Playoffs predictions: EuroLeague head coaches

Apr 17, 2017 by Print
Playoffs predictions: EuroLeague head coaches 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:

Andrea Trinchieri, Brose Bamberg Ainars Bagatskis, Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv Sarunas Jasikevicius, Zalgiris Kaunas Jasmin Repesa, EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
Andrea Trinchieri - Brose Bamberg Media Day 2016 - EB16
Ainars Bagatskis - Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
Sarunas Jasikevicius - Zalgiris Kaunas Media Day 2016 - EB16
Jasmin Repesa - EA7 Emporio Armani Milan Media Day 2016 - EB16
Madrid 3-1 Darussafaka Madrid 3-2 Darussafaka Madrid 3-1 Darussafaka Madrid 3-1 Darussafaka
Real is too deep and too experienced, but it will be tougher than what you may expect from a first vs. eighth matchup. Real has to play solid one-on-one D to control the series. Real will win 3-2. Darussafaka is highly motivated and knows how to play against Real. It will be a close one. Madrid is at this point probably the most talented team in the EuroLeague, and with home-court advantage they will be very difficult to beat. Real is too talented, experienced and deep for Darussafaka.
CSKA 3-1 Baskonia CSKA 3-1 Baskonia CSKA 3-0 Baskonia CSKA 3-0 Baskonia
Experience, versatility and the unlimited scoring talent of CSKA's guards. CSKA will win 3-1. Baskonia can win maybe one game, CSKA is too good and can't lose in a series. After beating Baskonia twice in Moscow, I believe CSKA will be very motivated in Vitoria because they have not won there in couple years. CSKA has too many weapons. They can neutralize everything Baskonia can throw at them.
Olympiacos 3-2 Efes Olympiacos 3-1 Efes Olympiacos 3-1 Efes Olympiacos 2-3 Efes
Olympiacos guards should perform at their best to face one of the most athletic teams in EuroLeague. Long story short: home-court advantage and Olympiacos D will make it in five games. Olympiacos will win 3-1. A better team and has the home-court advantage. Olympiacos has a lot of experience from the players, also a very very solid defensive team. Very close series. I predict an upset. Efes has a lot of shooters and is on its way up.
Panathinaikos 1-3 Fenerbahce Panathinaikos 3-2 Fenerbahce Panathinaikos 3-2 Fenerbahce Panathinaikos 3-2 Fenerbahce
The most unpredictable series. I could easily say Panathinaikos 3-2 or Fener 1-3. Everything can happen, every possession will count. Adjustments between one game and the following will be crucial. PAO wins 3-2. Because of home-court advantage. It is a very tough one. I believe Pao in five games because of OAKA factor, but I can see also Fener stealing one game in Athens, and then finishing in Istanbul. It's the best series and the series I am waiting for the most. Too close to call, but Panathinaikos on its turf is a very tough team.

Georgios Bartzokas, FC Barcelona Lassa Ergin Ataman, Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul
Georgios Bartzokas - FC Barcelona Media Day 2016 - EB16
Ergin Ataman - Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul Media Day 2016 - EB16
Madrid - Darussafaka MADRID - Darussafaka
I don't know. But Madrid have court advantage and it's logical that they can win. But I hope for equal games. Real Madrid so far with the basketball they played during the regular season are the favorite for the championship. They are the favorites of this series as well.
CSKA - Baskonia CSKA - Baskonia
Like in the first question, I’m not a magician and I can't say what will happen. CSKA is the favorite, but we'll see. I think Baskonia will challenge CSKA in this series but still my favorite is CSKA Moscow.
Olympiacos - Efes Olympiacos - EFES
Olympiacos is my former team and I love them. I hope they can be in the next round, but Efes is a difficult team. It will be a close series. If Olympiacos has injuried players, I think Anadolu Efes will win one game in Athens, too.
Panathinaikos - Fenerbahce Panathinaikos - FENERBAHCE
Another playoff series that's very equal. I can't do a prediction. Although Panathinaikos has the home-court advantage, Fenerbahce has a deeper roster. I think Fenerbahce will win one game in Athens and advance to Final Four with the help of their experience.