AS Villeurbanne vs Partizan
Asvel against Partizan. The home team is 6-2, the guests are only 2-6. So, from that angle and also given on fact the game is in France, betting on Partizan seems a little bit risky but I still believe they are the correct choice here.
Firstly, Partizan need this victory, they need it badly. Only win today is going to keep them in race for the next stage.
Fact that Asvel already qualified definitely could be important factor for today's outcome of this game.
Partizan is coming from one very decent performance. It was in ABA league away against Igokea. It wasn't perfect cause Partizan again had a lot of ups and downs but overall it was more than decent and final almost 100 scored points speak for itself. The most talented player in this roster, Vanja Marinkovic was amazing, finally I would say and I expect from him to continue that way.
Rade Zagorac who started the season in NBA but quickly returned to Europe (first Spain and then Partizan), is another player from whom I expect to shine. He started very well in Partizan jersey but as soon as he found the best rhythm, Zagorac was unlucky to broke his nose. But he is back now and already played for a while, every time with face mask. Today probably for the first time without mask that by his words gave him lot of problems.
Compared with game against Igokea, Aranitovic will drop from the roster while talented Pecarski is in.
Realistically, it's going to be very tough for Partizan to win in France. But we don't need them to win, it would be enough to they cover. And I think they can, especially in the first half line.
It is visible improvement since this Italian head coach arrived. In short period of time he raised level of Partizan game. Of course, this is still far from where Partizan want to be. But as I said, improvements are there.
What also was visible is the fact Partizan against stronger opponents can't hold for entire 40 minutes. Usually they will fall apart late in the game but as by the rule first halfs were more than good. I'll just give examples in games vs Valencia (previous Eurocup round) at home where Partizan was leading at halftime. They were close against Valencia even in Spain during first half when we had one possession game after 20 minutes. On the road against Zenit, the Serbian team also was leading at halftime. Earlier in the season on the Eurocup visit to Italy against Trento, Partizan was leading and it was convincingly. Only in Turkey Partizan was in big deficit early.
Also, in recent ABA game against their big city rival, Crvena zvezda, Partizan was in front after first 20 minutes.
I hope this great first half trend for Partizan will continue also today.
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AS Villeurbanne vs Partizan prediction
|Partizan +4.5 halftime||Pinnacle||1.88||8||32-37 WON (+7.04 units)|