Crvena Zvezda vs. Cedevita Olimpija Prediction, Tips & Odds – May 23, 2022 19:00 CET
Red Star and Cedevita Olimpija will play in Belgrade in the decisive third game in the ABA League semifinals, and the winner will secure a place in the finals of this competition.
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As every previous year in the last decade, the main goal for Red Star is to win the ABA league so that they can participate in the Euroleague next season. A few days ago, Euroleague CEO Jordi Bertomeu said that only the champion would take part in the competition, so there is no room for failure. Red Star played a great first game in this semifinal series against Cedevita Olimpija, while they lost the second match in Ljubljana after overtime. Red and Whites started the second game with a great shooting percentage, but they could not maintain that level in the second half. Red Star had enough time between games for rest and regeneration, and when that is the case, this team is able to play one of the best defenses in the whole of Europe. It is certain that the “Aleksandar Nikolic” hall will be filled to the last seat, which will give additional strength to home players. In the past, Red Star won such decisive games in the ABA league without many problems, and they will start this clash with such confidence.
Čitave sezone borili smo se za prvo mesto i da u odlučujućim mečevima možemo da branimo prednost domaćeg terena, time i mogućnosti da dođemo do rezultata koji svi želimo! Vidimo se u ponedeljak od 19 časova! 🔴⚪️#kkcz #TogetherWeCan #WeAreTheTeam https://t.co/HnalXPaCnP
— KK Crvena zvezda mts (@kkcrvenazvezda) May 22, 2022
This is the third season since Cedevita and Olimpija merged into one club, and it can be stated that they have done the best job so far this season. It didn’t look like that in the first part of the season when they suffered heavy defeats against Zadar, Mega, and Buducnost, but after they fired four players and brought in three new ones, everything changed. From February to April this year, Cedevita Olimpija was unbeaten, however, a great run was interrupted by a defeat against Bursaspor in the Eurocup quarterfinals. After Partizan was eliminated in that competition, Cedevita Olimpija got the open way to the finals because they would play all the games in Ljubljana until the end and thus have a great chance to reach the Euroleague, but Bursaspor ruined their dreams. Now, winning the ABA league is the only way to get a Euroleague ticket, so a win in Belgrade is necessary. In the second game of the semifinal series, which was played in Ljubljana, Cedevita Olimpija attacked the paint much more, while in defense they allowed the Red Star open shots, and it paid off. To win in Belgrade, head coach Jurica Golemac will have to aces up his sleeve.
Ena tekma. Dva tekmeca.
En potnik v finale.
Dvorana Aleksander Nikolić v Beogradu.
— Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana (@KKCedOL) May 22, 2022
Before the game in Ljubljana last week, Red Star had six consecutive wins against Cedevita Olimpija. Both clashes in Belgrade were won by the red and whites with a double-digit difference this season.
Both coaches have all players available for this game.
Crvena Zvezda vs. Cedevita Olimpija Prediction
Games like this are usually won by a team that is physically stronger, and that is certainly Red Star. Cedevita Olimpija would have to shoot perfectly in Belgrade, and that is never easy in that environment. It is to be expected that the home team will win without many problems and thus secure a place in the ABA League finals.
Date and Time: 23.05.2022 19:00 CET
Pick: Red Star -6.5
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