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Although the EuroLeague season came to an end with Anadolu Efes Istanbul claiming the title for the second year in a row, European basketball season is in full swing.

Free throws this season

70%
12,8
Points made: 12,8
Accuracy: 70,1%
Place in standings: 13
Record max: 26
Record min: 2
Most made FTs: Milos Teodosic

In some domestic leagues, the playoffs just began, while the Adriatic league is already on the verge of the final, where Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade will face Belgrade NIS Partizan.

BasketNews covers all top leagues to give you all the necessary information about domestic leagues' playoffs throughout Europe.

Spain

Quarterfinals are played in a best-of-three series, while the semifinals and the final will be a best-of-five series. ACB Playoffs are expected to last until June 24.  

The series are:

  • (1) FC Barcelona vs Gran Canaria (8); 2-0
  • (2) Real Madrid vs BAXI Manresa (7); 2-0
  • (3) Valencia Basket vs Bitci Baskonia (6); 1-2
  • (4) Joventut Badalona vs Lenovo Tenerife (5); 2-1

FC Barcelona are in the same bracket as Joventut. Madrid is in the other part with Valencia and Baskonia.

Quarterfinals

Barca (1) vs Gran Canaria (8); 2-0

Real Madrid (2) vs BAXI Manresa (7); 2-0

Valencia Basket (3) vs Baskonia (6); 1-2

Joventut (4) vs Lenovo Tenerife (5); 2-1

  • Game 1: Joventut won 100-68
  • Game 2: Lenovo Tenerife won 103-76
  • Game 3: Joventut won 81-58

Semifinals

Real Madrid (2) vs Bitci Baskonia (6); 3-0

FC Barcelona (1) vs Joventut Badalona (4); 3-1

Finals

FC Barcelona (1) vs Real Madrid (2); 1-3

Greece

The Greek Basket League playoffs are currently in their early stages, with the three semifinalists already known.

Defending champions Panathinaikos OPAP Athens, who got second place in the regular season, swept Aris Thessaloniki with two comfortable wins (109-79, 85-65) and sealed their ticket to the semifinals which will be held in a best-of-five format.

The Greens will be facing Larissa BC, who eliminated third-positioned Kolossos Rhodes in the first round. The team from Thessaly has made the playoff semis for the first time.

On the other hand, Kolossos became the first team in the league not to make the semifinals after entering the playoffs in third place. Panathinaikos will have the home-court advantage.

Due to their EuroLeague Final Four participation, regular-season winners Olympiacos Piraeus played their quarter-finals Game 1 against Peristeri on Wednesday (May 25). The Reds prevailed by 79-67 and swept the series in Peristeri (92-57) two days later.

Now, Olympiacos will be squaring off with Promitheas Patras. The EuroCup team managed to win both contests against AEK Athens (95-82, 77-75), placing itself among the TOP 4 once again.

It should be noted that the finals will also take place in a best-of-five format, while the dates for the semifinals and finals are yet to be determined.

Quarterfinals

  • Panathinaikos OPAP Athens (2) vs Aris Thessaloniki (7); 2-0
  • Kolossos Rhodes (3) vs Larissa BC (6); 0-2
  • AEK Athens (4) vs Promitheas Patras (5); 0-2
  • Olympiacos Piraeus (1) vs Peristeri (8); 2-0.

Semifinals

Panathinaikos OPAP Athens (2) vs Larissa BC (6); 3-2

Olympiacos Piraeus (1) vs Promitheas Patras (5); 3-0

Finals

Olympiacos (1) vs Panathinaikos (2); 3-0

ABA League

Adriatic League's playoffs are way advanced compared to other competitions, as Crvena Zvezda and Partizan will open the best-of-five final series on Thursday.

Both Belgrade teams went straight to the semifinal round after securing the first two seeds in the regular season. However, they were also on the verge of elimination, playing the crucial Game 3.

Crvena Zvezda defeated Cedevita Olimpija, while Partizan prevailed against Buducnost.

The winner of the ABA league will automatically receive the wildcard for the 2022-23 EuroLeague season.

Quarterfinals

  • Cedevita Olimpija (4) vs Igokea (5); 2-0
  • Buducnost (3) vs FMP Beograd (6); 2-0

Semifinals

  • Crvena Zvezda (1) vs Cedevita Olimpija; 2-1
  • Partizan (2) vs Buducnost (3); 2-1

Finals

Crvena Zvezda (1) vs Partizan (2) ; 3-2

Turkey

After Anadolu Efes came over Pinar Karsiyaka in the third and decisive game of the series, the first round Basketball Super League (BSL) playoff stage was completed.

Meanwhile, the semi-final series also started where Fenerbahce Beko won comfortably against Darussafaka. The second game will be played on Thursday in Atasehir, again.

In the other semi-finals series, back-to-back EuroLeague title holders Efes will seek to cool down a red-hot Galatasaray NEF, whose season aspiration invigorated after the arrival of Andreas Pistiolis on their bench.

The semi-finals and the finals will be played in a best-of-five series, using a 2-2-1 format regarding home and away game sequence. Since the 2018-19 season, no other teams except Anadolu Efes and Fenerbahce Beko reached the finals in the domestic competition.

Quarterfinals

  • Fenerbahce (1) vs Bursaspor (8); 2-1
  • Gaziantep (4) vs Darussafaka (5); 1-2
  • Anadolu Efes (2) vs Pinar Karsiyaka (7); 2-1
  • Galatasaray (3) vs Bahsecehir (6); 2-0

Semifinals

Fenerbahce (1) vs Darussafaka (5); 3-1

Anadolu Efes (2) vs Galatasaray (3); 3-2

Finals

Fenerbahce (1) vs Anadolu Efes (2); 3-1

Italy

The two top seeds of the table, Virtus Bologna and Armani Exchange Milan went through the first round without too many issues, sweeping Pesaro and Reggio Emilia, respectively.

Virtus Bologna will now face the sensation of the season, Bertram Derthona. The team based in Tortona was promoted to the top division only last summer. In their first season ever in Serie A, they reached the final of the Italian Cup and are now in the league's semifinal.

Derthona already defeated Virtus two times during the season, the first one in a regular-season game and the other one in the semifinal of the Italian Cup. Coach Ramondino and his players will be a tough challenge for Virtus, although the side coached by Sergio Scariolo remains the favorite to advance to the final.

On the other hand, Armani Exchange Milan will face Dinamo Sassari in the other semifinal. Sassari probably pulled the biggest upset of the first round of the playoffs, getting rid of Germani Brescia.

However, the good news for Milan is that Nicolo Melli will most likely be available for the series, marking an important return for coach Messina's side. Melli, the team's co-captain, has been out since Game 1 of the EuroLeague playoff series against Anadolu Efes, and his return on the court will provide much-needed help for Milan. 

The semifinals will be played in a best-of-five format, while only the finals will be played in a best-of-seven format. The first two games, as well as Games 5 and 7 (if necessary), will be held in the court of the team who has the home-court advantage.

Quarterfinals

  • Virtus Bologna (1) vs Carpegna Prosciutto Pesaro (8); 3-0
  • AX Armani Exchange Milan (2) vs Pallacanestro Reggiana (7); 3-0
  • Germani Brescia (3) vs Dinamo Sassari (6); 1-3
  • Bertram Derthona (4) vs Reyer Venezia (5); 3-1

Semifinals

Virtus Bologna (1) vs Bertram Derthona (4); 3-0

Armani Exchange Milan (2) vs Dinamo Sassari (6); 3-0

Finals

Virtus Bologna (1) vs Armani Exchange Milan (2); 2-4

France

All four first regular-season seeds - ASVEL, Monaco, Metropolitans 92, and Limoges lost the home-court advantage in the first quarterfinal games and now face the elimination. The quarterfinals series are played in the best-of-three format.

The semifinals will consist of the best-of-five series, which will take place from June 1 to June 11-12 (if necessary).

Like semis, the finals will be played in the best-of-five series. The start of the ultimate competition stage is on June 15. It will last until June 25 at the latest.

Quarterfinals

LDCL ASVEL Villeurbanne (1) vs Cholet Basket (8); 2-1

AS Monaco (2) vs SIG Strasbourg (7); 2-1

CSP Limoges (4) vs JDA Dijon Basket (5); 0-2

  • Game 1: Dijon won 94-70
  • Game 2: Dijon won 70-68

Metropolitans 92 Boulogne (3) vs Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez (6); 0-2

  • Game 1: Pau-Ortheiz won 94-77
  • Game 2: Pau-Orthez won 81-71

Semifinals

LDCL ASVEL Villeurbanne (1) vs JDA Dijon Basket (5); 3-0

AS Monaco (2) vs Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez (6) ; 3-1

Finals

LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne (1) vs AS Monaco (2); 3-2

Germany

There were no upsets in the quarterfinals as ALBA Berlin, Ludwigsburg MHP Riesen, Telekom Baskets Bonn, and FC Bayern Munich swept their respective opponents by winning the series 3-0.

The semifinal and final series are also played in the best-of-five format, with the first two games being played in the venue of the higher seed team, while the team of the lower seed will host Games 3 and 4 (if necessary).

The season in Germany will finish on June 22 at the latest.

Quarterfinals

  • ALBA (1) vs Bamberg (8); 3-0
  • Ludwigsburg (4) vs Ulm (5); 3-0
  • Bonn (2) vs Hamburg Towers (7); 3-0
  • Bayern (3) vs Chemnitz (6); 3-0

Semifinals

ALBA (1) vs Ludwigsburg (4); 3-0

Bonn (2) vs Bayern (3); 2-3

Finals

ALBA Berlin (1) vs Bayern Munich (3); 3-1

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