So here is the last week of Euroleague Top-16 and almost everything is decided. The only unanswered question so far is who will play against CSKA and Real Madrid in quarterfinals. Lines already adjusted to motivation factor and it is hard to find stong and confident bets for this round. Just one pick today and it is mostly based on revenge factor and moment of form.
Maccabi – CSKA
I can’t say that this line is totally wrong. CSKA have much better team on the paper and they can win in Tel Aviv on a good day and being at their best form. But right now they are not looking like a team which won against Maccabi by 35 points in Moscow. Teodosic out again for few more weeks and will miss quarterfinal series, Messina is talking about moving to NBA… and seems that old friends from Olympiacos are waiting in quarterfinals. Messina said that he wants to use this game as a preparation for playoffs and learn once more time how to play without Teodosic.
Maccabi on other side was really close to winning against Real Madrid, they won in hard battle in Munich and now again raising their form just in time. The only thing Maccabi missing now is to prove that they can beat big teams. I am almost sure that Maccabi players remember well that loss in Moscow by 35 points and their desire for revenge can be a deciding factor today.
Maccabi play better basketball these days and I expect them to take revenge at home.
Pick: Maccabi @ 2.02 3/10 Pinnacle