Taking a brief look at the professional prognostication for tonight’s Euroleague games and, whoa, do the bookmakers really have Asvel Baskets and Zalgiris Kaunas as the game to watch tonight? Crazy, though a bit understandable when one considers the pointspreads given in three prospective David-and-Goliath matchups (AJ Milano at Panathinaikos, Cibona at Montepaschi Siena, Fenerbahce at Barcelona).
The pointspreads and over/under lines for tonight’s Euroleague games, as provided by Euroleague/Ball in Europe sponsor Sporting Bet are as follows.
Efes Pilsen vs. Lietuvos Rytas
Handicap: Efes Pilsen minus 8
EWE Baskets Oldenburg vs. Asseco Prokom
Handicap: EWE Baskets minus 3.5
Montepaschi Siena vs. Cibona
Handicap: Montepaschi minus 20
FC Barcelona vs. Fenerbahce Ulker
Handicap: Barcelona minus 16
Asvel Basket vs. Zalgiris Kaunas
Handicap: Asvel minus 1
What’s to like? Two underdogs seem enticing – Zalgiris and Maccabi – and taking the Lithuanians plus one point seems wagerable. The Olimpija-Maccabi game should prove particularly enticing with a couple of subplots in play: Olimpija seeking revenge for the Euroleague opening-day drubbing they took at the hands of Tel Aviv, and Tel Aviv’s inability to control the game on the road. In three games at home, their point differential is +15; on the road at 1-1, they’re at just +3. Can this Maccabi team really cover four points against perhaps-awoken Olimpija and Matt Walsh…?
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