- Euroleague Basketball
- Mediolanum Forum, Milano
- November 8th, 2018
Two teams on the rise will put up a show in one of the most expected game of round 6 of the Euroleague Basketball. Olimpia Milano, the nice surprise of this early season, will host an undefeated team, the Russians from CSKA.
Olimpia Milano’s owners have been searching for the perfect recipe over the last years. Year after year, experienced or talented players have been expected to lead the team to greatness, starting with Linas Kleiza, Alessandro Gentile or Andrew Goudelock. Finally, the waters look to have calmed down, and Simone Pianigiani can count on one of the most impressive team the fashion capital has seen in a while. With 19.2 points per game, Mike James is the scoring leader of the team, followed by Micov (14.8 points per game) and Nemanja Nedovic (13.3). Under the rim, 3 of the most talented big men can be found, Gudaitis (7.2 rebounds per game), Brooks (5.6 rpg) and Tarczewski (5.2 rpg). The team is completed by the sharpshooters Bertans and Curtis Jerrells. Olimpia is on 3 games winning streak, with the last 2 games being won by Mike James at the last possessions, with identical scores, 81-80 (vs Efes and Khimki). 2 rounds ago, James has been fouled on a 3 points shot at 78-80, scoring all 3 free-throws, while last round he hit the game winning three on the buzzer. This game (vs Efes) included other 2 buzzers, one hit by Jerrells at the end of 1st half, and one by Mike James and ended the 3rd quarter.
On the other hand, CSKA are coming after easy wins, making it 5 in a row. Once again, CSKA is looking to be an almost invincible team in the regular season of Euroleague, having won all 5 games so far, with an average of 87.6 points scored per game and 78.4 received. The scoring leaders of the team are De Colo (15.2 ppg), Higgins (14.6 ppg) and Clyburn (12 ppg). A player to watch for this match-up will be CSKA guard, Daniel Hackett, who played with Milano almost 2 seasons.
Nedovic and Fontecchio will be game time decisions.
Nando de Colo and Kurbanov will be game time decisions.
This will be the 10th meeting in the modern era, CSKA are leading 7-3. Home record for Olimpia is 2-3.
This match-up is going to be a must see all over the court. The most interesting fight will be between the guards, James vs Rodriguez. Then, there will be a shoot-out between Micov and Clyburn, while under the rim we can find two powerful and versatile big men, Gudaitis vs Hunter. Even with this powerful team, the bookies give CSKA really high chances to win, 70%. The odds on the home side are a clear value.
Milano to win @ 3.25 (William Hill)
Milano +6.5 points @ 1.91 (William Hill)