After last week’s slate of Euroleague upsets, is anyone else searching for the upset bid tonight? Three games tip off and, if the oddsmakers make up for their definitive lack of correctitude in Euroleague Top 16 Week 2 play, all three home teams are looking to double-figure wins.
The closest game on the schedule, according to Ball in Europe sponsor Bet 365, will feature Asseco Prokom trying to make up 10 points in Moscow against the heating-up CSKA side. While pundits were inspecting the likes of Orleans and Asvel Basket to act as Euroleague Cinderella for 2009-10, most were sleeping on Asseco and Maroussi, two teams suddenly looking great for surprise tournament bids. Figure upstart Asseco covers that 10 and that The Euroleague Fantasy Boss makes the correct decision on Qyntel Woods again.
While the 19.5 points Olympiacos is giving Cibona feels about right, but who can tell what’s going to happen with that 12.5-point ‘spread in the Unicaja-Zalgiris game? Zalgiris sports its third head coach this season for the game, despite Ramunas Butautas seemingly single-handedly guiding the Lithuanian squad to two wins in EL pool play and team’s 24-2 record outside of Euroleague. On the other hand, Darius Maskoliunas and Gvidonas Markevicius have been leading the team through practices this week; sounds good on in the immediate-term on the chemistry level, but will the question of “Who’s the Alpha Male?” interfere with the smooth sailing of this ship?
The lines and odds for tonight’s games, as provided by Bet 365 bookmakers follow below the break.
CSKA Moscow vs. Asseco Prokom
Handicap: CSKA Moscow minus 10
Olympiakos vs. Cibona Zagreb
Handicap: Olympiakos minus 19.5
Unicaja Malaga vs. Zalgiris Kaunas
Handicap: Unicaja minus 12.5
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