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CSKA Moscow vs Anadolu Efes: Prediction and Betting Tips
CSKA Moscow on a great winning run
CSKA Moscow meet Anadolu Efes in the semi-final of this year’s edition in a repeat of the Euroleague’s last championship game when the Russians won claiming their eighth Euroleague title. CSKA finished second in the regular season and they lead the Euroleague as the most points scoring team per game with an average of 84.35 points.
The Russians qualified to the final of their domestic league after beating Zenit St. Petersburg in the semi-final by 3-1. CSKA were the only team that won their quarter-final series against Fenerbahce in a clean sweep. Coach Dimitris Itoudis’s team won all three matches against the Turks with double-digit margins and have not lost a Euroleague game since mid-March.
Anadolu Efes in a great domestic form
After finishing third in the Euroleague regular season, Anadolu Efes are in the final four for the fourth time. The Turks went the whole distance as they needed five games to overcome Spanish Giants Real Madrid. The Turkish side suffered their worst defeat of this season in their first match against CSKA 100-65 back in December. Efes however won the second game in March by 100-70.
Efes have the second-fewest turnovers in the Euroleague with 11.3 per game. Coach Ergin Ataman’s team is the third-best shooting team in the league from all distances with 51%. Efes also qualified for their domestic league’s final after sweeping aside Besiktas 3-0. In their last match against Besiktas, Efes scored 62.5% of their 2-point shots. Coach Ataman will surely hope his team can take that form to Cologne with them.
- CSKA have won four of their last five matches
- Efes have won their last eight matches
- CSKA have an average of 84 points per game
- Efes have an average of 84.05 points per game
CSKA Moscow vs Anadolu Efes Prediction
Both teams are in very good form in their respective domestic leagues and reached the finals. Although both of their matches in the regular season ended with large margins, we don’t think this match will see a big margin win for any of these teams.
We think it will be a tense start as both coaches will want to neutralize their opponent’s key players. Micic and Larkin will be the key players for Efes and their contribution to the game in terms of assists and points might decide the outcome of the match for Efes.
On the CSKA side, Hacket, Clyburn, and Hillard have been the best players for the Russians in recent games. They will be the key players for Efes to defend against if they want to stop CSKA’s offensive force.
With so many scorers on show on both teams, we will back the total match points to be over 150.5.
CSKA Moscow vs Anadolu Efes Betting Tips
Over 150.5 points 1.50 at bet365
First Quarter Total Points Under 41.5 points 1.80 at bet365
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