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Two teams that had identical records and did not qualify for the playoffs last seaon are clashing in the opening round of the Euroleague Basketball, when the German Champions Bayern Munich, are hosting the Italian Champions of Pallacanestro Olimpia Milano (also known as EA7 Emporio Armani Milano).
Date/Time: 10-03-2019, 14:30 EDT
Spread: Bayern +1.5
Bayern finished last season with a 14-16 record and were tied with Olimpia Milano and Maccabi in the 10th place of the league. In the opening game of the German league they won at home against Hamburg with a 111-55 score. They were led in scoring by Derrick Williams with 13.4 ppg, adding a team high 4.2 boards per game.
Olimpia Milano finished last season with a 14-16 record and were tied with Bayern and Maccabi in the 10th place of the league. In their last game in the Italian League they lost at home against Brescia with a 65-73 score. They were led in scoring by Mike James with 19.8 ppg, adding 3.8 boards a team high 6.4 dimes per game.
Bayern won both meetings against Milano last season (at home by 6 points and on the road by 2). Bayern had a 10-5 home record last season, while Milano were 6-9 on the road. Milano were better offensively, scoring a league-best of 87.3 ppg to Bayern’s 79.1, while Bayern were better defensively, allowing 80.8 ppg to Milano’s 87.2. Bayern had a better field goal percentage (48.7% to 47.1%), while Milano had a better 3-point percentage (38.7% to 38%). Milano were better both in boards grabbed (31 to 26.3) and in turnovers committed (11 to 11.4), while Bayern were better in dimes made (17.6 to 15.9). Bookmakers give Milano a -1.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds and pick the hosts in this one.
Olimpia Milano vs Bayern Prediction: Bayern +1.5 (-108)
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