Baskonia vs Barcelona (By: Clinch)
It is a clash between Perasović and Pešić and in coaching terms I give more props to Perasović. Also Baskonia performs much better lately while Barcelona is in crisis. Barcelona lost last three games and I expected they will do much better against Olympiakos at home, to at least have a chance in that game, but nooo...Also Barcelona lost to Unicaja by 5 points and Unicaja does not rely on defense so much, they managed to score 5 points more than poor Torino there. The bookies set the line at 83 points for Baskonia and I see it as very probable they will go over it while they set Barcelona at 77 points and I am very doubtfull they will reach it since Baskonia plays some defense, they held CSKA at 73 points and in Canaries they held their opponent at 71 points very much below their average. True Gran Canaria could have reached 80 points but not only they missed the shots they were not allowed to shoot a lot from behind the arc and they live from that. So props go to Perasović for realizing that and I am sure he will find Barcelona vulnerabilities as well. Baskonia has good shooters and they are solid in the paint. Perasović gives a lot more responsibilites to Janning than previous coach and if you check out his stats he is since then always over the lines previously set by the bookies. Shengelia also plays just fine even though he misses free throws what is annoying, Marcelinho is also participating, Granger etc. All in all two teams on opposite spectrum of their recent shape. Baskonia is slowly climbing up the standings while Barcelona is going down. These teams seem similar in strength, nevertheless Baskonia at home can easily reach 90 points and Barcelona is a poor traveler. I see 88:75 result in this game.
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Baskonia vs Barcelona prediction
|Baskonia -5.5||Pinnacle||1.92||8||70-77 LOST (-8 units)|