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Milano vs. Virtus Prediction, Tips & Odds – Nov. 09, 2022 20:30 CET
Big Italian derby will be played in the Euroleague seventh round, as Milano will host Virtus in the Mediolanum Forum.
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Milano Team News
After six rounds of the Euroleague, Milano are at 3-3. That record could have been worse since they won against Asvel and Partizan after a fourth quarter comeback. On top of all that, Shavon Shields and Billy Baron are injured now, so Ettore Messina has two players less in backcourt.
Defensively, Milano don’t look that bad. Their problems are in offense, where apart from Kevin Pangos, there is no real ball handler. Naz Mitrou-Long will be expected to rest Pangos as much as possible and time will tell if he is able to do that. Statistically, Milano has a lot of problems in the paint, although this should not be the case if you know that they have players like Kyle Hines, Nicolo Melli, Johannes Voigtmann and Brandon Davies on the roster.
In the past two weeks, Milano have lost to Real Madrid and Barcelona. Now they will try to get out of the crisis by winning against their biggest rival. For something like that, it will be necessary for them to play much better than they did against the Spanish giants.
Virtus Team News
Virtus has similar problems as Milano. Their performance is even worse as they have only two wins so far. They defeated Real Madrid and Bayern, while they lost to Asvel, Zalgiris, Partizan and Monaco. Virtus health status is getting better since Toko Shengelia has returned to the team.
Team from Bologna has even more difficulties in offense than Milan. A ball is going much slower and with less creation in the moments when Milos Teodosic is on the bench. Daniel Hackett is in very poor form, while some players like Iffe Lundberg, Kyle Weems and Semi Ojeleye do not have continuity of good games. At times Virtus looks great, while at times it looks like a team that does not belong to the Euroleague.
Sergio Scariolo will surely prepare many different variations in defense with the idea to surprise Italian champion. It is clear to him that this is the only way he can achieve victory in Milano. Virtus will have to keep the opponent below 75 points in order to give themselves a chance for win.
Milano beat Virtus 4-2 in the Serie A final last season. They played two months ago in the Italian Super Cup semifinals when Virtus won 72:64 after overtime.
Shavon Shields and Billy Baron are injured and won’t play for Milano. Awudu Abass is out of action for Virtus.
Milano vs. Virtus Prediction
This is a game that can go either way. Virtus has quality to beat Milano as it showed in the Italian Super Cup. Also, a low number of total points should be expected, which is why handicap on visitors is definitely worth betting on.
Kick-off time: Wednesday, 09.11.2022. 20:30 CET
Prediction: Virtus +7