The 2015-16 Euroleague season – the 16th of the modern era – got underway on 15th October, and it once again promises to be a tournament filled with thrills, spills and a whole lot of exciting basketball. Here we bring you our predictions about what will transpire in the regular season and then go on to give our betting tips for the outright winner market. With live betting odds comparison for all the Euroleague games, you’ll also be given the best available prices from the top bookies around.
Last season it was Spanish giants Real Madrid who went all the way to glory after they beat Olympiacos to earn their ninth Euroleague title. They really turned on the style during the last 16 and quarter final stages, before a solid win against Fenerbahce in the semis and their 78-59 triumph in the final, which took place in front of their own fans in Madrid.
This year’s final will be head in Berlin, but after no teams making it to the quarters last term, can the German contingent up their game this time around? The bookies aren’t predicting any such thing with Bayern Munich and Brose Baskets both out at gigantic odds of 1000/1 in the outright winner market. So let’s look at some of the realistic contenders instead.
Current title holders Real are the 2/1 favourites to become champions once again with Bet365, Sky Bet and others offering that price. CSKA Moscow are not far behind in the betting at 5/2 with Bet365 and the Russians could have the determination to go all the way this year after losing in the semi-final to Olympiakos last term but subsequently beating Fenerbahce to finish third. It is the Turkish side who are next in the betting at best odds of 9/1 with William Hill, with Barcelona next at 10/1 with Coral.
One of the most exciting thing about the Euroleague – as opposed to, say, the Champions League in football – is that there are lot of teams who are in with a realistic chance of going all the way to the final and even winning the title. We certainly predict that at least three of the abovementioned teams will make it through to the quarter finals, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see any of Efes Istanbul, Panathinaikos or even Maccabi Tel Aviv or Malaga making it at least as far.
Our outright betting tip for overall glory, though, has to point towards CSKA who came so close to making it to the final last season, losing by 70-68 to Olympiakos in Madrid. After topping Group F we fancy they would have given Real Madrid a real run for their money in the final, despite Real playing in front of their home fans. With Milos Teodosic pulling the strings and providing the assists and Demetris Nichols shooting three-pointers aplenty, we feel the Muscovites have what it takes to become champions for the first time since the 2007-08 season.
If you are seeking to back a side at longer betting odds in the hope of out-foxing the bookies and getting that extra bit of value, you might consider 2010 champions Barcelona. Priced at a very attractive 10/1 with Coral, they topped Group C in the regular season last term ahead of both Fenerbahce and Panathinaikos with a 9-1 record, then finished second to Real in Group E despite matching their 11-3 return. Underperformance in their quarter final loss to Olympiakos cost them dear but we predict they’ll come back stronger this season and they look worth backing at decent betting odds.
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