- Olympiacos (Greece)
- Valencia (Spain)
- Galatasaray (Turkey)
- Kutxa Laboral (Spain)
- Crvena Zvezda (Serbia)
- Neptunas (Lithuania)
Olympiacos is the only team team here which saved their key players from last season and tried to improve its roster with new additions. For me Olympiacos is true favorite in this group, but greek teams often start slow due the late season start in Greece. But on the distance of regular season Olympiacos should take 5 home wins and add 2-3 away win. That should be enough to take a lead in this group.
However odds which are set for Olympiacos are not so attractive to bet. They have 3 out 4 first games away from home and if they lose there – they can be in trouble.
Top 2 finish
Valencia set as 1.90 favorite to finish in first two positions, but I can’t agree with this. They are still a good team, but with Doelman departure to Barcelona they left without their key player and start of the season shows that their level has dropped a little bit. In my opinion they have too many players, who can’t improve their level, while this is needed to compete at higher level without last season leader.
Who can fill this spot if Valencia fails? Galatasaray is a first choice. They have vert solid roster this season with improved bench and system stayed from last season too togethen with Arroyo and coach Ataman. Crvena Zvezda and Neptunas are too weak, while Kutxa Laboral has so many inner problems…
To qualify for Top-16
Olympiacos, Valencia and Galatasaray should have more or less easy life in term of qualification to Top-16 stage.
Neptunas is clear outsider, but they can suprise us in some games this season. But normally I can’t see Neptunas winning more than 3-4 games and it is not enough to qualify for Top-16.
Main fight for Top-16 ticket in group D should be between Laboral and Crvena Zvezda. Laboral has more experience on this level and is my favorite to survive, but they need to built team quickly if they want to progress from regular season. At this moment they are not looking like a team ready to play basketball on Euroleague level.
Galatasaray to finish in Top 2 @ 2.25 Unibet