2021 EuroLeague betting odds – bookies finding it hard to call

We’ve reached the play-off stage of the 2020/21 EuroLeague, with the eight leading teams from the regular season now doing battle for a place in the final four.

It was Barcelona who topped the standings after winning twenty-four of their thirty-four matches, while CSKA Moscow had an identical record and the two sides are now among the EuroLeague 2021 betting favourites although the bookies make this a wide open contest.

Anadolu Efes Favourites to Win 2021 EuroLeague

Anadolu Efes finished third in the overall standings although the bookies expect the Turkish basketball side to be the team to beat, with the side clashing with Real Madrid at the quarter final stage and they achieved back-to-back wins over their Spanish opponents although they were beaten in the most recent clash.The Istanbul side have never won a EuroLeague title and it will still rankle that they were the regular season winner during the 2019-20 campaign before it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Anadolu Efes having previously finished runner-up during the previous term.

Ergin Ataman has been in charge since 2017 although they are likely to have stiff competition in the form of Barcelona and CSKA Moscow, the latter of whom have already gone through after three games played.

CSKA Moscow Could Be Betting Value to Win EuroLeague

The good news for CSKA Moscow is that they have sailed into the last four of the EuroLeague after enjoying three comfortable wins over Fenerbahce Beko, with the Russian side having matched anyone during the regular standings and they have already secured eight EuroLeague titles during their history.

CSKA most recently won the 2018-19 EuroLeague title although they are sure to get a tougher semi-final opponent, with Barcelona the outstanding team during the normal season and perhaps there’s value siding with the Catalan side who recovered from losing their first quarter final match against Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Barca have enjoyed two slender victories against their Russian opponents and they need just one more win in order to book a place in the final four, with AX Armani Exchange Milan the fourth favourites and they’re currently in the ascendancy against Bayern Munich holding a 2-1 advantage.

2020-21 Euroleague betting preview

The 2020-21 EuroLeague is under way and we’re hoping to have a completed season after the 2019-20 campaign was brought to an abrupt end by the COVID-19 pandemic, with eighteen teams competing from all over Europe and the leading eight teams will go through to the playoffs in order to determine the champions.

The new season began on 1 October 2020 and will run through to 9 April 2021, with the leading teams starting to form an orderly queue at the top of the division and there are some spectators in attendance at some of the matches.

Barcelona Favourites to Win 2021 EuroLeague

Barcelona might have only triumphed in the EuroLeague on two occasions although Šarūnas Jasikevičius' side are currently the betting favourites to land this season’s crown and the former Barca player has certainly made a promising start as head coach of the Catalan club.

Barcelona are no bigger than 4.00 at the time of writing and they have won seven out of their first eight matches which suggests that they will be at the business end of the competition this term, with the team having last won the EuroLeague in the 2009-10 season and perhaps they can land a third title.

Can CSKA Moscow Defend EuroLeague Title?

CSKA Moscow have only had a modest start to their EuroLeague campaign by winning five of their eight matches, with the Russian side having been successful two seasons ago and they have to be included on any shortlist, with the team having landed eight different titles.

Victories in 2016 and 2019 means that we have to take CSKA seriously and they look likely to feature in the business end of the competition, with the bookies fluctuating between odds of 4.00 and 6.00 when it comes to this team.

Who Are the Other Teams Competing for EuroLeague?

Anadolu Efes are Turkey’s leading hope in the EuroLeague and they’re expected to mount a decent challenge for the 2020/21 season, with the team having felt hard done by last season considering that they topped the regular season standings before the season was cancelled.

They were also runners up in the 2018-19 season and have to have a chance this time around, while Real Madrid are the other team trading at single figure odds and they have a proud history of landing ten EuroLeague titles and will aim to hit the play-offs with some momentum in a few months’ time.

The 2019–20 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague is being hotly contested this season, with four teams trading at single figures and the bookmakers give a further three clubs a lively chance of lifting that trophy come the end of the campaign.

It is Anadolu Efes who is currently trading as favourite with most bookmakers, with the Istanbul-based side operating at 3/1, with the Turkish club having shown the most impressive form in the competition this season.

Anadolu Efes have won eighteen of their twenty-one regular season matches this season, with the team having racked up more points than any other side this term although we’re not sure that their defence is as equally as strong.

At this point in time, it would appear that Ergin Ataman’s side are going to finish top of the regular standings and that will give them a strong chance considering they would face the weakest team in the play-offs.

However, there’s going to be a stern Spanish challenge in the competition and there has been little to separate Barcelona and Real Madrid this term.

Barca are currently fourth in the standings although there’s little to separate them from the two teams directly above them and the bookies feel as though they are marginal second favourites at 7/2 to claim yet another EuroLeague title.

Real Madrid have an identical fifteen wins and six defeats after twenty-one games played and this team are bidding for an eleventh EuroLeague crown, with Pablo Laso’s team likely to be among the Final Four at this point in time.

There’s also a potential threat coming from Russia in the form of CSKA Moscow and perhaps they are the value proposition at 6/1 considering that they have demonstrated their quality during the regular season.

CSKA have also won fifteen games and they finished second in the regular standings last season before coming through the play-offs to beat Anadolu Efes in the final and being crowned champions.

In addition to Anadolu Efes, there is also a threat from Turkey in the form of Fenerbahce, with the bookies making them a 10/1 chance despite the fact that they currently sit outside the top eight places.

It’s been a difficult season for the team so far, although they have had some tough games and have the potential to get back among the top eight places and prove competitive come the final reckoning.

Maccabi Tel Aviv are the biggest challenge when it comes to an Israeli team and they have won roughly 66% of their matches during the regular season, with this side looking nailed to be competing in the play-offs.

Panathinaikos represent a decent team from Greece, with Pana sitting in sixth place and they have scored more points than any other team in the EuroLeague at the time of writing, although that has been at the expense of their defence.


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