By Stathis Trapezanlidis/ email@example.com
The young EuroLeague Regular Season is full of upsets. The trend might go on in Round 3, but Eurohoops navigates its way through strong team’s early struggles offering betting tips for the nine games set to take place next Thursday and Friday.
Fenerbahce hurt us with its away loss to Crvena Zvezda mts last week, but will remain among our picks. Down 0-2, Zeljko Obradovic’s side must beat Baskonia. The visitors seem in good shape, but will likely drop the road game at Istanbul. The 8.5 points handicap is also a possibility, but a risky one.
Olympiacos – Zenit Saint-Petersburg
The 9.5 points handicap for Zenit seems excessive. The Russian club’s first steps don’t allow us to consider this option despite Olympiacos not currently being at the same level with its previous foes. Betting on the 158.5 points under is a safer pick with the Greek side effective defense at home and Joan Plaza’s defensive schemes in play as well.
Following a pair of tough losses, Maccabi is up for its first 2019-20 victory. The home game versus Crvena Zvezda can evolve into a live option as well with the 9.5 points handicap a risky pregame option. Giannis Sfairopoulos’ team is gunning for the Final Four and will likely secure the “W” against the Serbian club. A loss would be devastating.
The rest of the schedule features tricky road games for both Anadolu Efes and Real Madrid against Valencia and Zalgiris Kaunas, respectively. A big match is set to take place in Athens between Panathinaikos OPAP and AX Armani Exchange Milan. However, Round 3 is highlighted by the Russian battle of CSKA Moscow versus Khimki Moscow Region.