Playoffs predictions: EuroLeague players

Apr 16, 2018 by Euroleague.net Print

EuroLeague.net asked the players who went up against the eight playoff teams earlier this season to predict the results of each best-of-five series. Here are their answers:

Andrea Cinciarini, AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan Daniel Hackett, Brose Bamberg Petteri Koponen, FC Barcelona Lassa
Andrea Cinciarini, AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan Daniel Hackett, Brose Bamberg Petteri Koponen, FC Barcelona Lassa
CSKA 3-1 Khimki CSKA 3-1 Khimki CSKA 3-1 Khimki
"CSKA 3-1. It's simply the better and more experienced team." "CSKA will win in four games. Their offense is very sharp and they have a lot of weapons to decide a game." "I think CSKA is the big favorite to win the series and also the whole EuroLeague, so I think CSKA will win 3-1. I hope my former team Khimki will win at least one game at home, but otherwise I think CSKA is gonna win."
Fenerbahce 3-1 Baskonia Fenerbahce 3-0 Baskonia Fenerbahce 3-1 Baskonia
"Fenerbahce 3-1. Fener's defense and size will be decisive." "Fenerbahce will win in three games. I have them as winners of the EuroLeague, so I think that they are gonna sweep Baskonia." "Ooh, this is a tough one. Baskonia has been playing really well lately, but Fenerbahce is a very solid team. I think it's gonna be 3-1 for Fenerbahce."
Panathinaikos 3-2 Madrid Panathinaikos 2-3 Madrid Panathinaikos 3-2 Madrid
"Panathinaikos 3-2. Very close series, but home-court advantage could be the key in Game 5." "Real will win five games, because they are stronger and have a deeper roster than Panathinaikos." "It can go either way. I say it's gonna go to the fifth game and in the end Panathinaikos will go to the Final Four 3-2."
Olympiacos 3-2 Zalgiris Olympiacos 3-2 Zalgiris Olympiacos 3-1Zalgiris
"Olympiacos 3-2. Zalgiris won in Athens during the regular season, but it's not the same. I don't expect them to win in Piraeus one more time." "Olympiacos will win in five games. Zalgiris have been playing a very good season so far, but I think that Olympiacos is a bit more experienced." "I think Olympiacos is gonna win 3-1. They have more experience. They know what it takes to win in the playoffs. Zalgiris has had a great season, they have a great coach, so maybe they have a little chance, but I think Olympiacos is going to win with their experience and go to the Final Four, 3-1."



Carlos Suarez, Unicaja Malaga Michael Roll, Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv Birkan Batuk, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Carlos Suarez, Unicaja Malaga Michael Roll - Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
Birkan Batuk, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
CSKA 3-0 Khimki CSKA 3-1 Khimki CSKA 3-0 Khimki
"CSKA 3-0. They are the favorite to win the trophy." "I think CSKA will win in four games because they are just a very good, well-disciplined team. I think Khimki will be able to answer in their first game at home and CSKA will eventually get it done in four." "CSKA. 3-0. I think that CSKA Moscow will not lose at home and can win on the road."
Fenerbahce 3-1 Baskonia Fenerbahce 3-2 Baskonia Fenerbahce 3-0 Baskonia
"Fenerbahce 3-1. They are the current champions and I think they will play the Final Four." "I think Fenerbahce will win in five because both teams are very good, very evenly matched, long and athletic and I think the home-court advantage gets it done." "Fenerbahce. 3-0. Fenerbahçe plays well at home and I think that they will break the opponent’s resistance."
Panathinaikos 1-3 Madrid Panathinaikos 3-1 Madrid Panathinaikos 1-3 Madrid
"Real Madrid 1-3. They have players who are very experienced in clutch moments." "I think Panathinaikos will win in four because their switching defense is very stifling and their bigs can really get out and guard the guards and with its length can really slow down some of Madrid's players." "Real Madrid. I think that they will win on the road. If Llull plays it will be 3-1."
Olympiacos 3-1 Zalgiris Olympiacos 3-1 Zalgiris Olympiacos 3-1 Zalgiris
"Olympiacos 3-1. They know how to play the key moments of the games." "I think Olympiacos wins it in four. Zalgiris makes it tough in Game 3 at home witht eh crowd and wins and then Olympiacos gets it done in the fourth game." "Olympiacos. Every year they play at these stages and they are very experienced. 3-1."