Once again there is a stalemate in the race for picking supremacy.  Slam went 10-2 last week and Freaknick pulled in a still respectable 9-3 mark.  Now they go into Week 8: SLAM: 53-19; FREAKNICK: 53-19. Heading into this week we see there are some real elimination games and opportunities for teams to make a statement.  Let’s see who they pick. Also, you can read Freaknick’s extended preview in SLAM Magazine.

Wednesday's Euroleague games.

FB Ulker @ Cibona

Slam: FB Ulker has lost 2 in a row and center Omer Asik for the near future.  Cibona only lost by 5 in Turkey, so expect this pesky bunch to give Ulker all it can handle.  Watch out for Jamont Gordon as he’s taken the training wheels off and is ready to be Cibona’s offensive go-to-guy. Cibona

Freaknick: FB Ulker

rawle marshallAsvel Basket @ Montepaschi Siena

Slam: At the beginning of the season you didn’t think Asvel would be a team that would scare you in Week 8.  With the addition of Rawle Marshall to go with the scoring prowess of Ali Traore and Bobby Dixon, their are ball games to be won, just not in Siena.  Siena

Freaknick: Siena

Olympiacos @ Lietuvos Rytas

Slam: After last weeks thrashing of Unicaja, we finally have the balanced Olympiacos we’ve been waiting for. Olympiacos

Freaknick: Olympiacos

Union Olimpija @ Caja Laboral

Slam: Caja Laboral scored 91 points and won last week with Tiago Splitter only chipping in 6 points.  I’d say they finally found some other offense. Caja Laboral

Freaknick: Caja Laboral

Maroussi @ Lottomatica Roma

Slam: While it would be fun to pick Maroussi here after they’re coming off a win, that win was against the only team they’ve beaten all year, Union. Roma

Freaknick: Roma

BC Khimki @ EWE Baskets

Slam: Barely falling to Panathinaikos in overtime sounds  to me a team that’s willing to fight.  They won’t have to fight that hard against EWE’s weak frontline, yes Timofey Mozgov might have a good game. BC Khimki

Freaknick: BC Khimki

Thursday's Euroleague games.

Zalgiris @ Regal Barcelona

Slam: Zalgiris is on a 6 game losing streak and Barcelona is undefeated, no  I don’t think they have a chance. Barcelona

Freaknick: Barcelona

Unicaja @ Efes Pilsen

Slam: This is a “How did we get in this situation?” game for Efes Pilsen, and they will be asking themselves the same question after the game.  Omar Cook needs to get back to more passing than shooting and its always good to have Georgios Printezis back. Unicaja

Freaknick: Efes Pilsen

Partizan @ Orleans

Slam: Hello Partizan and thank you for being this year’s most passionate Euroleague team.  Hello Orleans thank you for being the this year’s worst team in the Euroleague. Partizan

Freaknick: Partizan


d'or fischerMaccabi Electra @ CSKA Moscow

Slam: Maccabi hasn’t scored less than 75 in the past 4 weeks and Moscow hasn’t allowed anyone over 70 in the last 4 weeks will offense or defense win?  With 1st place in Group C on the line I give Maccabi the edge as they have too many post players they can rotate in for Moscow to defend.  Still waiting for that huge game from D’or Fischer too, or maybe that’s just me. Maccabi

Freaknick: Maccabi

Real Madrid @ Panathinaikos

Slam: I know this is the reigning champs at home in a payback game, but I just see Madrid lighting a fire and playing harder than Pana, please don’t prove me wrong Real. Madrid

Freaknick: Pananthinaikos

Asseco Prokom @ AJ Milano

Slam: AJ Milano beat the same EWE Baskets team by 28, that Asseco Prokom squeaked by 1 week earlier by 2 points.  I’d say advantage Milano. Milano

Freaknick: Prokom