EuroLeague Round 23 Preview, Odds, and Picks for Thursday, January 27
The 2021-22 season of the EuroLeague has started to heat up. Thirteen more rounds are left to be played, meaning that now is the time for every single team to start taking things (even more) seriously.
That said, you can expect every club to give its best in Round 23, which kicks off with three games on Thursday, January 27. The games in question are the following:
- Zenit Petersburg vs. Anadolu Efes
- Olympiacos vs. Crvena Zvezda
- Barcelona vs. ASVEL Lyon
All three games are supposed to be real thrillers, which is what motivated me to preview all of them. I will now analyze the matchups, discuss the odds, and share my top betting tips. Sounds good? If so, let’s start with my picks of the round!
Anadolu Efes to Beat Zenit Petersburg
The fact that Anadolu Efes is priced at 1.76 shows that bookmakers think this is going to be a very close game. I agree that this isn’t going to be a walk in the park for the Turks, but then again, they’re the reigning EuroLeague champions. And now is the time to show it!
Efes is currently 10-10, which isn’t that impressive record. It puts them in the #8 position in the EuroLeague table, which is the last spot that leads to the playoffs. The trouble is that there are plenty of teams out there that would want to take that spot from them. The only way to repel them is to continue winning.
The problem is that Efes hasn’t been very convincing lately. They’re coming off a win over Panathinaikos at home, which saw them struggle a lot. Despite entering the game as a 1.06 favorite, Efes eventually won by just one point (82-81).
They struggled to beat the team that’s second from the bottom in the EuroLeague, imagine how much they’re going to struggle against Zenit that’s sitting in the #5 place right now! Well, I don’t think they’re going to struggle – Efes players tend to do their best when faced with tough opposition.
In fact, that’s how they won the last season’s EuroLeague. The best thing is that all of their key men from the previous season are still on the roster and they’re all ready to do their best against Zenit.
Whom I’m talking about is the reigning EuroLeague MVP Vasilije Micic, as well as American-Turkish scoring maestro Shane Larkin, and many others. These guys know how to win big matches such as the one of the program this Thursday.
Olympiacos to Beat Crvena Zvezda
Their fans love each other, but these teams seem to hate playing one another. The proof is that their previous couple of games were super-tense. Olympiacos and Crvena Zvezda are 3-3 in the EuroLeague in the past three years.
This time, however, oddsmakers see the Greek team as a strong favorite. I think they’re right to think so. It’s not that Crvena Zvezda is bad, it’s just that Olympiacos is much better.
Evidence of this is that the Greek heavyweight is sitting in the #4 place in the EuroLeague with a 12-7 record. Meanwhile, Crvena Zvezda is 7-12 this season.
If there’s something Olympiacos should be worried about, it’s the fact that they lost back-to-back games in the EuroLeague. They started the year with a loss to Fenerbahce in Istanbul. Then, nine days later, they lost to Maccabi in Tel Aviv, a team that was previously without a win in this competition since November.
There is an explanation for why Olympiakos lost those games – both of them were away games and this team much prefers playing in Greece.
Actually, Olympiacos is one of only two EuroLeague teams that are without a single home loss this season. Their record at Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus is 9-0 this season. I honestly doubt Crvena Zvezda can ruin their impeccable home record.
This goes especially for the fact that Zvezda has only once won against Olympiacos in Greece in the 21st century. It happened in 2019 when the two played a friendly game. And even then, it was a labored win for the Serbian team – they won 73-71.
Barcelona to Beat ASVEL Lyon
Barça lost three of its previous four EuroLeague games. Is this something they should worry about? I don’t think so, the reason being that this team is coming off a win over Real Madrid.
The game in question took place on Sunday in the Spanish capital and the visitors won 85-75. It was a game of the Spanish ACB League, and the win has brought Barcelona closer to the #1 position.
It’s a similar case when the EuroLeague is concerned, where Barça is behind Real Madrid with one win fewer (as well as one game more). It’s safe to say that Barcelona’s players would like nothing better than to take Los Blancos off the top of the EuroLeague table. To do that, they just need to get back on the winning track.
I used the word “just” because beating ASVEL Lyon shouldn’t be much of a problem for them. The French champion hasn’t been playing great, but the main reason why I think Barcelona is going to win is that all of its key men are fit and ready for the clash.
This includes Nikola Mirotic, the man who’s set the course to winning the 2022 MVP award. The Montenegrin-Spanish player had to miss Barça’s previous EuroLeague game (vs. UNICS) due to COVID but he’s back now!
Best EuroLeague Round 23 Bets for Thursday
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