerbahce1.85
Panathinaikos (+10.5) Against Olimpia Milano1.85

If you like these bets and the odds they come along with, what you ought to do is go to 888sport and wager some money on them. If you use these three bets to make an accumulator bet, you’ll get the odds of 6.33, which is a pretty good value in my eyes.

Zarko Naric

Zarko Naric – the World's Greatest Sportswriter, according to his grandma.

Zarko started writing for GamblingSites.com in 2019, covering sports like soccer, tennis, and basketball,  as well as some more niche sports like cycling, for example.

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