Split vs. Buducnost Prediction, Tips & Odds – Apr. 23, 2022
A win means nothing for Split and Buducnost in this game, but the home team has at least some motive, unlike the visitors.
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After Zlatibor won the Second ABA League, Split secured a place in ABA League next season. Initially, the 13th team on the table was supposed to play in play-outs against the Second ABA league runner-up, but due to the results in the Second ABA League and competition rules, that will not happen. In the last game of the season, Split will host Buducnost and will try to make a surprise. They will play without pressure and if they achieve a win, that will be a good way to thank all the fans for their support. Split played much better in the second half of the 2021/2022 season when they signed Shannon Shorter who immediately became the top scorer. Shawn Jones recovered from a tough injury and made a huge contribution to paint. With the two mentioned players, head coach Srdjan Subotic got a big boost in offense and Split secured survival with three wins in the last five rounds. Club ambition over next summer will be to put together a team that will not worry until the very end and that will make a step towards the middle of the table in the ABA league. Split has a few young players around whom a good team can be built, and time will tell if they will succeed.
— AdmiralBet ABA League (@ABA_League) April 22, 2022
Buducnost played extremely weak in the second part of the season and everything they built in the first few months fell apart completely. They have been in the first two positions in the Eurocup group stage for a long time. They beat Virtus twice and Valencia in Podgorica, but it was worth nothing. They lost a few games after that and finished the group stage in a modest fifth place. That is why they played on the road in the round of 16 and lost this week in Andorra against a team that changed head coach only a day before the game. Starting playmaker Justin Cobbs played his weakest match of the season, just like Danilo Nikolic. Kendrick Perry couldn’t find any offensive rhythm either, so only Dennis Seeley was able to produce something in the offense. In addition to a disappointing Eurocup campaign, Buducnost has also played poorly in the ABA League in recent months. They also had a lot of injuries, but after having a chance for second place for a long time, they were eventually in a position to defend the third place from Cedevita Olimpija. A good result in the ABA league would save this season, but they will have to work hard to raise their form before the start of the playoffs.
— KK Budućnost VOLI (@KKBuducnostVOLI) April 19, 2022
Split will finish this season in the ABA league in 13th place. They currently have 6 wins and 19 losses and it remains to be seen what the score will be in the end. The situation is identical to Buducnost. They will finish the regular season in third place and will play against FMP in the quarterfinals. Last year, Split beat Buducnost at home with Sani Campara buzzer-beater from 10 meters. In the first game of this season in Podgorica, Buducnost won 75:66 against Split.
Nejc Baric is injured and he will not play for Split in this game. Willie Reed and Suad Sehovic are unavailable for Buducnost.
Split vs. Buducnost Prediction
After being eliminated from Eurocup, Buducnost is in a bad situation and there is a bad atmosphere in the locker room. This game has no significance for them, just like for Split, but the home team will do everything they can to please the fans, and Split certainly has a bigger motive to achieve a good result here.
Prediction: Split +8.5HC
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