Final Four predictions: EuroLeague Players

May 15, 2019 by Euroleague.net Print
Final Four predictions: EuroLeague Players

EuroLeague.net asked the players whose teams faced CSKA Moscow, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul, Real Madrid and Anadolu Efes Istanbul earlier this season to give their take on the possible outcomes of the Final Four games. Here are their answers:

Vincent Poirier, Baskonia Aaron White, Zalgiris Jordan Mickey, Khimki Pau Ribas, Barcelona
Vincent Poirier - KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
Aaron White - Zalgiris Kaunas
Jordan Mickey - Khimki Moscow Region
Pau Ribas - FC Barcelona Lassa
Which team will win the semifinal between Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul and Anadolu Efes Istanbul? Why?
"Efes, because they know how to beat them and Fener has injured players. So I bet on Efes." "I think Fenerbahce will beat Anadolu Efes. They have a little bit more experience. It is their fifth consecutive Final Four and they are the No. 1 seed, so they should get to the final." "I think Fenerbahce. Right now they are playing well together, like last year. So, I think they will make it again to the final." "I think it will be Fenerbahce because they have more Final Four experience."
Which team will win the semifinal between CSKA Moscow and Real Madrid? Why?
"Madrid because they were champions last year and they have the mentality. One on one, it is really hard to beat them." "It will be a really interesting game. I think whoever wins this game, will win the championship. I am choosing CSKA. They are in good shape at the moment." "I think Real Madrid. They are playing great as well having pretty much the same team from last season. That's why they have a great chance." "I am not so sure on that one. I think I'd say it's 50% for each team."
Between the two finalists you have chosen, which team will win the final and become EuroLeague champion and why?
"Madrid because they have a very long roster with big talent and experienced players." "I think CSKA will win. The same as Fenerbahce; they have been in Final Fours many times, so they have the experience and that will help them to push through." "I will say Real Madrid. They are a great team; they have all the pieces so I think they will be able to do it again." "I think that the champion will come from the winner of the game between CSKA and Real. I see both teams in a great moment physically and playing great."
Which player on your winning team do you think will become the Final Four MVP and why?
"I would like Fabien Causeur but... why not Campazzo?" "I am predicting that the Final Four MVP will be Nando De Colo. He is the most important player for CSKA. He makes a lot of decisions and has the ball a lot, so he is my candidate for the MVP." "Maybe, Tavares. He changes the game with his presence on the court. He changes the entire game." "I would choose Will Clyburn for CSKA or Facu Campazzo for Real. Both dominate the game."

Nemanja Gordic, Buducnost Keith Langford, Panathinaikos Michael Roll, Maccabi  
Vincent Poirier - KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
Keith Langford - Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
Michael Roll - Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv  
Which team will win the semifinal between Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul and Anadolu Efes Istanbul? Why?
"Anadolu Efes. Fenerbahce is depleted with injuries. It will be hard for them to stop Efes, a team in great form with great players." "It's difficult because Fenerbahce doesn't have their full roster. That being said, they are probably the only team in the competition that can play without so many players because of the coaching disparity. In the end, I say Fener because I think one or two more of those players will play and Obradovic will have them ready." "Fener will beat Efes because they are so disciplined on both sides of the ball."  
Which team will win the semifinal between CSKA Moscow and Real Madrid? Why?
"CSKA Moscow. It is always harder to defend the title and CSKA already won both matches against Madrid this year." "CSKA is always tricky to pick because they are always the favorite and it's difficult to pick against Madrid because I know first hand from the playoffs how good of a team they are. However, I'm going to pick CSKA because they have had some adversity this year that has really prepared them for this moment." "Real Madrid will beat CSKA because they have the winning experience and are so deep at every position."  
Between the two finalists you have chosen, which team will win the final and become EuroLeague champion and why?
"CSKA Moscow. I think experience will prevail in this match." "I think CSKA breaks through and wins this one. I feel like they have the best combination of size, skill and athleticism to win two games in three days. The injuries of Fener, the first-time factor for Efes and their previous two matchups with Real in my eyes make this a prime opportunity for them." "Madrid will win the title because they can play fast and play the slow game and still be efficient."  
Which player on your winning team do you think will become the Final Four MVP, and why?
"Cory Higgins. He has been a constant factor playing great this year and can be the X-factor for CSKA." "Cory Higgins. I believe he is the X-factor for CSKA and he has done his job in an incredible way this season. From when I played in Russia and he first arrived until now, he has shown tremendous growth as a player and is a leader on that team. I also think he will play with a chip on his shoulder after missing out on one of the All-EuroLeague teams. " "Campazzo will be the MVP because he has been the floor leader for them and controls so much of their game."