Barcelona vs Zalgiris (By: FairPlayBet)
For me this is probably the best choice today in EL. Barcelona to win at home and to cover, that's pretty realistic if you ask me.
I like Barcelona in general in this season. They have one of best European coaches (the guy on the national team level has defeated USA dream team on the world championship elimination game, enough said). Svetislav Kari Pešić is really a legend, on the club level too, especially in Barcelona. He has been brought during last season as a savior to bring Barcelona back where they were in the past. The improvement was visible right away but it was too late for serious result in EL. This time around with him on the bench from the start of the season and with more chance to he would be the one to make the roster, Barcelona finally looks like contender in EL. When I say contender, I don't mean they gona win the trophy but clearly Barcelona finally looks like a team who can beat anyone anywhere on the certain day. Almost for sure they will be in playoffs, finally I would say. Whether they can go to Final 4, it's difficult to say. Obviously much would depend from the fact whether Barcelona can secure home court advantage in the Top 8. Currently they are just one win below that line (Top 4). That being said, games like this are a must win for them. I mean, you are at home, vs clearly weaker side, you simply are not allowed to lose points in such games cause it will cost you if you are projected somewhere on the edge of being first team above or first team below the line.
Barcelona has defeated in last round Olympiacos on the road. Great game and huge win for them. Huge in term of importance. Pesic completely outsmarted David Blatt, Olympiacos practically was without chance to win.
In the meantime poor game for Barcelona in the ACB, road loss from Tenerife. But, probably it was expected cause they have played against solid opponent and on the road and on very short rest after tough visit to Greece. Today should be another story, Barcelona at home, well rested and against not too tough team.
Yes, Zalgiris is big name, the greatest team in one og the greatest basketball countries. They are probably Top 10 greatest European teams ever. But, at this point I don't like Zalgiris. They are clearly not good as season ago when competed on the Final 4. Of course, many injury problems damaged them big time. But, even if they were free of injuries, I still think this would be far weaker than their previous campaign.
Similar like on my previous pick, here also seems like the opposite side takes the money (odds are drooping slightly on Zalgiris). But I like it then even more. Now instead of -6.5 we can take -5.5 with slightly higher but not too big juice.
Barcelona to win and to cover this not so big handicap, that's good choice for me.
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Barcelona vs Zalgiris prediction
|Barcelona -5.5||Bet365||1.85||9||78-72 WON (+7.65 units)|