The 2020-21 Turkish Airways EuroLeague Playoffs characteristic eight fearsome groups. 5 of them are former champs and all 4 groups from the final Last 4 are again. There are additionally two playoff newcomers hoping to get to the Last 4 for the primary time. Let’s have a look on the 4 best-of-five sequence in retailer for us.
The playoff showdown between top-ranked Barcelona and eighth-placed Zenit might be between two of the best defenses within the league. Whereas Barcelona allowed the fewest factors within the league this season (73.6 ppg.), Zenit was second (74.9). Recreation 1 of the sequence will mark simply the fifth time these groups have ever performed one another; Barcelona gained three of the 4 video games so far. Barcelona completed atop the regular-season standings with a 24-10 report and had three profitable streaks of a minimum of 5 video games this season, however misplaced two of its final three video games to complete the season. Coach Sarunas Jasikevicius’s facet is 12-5 at house this season. Zenit, which gained three in a row to complete the common season in eighth place with a 20-14 report, had a profitable report (10-7) on the street this season. Its coach, Xavi Pascual, ought to really feel comfy in Barcelona, too; he spent 9 seasons on the sidelines at Palau Blaugrana, led Barcelona to the 2010 EuroLeague crown and coached Jasikevicius in the course of the 2012-13 season.
Milan will compete within the EuroLeague Playoffs for the primary time since 2014 in opposition to a Bayern squad dipping its toes into the playoffs for the primary time. Milan beat Bayern twice within the common season with an time beyond regulation victory on opening night time and a 24-point rout in Spherical 21. Coach Ettore Messina’s Milan had a six-game profitable streak in the course of the season, however misplaced three of its remaining 5 regular-season video games to complete in fourth place with a 21-3 report. Nevertheless, Milan has the home-court benefit for the sequence and was 7-2 at house within the second half of the common season. Bayern, which had the identical report as Milan, however completed fifth on account of a tiebreaker, went 8-9 on the street this season. Taking pictures threes might be one thing to observe within the sequence as Milan ranked second within the league at 41.5%, however Bayern had the second-best protection in opposition to threes at 34.7%. Additionally noteworthy is that whereas Bayern, which dedicated probably the most fouls within the league (22.9 per sport), collected the second-most steals (8.2 spg.), Milan has the second-fewest (6.2 spg.).
These two groups will meet within the postseason for the primary time since 2015 when Actual gained their sequence 3-1 en path to capturing its report tenth EuroLeague crown on the Last 4 within the Spanish capital. The 2 groups cut up their two regular-season conferences this season with every profitable on the street. Efes positioned third within the common season with a 22-12 report, although it was 14-3 within the second half of the common season. Actual slumped to a 5-6 report in its remaining 11 video games and completed the season in sixth place at 20-14. Three-pointers and blocked pictures might play intricate roles on this season. Actual (10.3 per sport) and Efes (10.1) made probably the most three-pointers within the league this season. The Actual protection led the league in blocked pictures (3.4 bpg.) anchored by 2019 EuroLeague Finest Defender (1.74 bpg.). Efes counters with two-time Finest Defender and the EuroLeague’s all-time chief in blocks, Bryant Dunston. Efes ranked second within the league in scoring this season (84.0 ppg.), nevertheless, Actual is second in whole scoring over the previous 5 seasons (84.4 ppg.), establishing an explosive showdown.
This sequence is a rematch of the 2016 Turkish Airways EuroLeague Championship Recreation, which CSKA gained 101-96 after time beyond regulation in Berlin. It was only one in a sequence of shut video games between CSKA and Fenerbahce; 4 of their final 10 conferences have gone to time beyond regulation, one other two have been determined by a single basket and just one by greater than 6 factors. This season, every crew gained on the opposite’s house court docket. CSKA completed the common season in second place with a 23-10 report and with the longest lively profitable streak, 5 video games in a row – pending a Spherical 25 make-up sport in opposition to Panathinaikos OPAP Athens on Wednesday. Coach Itoudis’s fees led the league this season in scoring (84.1 ppg.), rebounding (36.2 rpg.) and fouls drawn (22.0). Fenerbahce completed its first season below Coach Igor Kokoskov in seventh place with a 20-14 report. Its 10-game profitable streak between Rounds 16 and 25 was the second-longest within the league this season behind solely CSKA’s 12 in a row by means of November and December.