Instituto de Cordoba vs. Obera Prediction, Tips & Odds – Mar. 22, 2022
Argentine LNB has four games on the schedule at the start of the week with one of them being a clash between two top teams that have been struggling recently – sixth-placed Instituto and ninth-placed Obera. Both of these teams will be looking to shake off their recent poor form and notch a critical win in their fight for the top 4 which guarantees a direct entry into the playoff quarter-finals.
One of the title favourites Instituto haven’t played a game in a week after two consecutive losses to Gimnasia and Hispano Americano which had them drop out of the top 4. Especially surprising was their last home loss to the bottom-placed Hispano. Hispano have strengthened their roster in order to escape relegation but no one expected them to take down one of the strongest sides in the league on their home floor.
The situation for Instituto is still not concerning. However, in case of another defeat in today’s game, there could be some serious shakeups in their ranks so they can’t afford to lose against a faltering Obera side. They have an ideal opponent tonight to regain some confidence and also a bit of an easier streak of games coming up. They are aware they need to take advantage of it so with almost all of their regulars back from injuries we think they will hit good form before the playoffs starting with this game today.
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Obera have been one of the most pleasant surprises of the season so far but after a recent 5-game winning streak they started running out of gas and lost their last three games. They had a very tough doubleheader at home against title favourites Regatas and San Martin and lost both of those games. Since they played against better teams they can be excused for those defeats, but they definitely could have done better in the last round against lowly Atenas.
They don’t have any roster problems at the moment and the reason for their drop of form is simply the fact they have been playing above their capabilities throughout this entire season. Instituto have a much better defense than them and also a much longer rotation which should be the key tonight along with home-court advantage.
Instituto de Cordoba vs. Obera Prediction
Obera have lost both head-to-head games this season by double-digits. During the preseason in September Instituto came away with a solid 96:81 win and then similarly beat them during the real season in December by 12 points (67:55).
Obera are much better at home and their excellent form is slowly drifting away from them. Since they are a new team in the league and are playing only their second season in the top tier they used the element of surprise to achieve some unexpected wins. As the season has been progressing other teams scouted them and developed tactics how to stop them.
That is why we think betting on the home team to cover the spread has very nice value.
Pick: Handicap Instituto de Cordoba (-4.5)
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