With all the action happening in the NBA, it’s nice to take a break and head around the world.
We have three games from Europe for our BetUS Thursday parlay, which includes some of the best European teams.
All three games are available at our online sportsbook and bettors can parlay them up for big returns.
Belfius Mons vs Oostende
When: Thursday, 2 p.m. ET
Where: Versluys Dome, Oostende
League: Belgium EuroMillions
The playoffs continue in the EuroMillions when Belfius Mons and Oostende kick off the series in Game One.
Oostende came through its series with Limburg in fine style with a 2-0 victory, including a dominant 87-60 victory last time on court.
It continued a seven-game winning streak for Oostende, which have been in stellar form. All seven wins came by double figures, so we’re not surprised with the bookmakers’ odds for this contest.
Mario Nakić (2001 Serbia) has had a great start to the season. He’ll have an expanded role with Oostende in the Belgian League and Basketball Champions League, great chance to prove that he’s an NBA prospect. pic.twitter.com/uNCe7KLAKK
— Drew Mastin (@andrewmastin) November 24, 2020
Basketball betting markets have Oostende as -8½-point favorites, despite Belfius Mons getting past Antwerp in the decider. The 86-76 win was gutsy and it defeated Oostende when last playing on this court.
However, we can’t overlook the home side. Oostende has been playing incredible basketball and playing at home has its advantages. It has only one home loss from the last 10 games, so bettors should back Oostende with confidence to kick off the international basketball parlay.
Pick: Oostende -8½ (-120)
Alba Berlin vs Ulm
When: Thursday, 2:30 p.m. ET
Where: Ratiopharm Arena, Ulm
League: Germany BBL
Alba Berlin is one of the premier teams in the German league and that was evident when scoring a 92-78 victory over Ulm in Game Two.
It followed a two-point loss at home, but it was able to iron out the mistakes and jell offensively. Scoring 92 points was one of its best offensive performances of the season and it came at the right time.
Ulm caused the upset in the opening game with quality defense, but it fell off in the most recent outing. Ulm needed four games to get past Oldenburg in the opening round and it will again need at least four.
Returning home should help Ulm as it has won six of its last seven. However, it has won only one of the last 10 against Alba Berlin, so the Game One result was a big upset.
Being a road favorite isn’t an easy cover, but we’re firmly in the Alba Berlin camp. It has the quality to overcome the venue and it should be able to win the last two games of this important series.
Pick: Alba Berlin -4 (-120)
Barcelona vs Joventut Badalona
When: Thursday, 4 p.m. ET
Where: Palau Municipal, Badalona
League: Spain ACB
Barcelona is always tough to beat and, with its experience playing in the Euroleague, that holds it in good stead for the local competition.
Packed with a quality roster, Barcelona came through the first game of the series with a 10-point win. The 84-74 result was a good bounce back after being defeated by Anadolu Efes in Euroleague, but it’s always tough to beat in the Spain ACB.
Barcelona has won the last eight games against Joventut Badalona, dating back to 2019. It’s a dominant record that includes numerous double-digit victories.
Pau Gasol checks-in directly from 3⃣! pic.twitter.com/f52r4FVOwe
— Barça Basket (@FCBbasket) May 28, 2021
Having Pau Gasol certainly helps and the former Los Angeles Laker star has helped them get to the Final Four of the Spanish ACB.
“We didn’t understand; we thought we were signing Gasol, but we signed Mutombo at some point of the game, you know?” Barcelona head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius told the EuroLeague. “For sure, this is something to understand for the players, how difficult it is to go to the Final Four. But at the same time, a club like Barcelona has to be there more times and this is what we will try to do. We will try to build something here and hopefully, we can make it more years in a row.”
Joventut has lost three of its last five games, and although good enough to make the playoffs, this could be where it ends.
It lost five of six home games before rattling three consecutive home wins. Being able to hold home-court advantage is big for Joventut, so it should come out with plenty of energy in front of the home crowd.
Bookmakers have the line at -9 for Barcelona, which should be covered. Barcelona is the better team and although it’s a big number to cover on the road, we’re not backing against the superior team.