Laboral – Neptunas
Laboral looks very like unbalanced team at the start of the season. With new coach and 10 players arrived this summer, they need time to adjust their system. Looking to their last games, it is clearly seen that Laboral has defensive problems with 85.5 points allowed in 5 games. Sure, Neptunas is not Khimki, Barcelona and Unicaja, but they are hot offensively these days and problems for Laboral defense is guaranteed.
Neptunas is an Euroleague newcomer with one of the lowest budgets. But if you will closely look to their roster you will find that its core are experienced lithuanian players in the age of 25-30 years + well known in Europe M.Shakur, who is in a great shape these days too. At the start of the season Neptunas is looking in very good form (defensively and offensively) 5 games won in row. For most of the players here Euroleague is great chance to increase their market price and sign new contract next year and everyone awaits Euroleague start. It is also important to say that Neptunas saved all important players from last season as well as coach and game scheme.
Market gives too much addition to Laboral brand here. They are not so strong now and they are not ready for the season yet. In best case I can see them as 10.5 pts favorite here, but I expect much closer game and home win by less than 10 points.
Pick: Neptunas +12 @ 1.87 Pinnacle