In the first game of a Monday night NBA TV doubleheader, the Indiana Pacers will travel to Quicken Loans Arena to face the Cleveland Cavaliers. This will be the second of a back-to-back for the Pacers, who were defeated at home by Portland on Sunday. During the 111-102 loss, Indiana allowed Portland to score 39 points in the first quarter. All-Star F Paul George scored just 11 points on 4-for-15 from the floor. The Cleveland Cavaliers are clearly the most talented team in the Eastern Conference, but are in the midst of losing three of their last four games overall.
The Cavaliers followed up Friday night’s collapse down the stretch at Portland with an uninspired effort at Washington on Sunday. LeBron James sat out the 113-99 loss against the Wizards, as new head coach Tyronn Lue tries to keep his superstar fresh for the postseason.
If Lebron is out again tonight, we expect the Pacers to manage to stay close in the match and the additional handicap of 8 points should be just enough for a successful bet.
A game from the Adriatic Basketball Association League. The league is on its final road now. Both teams have just one more game after this. Everything in the league is decided. The first fourth teams are clear: Buducnost, Crvena Zvezda, Cedevita and Mega Leks.
We are expecting a game without any pressure for any of the teams. Maybe one idea more motivated will be the team of Cedevita who has the real chance to pass Crvena Zvezda. Of course, this does not matter at all because it is sure that in the semi-finals playoffs Cedevita will be playing with Crvena Zvezda, no matter whether they will be 2nd or 3rd in the final standings.
Partizan are doing a terrible season. They had a rough beginning and now at the end of the season they stabilize their game a lot. They even played final for the Serbian Cup against the team of Mega Leks, after eliminating Crvena Zvezda on the semis. Also in the past 5 games of the ABA League they have 4 wins and just 1 lost from the champion of the group Buducnost (which was very unfortunate lost).
Even on head to head level you can see that in the last 5 home games against this opponent Partizan has only wins. Also Cedevita are playing all the time, not only here in ABA League, they are participating in Euroleague and Croatian Cup. Their schedule is so busy and we doubt that they can play on such a high level each game. We think that Partizan must take that game deservedly.
Washington Wizards expected to be one of Cleveland’s challengers this season in the East. However, injuries have been a major factor in the Wizards’ disappointing 27-30 overall record. Washington is currently in 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings and still within striking distance for the final playoff spot. The Wizards trail Chicago by three full games with 25 games remaining on their schedule.
The Cavaliers, meanwhile, have won six of their last ten games overall and are the overwhelming favorite to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals. All-Star LeBron James leads Cleveland in scoring at 24.7 PPG and assists at 6.6 per game. Last Friday, Cleveland blew a nine point lead entering the fourth quarter during a 99-97 road loss versus Toronto.
The Cavaliers are clearly the more efficient offensive and defensive squad and should be motivated after their disappointing loss at Toronto.
A game from the 24th round of the German BBL. The teams of Bayern and Alba Berlin are going to play their second game this season. The game must be thrilling or at least such are the expectations.
Both teams played twice so far in the German Cup and in Eurocup. Interesting fact is that in the Eurocup they finished 82-82. Week ago they had done an incredible game with very good defense, which finished 67-69 for Alba Berlin away. This is the reason of thinking that this game will be very hard for Bayern if they want to take it.
Bayern are a team which is playing really good in the league so far, but Alba Berlin are like a black cats. In the past few games we can see that most of the games went to Alba Berlin or if they lose a game it is with no more than a few points.
Alba Berlin are great team, which is mainly attacking fast and trying to put a pressure on the opponents from the three points shooter. If their shooting percentage is quite similar to the past few games they will have no problems even to win that game.
On head to head level the games are strongly in favour of Alba Berlin, but we won’t risk that much and we will search them on +6.5 Points on AH.
After the spectacular games from the last night in the Euroleague Top 16, today we are going to see another two great games, Crvena Zvezda - Anadolu Efes and Barcelona - Olympiakos.
Today, we are going to give a great prediction for the game Crvena Zvezda and Anadolu Efes. Both teams are definitely one of the best teams in the Euroleague. But it seemed that this year they are underachieving for some reasons.
Anadolu Efes are making a good season in the Turkish Super League. But on the cup level it is not like that. Just a week ago they were eliminated by Pinar Karsiyaka. This is a strange lost for us because Anadolu Efes were a big favourites for winning this game. It is true that they lost with just 1 point but anyway it is still a shameful elimination, because it was quarter-final round. In the Euroleague it is the same, almost every team right now beats them and they are on the road not to qualify to the next round. Exactly, Crvena Zvezda are the last fourth team in the group, which they have to replace. With the recent performance, this will be almost impossible.
Crvena Zvezda on the other side are just like Anadolu Efes, with the difference that they were eliminated in the semi-finals of their cup by Partizan Beograd. We have to notice that this was even bigger surprise then Pinar Karsiyaka because Crvena Zvezda were playing at home and they have no obstacles of losing this game. In the Euroleague they are playing more than good. In the Adriatic League they are good as well. At the moment the most important is the Euroleague and they are on the road of succeeding there, as qualifying to the top 8 teams of Europe. But of course, in order to do that they must win against Anadolu Efes, which team is after them.
On a head to head level, the things are complicated. There are 4 games which are 4 wins for Anadolu Efes. But only 2 of these games are recent. One was friendly game and the other was from 30th of December when Efes won with just 1 point. Now we are expecting the opposite result and it must be tough game with a difficult win for Zvezda.