2018-19 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Round 1 October 11, 2018 by Marc Jerbs

On Thursday, the 2018-19 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague formally opens with a Round 1 opening match between CSKA Moscow against FC Barcelona Lassa. Game time is set at 8PM local time at the Megasport Arena in Moscow, Russia.

Defending EuroLeague champion Real Madrid will start its title defense against EuroCup champion Darussfaka Tekfen Istandbul at Wizink Center in Madrid, Spain. Real Madrid's Luka Doncic has left to strut his wares in the NBA.

But newcomers Gabriel Deck and Klemen Prepelic should be a smooth fit as worthy replacements on the spot left by Luka Doncic. The core of the team is still intact and that puts Real Madrid in the radar of the other 15 teams.

The sportsbook handicappers have installed CSKA Moscow and Real Madrid as the favorites to win their respective Round 1 matches on Thurday.

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