Asvel vs. Fenerbahce Ulker
SLAM: Ulker has too many weapons to have another down offensive week, look for them to put some points on the board: FB Ulker.
FN: The big guys hold it together long enough for Lynn Greer and Willie Solomon to settle down and heat up: FB Ulker.
Unicaja vs. Olympiacos
SLAM: Giorgios Printezis gets revenge on his old team, as he and Joel Freeland team up to be one of the best young frontcourts around: Unicaja.
FN: Childress, Halperin, Wafer might be the only backcourt that can keep up with Cook, Jeter and a healthy Taquan Dean: Olympiacos.
SLAM: Ibby Jaaber can’t win 1 vs. 5 against CSKA: Moscow.
FN: Ibby Jaaber runs circles around a tired CSKA backcourt and Andre Hutson exploits the emptiness in the paint: Roma.
EWE Baskets vs. AJ Milano
SLAM: Slamerific pick for best game of the week, so were all winners here, unless your EWE Baskets: AJ Milano.
FN: High-scoring affair goes to the team with the highest scorer: Rickey Paulding (left): EWE Baskets.
Real Madrid vs. Asseco Prokom
SLAM: Really, you have to ask? If anyone else decides to play besides Darjus Lavrinovic then it’s an easy win for the men in purple: Madrid.
FN: Asseco Prokom is less than the sum of its parts: Madrid strolls.
Montepaschi Siena vs. Zalgiris
SLAM: Siena won by 45 on the road last week, needless to say I’m not worried about them at home: Siena.
FN: Zalgiris is a spunky bunch. Montepaschi’s defense turns spunk to sadness: Siena.
Regal FC Barcelona vs. Cibona
SLAM: Do I really need to predict this game? Cibona lost by 45 last week and Barcelona won by 23, nuff said: Barcelona.
FN: Come on…really? Barcelona.
Efes Pilsen vs. Partizan
SLAM: Pilsen needs to figure out roles for their team but in this case they should be able to out-talent Partizan: Efes.
FN: The Boys from Belgrade fight hard, but Nachbar shows the home crowd he’s worth the money: Efes.
Orleans vs. L. Rytas
SLAM: In Slam’s tossup game of the week, the home team always get the advantage: Orleans.
FN: Coming off a French League win over Asvel, Orleans keeps it rolling behind a big game from Cedric Banks: Orleans.
SLAM: If their name was still Tau Ceramica then they get the win here, but Maccabi Electra has moved ahead in the cool name department: Maccabi.
FN: Tiago Splitter can’t do it alone on defense. Lampe, Lasme and Fischer (right) throw themselves a block party: Maccabi. (Side story: Lior Eliyahu vs. former team.)
Union Olimpija vs. Maroussi
SLAM: Maroussi put up a good fight last week but without that home crowd advantage I don’t think they get it done here: Olimpija.
FN: Becirovic and Walsh get on the same page and Olimpija’s young frontcourt shows up: Olimpija.
Panathinaikos vs. BC Khimki
SLAM: I can’t pick against Nick Calathes’s hair gel two weeks in a row: Panathinaikos.
FN: OK, so it might be dumb to pick against the defending champs at home, but every time I close my eyes, I have visions of Mozgov, Jankunas and Javotkas all going off for double-doubles: BC Khimki.