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Both Alba Berlin and Baskonia started with losses in the 2023-24 EuroLeague season. That will add pressure on both teams to perform better on Thursday night. Both teams won the home games last season, but given the odds, the visitors are the favorites this time around.
Alba Berlin vs Baskonia – game predictions
- 1 Alba Berlin vs Baskonia – game predictions
- 2 Does Alba Berlin stand a chance in the EuroLeague?
- 3 Key game details
Alba Berlin lost back to back games in the EuroLeague and the German championship. They will not have many chances of winning in the EuroLeague this season and Baskonia’s visit is one of those they hope to end well for them.
Prediction 1: Baskonia to win @ 7/10 (1.70)
Both teams are seen to finish in the bottom half of the EuroLeague but still, there is pretty big gap between them. Alba Berlin lacks leadership, both on the court and from the bench. That makes them vulnerable and Baskonia will know how to take advantage of that. Baskonia almost defeated the defending champion Real Madrid in the opening round despite shooting only 18.5% from the three-point line. That number will increase in this game against Alba who is not fond of playing solid defense. The Spanish team will play with more energy and confidence which will be enough for a comfortable win.
Prediction 2: Markus Howard under 18.5 points @ 17/20 (1.85)
Howard is the first option in the Baskonia’s offense. He was the NCAA leading scorer in 2020 and was named to the All-ACB First team last season. There is no doubt that he is an elite scorer who has a green light to shot whenever he wants in Baskonia. Still, Howard scored only 10 points in the first round against Real Madrid and made only one of eight attempts from the three-point territory. He will definitely have a better night in Berlin, but the given line is set a little too high.
Does Alba Berlin stand a chance in the EuroLeague?
Alba Berlin is one of the teams that regularly plays in the EuroLeague every season, but it has been a while since they were a Playoff contender. They finished 16th last season with a 11-23 record and things do not look more promising this season as well. They signed a couple of players in the offseason, but it seems like they may be at the very bottom this season.
Alba Berlin news, injuries, and starting lineups
Alba Berlin started with a loss against the other German team in the EuroLeague, Bayern Munich. Things got even worse in the German BBL League as Alba lost to Ulm 100-88 during the weekend. The only good thing is that coach Israel Gonzalez gave chance to all the players to see some action against Bayern and now he has a better picture of the roster he took over this season.
Alba Berlin injury report
Alba Berlin starting lineup
Sterling Brown, Matt Thomas, Ziga Samar, Louis Olinde and Johannes Thiemann
Baskonia news, injuries, and starting lineups
Baskonia is coming off a tough loss in the opening round at home against Real Madrid. They were close during the entire game but shooting 5 of 27 from the three-point range took its toll. Baskonia bounced back with a 90-81 win in Grenada in the ACB league during the weekend.
Baskonia injury report
Baskonia starting lineup
Markus Howard, Cody Miller-McIntyre, Tadas Sedekerskis, Maik Kostar and Matthew Costello
Alba Berlin vs Baskonia head to head record
Baskonia leads 7-4 in the previous games against Alba Berlin.
- 28.03.2023: Baskonia won 93-87 in Vitoria
- 05.01.2023: Alba Berlin won 85-84 in Berlin
- 18.03.2022: Baskonia won 85-68 in Vitoria
- 14.10.2021: Baskonia won 80-76 in Berlin
- 22.01.2021: Alba Berlin won 84-77 in Vitoria
Key game details
- Date & Time: October 12th, 2023 at 19:00 GMT
- Venue: Mercedes Benz Arena, Berlin, Germany
- Where to watch match in UK: EuroLeagueTV and Eurosport Player
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