Anyone else believe Alba Berlin *won’t* take the Bundesliga handily? You’ll find few dissenters on last year’s Euroleague sensation to win Germany’s top league going away, particularly at the sportsbook.
Alba is certainly the logical choice – “But where’s the sport in that?” ask the gamblers and rabid fans of Bundesliga’s 17 other teams – after returning 11 of 12 players from the successful 2008-09 squad. Going into Saturday’s opening night festivities, Alba is 1/1 at Ball in Europe sponsor Sporting Bet to take the big enchilada in Deutschland.
EWE Baskets, too, made minimal transactions in the offseason, but while the stats show EWE finished just one game back of Alba in the standings for the 2008-09 regular season, the point differential was a telling 140 points lower. As the third favorite, EWE Baskets is drawing long 6/1 odds. Brose Baskets is Sporting Bet’s second-favorite at just 9/2, thereby begging the question, “Is no one impressed with the addition of Dan ‘Disaster’ Dickau?
Brose draws EWE tonight in early indicator of who might be Alba’s chief competition.
The remainder of the Sporting Bet table for 2009-10 Bundesliga outright winner runs as follows:
<a href=”http://partner.sbaffiliates.com/processing/clickthrgh.asp?btag=a_24128b_4257″><img class=”alignright” title=”SportingBet.com” src=”http://www.theraceagainsttime.com/images/pictures/sporting_bet_logo.jpg” alt=”” width=”200″ height=”75″ /></a>Telecom Baskets: 7/1
DB Skyliners: 11/1
BallinEurope fave Artland Dragons: 20/1
Ludwigsburg, Giants Dusseldorf: 66/1
Eisbären Bremerhaven, Walter Tigers Tubingen, New Yorker Phantoms, ratiopharm Ulm: 100/1
TBB Trier: 150/1
Mitteldeutscher BC, Paderborn Baskets: 200/1
Giessen 46ers, Phoenix Hagen: 250/1
Tonight’s games and lines are:
Ratiopharm Ulm (9/10) vs Telekom Baskets Bonn (9/10)
Phantoms (3/5) vs Giants Düsseldorf (13/10)
Artland Dragons (7/20) vs Göttingen (41/20)
Ludwigsburg (4/7) vs Eisbären Bremerhaven (13/10)
Walter Tigers (4/5) vs Mitteldeutscher BC (1/1)
Giessen 46ers (2/5) vs Phoenix Hagen (9/5)
TBB Trier (13/10) vs DB Skyliners (3/5)
EWE Baskets Oldenburg (1/2) v Brose Baskets (6/4)
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