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basketball | Thursday, January 20, 2022 9:53 AM (Revised at: Monday, January 24, 2022 4:19 PM)

Euroleague Round 22 Best Bets: January 20th, 21st

Euroleague Round 22 Best Bets: January 20th, 21st
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After a long delay in action, the Euroleague is finally back for Round 22. A total of 17 games have been rescheduled from round 17 to round 22, but this week we will hopefully see all 9 games. We have a nice mix of familiar faces and fresh value picks for this week’s Euroleague Round 22 Best Bets, so without further delay, enjoy.

In this article:

  • Fenerbahce vs Zalgiris Kaunas
  • Alba Berlin vs Real Madrid
  • CSKA Moscow vs Olimpia Milano
  • Anadolu Efes vs Panathinaikos Athens

Euroleague Round 22 Best Bets:

Match Time (UK) Selection Stakes Best Odds Bookmaker
Fenerbahce vs Zalgiris Kaunas Jan 20, 17:45 Zalgiris +10.5 10/10 2.05 Unibet
Alba Berlin vs Real Madrid Jan 20, 19:00  Alba Berlin +9.0 6/10 1.90 Bet365
CSKA Moscow vs Olimpia Milano Jan 21, 17:00  Milano +6.5 7/10 1.94 Marathonbet
Anadolu Efes vs Panathinaikos Athens Jan 21, 17:30 Panathinaikos +13.5 7/10 1.91 Unibet

Odds available as at 2 pm January 20th 2022. Odds may now differ

Fenerbahce vs Zalgiris Kaunas Best Bet

After another poor start to the season, Fenerbahce have bounced back nicely, and are now 10th in the Euroleague standings with 4 wins in their last 5 games.  But Fenerbahce isn’t the elite powerhouse we’ve grown used to seeing in the past decade, as the team has been struggling in the last few seasons. They are averaging 76.9 points per game with 13.3 turnovers and 74.7 points allowed per game. They have already suffered a 86-75 loss to Zalgiris in mid-November, and the 10.5-point spread is huge for Euroleague standards. It’s a very tempting bet.

Zalgiris Kaunas started the season losing 9 games in a row and was pinned to the bottom of the Euroleague standings. They showed signs of life in recent games, winning against Panathinaikos, Fenerbahce, and Baskonia. Their biggest weapon is the 3-point shot, and they don’t have one single player they rely on for scoring, with 12 different players on their roster averaging more than 5 points per game. But the biggest reason to back them tonight is their current underdog status. An incredible 98% of bettors are backing Fenerbahce in this one, giving Zalgiris solid value in the handicap market.

Tip: Zalgiris Kaunas +10.5 at 2.05 odds

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Alba Berlin vs Real Madrid Best Bet

Alba Berlin are 16th in the Euroleague standings with 6 wins and 12 losses, and coming off a 74-86 loss to Olimpia Milano on Tuesday. However, their form has steadily increased recently, and Maodo Lo is having a career season, averaging 17.3 points and 5.0 assists in his last three Euroleague games. The team has dished out very respectable performances since their 87-64 loss to Real Madrid in mid-December, and home advantage is a huge factor in the Euroleague. In fact, 99% of bettors are backing Real Madrid to get the road victory, giving Alba solid betting value for Round 22.

However, Real Madrid are 2nd in the Euroleague table with 15 wins and 3 losses this season. They are coming off an 89-74 home victory over Baskonia, and have demolished Alba in their most recent meeting. But this team is beatable, and their play on the road hasn’t been as convincing as at WiZink Center this season. In fact, all 3 of their losses this season have come on the road. They are heavy favourites in this one at 1.22 odds, and with 99% of bettors backing them to win, they are unbackable.

Tip: Alba Berlin +9.0 at 1.90 odds

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CSKA Moscow vs Olimpia Milano Best Bet

CSKA Moscow are battling to climb the Euroleague standings and with 7 wins in the last 10 games, they are on a roll. They are coming off a 90-83 win against ASVEL Lyon where they shot 48,1% beyond the arc. But despite their potent offence, CSKA’s defence has allowed opponents to score an average of 78.9 points on the season on very high shooting percentages whilst only grabbing 6.0 steals per game. Their lack of defensive intensity cost them dearly in their last meeting with Milano where the Russian side suffered an 84-74 loss at Mediolanum Forum.

Meanwhile, Olimpia Milano have pushed through their losing streak and have bounced back with two solid victories over Barcelona and Alba Berlin. They are now 4th in the Euroleague standings with 12 wins and 6 losses, and fighting to keep their favourite spot in the playoffs. This team has shown exceptional defence all season, especially against the top European teams, allowing just 71.8 points per game, and keeping opponents to low shooting percentages. Ettore Messina knows that this game is the key to staying in the top 4 and that defence is the key to victory in this one. I expect Olimpia to easily cover the 6.5 point spread and perhaps get a valuable road victory.

Tip: Olimpia Milano +6.5 at 1.94 odds

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Anadolu Efes vs Panathinaikos Athens Best Bet

The defending Euroleague champions Anadolu Efes are currently 8th in the league table, and on a 2-game losing streak. They were in excellent shape before suffering losses at the hands of Unics and Barcelona on the road, and are now looking to regain their momentum. Efes faced Panathinaikos in late October and suffered a huge 95-69 loss on the road, with Shane Larkin Only netting 9 points in 18 minutes of action. That said, Efes are the overall better team in this one, but their poor form, the 1.07 odds to win, along with the -13.5-point spread make them unbackable.

Panathinaikos have been one of the worst teams in the Euroleague this year, and with 4 wins and 14 losses, they are 17th in the league standings. They are averaging just 72.6 points per game on mediocre shooting percentages and just 4.9 steals. But despite their poor outing in the league this, they have provided a lot of value ATS over the course of the season, and this is a situation where backing them is a must. They’ve lost all 4 of their last games and are coming off a 98-74 loss to CSKA Moscow. But the 8-day break in action will give them a much-needed boost coming into this one, and with just 3% of bettors backing them to win tonight, they are the perfect value pick.

Tip: Panathinaikos Athens +13.5 at 1.95 odds

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