So after last week’s picks, here’s how we stand on the season (remember, our picks started in Week 2): SLAM: 26-10; FREAKNICK: 27-9. Let’s see if Slam can strike back in Week 5.
Cibona @ Asvel
Slam: Cibona got a win and I called it. I can’t give up my first row seat on the Zagreb bandwagon now. Cibona.
Freaknick: After getting leads over Montepaschi and Barcelona, it’s about time for a full-game performance in front of the home crowd. Asvel.
Slam: FB Ulker gave Siena a scare last week, but more importantly showed us that Tarence Kinsey and Lynn Greer might be one of the best scoring backcourts on the continent. FB Ulker.
Freaknick: Bye-bye Willie Solomon, hello Tarence Kinsey. FB Ulker.
Lottomatica @ Union Olimpija
Slam: Roma suffered their first loss last time out in a hard fought overtime battle to Maccabi, Union won’t take them that far. Lottomatica.
Freaknick: You really have to feel for scoring leader Matt Walsh. Lottomatica.
Asseco Prokom @ BC Khimki
Slam: Nothing makes me happier than seeing those three pointers rattle in, and when Khimki is making them like they were against AJ Milano (56% from behind the arc) it opens up the whole paint for their 3-headed big man monster. BC Khimki.
Freaknick: Khimki plays solid defense and rebounds well, but Asseco Prokom can beat anyone when they get hot. Daniel Ewing is going to have a solid week to go along with big outings from Logan and Woods. Asseco Prokom.
EWE Baskets @ Panathinaikos
Slam: EWE scored 61 points against Madrid and lost by 43, I hope they got the memo that Panathinaikos is a better defensive team or this could get real ugly real quick. Panathinaikos.
Freaknick: With batiste and Tsartsaris back, Pekovic will get a chance to rest and let his buddies do the dirty work once they get up by 20…which they will. Panathinaikos.
Regal Barcelona @ Montepaschi
Slam: For those of you that listened to the fantasy podcast I went all in with Barcelona this game. Sato vs. Mickeal is sure to provide us with some scoring fireworks, but in the end I’ve got Barca coming through to take the group lead. Barcelona.
Freaknick: In this battle royale between great offense and great defense, defense wins out. Especially at home. Montepaschi.
Orleans @ Efes Pilsen
Slam: Really would an Orleans fan even pick them in this game? Efes has had its struggles but they have enough offense talent to win this game going away. Efes Pilsen.
Freaknick: I think this talented Efes bunch is finally ready to lay together. Playing at home against a skiddish Orleans D should help. Efes Pilsen.
Slam: I’m not betting against Taquan Dean lighting up the scoreboard again, and you shouldn’t either. Unicaja.
Freaknick: Rytas has been extraordinarily successful this year with an unimpressive roster on paper. I’m not sure they are quick enough to stick with Unicaja speedsters. Unicaja.
Olympiacos @ Partizan
Slam: Partizan doesn’t mess around at home but Olympaicos has put up over 200 points combined in their last two games and they finally look like they are getting in their groove. Olympiacos.
Freaknick: Pat Beverley’s hurt. Von Wafer’s in the dog house. Good thing Milos Teodosic has been on fire this year. Olympiacos.
Maroussi @ Maccabi Electra
Slam: Slaughter. Maccabi.
Freaknick: I second that. Maccabi.
CSKA Moscow @ Caja Laboral
Slam: Caja is finally more than just the Tiago Splitter show and that is not good news for a CSKA team that is having more injury problems than Bill Walton’s career. Caja Laboral.
Freaknick: Oh, wait…I think this is CSKA calling to see if I’ll play center for them this week. I’ve gotta take this…Caja Laboral.
AJ Milano @ Real Madrid
Slam: Madrid could be playing 4 on 5 and I would still pick them, YES they’re playing that well. Madrid.
Freaknick: AJ Milano will turn it around in the last five games, but Madrid at home is too much for them. Madrid.