With just three Turkish Airlines Euroleague teams still undefeated, Regular Season Round 4 promises to be very exciting as teams try to jockey for position in what looks already like a lot of tight races to reach the Top 16. Round 4 brings a little bit of everything: old rivals meeting again, traditional powerhouses going against each other, and first-time matchups on the European stage. Seven games will be played on Thursday, followed by five more on Friday. Get ready for more action!
In the earliest game in this round, Khimki Moscow Region (2-1) hosts Strasbourg (1-2) on Thursday. Khimki has been indestructible at home, winning its two games in Moscow by an average margin of 26 points. The teams meet for the first time since the 2004-05 season. Khimki has a 3-1 record against Strasbourg. Also on Thursday, Real Madrid (1-2) welcomes Bayern Munich (2-1) for the second time in three years. Madrid registered a 111-87 home win against Bayern in the 2013-14 Euroleague regular season, Bayern’s first in the competition. Madrid is undefeated at home against German teams, 17-0, so Bayern has the chance to get a truly historical win. K.C. Rivers, who won the Euroleague title with Madrid last season, returns to the Spanish capital with Bayern. On Friday, Fenerbahce Istanbul (2-1) visits Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade (1-2) in the Serbian capital. Nikola Kalinic, who played for Zvezda last season, is back in town with Fenerbahce to face his old team. So is Pero Antic, who played for Zvezda from 2005 to 2007. The teams face each other for the first time this century.
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz (2-1) takes on Anadolu Efes Istanbul (2-1) in a direct fight for first place. Current Laboral boss Velimir Perasovic also coached Efes in the 2010-11 season. Efes playmaker Thomas Heurtel goes against his former team, too. Both teams face each other for the fourth consecutive season. Efes has a 4-2 road record in Vitoria. Another head coach, Jasmin Repesa, is set to go against his former team when EA7 Emporio Armani Milan (1-2) hosts Cedevita Zagreb (1-2). Repesa coached Cedevita the last two seasons. Stanko Barac also played for Cedevita in the 2014-15 season. Milan has a 2-0 record against Cedevita, beating it twice in the 2012-13 Euroleague regular season. Olympiacos (2-1) hosts Limoges (1-2) for the first time since 1997. These teams played each other nine times during the 1990s. Limoges has a 7-2 record against Olympiacos and is 5-0 against the Reds at home. All three games in Group B will be played on Thursday.
Undefeated leader Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar (3-0) takes on Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir (1-2) at home. Lokomotiv beat Karsiyaka twice in last season’s Eurocup in their first games ever against each other. Lokomotiv has a 5-1 record against Turkish teams, losing only to Galatasaray, 66-67, in the 2013-14 Euroleague Top 16. In a battle between former Euroleague champions, Zalgiris Kaunas (2-1) hosts FC Barcelona Lassa (2-1) in front of what’s always a great crowd at Zalgirio Arena. Barcelona has always beaten Zalgiris in Kaunas – 9 games, 9 wins – which adds more anticipation to this showdown. Juan Carlos Navarro returns to Kaunas, where he had his Euroleague-career high scoring night, 36 points, in 2006, and to the court where he was chosen as EuroBasket 2011 MVP with Spain. Stelmet Zielona Gora (0-3) welcomes Panathinaikos Athens (1-2) in what is already a critical game for both teams. Panathinaikos has had 6 wins in 9 visits to Poland, but this is the Greens’ first trip to Zielona Gora. All three games in Group C will be played on Friday.
Brose Baskets Bamberg (1-2) welcomes Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv (1-2) in a very special game for Trevor Mbakwe, who will face his former team after winning the German League title with Bamberg last season. This is a first-time encounter between these two teams. Maccabi has an 8-1 record on German soil, its only loss having come against ALBA Berlin, 70-65, in 1997. Also on Thursday, in the Game of the Week, newcomer Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (1-2) hosts CSKA Moscow (3-0) for the first time ever. CSKA is just the second Russian team to visit Darussafaka, to whom Khimki lost 85-74 back in 2001. Darussafaka swingman Manuchar Markoishvili played for CSKA last season. Jamon Gordon of Darussafaka and Milos Teodosic of CSKA were Olympiacos teammates in the 2010-11 season – and are set to guard each other in this exciting game. Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari (0-3) visits Unicaja Malaga (3-0) on Friday in another first between these teams. Unicaja is 17-7 at home against Italian teams while Sassari is 2-2 on Spanish soil.
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