Bayern vs ALBA Berlin
Bundesliga, playoffs finals, Game 1
As expected, two best sides from the regular season are in the finals. Bayern has home court advantage and will open the series at home.
IMO the team from Munich will be successful. They are coming from 3-1 semifinal series vs Bamberg. Alba on the other side arrived here after 3-0 in their semi but in QF against Oldenburg we saw that Alba wasn't too good on the road and lost both times.
Alba is a team that plays very fast pace. Some of their players said how such style don't suit to Bayern and that's why team from Berlin is favorite. But I don't agree. If someone can play run & gun than it's Bayern. Especially in Munich, Bayern scores 90+ on regular basis.
Bayern and Alba met in the playoffs in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 and every time Bayern won the series.
In this season these two teams split two regular season meetings and with both winning on the road. That loss here from Alba was the last game on the bench for back then coach Aleksndar Đorđević. After that Dejan Radonjić arrived and Bayern was back on track.
BTW, there was also third mutual match in this season. It was in the finals of the Cup competition and Bayern won back then.
In the team of Bayern two Serbian national team members were out. Those are Milan Mačvan and Vladimir Lučić. The first one is out for the season while Lučić was on practice and by his words he wants to play in the finals but about his fitness, the head coach will give the final word. In any case, Bayern in semifinals (against Euroleague opponent Bamberg) looked great even without mentioned players, especially at home.
I am betting Bayern to win and to cover this short handicap.
Bayern vs ALBA Berlin prediction
|Bayern -4.5||Pinnacle||1.86||8||95-106 LOST (-8 units)|