Asvel vs. Milan Prediction, Tips & Odds – Oct. 06, 2022 20:00 CET
2022/2023 Euroleague season will start on Thursday evening in France with a match between Asvel and Milan.
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Asvel Team News
This will be fourth consecutive season for Asvel in the Euroleague, but almost no progress has been made in that period. This team is constantly in the lower part of the table and it seems that it will be the same this time.
During this summer, Asvel lost two best players from the previous season. Elie Okobo went to Monaco and Chris Jones to Valencia. They were replaced with Parker-Jackson Cartwright and Nando de Colo and we’ll see if they made a good moves. According to reports from France, Asvel’s budget has been drastically reduced and they will be one of the cheapest teams in the Euroleague. They belong to four weakest teams in terms of quality and anything above 15th position will be a success for them.
In first round, Asvel will play at home against Milan. The good thing for them is that the opponent comes in a weakened squad and it will be an opportunity for surprise. In previous years, Asvel was always a tough nut for the Italian club.
Milan Team News
Milan took a step back last season. They finished the competition in quarterfinals, which is a weaker result than the one in 2020, when they played in the final four. This time, Ettore Messina put together an extremely high-quality team with two good players in all positions. His goal is to guide this team to the very end.
All important players remained in Milan. Shavon Shields, Nicolo Melli, Kyle Hines, Luigi Datome and Devon Hall are still there. That backbone was upgraded with the signings of Kevin Pangos, Billy Baron, Johannes Voigtmann, Brandon Davies and Deshaun Thomas. When all these names are read, it is clear that Milan has one of the best rosters in Europe. Anything less than playing in the final four will be a disappointment, and the ambition is to win the Euroleague.
As early as Thursday evening, it will be clear how good Milan are. A team that aspires to go to the very end must be able to overcome this kind of Asvel without too many problems. A possible defeat would mean that they are far from their goal.
In total, these two teams have played against each other five times, and Milan leads 3-2. Last season, the Italian club won both games by exactly one point.
Charles Kahudi is questionable for Asvel. Due to injuries, Luigi Datome, Shavon Shields and Naz Mitrou-Long won’t play for Milan.
Asvel vs. Milan Prediction
In first two rounds of the French League, Asvel lost to Cholet and Ada Blois. This means that they have a lot of problems and that they are far from the desired form. Milan is much better at the moment and since it is the first round, surely both teams will be motivated to play their best. If that is indeed the case, Milan is big favorite to win.
Kick-off time: Thursday, 06.10.2022, 20:00 CET
Prediction: Milan -3.5