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Euroleague Round 15 Best Bets: December 14th, 15th
Euroleague Round 15 Best Bets: December 14th, 15th
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Euroleague Roud 14 Best Bets:

Match Time (UK) Selection Stakes Best Odds Bookmaker
Crvena Zvezda vs Barcelona Dec 14, 18:00 Crvena Zvezda +6.5 7/10 1.95 Bet365
CSKA Moscow vs Unics Kazan  Dec 15, 17:00 Unics +8.5 9/10 1.92 Marathonbet
ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne vs Zenit St. Petersburg Dec 15, 19:30 Zenit -1 8/10 2.00 Bet365

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Bet365 are offering odds of 7.45 for the four selections combined as an accumulator.

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Crvena Zvezda vs Barcelona

Crvena Zvezda had a turbulent Euroleague season, coming up short against weaker opponents multiple times so far. But their form has seen an increase in their last two games, especially in their defence, which has earned them wins against Zenit St. Petersburg and Olympiacos Piraeus. They are averaging 80.3 points scored and just 67.0 allowed on the season. Though they have struggled to get going on the road, playing in Belgrade always brings out the best out in this team, and I expect them to be a respectable opponent even against a team as strong as Barcelona.

Barcelona solidified their position atop the Euroleague standings last week with an impressive 93-80 victory over Real Madrid at home. They have displayed excellent form this season with terrific offence and solid defensive performances all around. Barcelona are averaging  84.0 points scored with 73.8 allowed,  with 18.8 assists and a 3-point percentage of 41.0%. But their performances on the road haven’t been as dominant as one would expect, with 3 of their 4 away wins coming by 5 points or fewer. They also suffered their only 2 losses of the season on the road, with one of them coming against a much weaker opponent – Maccabi Tel Aviv. With an overwhelming majority of bettors backing Barcelona tonight, it’s a perfect opportunity to find value with a solid underdog.

Tip: Crvena Zvezda +6.5 at 1.95 odds

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CSKA Moscow vs Unics Kazan 

CSKA Moscow haven’t had the best 2021/22 season so far, but they are finally showing just how good they can be with their recent form. With 4 wins in a row, they have climbed to 5th place in the Euroleague standings, and are coming off a dominant 73-51 win against Zalgiris. But their last 4 opponents have been Bayern Munich, Panathinaikos, Zalgiris and Baskonia, and they have yet to prove themselves against a tougher opponent. Unics are the perfect team to test their solid form with their excellent defence and intense ball pressure.

Unics Kazan are one of the most interesting teams in the league this season, managing to turn their season completely around after a terrible 1-5 start. They have now won 4 of their last 5 games, and are coming off a solid 85-74 win over Maccabi in Tel Aviv. Though they don’t have the best offence in the league, their defence is averaging 9.5 steals per game and forcing 14.1 turnovers whilst keeping opponents to just 30% from beyond the arc. What’s more, 98% of bettors are taking CSKA to win tonight, and as heavy underdogs, Unics have a lot of betting value in the handicap market.

Tip: Unics Kazan +8.5 at 1.92 odds

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ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne vs Zenit St. Petersburg

After a solid start to the season that saw them winning 6 of their first 8 Euroleague games, Lyon-Villeurbanne have completely shut down, and are now having serious issues.  They have lost 5 of their last 6 games, and are coming off an embarrassing 91-66 loss to Baskonia. Lyon are averaging 74.8 points scored and 77.9 allowed per game, but with just 12.8 assists per game, their offence is in need of an overhaul. They’ve struggled to find easy opportunities, especially in their last 6 games, averaging just 69.5 points per game.

Meanwhile, Zenit St. Petersburg have had a solid season so far with 8 wins and 6 losses, but their recent form has left a great deal to be desired. They are on a 3-game losing streak and coming off a 86-80 loss to Fenerbahce Beko at home. In fact, their potent offence is going through a very rough patch, averaging just 67 points per game. But they managed to reach 80 against Fenerbahce and 90 in their most recent game against Nizhny Novgorod. Their defence has remained solid throughout the season, and they are due a comeback in the Euroleague. They are the better team in this one and have solid value in the handicap market.

Tip: Zenit St. Petersburg -1.0 at 2.00 odds

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