Top Bets for the 2021-22 Season of the EuroLeague
The EuroLeague is the best basketball club competition in Europe. That’s where the best European players compete for the most prestigious continental award.
For this reason, the EuroLeague is a super-competitive tournament, which makes it a favorite choice of sports bettors. Literally, any of the 18 teams taking part in the 2021-22 season stands a decent chance of winning the trophy.
In turn, this makes the EuroLeague betting odds pretty attractive, even when top favorites are concerned.
Sure, who cares about how good the odds are if the pick isn’t going to win? That’s why I decided to present you with my top EuroLeague bets for the upcoming season.
They all come with decent prices, but even more importantly, they all look like pretty sure bets.
Anadolu Efes to Qualify for the Final Four (1.50)
The odds might not be great, but it’s almost certain this bet is going to win. After all, Anadolu Efes is the reigning champion of the EuroLeague. Plus, this team has reached the Final Four in the previous two installments of the EuroLeague playoffs.
In fact, they would’ve gotten there three times in a row if the 2019-20 season didn’t get canceled due to COVID. At the moment of the suspension, Anadolu Efes was at the very top of the table.
The Turkish team is entering the new season as a heavy favorite to win another EuroLeague trophy, although I find that bet risky.
The reason isn’t that Efes is in any way weaker than it was the last season; it’s because its rivals in 2021-22 look much tougher than before.
All of Efes’ key men from the EuroLeague-winning season are still on the roster, including these two superstars of European basketball:
- Vasilije Micić (SG) – The Winner of the EuroLeague MVP and EuroLeague Final Four MVP awards in 2020-21
- Shane Larkin (PG) – EuroLeague’s record holder for most points scored in one game in the 21st century (49 points)
During the offseason, they also signed a couple of elite players, most notably Filip Petrušev, a 21-year-old Serbian center who’s the main favorite for the EuroLeague Rising Star award. Actually, with the odds of 2.50, that too sounds like a good bet.
With such players in the team, I’m sure they will get to the Final Four. However, I’m not sure when their EuroLeague story will come to an end.
That’s why I think it’s best not to risk it. Instead of baking them to win their second EuroLeague title, my best bet is Efes to qualify for the Final Four.
Olimpia Milano to Qualify for the Playoffs (1.25)
Owned by Giorgio Armani, the Italian club already has three EuroLeague trophies in the collection. However, Olimpia Milano won all of those a long time ago.
It’s been a while since Olimpia Milano was at the top of the European basketball pantheon, but the tide seems to be turning for this club.
Everything started in 2019 when Ettore Messina was appointed as the head coach. Being one of the most decorated European coaches in history, every player would like to work with Messina.
As a result, since his arrival, many top-class players also made Milano their new home – Nicolò Melli, Troy Daniels, Shavon Shields, Kyle Hines, and many others.
Such a team has a EuroLeague-winning potential, in my opinion. However, Messina will probably need more time to take these players to the next level. That said, in the 2021-22 season, the least they could do is qualify for the postseason.
Aleksey Shved to Win the EuroLeague MVP Award (6.00)
If you thought my previous two EuroLeague bets didn’t come with great odds, here’s one that’s priced at 6.00.
I firmly believe Aleksey Shved is on his way to winning the EuroLeague MVP award. The first reason for this is that he was both the points and the scoring leader in the previous season.
The reason why Shved didn’t win the 2020-21 MVP award is that the team he played for that season didn’t go too far. In fact, Khimki’s EuroLeague campaign ended in the regular season.
Saying that Khimki didn’t qualify for the postseason isn’t enough to demonstrate how horrible this team was. They went 4-30 last season, finishing with a -434 point difference.
They were, by far, the worst EuroLeague team when defending is concerned. However, they did surprisingly well in the offense.
With 2616 points scored in 34 games, Khimki’s offense wasn’t much worse than others. In fact, they scored only 226 points fewer than the highest-scoring team (Anadolu Efes).
If you’re wondering what their secret was, the answer is Aleksey Shved. The shooting guard scored 455 points for Khimki in the EuroLeague. This accounts for almost one-fifth of all of the points scored by this team.
In the 2021-22 season, Khimki is not playing in the EuroLeague, but Aleksey Shved is. This season, he’s a member of CSKA Moscow, one of the top favorites for the title.
In the 2021-22 EuroLeague, he will have much better teammates to support him. That said, I can definitely see him becoming the new MVP.
My Top 2021-22 EuroLeague Bet – CSKA Moscow to Win the Title (5.00)
They did it eight times already, most recently in the 2018-19 season. Last year, they were very close to doing it again, but their EuroLeague adventure ended in the semifinal.
What happened was that they got knocked out by future champion Anadolu Efes, who beat them by just three points.
They’re entering the new season with a much stronger roster, courtesy of Aleksey Shved. Further, most of their key men from the past couple of seasons are still in the squad – Will Clyburn, Nikola Milutinov, Tornike Shengelia, and others.
They also have an excellent coach in Dimitrios Itoudis, who’s already led this team to two EuroLeague titles (2016 and 2019).
Knowing all this, you can see why CSKA Moscow to win the 2021-22 EuroLeague looks like a pretty decent bet.