Darussafaka vs Kuban
Eurocup playoffs finals, game 2
Darussafaka has made nice job few days ago when they won game 1 in Russia. So now the Turkish side has excellent chance to finish the job at home but whether they will be able to do so? IMO no. I like here the Russian team to bounce back and to tie the score in the series.
Lokomotiv Kuban was the best team in this competition, I have no doubts about that. Defeat in the first game of this finals was in fact their first loss in Eurocup in entire season.
And if you watched the game, then you know how unfortunate loss that was.
It was a scenario you would rarely see. The mentioned game was so going in Lokomotiv favor and all they had to do is to close it in routine manner. It was pretty comfortable advantage for Loko late in the game, some 7 to 8 pts. But as many times before in this season David Blatt team found the way to make a comeback. Darussafaka simply way better close the games than they are good early in the match. Still, even with Darussafaka comeback it was still clear winning situation for Lokomotiv. I mean 3 pts advantage and ball possession on just 10 seconds left, you can't ask more than that.
And I have had HT FT bet on Loko and since they were leading at halftime, all I needed is to they win the game, no matter how.
But then that guy with funny hair style, Dmitry Kulagin has decided to fooling around a little bit. I mean he already made few mistakes earlier, but this one on 10 seconds left was really undescribable. He had to inbound the ball from aside, simply give the ball to someone, Darussafaka send you on free throw line, you score at least one and game is pretty much over. Cause they would need to score after it 3-pts, to make another pf, Lokomotiv again to miss at least one free throw and Darussafaka again to hit some crazy shot cause there wasn't simply time and no time out left.
But what he did do (Kulagin)? On inbound he gave the ball directly into hands of Darussafaka player and all of sudden Darussafaka has 2 on 0 fast break. Fast break which Loko can't even to stop with foul. Fast break 2 on 0 which Darussafaka of course finishing with a 3-pts attempt, the ball is going into Wilbekin hands and of course no mistake there, boom, game tied.
Of course later in OT, Kulagin continued to make some stupid mistakes, simply this guy lost already won game.
But I surely didn't change my opinion about this matchup. For me Lokomotiv is a team on higher level. Of course Blatt is better coach than Sasa Obradovic. BTW there are rumors Blatt is going back to NBA next season. But the Serb on the Loko bench is good enough too and in general he is doing great job with this roster. I am confident Lokomotiv will bounce back in Istanbul.
BTW, in semifinal, Bayern Munich should win there. The German team had something like +25 pts advantage in Istanbul but Wilbekin had amazing game and hit around ten 3-pts shots. It was amazing come back for Darussafaka back then, one of many for them in this season but IMO now is the time to Turkish team lose.
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Darussafaka vs Kuban prediction
|Lokomotiv Kuban||Bet365||2.25||10||67-59 LOST (-10 units)|