The 2019/20 EuroLeague betting season is creeping ever closer to the playoffs and the bookies are tipping a three-way fight for the title, with defending champions CSKA Moscow priced in fourth. We provide you with the top TonyBet EuroLeague betting tips, so you can make your own assessment of the leading contenders.
The leaders of EuroLeague Betting odds: Anadolu Efes
The reigning Turkish champions, leaders of this season’s Basketbol Süper Ligi, and the first team to qualify for the EuroLeague playoffs, Anadolu Efes has positioned themselves as the team to beat so far in the EuroLeague betting odds. Anadolu Efes has occupied the top spot in the league standings eight straight weeks – and 12 weeks total this season – and will be determined to go one better than their runner-up finish in the 2018/19 EuroLeague.
Their fine season so far has been led by league-leading guard Shane Larkin. The former Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics player is shooting a league-high average of nearly 22 points per game and is hitting just over half of his three-point shots.
Anadolu Efes secured the double over CSKA during the regular season, blowing away the champions 85-70 at home in Round 6, before claiming an 82-80 win in the reverse fixture in Russia. The Turkish team also completed the sweep against title rivals Real Madrid and shared one win apiece with third-placed Barcelona.
Anadolu Efes now have the luxury, with 10 games of the regular season remaining, to keep star players physically and mentally fresh for the playoffs, although they will be keen to ensure top seeding.
The bookies have Anadolu Efes priced at 3/1 to win the EuroLeague title and given their form and near-miss from last season, they are certainly the leading contenders.
The outsider on the EuroLeague betting odds: Real Madrid
The dominant force of Spanish basketball and one of the most consistent contenders in the EuroLeague, Real Madrid are unsurprisingly once again firmly in the mix for their 11th European title.
Real Madrid sits second in the EuroLeague standings and in the Euroleague betting odds with a joint record of 18 wins and six losses alongside domestic rivals Barcelona. The Spanish capital team is driven by the creativity of Argentine guard Facundo Campazzo, whose assists-per-game average of 7.21 places him second in the EuroLeague. Meanwhile, the team boasts arguably the best defense in the competition, led by Walter Tavares and Jordan Mickey, who place in the top-two for blocks per game, while Tavares sits fifth in average rebounds.
As the joint 3/1 favorites to win the EuroLeague title, Real Madrid is priced the same as Anadolu Efes, although the Turkish champions were convincing winners in both regular-season games. However, Madrid thrashed CSKA in both regular-season games and beat Barcelona at home, with the reverse game still to be played, so they have largely stacked up well against their biggest rivals for the title.
After finishing third last season – having lost to CSKA in the Final Four – Real Madrid will be expected to reach the latter stages of the playoffs once again, although based on the matchups with Efes this season, will hope to avoid the Turkish champions.
The chasing pack on the EuroLeague betting ranks
Level with Real Madrid in the EuroLeague standings with 10 games of the regular season remaining, Barcelona have often lived in the shadows of their illustrious Spanish rivals. A perennial figure in the EuroLeague playoffs, including 14 appearances in the Final Four, Barcelona have only managed to win the title twice, in 2003 and 2010.
Many of their hopes for a third title by the end of this campaign rest on the shoulders of Montenegrin-Spanish power forward Nikola Mirotic. Returning to European and Spanish basketball after five years in the NBA with Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans, and Milwaukee Bucks, Mirotic has hit the ground running: the former Real Madrid man is fourth in the EuroLeague for average points-per-game (18.67), fourth in rebounds (6.83), and second only to Shane Larkin in overall Index Rating (21.71).
Barcelona will need to improve their head-to-head record against their three main rivals having lost both regular-season games to Efes, and were thrashed by CSKA by 29 points at home. They did beat Real Madrid and still face CSKA and Madrid once more each before the playoffs.
Priced at 7/2 to win the EuroLeague title, Barcelona is firmly in the mix, although much could depend on the continued excellence of Mirotic.
There are few more dominant domestic basketball teams anywhere in the world than CSKA Moscow, who have won the past 17 Russian League titles and 25 in total. Their superiority in Russia has often transferred to the European stage, winning the EuroLeague eight times, including twice in the past four years.
After finishing the 2018/19 regular season in second, CSKA was supreme in the playoffs and Final Four, beating Efes by eight points in the final.
This season’s campaign is being led by American guard Mike James, who joined the Russian champions from Olimpia Milano. The 29-year-old former Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans player is averaging 21-points-per-game (third in EuroLeague) and is placed third in the Index Rating.
CSKA’s results this season have not been as positive as last year, having already lost eight of their 24 regular-season games, and their inconsistent form has them priced at 8/1 to win the EuroLeague title.
However, there is still plenty of the regular season still to play and given CSKA’s knowhow in the playoffs and Final Four, the Russian team should not be ruled out of contention yet.
Who are you betting on to take the title of the Euroleague this season? Who will be the dark horses to keep an eye on the Euroleague betting odds?
Author: Jonathan Turner