NBA : Betting: Chasing the Overrun in the City


By Stathis Trapezanlidis /

The Euroleague continues with just one Greek team this week after the match between Panathinaikos was postponed due to the many positive cases in the green team.

Olympiacos had enough time in front of them to prepare for the game with Efes, but the injury problems were not absent this time either from the camp of the red and whites. Aaron Harrison is the latest addition to the list of absences, where Costas Papanikolaou has been for a long time. On the positive side for Giorgos Bartzokas is the return of Sasha Vezenkov to the action. The guests count four consecutive defeats having lost contact with the eighth place in the standings and are now chasing the excess in order to qualify for the quarterfinals of the tournament.

On the other hand, Efes is constantly raising its performance and its position in the standings with the first goal for the Turkish team to be to ensure the qualification to the next phase and beyond the best possible placement for the quarterfinals. The hosts may not have reached last year’s performance standards yet, but they are a better team than Olympiakos. Nevertheless, the red and whites can stand competitive and claim the surprise. Besides, the champions of Turkey do not easily clear the games this season and the +9.5 handicap of the red and whites (1.83) is quite big and not so easy to be covered by Larkin and his company. If we had to choose a point from this match then this would be the double in the handicap.

Of the other games, the match between Armani Milano and Maccabi Tel Aviv is of particular interest, with the former having an impressive streak of victories that has brought them to third place in the standings, and the latter giving their all to be able to enter the octave. Armani is in excellent condition, winning the Italian Cup at its headquarters with characteristic ease. Maccabi, in turn, advanced with difficulty to the cup final, making a big upset against Hapoel Holon, while a few days later they won again the team of Stefanos Dedas, this time easily for the championship. Odds are unfair to Maccabi, which can have many ups and downs in its performance, but in away games it shows character and is very competitive. Odds above 2.50 lead us to the net double or double in the handicap.

Barcelona welcomes Zalgiris and as is normal, everything depends on the mood of the hosts. We do not know how the Catalans will appear and if they will get tired of the consecutive games for the Spanish cup, so it is good either not to deal with double-digit differences or to look a little towards the double in the handicap. In the first game of the match, Baskonia has the first say against the disbanded Khimki, even away from home, but this team is so alien that it is not worth dealing with odds as low as 1.30 nor in handicaps close to 6- 7 points. Maybe we will be able to get something better live.

The Spanish derby between Valencia and the injured Peal Madrid stands out from Friday’s matches (19/2). Lasso’s team will probably react after the lost final, but the odds are well read and it is not worth the risk to get involved. Valencia is not a bad team and will fight for a place in the octave. It is not ruled out that it will be quite difficult for the Madridians at home and it will not make any impression on me even if it manages to win. Better to stay away waiting to see how the teams will appear live. Fenerbahce is one of the most formed teams in Europe at the moment and logically will not face any problems against Alba Berlin at home. The difference in quality between them is great, while the motivation is greater for the hosts.

Zenit has the first say in Belgrade, but it is better to wait and see which players Asteras will line up with before taking any bets. Pascual’s team appears serious and capable of great things this season. Read the lines of points from the companies with 151.5 being rather fair and not hiding value. Finally, the game in France between Villeurbanne and Bayern is moving towards the man since both teams are good defensively and place great emphasis on this part of the game. The Bavarians, who naturally had their minds on the upcoming battle with the French for the Euroleague, come from a shock defeat for the German championship. Trinkieri’s team is the favorite, but 1.75 does not satisfy us very much for the difficulty of the match. Maybe man 155 is a better choice for this match.

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