Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade will look to end its season on a winning note when it hosts Anadolu Efes Istanbul, which will clinch fifth place in the standings if it wins.
Keys to victory: Zvezda vs. Efes
Zvezda must control the pace and make shots
The recipe to beating Efes may sound simple, though, against the reigning champs, it is surely not. While Efes is second in the league in scoring 83.0 points per game, Zvezda is third from the bottom with 73.2 points. Even though Efes is coming off a Wednesday game, its players are most comfortable in a fast-paced game. If Efes can control the pace and grind out half-court possessions, its chances improve, especially at home. Even so, the hosts must knock down a few more threes than usual; Zvezda is last in the league in three-point accuracy at 32.4%.
Games of the Season: Olympiacos Piraeus-Anadolu Efes Istanbul, Semifinal
Games of the Season: Olympiacos Piraeus-Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Interviews: Dogus Balbay & Bryant Dunston, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Interview: Vasilije Micic
Interview: Coach Ergin Ataman
How EuroLeague TV experts called the Olympiacos-Efes semifinal
Efes players celebrate at the press conference!
Vasilije Micic | Final Four MVP | Turkish Airlines EuroLeague
Real Madrid vs Anadolu Efes Istanbul | Championship Game | Highlights
Championship Game post-game quotes: Tibor Pleiss, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Championship Game post-game quotes: Shane Larkin, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Championship Game post-game quotes: Elijah Bryant, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Spalding Dunk of the Night: Singleton dunks off a steal!
Anadolu Efes Istanbul celebrates title!
MVP on court interview: Vasilije Micic, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Magic Moment: Micic finds Pleiss
Magic Moment: Poirier stops Pleiss!
Magic Moment: Singleton dunks off a steal!
Magic Moment: Tavares, off the glass!
Magic Moment: Larkin's acrobatic basket
Magic Moment: Fernandez to Poirier for an alley-oop slam
Magic Moment: Singleton's put-back dunk!
Magic Moment: Tavares throws it down
One on One with Darko Peric: Shane Larkin, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Lookback: Past thrillers between Real and Efes
Championship Game pre-game quotes: Chris Singleton, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Championship Game pre-game quotes: Tibor Pleiss, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Micic's shot as seen from the Efes bench
Top 5 Plays | Semifinals| Turkish Airlines EuroLeague
Post-game quotes: Bryant Dunston, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Anadolu Efes Istanbul | Semifinal | Highlights
Post-game quotes: Elijah Bryant, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Magic Moment: MICIC WINS IT!
Magic Moment: Martin ties the game
Magic Moment: Singleton's one-handed slam!
Magic Moment: Dorsey beats the third quarter buzzer
Magic Moment: Dunston with authority
Magic Moment: Walkup at both ends!
Magic Moment: Dunston stops Papanikolaou
Magic Moment: Fall finishes strong,
Inside the semis with Vasilije Micic, Efes
Dream Team: Krunoslav Simon
Final Four arrivals: Efes is on the ground!
Our Season: Anadolu Efes Istanbul
EuroLeague title memories: Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Ask me Anything: Vasilije Micic, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Ask me Anything: Shane Larkin, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2021-22 All-EuroLeague First Team: Shane Larkin, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2021-22 All-EuroLeague Second Team: Vasilije Micic, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2021-22 Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy winner: Vasilije Micic, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Cleaning the glass could be crucial for Efes
One of Efes’s weaknesses this season has been rebounding. Coach Ataman’s men have been outrebounded by 2.2 boards per game, on average, and have allowed the second-most offensive rebounds per game in the league (11.1). What’s more, Zvezda thrives on the offensive glass, averaging 11.1 per game, which are third-most in the league. If Efes’s bigs can lock up the glass and get the team going in transition, it could make a big difference in Belgrade.