Round 12 was arguably the best of the season and one of the best since the new format was introduced. Three games went to overtime, five teams reached 100 points and one of them, Real Madrid, did even more. Real downed Valencia Basket 111-99 as Facu Campazzo dished 17 assists - the third-most in EuroLeague history - in less than 24 minutes. Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul had to battle hard to down ALBA Berlin 107-102 in overtime behind a double-double from Kostas Sloukas. CSKA Moscow also needed overtime to beat Zalgiris Kaunas 85-82 on a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Mike James. In the Greek Derby, Panathinaikos OPAP Athens and Olympiacos Piraeus also battled for 45 minutes. When the dust settled, Panathinaikos had won 99-93 behind 41 points from Tyrese Rice, who tied for the second-most points in a EuroLeague game. FC Barcelona and Anadolu Efes Istanbul won on the road, both scoring 102 points against Khimki Moscow Region and KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz, respectively. Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade upset AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan on the road, while Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv and Zenit St Petersburg won at home. It was Zenit's first-ever EuroLeague home win.
Round 13 should be equally exciting. To begin with, Round 13 features the annual One Team Games, showcasing the work carried out in local communities by the 42 clubs in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and 7DAYS EuroCup as part of Euroleague Basketball’s social responsibility program. Here are five suggestions that could help you out ahead of Round 13 in the EuroLeague Fantasy Challenge.
Nando De Colo, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul (2.68 million) - In three words, Nando is back. That is great news for all Fenerbahce fans and of course, for Fantasy Challenge managers. De Colo remains a strong choice in this game, a great scorer, deadly from the free-throw line, which allows him to get a high PIR in almost every game. Yes, he is an expensive player, but it is money well spent.
Lorenzo Brown, Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade (2.13 million) - He has been unstoppable lately, hitting the game-winning shot against Valencia right at the buzzer and following it up with a great individual performance in a road win in Milan. In the last two games, Brown has averaged 20 points, 3.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and a PIR of 25. Zvezda plays at home against Baskonia this week.
Tyrese Rice, Panathinaikos OPAP Athens (1.43 million) - He comes off a career-best scoring night with 41 points against Olympiacos. His previous career-high was 26 points in the 2014 EuroLeague championship game, after which he earned Final Four MVP honors. It may look like Rice has been around forever, but he is only 32 and is playing great basketball for Coach Rick Pitino.
Tim Abromaitis, Zenit St Petersburg (1.12 million) - Not only he is playing well, but Abromaitis is set to see his playing time increased due to Mateusz Ponitka's injury. Abromaitis scored of all his 8 points against LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne in the fourth quarter, showing great determination. With more playing time, Abromaitis can be a Fantasy Challenge sleeper.
Scottie Wilbekin, Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv (2.30 million) - Maccabi has lost two guards, John DiBartolomeo and Nate Wolters. That only means that Wilbekin will have even more responsibilities on offense. He has been playing well all season, getting a double-digit PIR in all games but the first. His matchup against Mike James of CSKA Moscow promises to be epic!