The most beautiful moment of the year for Euroleague has arrived, when all the most important basketball people of Europe and the World gather to enjoy a weekend full of parties, events and possibly a basketball game or two. So today in 888sport.com we are going to look at these two Final Four games.
The first matchup is Friday at 18:30 local time where we have a classic between CSKA Moscow and Olympiacos Pireus at the Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul, Turkey. Two teams with a lot of history in European finals come together once again for a game with two different styles of basketball. CSKA reached the semifinal as the most potent offensive team in the league with an average of 87.61 points per game while the Greeks were second best in defense only giving up an average of 73.60 to their opponents. The Russians won both games both regular season games, the first in Greece by 6 points and then in the last game of the season by 4 in Russia. Now in a neutral court the Russians are favored by 5.5 points and I really can not justify using these two results as a betting guide but I can use Final Four history.
If we talk about history between these two we can not forget the 2012 final when the Greeks erased a 19 point deficit in 12 minutes to win the title and then three years later wiped out 9 points in the final 4 minutes to again beat the Russians and reach the 2015 final in Madrid. CSKA does not like the way Olympiacos plays and so I think the 5.5 points are a lot and in my opinion this game will be decided on the last possession. I have a good feeling that the Greeks can pull off the upset and for that they pay us 3.05 but if it’s less risk your looking for then I would take the points to secure my bet.
Olympiacos Piraeus +5.5 @ 1.92
Later in Game 2 at 21:30 the matchup between Fenerbahce Ukler and Real Madrid tips off. The Turks are home in Instanbul but do not be fooled, they are not playing on their home court. I expect to see the entire stadium painted yellow and black but I don’t see this advantage as clear as it was two years ago for Real Madrid when they won the championsip and actually played on their home floor. Fenerbahce are favored by -2.5 points and pay 1.86, while Real at +2.5 pays 1.97. With numbers like that the people at 888sport.com beleive in a Turkish victory but I see things differently. Real has undoubtedly been the most consistent team throughout the year and face a Fener team that has been everything but consisitent. I have no idea which Fenerbahce team will walk out of the locker room Friday night but in these cases I always like the team that has showed me consistency throughout the entire season.
Real Madrid to Win @ 2.28.
Not much longer before this show starts, enjoy and good luck !!