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This was the best summer in the history of German basketball after their national team won the World championship. The time for celebration is up, and now the best teams from this country will face each other in the opening round of the EuroLeague. Both teams had a disappointing season last year, finishing in the bottom four with an 11-23 record.
Bayern Munich vs Alba Berlin – game predictions
- 1 Bayern Munich vs Alba Berlin – game predictions
- 2 Is Pablo Laso the right man for Bayern Munich?
- 3 Key game details
The two EuroLeague teams from Germany will open the season against each other. Seven of the last eight games between them have seen the visiting team escaping with the win, which speaks enough of how difficult this game is to predict.
Prediction 1: Alba Berlin +8.5 @ 17/20 (1.85)
Looking at the teams’ rosters, there is no doubt that Bayern Munich has the better team. Coach Pablo Laso has Vladimir Lucic as a veteran on the team and Andreas Obst, who is an elite shooter. Alba Berlin will have to rely on players who have just joined the team, which may be a problem. However, looking at the previous games between the two, no team has won by more than 6 points in the last five matches. Given the fact that this is the first round of the competition and the teams are yet to click well, this will be a tough game with many ups and downs and a tight score that will allow the visitors to cover the +8.5 points spread.
Prediction 2: Under 162.5 points @ 17/20 (1.85)
German basketball is all about scoring, which gives the impression that this game would probably go over the given margin. Still, if we look back at the last five games between the two teams, none of those went over 162.5 total points. With the high stakes that come with the season opener, this game will not be a high-scoring one, and it will most likely stay under 162.5 points.
Is Pablo Laso the right man for Bayern Munich?
After 11 years coaching Real Madrid, Pablo Laso had health issues and was forced to take a leave from his job. After his situation got better, he was allowed to return by the line and signed with Bayern Munich. He will need some time to build the team chemistry, but he has a respectful roster to work with.
Bayern Munich news, injuries, and starting lineups
Bayern Munch had a disappointing season both in the EuroLeague and the BBL last year. The team’s GM Marko Pesic decided to replace Andrea Trinchieri with the former Real Madrid coach, Pablo Laso. Singing Serge Ibaka, one of the best shot blockers in the NBA in the past decade, may be the move that will lift the team this season.
Bayern Munich injury report
Bayern Munich starting lineup
Carsen Edwards, Andreas Obst, Vladimir Lucic, Isaac Bonga and Freddie Gillespie
Alba Berlin news, injuries, and starting lineups
Alba Berlin made a couple of moves in the offseason signing a pair of former NBA players – Matt Thomas and Sterling Brown. This may be the boost for the team who will need much more than that to have any significant result in the EuroLeague.
Alba Berlin injury report
Alba Belrin starting lineup
Matteo Spagnolo, Matt Thomas, Sterling Brown, Yanni Wetzell and Johanes Thiemann
Bayern Munich vs Alba Berlin head to head record
Bayern Munich leads 42-26 in the previous games against Alba Berlin.
- 17.03.2023: Alba Berlin won 76-75 in Munich
- 04.03.2023: Bayern Munich won 76-71 in Berlin
- 18.02.2023: Bayern Munich won 83-77 in Munich
- 08.01.2023: Alba Berlin won 80-79 in Munich
- 10.11.2022: Bayern Munich won 79-77 in Berlin
Key game details
- Date & Time: October 5th, 2023 at 19:30 GMT
- Venue: Audi Dome, Munich, Germany
- Where to watch match in UK: EuroLeagueTV and Eurosport Player
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