Playoffs predictions: EuroLeague coaches

Apr 16, 2018 by Euroleague.net Print

EuroLeague.net asked the coaches 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:

Simone Pianigiani, AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan Luca Banchi, Brose Bamberg Ergin Ataman, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Simone Pianigiani, AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan Luca Banchi, Brose Bamberg Ergin Ataman, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
CSKA 3-1 Khimki CSKA 3-2 Khimki CSKA 3-0 Khimki
"CSKA 3-1. CSKA's offense, including talent level and pick-and-roll execution, is too much for Khimki, but since they know each other well, I expect Khimki to win one game." "CSKA can win in five games. They have a better game, but Khimki will have a chance to respond. I expect a very proud reaction from them as an underdog in this series. But in the end CSKA will win." "CSKA. 3-0. The favorite team for the title."
Fenerbahce 3-2 Baskonia Fenerbahce 3-1 Baskonia Fenerbahce 3-2 Baskonia
"Fenerbahce 3-2. Both teams are deep and physical, but in the end home-court advantage, experience and toughness in the crucial moments will decide the series." "Fener will win 3-1. They can use their home-court advantage. In Vitoria, I expect one win from Baskonia, which proved in the last part of the season that they can compete." "Fenerbahce. 3-2. Home-court advantage and experience."
Panathinaikos 3-2 Madrid Panathinaikos 2-3 Madrid Panathinaikos 1-3 Madrid
"Panathinaikos 3-2. This is a series for the ages, very close. Real's talent is huge, but since I expect a fifth game, I don't see Panathinaikos losing at OAKA two series in a row. So I give my prediction, but it's very, very close." "That will be a very tight series that will go the whole distance with 50-50 chances. If I have to choose one team, it’s Madrid. Especially if Llull comes back, then they have a deeper roster." "Real Madrid. 3-1. Bench players' contributions make the difference."
Olympiacos 3-1 Zalgiris Olympiacos 3-0 Zalgiris Olympiacos 2-3 Zalgiris
"Olympiacos 3-1. They have more experience, they know how to respond in these situations even against a quality and enthusiastic team like Zalgiris." "3-0 for Olympiacos. I’m pretty sure, they will approach the series with their real identity and it’s a team that impressed me a lot during the years due to their style and their defensive impact." "Zalgiris. 3-2. The surprise of the season."



Joan Plaza, Unicaja Malaga Neven Spahija, Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv Txus Vidorreta, Valencia Basket
Joan Plaza, Unicaja Malaga Neven Spahija, Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv Txus Vidorreta, Valencia Basket
CSKA 3-1 Khimki CSKA 3-1 Khimki CSKA 3-1 Khimki
"CSKA 3-1. They are better." "I think CSKA is going to win 3-0 or 3-1. The quality and experience of CSKA in the EuroLeague Playoffs is an advantage between these two teams. I think Khimki made a big success by qualifying for the playoffs, but the difference in quality between CSKA and Khimki, there is no question about it." "CSKA in four games. Roster and experience"
Fenerbahce 3-2 Baskonia Fenerbahce 3-1 Baskonia Fenerbahce 3-2 Baskonia
"Fenerbahce 3-2. They have more experience." "I think Baskonia is going to win at least one game, but Fenerbahce is going to win the series. The Fener coach and players have so much experience at this level and unquestionable quality in this game. Baskonia is the underdog. 3-1 for Fener." "Fenerbahce in five games. Home-court advantage will be key in this series."
Panathinaikos 2-3 Madrid Panathinaikos 2-3 Madrid Panathinaikos 1-3 Madrid
"Real Madrid 2-3. They are more experienced and have a longer roster." "I think even with Panathinaikos's home-court advantage and amazing crowd, I think Real Madrid is going to win, but it will probably be the most interesting series. 3-2 for Real Madrid." "Real Madrid in four games. Bigger experience in this kind of games."
Olympiacos 1-3 Zalgiris Olympiacos 3-2 Zalgiris Olympiacos 1-3 Zalgiris
"Zalgiris 1-3. Hungriness." "It's going to be a very interesting series, but I think Olympiacos is going to win by experience and home-court advantage 3-2." "Zalgiris in four games. They are the revelation team of the season and I think they can surprise winning a game in Greece."