Today I decided to offer you 3 free picks, but 2 of them are bets on players. Good luck to us!
Efes Pilsen – Nizhny Novgorod
After news about Krstic injury public suddenly started to believe in Russian team after fading it last two week against Laboral and Ulker. I can agree that at the moment both teams are on same quality level, but in such games experience matters. Anadalou Efes is crowded with players who played tons of minutes in Euroleague and know how to deal with pressure. No need to say who is better coach Ivkovic or big game lose A.Bagatskis.. And that Krstic injury. Is it so important for Efes Pilsen? I don’t think so. They played without him whole regular season and knows how to win without him. Nizhny has just one center of Euroleague level (Parakhovski), but Lasme should hold him defensively.
I can’t see Efes Pilsen losing this crucial game at home to Nizhny Novgorod which playing quite mediocre basketball last few weeks.
Maccabi will play against Zalgiris at home and get another important win. Not sure about handicap, but no doubts about the winner here.
Unicaja without 4 important players has no chances against CSKA, which is playing for top spots in this group.
So my combo for tonight:
CSKA (1.20) + Maccabi (1.18) + Efes Pilsen (1.45) @ 2.05 Bet365
Player total bets
D.Saric (Efes Pilsen) over 10.5 @ 1.85 Favbet
Krstic is injured. Lasme will play with mask. Bjelica, Saris and Lasme should cover PF-C spots today and Saris is probably best offensive player there. He is in good form in last games and takes much more possesions than one month ago. Seems that his role changed. I’ve expected to see 12 points total on him.
B.Marjanovic (Crvena Zvezda) under 15.5 @ 1.85 Favbet
Boban is playing very good against low teams, when he has no problems with offensive problem and should defend against low-post player. But Barcelona has Tomic & Pleiss to defend against him and force him playing defensive and collect fouls. This total is few points too high for Boban against Barcelona front line.