Euroleague tips off tonight and with it come thousands of predictions and opinions on the outcomes of this evening’s six matches. To better gauge expectations, what better to consult than a bookie? After all, as I always say, these are the guys who stand to lose the most by choosing poorly. Handicaps and over/unders, courtesy Ball in Europe sponsor Bet 365 run below – and no, that Olympiacos-Orleanaise line is not a typo.
Cibona Zagreb vs. Montepaschi Siena
Handicap: Cibona plus-6.5
Fenerbahce Ulker vs. Regal FC Barcelona
Handicap: Fenerbahce plus-7
Asseco Prokom vs. EWE Baskets Oldenburg
Handicap: Prokom minus-7.5
So what’s tantalizing here? Despite their newbie status, Maroussi might well cover that 6.5 points at home against new-look CSKA and that over/under of 143 seems really likely to go under, particularly if you believe in the traditionally stifling Moscow defense. And while taking Orleanaise plus 19.5, a team that has continuously surprised since its second-place finish in France in 2009 and straight through into Euroleague Qualifying Round games, is a bit tempting, Momma always told me never to mess with 20-point spreads.
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