Manresa vs. Tenerife Prediction, Tips and Odds – Sep. 29, 2022 21:30 CET
Four games of the first round of the ACB League will be played on Thursday. In the Pavello Nou Congost hall, Manresa and Tenerife meet, and the start of the match is scheduled for 21:30.
This will be one of the most interesting matches of the premier round and a replay of last season’s FIBA Champions League final. Then the players from Canaria celebrated at the end, it remains to be seen who will be better on Thursday.
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Last season was one of the most successful in Manresa’s history. They finished the regular part of the season in eighth place and secured an appearance in the playoffs of the Spanish championship. There they were eliminated by Real Madrid, who later won the league title. In addition to this success, the Manresa players also reached the finals of the FIBA Champions League, which is a great result.
They start the new season with the same coach. Pedro Martinez will lead Manresa this season as well, and he has chosen six new reinforcements for the upcoming challenges. Playmaker Jerrick Harding, shooting guard Giordano Bortolani and four big guys Tyson Perez, Justin Hamilton, Babatunde Olomuyiwa, and Marcus Lee arrived at the club.
The most are expected from Hamilton, who already played in the ACB league earlier in his career. The American center performed very well in friendly matches.
Six players left the club, but despite the changed roster, Manresa’s style of play will remain the same. They will play fast and their possessions will be quite short. This was seen in the last three friendly games – over 180 points were scored in each one.
The Tenerife team has been recording good results continuously for several seasons. Last year, they won the trophy in the FIBA Champions League, while in the playoffs of the ACB League, at the same stage as Manresa, they were eliminated by Joventut.
The main strength of this team will be, like last season, the experienced tandem of Marcelinho Huertas – Giorgi Shermadini. A lot will depend on these two players, and the most important players from last season’s roster who are still there are Salin, Sastre, Fittipaldo, and Doornekamp.
The club’s two most notable additions are combo guard Jaime Fernandez, who recently won a gold medal at Eurobasket, and small forward Elgin Cook. The American player is a proven scorer and will improve his control of the defensive rebound while also being a solid defender.
Shermadini will miss the first-round game due to injury so Fran Guerra will get more space in the center position.
These two teams met three times last season and all three meetings were quite effective. As the host, Manresa won 95-93 in the ACB League, while Tenerife won 94-83 in its arena and in the FIBA Champions League final 98-87 as mentioned above.
We expect these two teams to play another very dynamic and efficient match. We believe that their style of play will be the same as last season because that’s how they recorded good results. And good things should not be changed.
Prediction: 166.5 over