Euroleague Preview: Round 6
Konstantinos Panas gives his own analysis about the upcoming matches of round 6.
CSKA – Valencia
After a very hard victory against Zalgiris, the Russian powerhouse is inviting the Spanish Champions to one memorable game. Valencia is one of the best teams thus far in the league, and their form is something to state in this five games. Even if they lost to Fenerbahce, they showed one week before they will play an important role in this year’s Euroleague. How will coach Itoudis stop Erick Green and how Valencia will encounter the amazing backcourt of CSKA.
Key Players – Will Clyburn & Erick Green
Maccabi Tel Aviv – Real Madrid
Real lost Gustavo Ayon and after the loss against Khimki looks like a team who will struggle. Can the miracle boy Luka Doncic lead this team to a great win against Maccabi? Olympiacos showed the way two weeks ago. But the Israeli team doesn’t look that easy especially on their home court, and of course, they gained lots of confidence winning over Μilan.
Key Players – Pierre Jackson – Luka Doncic
Armani Milan – Zalgiris
Both lost last week. Both are trying to find themselves. The Lithuanian team seems more logical and more rational than Milan who played very well against Barcelona last week, but still, they seem too weak out of Mediolanum Forum. Jasikevicius follows the same formula as last year, and it seems to lead the team to victories and great appearances over the past few weeks. If the Italian team find a good pace, it’d be hard for Zalgiris to stop them. But if they underestimate them they will lose very easy.
Key Players – Αrturas Gudaitis – Vasilje Micic
FC Barcelona – Anadolu Efes
After a solid win over Olympiacos, Barcelona has unleashed their home court firepower. Efes from the other hand isn’t very pleasant and coach Perasovic not very happy with what he has seen so far. Efes is a team that might turn it around when the first round is over. Barcelona has to retain their focus on wining this game cause it might be Turkish team’s last hope to show something.
Key Players – Thomas Heurtel – Eric McCollum
Khimki – Baskonia
After the heart breaking victory over Panathinaikos, Baskonia is looking to go hard on Khimki who is first on rankings thus far. The Russian team from the other hand with a solid W against Real Madrid has raised their confidence bar and are looking to keep their home court clean. How will Baskonia stop their quick pace and how will Khimki stop their enthusiasm.
Key Players – Alexey Shved – Jayson Granger
Olympiacos – Panathinaikos
After getting defeated from Baskonia in the last seconds and also losing to AEK Athens for the Greek cup, Panathinaikos is looking to turn it around, and Coach Pascual is ready for that. But Olympiacos started very well and showed that they could protect their home court with ease. Panathinaikos big men are struggling thus far, and Olympiacos will look forward to it.
Key Players – Nikola Milutinov – KC Rivers
Bamberg – Fenerbahce
Coach Obradovic knows that a good team doesn’t shape until the playoffs. I won’t be surprised to see Fener struggling against the German team who started bad but turned it around pretty quick.
Key Players – Leon Radosevic – Kostas Sloukas
Unicaja – Crvena Zvezda
Both teams struggled on power rankings before the start of the season due to their roster’s dynamic. But still Unicaja took two amazing wins over Efes and Fenerbahce, and the Serbians showed that they could win almost anyone when they get a good pace. It would be a hard game for both teams, and each one would try to go over and imposes its rhythm.
Key Players – Nemanja Nedovic – Taylor Rochestie