Euroleague 2017/18 tips off on Thursday
On Thursday, the new Euroleague season tips off and AGONAsport.com breaks down everything you need to know about this year’s competition, which will follow the same format as last season.
Last season was the first year under the new Euroleague format and after a successful season, the format will stay the same for the 2017/18 campaign. There will be three stages of the competition: the regular season, the playoffs, the Final-4.
The regular season will consist of 16 teams and each team will play the others in home and away matches totaling 30 games in the regular season. At end of the regular season, the top eight teams will advance to the playoffs which consist of a best of five series. Home court advantage will go to the higher ranked side and the playoff pairings will be: 1 v 8, 2 v 7, 3 v 6, 4 v 5. The four playoff winners will advance to the Euroleague Final-4 in Belgrade, Serbia where single elimination games will decide the 2018 Euroleague champion.
Eleven of the sixteen teams have a 10-year contract with the Euroleague and are automatically granted a place in the competition including: Baskonia, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, CSKA Moscow, Anadolu Efes, Fenerbahce, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Armani Milano, and Zalgiris. An additional five places are granted to the Champions of the Adriatic League (Crvena Zvezda), Spanish ACB Liga (Valencia), German Basketball Bundesliga (Brose Bamberg), EuroCup (Tenerife), and one place to the runner-up in the VTB League (Khimki).
Greece will once again have two representatives, Olympiacos and Panathinaikos. Spain will have the most representatives with five teams while similar to Greece, Russia and Turkey will have two clubs in the competition. The remaining teams comes from Lithuania, Serbia, Germany, Israel, and Italy.