Euroleague Top-16 picks. February 20th

 

unicaja players4 games in a list today and each has its own charm and intrigue. Today’s picks are all about value and some of you maybe will disagree with me.

Emporio Armani Milano – Unicaja

Unicaja travelled with E.Calloway and he is expected to play tonight. Seems that Unicaja is very serious about getting result in Italy, because with a win they might start thinking about Euroleague playoffs. They already showed us that they can win such games when they won against Siena, Efes Pilsen and Zeliona Gura. For me Milan is on the same level as Efes and Siena (its regular season version) and if they got result there why not to repeat it today?

On other side we have Milan which was looking great in its last 3 home games, but all their opponents (Olympiacos, Laboral and Fenerbahce) was in bad shape (or entered that phase) at the time of their games in Milan. And now seems that Milan entered bad form moment too. They lost in cup competitions to Sassari, that lost to Barcelona and they 10 pts down in 3rd quarter against Pistoia this Monday. They captain A.Gentile is not fit, but will play.

Milan never was a good team to get result under pressure. I can’t see them much better team than Unicaja. In my eyes Unicaja has more depth and Unicaja’s recent form is much better. I see a close game in Milan and I give at least 50% for Unicaja to win it.

Pick: Unicaja +5 @ 1.90 4/10 Sportingbet

Laboral – Barcelona

Laboral without Hamilton, Barcelona without Lampe.

Few weeks ago Barcelona lost here by 4 pts being a 4.5 points favorite. Now we see -7.5 on Barcelona and it makes me crazy. There is no reason to make Laboral such big home underdog except their 7 games losing streak. They are still dangerous team, which can win against anyone in Europe on their home court on their day. With a win today they will return to Euroleague playoffs fight because next week they host Unicaja and with 7 games left on the horizont everything is still possible for them.

Barcelona is doing great since second half of regular season in Euroleague, but now seems market starts to overestimate Barcelona. I agree that they are much better team than Laboral this season, but they don’t deserve 7.5 handicap in Vittoria.

I would set Barcelona as 3.5 favorite here and Laboral is a typical value bet for me here.

Pick: Laboral +7.5 @ 1.93 4/10 SBObet

 

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