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Instituto de Cordoba vs Ferro | Argentina LNB, Nov. 14, 2021
Main title favorites Instituto will intend to keep their winning streak alive this Sunday night. They will host Ferro, who are playing their third game inside just five days. This is back-to-back to match them in Cordoba after playing against Instituto´s city rivals Atenas last night.
Ferro has been the surprise of the season so far. Against all odds, they managed to book their place in the semifinal of the preseason Super 20 tournament, but the league season should be different. Since they are playing without foreign imports, they rely on defense and mostly low-scoring type of basketball to get the better of their opponents. A couple of times this season, they showed they could be competitive in high-scoring games, but it was against teams that are below or equal to them in strength.
Instituto will be an extremely tough task for them because they are going up against one of the best defenses in the league. Main title favorites look to shut down every opponent and also to excel offensively, but Ferro, on the other hand, has one of the best and most physical defenses in the league.
Instituto also plays without foreigners but has a wide array of domestic players who can score points. MVP candidate Nicolas Romano led their team in their opening two games securing wins at home against a weakened San Lorenzo side(101:65) and unstable Penarol 96:90. Even though they are clear favorites, tonight they will face their toughest opponent so far, which has the potential to slow down their offense despite the fact they will most probably lose the game.
Ferro is currently on a road trip that includes four games in just one week. Last night they played against Instituto´s intra-city rivals Atenas which should have some effect on this match. That game combined with aggressive pressure defense played by Instituto should wear them down as the game progresses.
Although Instituto plays one of the best defenses in the league, they have a lot of offensive weapons. So far that yielded a couple of high-scoring games which increased their point averages. Against defensive-minded Ferro, it should be more of a tactical game that gives the Total Under bet value.
Pick: Total Under 156.5 (Regular Time)
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