Basketball Betting Preview: Thursday's Tips

With the Euroleague's regular season reaching Week 7, the run for the Top 16 round is nearing its final stretch, with big names such as Caja Laboral and Lietuvos Rytas seemingly out of contention, and even established powers including Panathinaikos, Fenerbahce and Siena having to fight to stay alive.

FC Barcelona are the only team guaranteeing their progress so far and the Spanish champions seem a sure bet against Lietuvos on Thursday night at 1.04. But have a look at going under the forecast of 71.5 total points at half-time at 1.91 in what could be a slow burner.

There's more intrigue surrounding their great rivals Real Madrid who meet Khimky Moscow in Group A's battle for supremacy. The Russians have spent big and been rewarded with a 4-2 record, mainly predicated on their defence. They're available at a massive 5.40 to prevail which is worth a look, given their strength.

Another tight battle is on the cards in Italy, where Siena (3-3) will bid to strengthen their grip on a spot in the next round with an upset of Maccabi Tel Aviv. The perennial Israeli champions have sustained defeat only once so far but Siena are a good outside shooting team on a three-game winning streak behind point guard Bobby Brown. They only lost

70-68 when the teams met previously so consider the hosts to win on a handicap of -1.5 at 1.91. You can now watch Euroleague games live on

Staying in Europe, and with the draw now made, next summer's EuroBasket is open for betting. In the year after the Olympics, many NBA stars could take an extended break, paving the way for some surprises. For an early shout, France – who should bring a full roster – are now great value at 6.50 to triumph in Slovenia, while the hosts are at 22.00. Have a peek at Serbia at 8.50 to repeat their top three finish of 2009.

Bet of the Day: Take Khimky Moscow over Real Madrid at 5.40.