Valencia vs. Baskonia Prediction, Tips and Odds – Oct. 06, 2022 20:30 CET
The first day of the new Euroleague season immediately brings us a clash of Spanish clubs. Valencia will host Baskonia in its La Fonteta. The start of this match is scheduled for 20:30.
The central figure of this clash will be coach Joan Penarroy. This coach led Valencia last season, and now he will find himself on the opposite side because he took over Baskonia during the summer.
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Valencia has a strong indigenous base going into the new campaign. In the upcoming competitive season, Bojan Dubljevic, Klemen Prepelic, Sam van Rossom, Jasiel Rivero, Xabi Lopez-Arostegui, Victor Claver, and Jaime Pradilla will all don the jersey of the same club.
Some interesting players were signed as reinforcements. According to the first games in the ACB league, Chris Jones will most likely be the best Valencia’s newcomer. He played for Asvel last season and is familiar with the challenges of the Euroleague. The combo guard scored 16 and 17 points in the first two rounds of the Endesa League.
Another newcomer, Jared Harper, has the potential to be one of the crucial players for Valencia’s goals in the upcoming campaign. He scored 24 points and was the team’s most valuable player in last week’s win over Joventut.
Valencia’s new coach for the next three years will be Alex Mumbru, who was hired in the summer. When he was the manager of Bilbao, the team played with a lot of speed and energy.
A similar style of play should be expected from Baskonia. Joan Penarroya is also recognizable by the fact that his teams play with a large number of possessions and with a lot of transitions. Judging by the first results of the Basque club in the new season, his people adopted his postulates in a short period of time.
Baskonia scored 90 or more points in the last three friendly games, and the basketball players of this team were equally effective in the first two official games. In the first round, they demolished Unicaja 103-89, while in the second they were defeated by Barcelona away from home 74-89. The reason for the failure is a bad display in the second half in which they scored only 23 points. However, they scored almost 50 in the first, which is a reason for satisfaction.
Baskonia’s leader in the upcoming season may very well be Darius Thompson. In the aforementioned two games, he was the most productive, scoring 16.5 points on average. He was a Lokomotiv Kuban player last year and is a great scorer. Enoch and Costello, the center duo, performed well in these games. The two are anticipated to control the rebound and be equally effective under both hoops.
These two teams played against each other five times last season. Baskonia won three times, and the most important victories were in the quarter-final series of the ACB playoffs. The Basques won that series 2-1.
We believe that this will be a run&gun clash, that is, that we will see a lot of short possessions by both teams. We are of the opinion that the chances of watching an ineffective match are very small, and we expect a “rain of points”.
Tip-off Time: Thursday, 06.10.2022, 20:30 CET
Prediction: 161.5 over