Final Four predictions: EuroLeague head coaches

May 19, 2017 by Print
Final Four predictions: EuroLeague head coaches asked the head coaches whose teams faced CSKA Moscow, Olympiacos Piraeus, Real Madrid and Fenerbahce Istanbul earlier this season, to give their take on the outcomes of the Final Four games. Here are their answers:

Velimir Perasovic, Anadolu Efes Istanbul Ergin Ataman, Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul Sarunas Jasikevicius, Zalgiris Kaunas Jasmin Repesa, EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
Velimir Perasovic - Anadolu Efes Istanbul Media Day - EB16
Ergin Ataman - Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul Media Day 2016 - EB16
Sarunas Jasikevicius - Zalgiris Kaunas Media Day 2016 - EB16
Jasmin Repesa - EA7 Emporio Armani Milan Media Day 2016 - EB16
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Both teams can win at this level. For me the chances are 50-50. Olympiacos is a great defensive team and CSKA Moscow is a great offensive team. For me, there is no favorite. Although CSKA has a very deep roster and has superstars like Teodosic and De Colo, Olympiacos is tougher and a more defensive team. Spanoulis's’ offensive performance will be decisive. Olympiacos is a little closer to the victory. CSKA is going to win because of its guard play. CSKA will prevail over Olympiacos. It's a more talented team with a lot of weapons, even against one of the best defensive teams in the league.
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If you think that the game will be played in Turkey, Fenerbahçe has a little better chance. But Real Madrid was the best team in regular season. And they will have their chances to win. I think Fenerbahce will win by a small margin. Fenerbahce is stronger in the paint and good in man-to-man defense. Bogdanovic’s offensive performance will also affect the game’s result. They will also have the advantage from fan support. Fener is going to win, because they are good defensively and they are playing in front of the home crowd. Fenerbahce looks very healthy, in spite of Real Madrid's depth.
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Without any favorite, each of the four teams can be the champion. Fenerbahce vs. Olympiacos, I think the winner will be decided on the last possession. It will be like last year's final, and Fenerbahce will take revenge in front of their home crowd for their first EuroLeague title. "It's Fenerbahce's year. They will win the championship game and their first-ever EuroLeague with a tough game and the huge athleticism of their bigs against CSKA.
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For Real Madrid Sergio Llull; for Fenerbahçe Bogdan Bogdanovic; for CSKA Moscow Nando De Colo and Milos Teodosic; and for Olympiacos Vassilis Spanoulis can be MVP because these players are the most important players on their own teams. There will be a battle between Bogdanovic and Spanoulis for the MVP. Whoever carries his team to the title will become the MVP. Ekpe Udoh will be the MVP. Ekpe Udoh is a terrific two-way player who can dominate inside, elevate the defense and score around the basket.

Xavi Pascual, Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens David Blatt, Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul Evgeny Pashutin, Unics Kazan Dejan Radonjic, Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
Xavi Pascual - Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens Media Day 2016 - EC16
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Evgeny Pashutin - Unics Kazan Media Day 2016 - EB16
Dejan Radonjic - Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade Media Day 2016 - EB16
CSKA Moscow - Olympiacos Piraeus CSKA Moscow - Olympiacos Piraeus CSKA Moscow - Olympiacos Piraeus CSKA Moscow - Olympiacos Piraeus
First of all I want to say that this is the EuroLeague Final Four, so any prediction is very difficult. I can't give predictions for this game. The best team will win, like always. CSKA Both teams have rosters with highest EuroLeague-level players, very experienced coaches and very good coaching staff. Also, what is very important for this tournament, they have players with lot of experience, who already played Final Four tournaments and won this trophy. So, they know how to win EuroLeague, and in my opinion, those players will decide this semifinal. I will give small advantage to CSKA Moscow.
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And here the predictions are prohibitive. Fenerbahce is playing at its home and is almost the same team that reached the EuroLeague final last year. On the other side, Madrid is an equally excellent team. It will be a very interesting game. Stands to reason that if I say the best team will win the first game, then I would be consistent and say that the best team on that day will win the second game. The point is that all four teams are great teams and there is no favorite in games at this time and this level. Fenerbahce Fenerbahce has the biggest coach in Europe, Zelimir Obradovic, who won this trophy already eight times, so I guess, this is big advantage for the Turkish team. Also, the situation that they are now healthy, with a full roster. They will have great support from the stands in Istanbul. All these facts give advantage to the home team in the second semifinal.
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The trophy will be won by the team that will be in the best condition this weekend. These are four excellent teams. Everything will be decided in details. Honestly, I cannot predict. If I knew that, then people would be coming to me all the time for every right answer. I don’t know. It is very very exciting and very, very evenly matched Final Four. I wouldn’t want to pick a winner in any game. I think all the teams are great. CSKA defends the title. Because all these facts and reasons, which I already said when I spoke about second semifinal and Fenerbahce, I will give advantage in the title game to Turkish team.
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Several great players will be at the Final Four in Istanbul. Experienced and quality players who will give it all to conquer the trophy. The only sure thing is that the MVP will be a player from the team who will win the trophy. Well, the best player will become the MVP. Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nando De Colo. Both players can make situations for themselves and for their teammates. Also they showcased great games during entire season. The MVP of the Final Four will be a player with the biggest contribution in the clutch moments. All four teams are built to win the EuroLeague. They all have fantastic rosters, every team has their leader, and from those types of players and their performances the final score and the situation on the court will depend. One of those leaders will be the MVP.