Baskonia vs. Unicaja Prediction, Tips and Odds – Sep. 30, 2022 19:00 CET
In one of the derbies of the first round of the ACB League, Baskonia will host Unicaja in its Fernando Buesa Arena. The start of the clash is scheduled for 19:00.
After a very bad season in which their game was at a low level, Unicaja basketball players are entering a new campaign with a changed squad. On the other hand, Baskonia hired a new coach during the summer, so we will watch the duel between the renovated teams.
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After elimination from Real Madrid in the semifinals of the ACB playoffs, coach Neven Spahija left the club, and Joan Penarroya took his place. The new coach of Baskonia worked wonders with the San Pablo Burgos team, but with Valencia, he did not record the expected results.
He is the profile of a coach who requires his players to play fast, with a large number of ball possessions. We could see that in Baskonia’s friendlies this summer, as they scored 90 or more points in each of their last three games.
The team’s roster has been partially changed compared to last season. Simone Fontecchio, Baskonia’s best player last season, has signed with the Utah Jazz and that could be a big disadvantage. Rokas Giedraitis should be the main scorer on the team, and a lot is expected from the center tandem Enoch – Costello.
Darius Thompson, Mike Kotsar, Marcus Howard, and Dalton Hommes arrived as reinforcements, and it remains to be seen which of them will have the biggest impact on Baskonia’s game in the coming season.
We believe that everyone in Unicaja wants to forget last season and last year’s results. This team played very poorly and finished the regular season in 12th place with 13 wins and 21 losses. In the last competitive year, they lost their last six games in the ACB league.
They brought in a lot of new players over the summer to try to improve the game and the results. Kendrick Perry, Nihad Djedovic, David Kravish, Dylan Osetkowski, Melvin Ejim, Tyler Kalinoski, Will Thomas, and Augusto Lima arrived in Malaga, so this will be a completely new roster compared to last season.
Coach Ybon Navarro stayed at the club, so all these players are his desire. Unicaja started the new season well, winning the FIBA Champions League qualifying tournament. They achieved two victories – against Den Bosch 114-58 and against Levica 91-73. However, Baskonia is several times a stronger team than the previous two opponents.
Baskonia won both matches last season – 92-89 and 73-72.
Baskonia played very well in the preseason and we expect them to carry the same energy into the first official game of the new season. Unicaja is not too defensively potent, so we believe that Joan Penarroya’s players can score more than 85 points.
Prediction: Baskonia Total Points Over 83.5