By Sam Meyerkopf & Nick Gibson
At the half way mark of the Top 16 we find ourselves neck and neck for the picks crown. With all of the games from last week reversing and going to the away team’s home, we get an interesting look into how each time reacts to a second go-round.
Coaches, too. Bad news for Milano.
Anadolu Efes (1-2) vs. Olympiacos (1-2)
Sam: I’m sticking the nail in the Efes coffin, they’re done this week. Olympiacos played harder and looked like a team that was continuing to improve. I can’t say I saw the same on Efes. Their pieces just don’t fit together. Olympiacos.
Nick: It’s time to let Tarence Kinsey be the man for Efes. Olympiacos hasn’t been able to stop folks off the dribble recently, and TK’s Efes’ best bet to bounce his way to the cup. Anadolu Efes.
Montepaschi Siena (3-0) vs. Unicaja (0-3)
Sam: On the surface this looks like an old fashioned barnyard style beat down coming from the hands of Siena, but don’t be so sure. This one is going to come a lot closer than you think. Luka Zoric doesn’t seem like the type of guy to me that’s going to quit crashing the paint hard, but Siena still narrowly edges the Spaniards. Montepaschi Siena.
Nick: Apparently Siena is the capital of Spain. Who knew? Montepaschi Siena.
Bilbao Basket (1-2) vs. Real Madrid (2-1)
Sam: What a wonderful little three-game series we have going on here. Thank you, schedule. Madrid beat Bilbao at home in the Euroleague on Wednesday, then lost to Bilbao at home in the ACB this weekend, and now they have the rubber match in Bilbao. Aaron Jackson was the difference as he went from putridly bad the first game to downright McCalebb lite this weekend. I’m going to say he parks it somewhere in the middle on Wednesday and it won’t be enough for Bilbao. Real Madrid.
Nick: Who remembers what happened last time Bilbao needed a win to keep their Euroleague boat afloat? Caja Laboral sure does. Aaron Jackson is on a boat. He’d like to stay dry. So take a good hard look at the motherfuckin’ boat. Bilbao.
Armani Milano (0-3) vs. UNICS Kazan (3-0)
Sam: Milano scored 44 points last week. Congratulations, you just barely edged out Asseco Prokom by one point for sole possession of most embarrassing offensive outing of the year. I’m sure everything is going to be just fine, hell I’d even put money down Milano scores over 50 this week. UNICS Kazan.
Nick: I wouldn’t pick this Milano group to beat Ray Charles at darts. UNICS Kazan.