Buducnost vs Cedevita
The final round of second group stage in Eurocup. I think Cedevita shouldn't be here such big underdog, if the team from Croatia should be underdog at all. Namely they are 0:5 in this group so far and thus have no chance to qualify for Top 8 but no matter this could be nice chance to they win first time in second stage.
Namely, these two sides met couple days ago and back then it was game in ABA. The host was Cedevita. So the game was in Zagreb and my bet was Buducnost +4.5 cause IMO they are the team in better momentum right now. And everything looked good most of the time. 64:69 with just couple minutes left but then 12:0 series from Cedevita ruined that bet. Some stupid mistakes from Buducnost, some missed shoots that should go in, then allowed 3+1 play and at the end one missed free throw. All that for final 76:71. So, it was pretty unlucky loss, not too much for them as it was for mine +4.5 bet.
In any case, after that game on the press conference, Buducnost head coach, Aleksandar Dzikic has said he will rest on today's game everyone. And he repeated how he is not joking. Namely, Buducnost is already qualified in Eurocup for quarter finals and that's the reason they don't care too much about today's game.
Of course the same could be said for Cedevita for whom game has no importance either given on their 0-5 but their coach Jure Zdovc will be in much better position with it's roster. Before they traveled to Podgorica, Zdovc said only Will Cherry won't go on this game due to some personal issue. Toni Katic was out from earlier but he will be on this game, though probably won't take part in it. By the Zdovc words, Cedevita will try to recover by sharing minutes among all players more than earlier but they won't keep some important players on the bench with zero minutes. By the way, there are rumors Zdovc is near to be fired so IMO he will be looking to win here and maybe keeps his job. Fact Buducnost should be heavily weakened definitely is going into Cedevita favor.
BTW, this is now fifth mutual game of the season. 2-2 is so far. Cedevita won the first early in the season in some kind of friendly game, ABA super cup on neutral court. Also they won 76:71 in the above mentioned ABA home meeting couple days ago. Buducnost won on the road in Eurocup 75:78 as well at home in the first one in ABA, 66:60. Basically, all games have been more or less very close.
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Buducnost vs Cedevita prediction
|Cedevita +5.5||188bet||1.91||8||84-52 LOST (-8 units)|