99 tiebreaks: Competitiveness guaranteed under new format!

Mar 27, 2019 by Euroleague.net Print
99 tiebreaks: Competitiveness guaranteed under new format!

With two rounds left in the 30-game Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season, the race is so tight that 99 different tie possibilities exist. Any of them could be used to fill the three open playoff spots that remain.

There are 35 combinations of three-way ties possible at the end of Round 30 next week; 35 possible four-way ties; 21 possible five-way ties; 7 possible six-way ties; and a single possibility that seven teams are tied with 15-15 records for those three playoffs places.

What's more, some of the ties might resolve one, two or all three open playoff spots, depending on other results.

Despite that complexity, however, it's also possible that all the playoffs qualifiers may be clear as soon as the end of Round 29 on Friday.

That would be the case if Panathinaikos OPAP Athens defeats visiting Real Madrid; if KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz beats Anadolu Efes Istanbul and Olympiacos Piraeus loses to Zalgiris Kaunas; and if AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan defeats Fenerbahce Bekos Istanbul while Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv and FC Bayern Munich both lose. Keep in mind that all of the above must happen to complete the playoffs picture. Otherwise, it's on to the last games of the regular season in Round 30 to decide at least one – and perhaps all three – of the playoffs vacancies.

Of course, five teams have already qualified to the playoffs – Fenerbahce, CSKA Moscow, Real Madrid, Efes and FC Barcelona Lassa – but only one of those teams knows its final place, Efes, which is sure to finish fourth.

The rest could find out their final positions this week. Fenerbahce and CSKA would finish first and second if both are victorious, leaving third place for Madrid, while Barcelona would finish fifth with a win.

But with seven teams between 15 and 13 victories as we speak – Baskonia, Bayern, Maccabi, Milan, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos and Zalgiris – the fact remains that any of these 99 ties can occur.

And that by itself is reason for applause. Three seasons into a revolutionary 30-game format – the first in elite European team sports in which all teams play each other – the EuroLeague is as competitive as possible.

In fact, every single Round 29 game has playoffs ramifications, some of them in the do-or-die category. And depending on how Round 29 goes, all eight games in Round 30 – the last of those would be the 240th of the regular season – could impact the top half of the standings, as well.

To say the least....GameON!

Tiebreaks
Team
Baskonia
Bayern
Maccabi
Milan
Olympiacos
Panathinaikos
Zalgiris
Baskonia
 
1-1, +2
2-0, +26
1-1, +2
0-2, -5
1-1, +7
2-0, +15
Bayern
1-1, -2
 
0-2, -31
2-0, +8
0-2, -30
1-1, -9
1-1, -2
Maccabi
0-2, -26
2-0, +31
 
1-1, -2
1-1, -7
1-1, +4
0-2, -9
Milan
1-1, -2
0-2, -8
1-1, +2
 
2-0, +33
1-1, -9
1-1, +5
Olympiacos
2-0, +5
2-0, +30
1-1, +7
0-2, -33
 
1-1, +1
0-1, -8
Panathinaikos
1-1, -7
1-1, +9
1-1, -4
1-1, +9
1-1, -1
 
0-2, -13
Zalgiris
0-2, -15
1-1, +2
2-0, +9
1-1, -5
1-0, +8
2-0, +13
 

*Scenarios marked with one asterisk assume that Zalgiris will defeat Olympiacos in Round 29, otherwise that tie scenario would not exist. The records of both teams have been changed accordingly.

**Scenarios marked with two asterisks assume that Zalgiris will defeat Olympiacos in Round 29, otherwise that tie scenario would not exist. The records of both teams have been changed accordingly. However, in these cases, a second tiebreaker – point difference among the tied teams – would be required. The current point differences for all teams participating in that potential tie, before Round 29, are stated.

Three-way ties
Teams 1 2 3
Baskonia, Panathinaikos, Milan KBA 2-2, +9 PAO 2-2, +2 AXM 2-2, -11
Baskonia, Milan, Maccabi KBA 3-1 AXM 2-2 MTA 1-3
Baskonia, Panathinaikos, Maccabi KBA 3-1 PAO 2-2 MTA 1-3
Baskonia, Panathinaikos, Bayern KBA 2-2, +9 PAO 2-2, +2 BAY 2-2, -11
Baskonia, Maccabi, Bayern KBA 3-1 MTA 2-2 BAY 1-3
Baskonia, Milan, Zalgiris KBA 3-1 AXM 2-2 ZAL 1-3
Baskonia, Zalgiris, Panathinaikos KBA 3-1 ZAL 2-2 PAO 1-3
Baskonia, Zalgiris, Maccabi KBA 4-0 ZAL 2-2 MTA 0-4
Baskonia, Bayern, Zalgiris KBA 3-1 BAY 2-2 ZAL 1-3
Baskonia, Olympiacos, Zalgiris KBA 2-2, +10 OLY 2-2**, -3 ZAL 2-2**, -7
Bayern, Baskonia, Milan BAY 3-1 KBA 2-2 AXM 1-3
Bayern, Panathinaikos, Milan BAY 3-1 PAO 2-2 AXM 1-3
Bayern, Zalgiris, Milan BAY 3-1 ZAL 2-2 AXM 1-3
Maccabi, Bayern, Milan MTA 3-1 BAY 2-2 AXM 1-3
Maccabi, Panathinaikos, Bayern MTA 3-1 PAO 2-2 BAY 1-3
Milan, Olympiacos, Baskonia AXM 3-1 OLY 2-2 KBA 1-3
Milan, Panathinaikos, Olympiacos AXM 3-1 PAO 2-2 OLY 1-3
Milan, Maccabi, Olympiacos AXM 3-1 MTA 2-2 OLY 1-3
Milan, Olympiacos, Bayern AXM 2-2, +25 OLY 2-2, -3 BAY 2-2, -22
Milan, Zalgiris, Olympiacos AXM 3-1 ZAL 3-1* OLY 0-4*
Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, Baskonia OLY 3-1 PAO 2-2 KBA 1-3
Olympiacos, Baskonia, Maccabi OLY 3-1 KBA 2-2 MTA 1-3
Olympiacos, Maccabi, Panathinaikos OLY 2-2, +8 MTA 2-2, -3 PAO 2-2, -5
Olympiacos, Baskonia, Bayern OLY 4-0 KBA 1-3 BAY 1-3
Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, Bayern OLY 3-1 PAO 2-2 BAY 1-3
Olympiacos, Maccabi, Bayern OLY 3-1 MTA 3-1 BAY 0-4
Panathinaikos, Maccabi, Milan PAO 2-2, +5 MTA 2-2, +2 AXM 2-2, -7
Zalgiris, Milan, Panathinaikos ZAL 3-1 AXM 2-2 PAO 1-3
Zalgiris, Milan, Maccabi ZAL 3-1 AXM 2-2 MTA 1-3
Zalgiris, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos ZAL 4-0* OLY 1-3* PAO 1-3
Zalgiris, Olympiacos, Maccabi ZAL 4-0* OLY 1-3* MTA 1-3
Zalgiris, Olympiacos, Bayern ZAL 3-1* OLY 2-2* BAY 1-3
Zalgiris, Maccabi, Panathinaikos ZAL 4-0 MTA 1-3 PAO 1-3
Zalgiris, Bayern, Panathinaikos ZAL 3-1 BAY 2-2 PAO 1-3
Zalgiris, Maccabi, Bayern ZAL 3-1 MTA 2-2 BAY 1-3

Four-way ties
Teams 1 2 3 4
Baskonia, Panathinaikos, Milan, Maccabi KBA 4-2 PAO 3-3 AXM 3-3 MTA 2-4
Baskonia, Maccabi, Bayern, Milan KBA 4-2 MTA 3-3 BAY 3-3 AXM 2-4
Baskonia, Maccabi, Panathinaikos, Bayern KBA 4-2 MTA 3-3 PAO 3-3 BAY 2-4
Baskonia, Milan, Zalgiris, Panathinaikos KBA 4-2 AXM 3-3 ZAL 3-3 PAO 2-4
Baskonia, Milan, Zalgiris, Maccabi KBA 5-1 AXM 3-3 ZAL 3-3 MTA 1-5
Baskonia, Zalgiris, Olympiacos, Maccabi KBA 4-2*  ZAL 4-2* OLY 3-3* MTA 1-5
Baskonia, Zalgiris, Panathinaikos, Maccabi KBA 5-1 ZAL 4-2 PAO 2-4 MTA 1-5
Baskonia, Bayern, Milan, Zalgiris KBA 4-2 BAY 4-2 AXM 2-4 ZAL 2-4
Baskonia, Zalgiris, Bayern, Panathinaikos KBA 4-2 ZAL 3-3 BAY 3-3 PAO 2-4
Baskonia, Zalgiris, Maccabi, Bayern KBA 5-1 ZAL 3-3 MTA 2-4 BAY 2-4
Bayern, Baskonia, Panathinaikos, Milan BAY 4-2 KBA 3-3 PAO 3-3 AXM 2-4
Maccabi, Milan, Olympiacos, Bayern MTA 4-2 AXM 3-3 OLY 3-3 BAY 2-4
Maccabi, Panathinaikos, Bayern, Milan MTA 4-2 PAO 3-3 BAY 3-3 AXM 2-4
Milan, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, Baskonia AXM 4-2 OLY 3-3 PAO 3-3 KBA 2-4
Milan, Olympiacos, Baskonia, Maccabi AXM 4-2 OLY 3-3 KBA 3-3 MTA 2-4
Milan, Maccabi, Panathinaikos, Olympiacos AXM 4-2 MTA 3-3 PAO 3-3 OLY 2-4
Milan, Baskonia, Zalgiris, Olympiacos AXM 4-2 KBA 3-3 ZAL 3-3* OLY 2-4*
Olympiacos, Bayern, Milan, Baskonia OLY 4-2 BAY 3-3 AXM 3-3 KBA 2-4
Olympiacos, Baskonia, Panathinaikos, Maccabi OLY 4-2 KBA 3-3 PAO 3-3 MTA 2-4
Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, Baskonia, Bayern OLY 5-1 PAO 3-3 KBA 2-4 BAY 2-4
Olympiacos, Baskonia, Maccabi, Bayern OLY 5-1 KBA 3-3 MTA 3-3 BAY 1-5
Olympiacos, Maccabi, Panathinaikos, Bayern OLY 4-2 MTA 4-2 PAO 3-3 BAY 1-5
Olympiacos, Baskonia, Zalgiris, Bayern OLY 4-2* KBA 3-3 ZAL 3-3* BAY 2-4
Panathinaikos, Milan, Olympiacos, Bayern PAO 3-3, +17 AXM 3-3, +16 OLY 3-3, -2 BAY 3-3, -31
Zalgiris, Olympiacos, Baskonia, Panathinaikos ZAL 4-2* OLY 3-3* KBA 3-3 PAO 2-4
Zalgiris, Milan, Panathinaikos, Olympiacos ZAL 5-1* AXM 4-2 PAO 2-4 OLY 1-5*
Zalgiris, Milan, Maccabi, Olympiacos ZAL 5-1* AXM 4-2 MTA 2-4 OLY 1-5*
Zalgiris, Milan, Maccabi, Panathinaikos ZAL 5-1 AXM 3-3 MTA 2-4 PAO 2-4
Zalgiris, Olympiacos, Maccabi, Panathinaikos ZAL 6-0* OLY 2-4* MTA 2-4 PAO 2-4
Zalgiris, Bayern, Milan, Olympiacos ZAL 4-2* BAY 3-3 AXM 3-3 OLY 2-4*
Zalgiris, Bayern, Panathinaikos, Milan ZAL 4-2 BAY 4-2 PAO 2-4 AXM 2-4
Zalgiris, Milan, Bayern, Maccabi ZAL 4-2 MTA 3-3 BAY 3-3 AXM 2-4
Zalgiris, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, Bayern ZAL 5-1* OLY 3-3* PAO 2-4 BAY 2-4
Zalgiris, Olympiacos, Maccabi, Bayern ZAL 5-1* OLY 3-3* MTA 3-3 BAY 1-5
Zalgiris, Maccabi, Panathinaikos, Bayern ZAL 5-1 MTA 3-3 PAO 2-4 BAY 2-4

Five-way ties
Teams 1 2 3 4 5
Baskonia, Milan, Panathinaikos, Bayern, Maccabi KBA 5-3 MTA 4-4 PAO 4-4 BAY 4-4 AXM 3-5
Baskonia, Milan, Zalgiris, Olympiacos, Maccabi KBA 5-3 AXM 5-3 ZAL 5-3* OLY 3-5* MTA 2-6
Baskonia, Zalgiris, Milan, Panathinaikos, Maccabi KBA 6-2 ZAL 5-3 AXM 4-4 PAO 3-5 MTA 2-6
Baskonia, Bayern, Zalgiris, Panathinaikos, Milan KBA 5-3 BAY 5-3 ZAL 4-4 PAO 3-5 AXM 3-5
Baskonia, Zalgiris, Bayern, Milan, Maccabi KBA 6-2 ZAL 4-4 BAY 4-4 AXM 3-5 MTA 3-5
Baskonia, Olympiacos, Zalgiris, Maccabi, Bayern KBA 5-3 +10 OLY 5-3** -3 ZAL 5-3** -7 MTA 3-5 BAY 2-6
Baskonia, Zalgiris, Maccabi, Panathinaikos, Bayern KBA 6-2 ZAL 5-3 MTA 3-5 PAO 3-5 BAY 3-5
Maccabi, Milan, Panathinaikos, Olympiacos, Bayern MTA 5-3 AXM 4-4 PAO 4-4 OLY 4-4 BAY 3-5
Milan, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, Baskonia, Maccabi AXM 5-3 OLY 4-4 PAO 4-4 KBA 4-4 MTA 3-5
Milan, Zalgiris, Baskonia, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos AXM 5-3 ZAL 5-3* KBA 4-4 OLY 3-5* PAO 3-5
Milan, Baskonia, Olympiacos, Zalgiris, Bayern AXM 4-4, +28 KBA 4-4, +14 OLY 4-4**, -6 ZAL 4-4**, -10 BAY 4-4, -26
Olympiacos, Bayern, Panathinaikos, Milan, Baskonia OLY 5-3 BAY 4-4 PAO 4-4 AXM 4-4 KBA 3-5
Olympiacos, Baskonia, Milan, Maccabi, Bayern OLY 5-3 KBA 4-4 AXM 4-4 MTA 4-4 BAY 3-5
Olympiacos, Baskonia, Panathinaikos, Maccabi, Bayern OLY 6-2 KBA 4-4 PAO 4-4 MTA 4-4 BAY 2-6
Zalgiris, Olympiacos, Baskonia, Panathinaikos, Bayern ZAL 5-3* OLY 5-3* KBA 4-4 PAO 3-5 BAY 3-5
Zalgiris, Baskonia, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, Maccabi ZAL 6-2* KBA 5-3 OLY 4-4* PAO 3-5 MTA 2-6
Zalgiris, Milan, Maccabi, Panathinaikos, Olympiacos ZAL 7-1* AXM 5-3 MTA 3-5 PAO 3-5 OLY 2-6*
Zalgiris, Bayern, Milan, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos ZAL 6-2* BAY 4-4 AXM 4-4 OLY 3-5* PAO 3-5
Zalgiris, Milan, Maccabi, Olympiacos, Bayern ZAL 6-2* AXM 4-4 MTA 4-4 OLY 3-5* BAY 3-5
Zalgiris, Maccabi, Bayern, Panathinaikos, Milan ZAL 6-2 MTA 4-4 BAY 4-4 PAO 3-5 AXM 3-5
Zalgiris, Olympiacos, Maccabi, Panathinaikos, Bayern ZAL 7-1* OLY 4-4* MTA 4-4 PAO 3-5 BAY 2-6

Six-way ties
Teams 1 2 3 4 5 6
Baskonia, Zalgiris, Milan, Olympiacos, Maccabi, Bayern KBA 6-4 ZAL* 6-4 AXM 5-5 OLY* 5-5 MTA 4-6 BAY, 4-6
Baskonia, Zalgiris, Bayern, Panathinaikos, Milan, Maccabi KBA 7-3 ZAL 6-4 BAY, 5-5 PAO 4-6 AXM 4-6 MTA 4-6
Olympiacos, Baskonia, Panathinaikos, Milan, Maccabi, Bayern OLY 6-4 KBA 5-5 PAO 5-5 AXM 5-5 MTA 5-5 BAY, 4-6
Zalgiris, Baskonia, Milan, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, Maccabi Zal* 7-3 KBA 6-4 AXM 6-4 OLY* 4-6 PAO 4-6 MTA 3-7
Zalgiris, Olympiacos, Bayern, Milan, Baskonia, Panathinaikos ZAL* 6-4 OLY* 5-5 BAY, 5-5 AXM 5-5 KBA 5-5 PAO 4-6
Zalgiris, Olympiacos, Baskonia, Maccabi, Panathinaikos, Bayern ZAL* 7-3 OLY* 6-4 KBA 6-4 MTA 4-6 PAO 4-6 BAY, 3-7
Zalgiris, Milan, Maccabi, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, Bayern ZAL* 8-2 AXM 5-5 MTA 5-5 OLY* 5-5 PAO 4-6 BAY, 4-6

Seven-way tie
Teams 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Zalgiris, Baskonia, Milan, Olympiacos, Maccabi, Panathinaikos, Bayern ZAL* 8 -4 KBA 7-5 AXM 6-6 OLY* 6-6 MTA 5-7 PAO 5-7 BAY, 5-7