Buducnost vs. Partizan Prediction, Tips & Odds – May. 15, 2022
Partizan won against Buducnost in the first game of this semifinal series, but in order to go in final after the game in Podgorica, they will have to do something that no one has done for six years.
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Buducnost played one average season by their standards. In the Eurocup, they were in the top 4 in their group stage in the first part of the season. They achieved two wins against Virtus and Bursaspor (Eurocup finalists), they also defeated Valencia, but at the beginning of 2022 the form dropped a lot and bad results started. In the Eurocup, they fell from second to fifth place, and in round of 16 they played on road against Andorra, from which they lost and thus be eliminated from European competition. It was not much different in the ABA league either. At one point they had two wins more than Partizan, but in the end they finished the regular season in third place with three wins less than Partizan. Willie Reed serious injury was like nail in the coffin. He was starting center and one of the most important players for head coach Aleksandar Dzikic. He tore his Achilles tendon and will not play basketball for the next 12 months. In the first game in this semifinal series against Partizan, Buducnost shoot very badly and that is something they will have to fix if they want to win in Podgorica.
— KK Budućnost VOLI (@KKBuducnostVOLI) May 14, 2022
Partizan experienced big disappointment this season. When Zeljko Obradovic returned to the club last summer and brought in players like Kevin Punter and Zach LeDay, absolutely everyone expected that Partizan will go all the way and win the Eurocup. The placement in the Euroleague was the only goal for this season, but a real debacle was experienced in the European competition. In front of 20,000 fans in the Belgrade Arena, Partizan lost after overtime against Bursaspor. Aside from the potential wildcard they could get after expelling Russian clubs from the Euroleague, the only way to enter that competition is to win the ABA League. Partizan defeated Buducnost in the first semifinal game without any problems, and they are now only one step away from being in the finals, where they would most likely play against Red Star. Punter-LeDay tandem played great a few days ago, and Mathias Lessort also had a good performance. Domestic players had a lot of problems throughout the season and they need to help in the final part of the competition.
Parni valjak u Podgorici traži put do finala @ABA_League
— KK Partizan NIS (@PartizanBC) May 14, 2022
Partizan won 82:66 in the first game of this series, which is played at the best of 3. In the regular season, Buducnost also lost against Partizan both times, so the overall H2H is 3-0 for black and whites this season.
Willie Reed won’t play for Buducnost, while all other players in both teams are available for this game.
Buducnost vs. Partizan Prediction
Buducnost won 12 consecutive games in the ABA League playoffs in Podgorica. They suffered their last home defeat against Mega back in 2016, and every season since then they have played in the playoffs, which speaks enough about how difficult it is to beat them in Podgorica at this stage of the season.
Date and time: 15.05.2022 20:45 CET
Prediction: Buducnost +3.5HC
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