EuroLeague preview: CSKA looks to secure home court advantage

CSKA Moscow can secure home court advantage in the EuroLeague on Friday when they travel to Vitoria to face Playoff hopefuls Baskonia.

Baskonia has won back-to-back games to improve to 14-11, but is far from having its spot in the playoffs guaranteed and will get closer with every victory.

CSKA has won four straight and boasts a 19-6 record. The champs can clinch home-court advantage with a win and need every victory to keep pace with Real Madrid in the race for the top record in the league.

Playing well is not just playing beautiful, but they are making very difficult things seem easy,” Baskonia coach Sito Alonso said of the Muscovites.

“Teodosic and De Colo are very good players and they are surrounded by other good players who accept their role in that team. We will have to make a collective effort to gave our best level during 40 minutes.”

~~~ TWO PLAYOFF HOPEFULS CLASH ~~~

Darussafaka Dogus will look to keep its Playoff hopes alive and well when it hosts Barcelona.

Despite losing last week, Darussafaka sits at 12-13 and is only one victory behind the eighth-place team in the Playoff hunt.

Barcelona has won two of its last three games, but at 10-15 can not afford another lost to have any realistic chances of advancing.

~~~ OLYMPIACOS LOOK TO STRENGTHEN HOME COURT CHANCE ~~~

Two teams headed in different directions clash Friday when Olympiacos faces Galatasaray.

The Reds have won five of their last six games to climb to 18-7 and have already clinched a Playoff berth.

On the other side, Galatasaray’s 8-17 record is among the worst in the league and it has been formally eliminated from playoff contention.

However, one of Galatasaray’s wins this season did come against Olympiacos, 89-87, in round six. Sinan Guler starred with career highs of 12 assists and four steals that night for the winners.