Nikola Kalinic - Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade - EB14

Round 7: a lot can happen!

The Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season is in its most decisive stage as Round 7 comes your way this week. Three teams - CSKA Moscow in Group B, FC Barcelona in Group C and Olympiacos Piraeus in Group D - have advanced to the Top 16 and now look to rank as high as possible. Several other teams can join them this week and a few others need to make a move soon or be in jeapordy of elimination. So expect a lot of drama and intensity with six-packs of showdowns on Thursday and Friday.

GROUP A

Real Madrid (5-1) hosts Unics Kazan (2-4) in a high profile game on Thursday. Madrid will qualify to the Top 16 with a win. Unics won its first game under new head coach Evgeniy Pashutin, whose trademark extra-pass offense needs to help Unics improve its league-low 13.7 assists per game. By comparison, Madrid ranks second with 22.8 on average. Unics makes its first visit to the Spanish capital since the 2007 ULEB Cup semifinals. Nizhny Novgorod (3-3) takes on Zalgiris Kaunas (3-3) in a very interesting showdown on Friday. Nizhny is on a two-game winning streak and Zalgiris lost its last two. Points difference will most probably not be an issue, as Zalgiris registered a 97-63 home win in Kaunas. Also on Friday, Anadolu Efes Istanbul (4-2) welcomes Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari (1-5) as both teams seek to rebound from late losses last week. Sassari ranks first in steals (12 per game) and Efes ranks high in free throw shooting (77.3%) and defeated its opponents 75-82 in Sardinia.

GROUP B


Two Euroleague giants meet again in Tel Aviv's Nokia Arena, where Maccabi Electra (4-2) takes on CSKA Moscow (7-0) on Thursday in a rematch of last season's semifinal. These teams also faced each other in the 2006 and 2008 championship games that gave CSKA its only two Euroleague titles in the last 40 years. CSKA will clinch a top-two finish in this group with a win. Maccabi would be mathematically into the Top 16 with a win if Limoges CSP tops Cedevita Zagreb. ALBA Berlin (2-4) takes on Unicaja Malaga (4-2) in the German capital on Thursday. Unicaja would advance to the Top 16 with a win, regardless of other results. Unicaja leads the 2014-15 in fouls drawn (24 per game) and is last in fouls committed (16.8). Alba ranks third in two-point shooting percentage (57.5%). Cedevita (1-5) hosts Limoges (1-5) in a critical game for both teams on Friday. Limoges topped Cedevita 71-60 in France and points differential will be critical in this game.

GROUP C

Already-qualified FC Barcelona (6-0) welcomes EA7 Emporio Armani Milan (2-4) on Friday. Barcelona wants to keep its great momentum going - it leads the competition in free throw shooting (82.9%) and has scored 78 points or more in each game this season. Milan ranks high in offensive rebounds (12.7 orpg.) but has struggled in two-point (47.1%) and three-point (32.6%) shooting percentage until now. Panathinaikos Athens (4-2) hosts FC Bayern Munich (1-5) on Thursday while Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (4-2) takes on PGE Turow Zgorzelec (1-5) on Friday. If Panathinaikos and Fenerbahce both win, they will seal their tickets to the Top 16, regardless of other results. Bayern (9.8 turnovers per game) has taken good care of the ball and Panathinaikos ranks well in two-point (56.5%) and free throw (79%) percentages. Fenerbahce is first in two-pointers made per game (24.5) and Turow leads the Euroleague in least blocks received (1.5 per game).

GROUP D

A pivotal game is scheduled in the Serbian capital on Thursday, as Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade (3-3) faces Neptunas Klaipeda (3-3). Zvezda leads the Euroleague in rebounds (42.5 rpg.) while Neptunas excels in two-point shooting percentage (55.8%) and steals (7.2 spg.). Neptunas looks for its first road win but Zvezda has only lost against unbeaten Olympiacos Piraeus at home. Olympiacos (6-0) visits Laboral Kutxa Vitoria (2-4), also on Thursday, in the Game of the Week. Recently-signed center Mirza Begic of Laboral plays against his former team. Olympiacos ranks high in blocks (4.3 bpg.) but so does Laboral (3.5 bpg.). Fresh off its epic, double-overtime win against Zvezda, Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul (3-3) visits Valencia Basket (1-5). Galatasaray leads the 2014-15 Euroleague in free throws made (18.7 per game), hitting 80% of its attempts. Valencia ranks second in steals (8.2 spg.) but is last in rebounds (30.8 per game to Galatasaray's 37.7).

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