ABA Adriatic league 2012-13, Game 20 preview
With five games today, and two more games tomorrow, Sunday, February 3, Game 20 in ABA Adriatic league will start.
We coming to the most interesting part of season, situation is still pretty unclear and we will see a lot interesting games and fights for four spots in ABA Adriatic league Final 4.
After 19 played games, Igokea is still at the top with great 15-4 record. Crvena Zvezda Telekom holds position 2 with 13-6 record.
Partizan mt:s is at position 3 with 12-7 record and fourth team is Buducnost VOLI with 11-8 record.
Same 11-8 record have Radnicki and Cedevita, and it makes this stage extremely interesting and important for most of the teams.
Cibona vs. Buducnost VOLI
Cibona currently at position 10 will try to beat Buducnost VOLI and improve its pretty bad record of 7-12.
Of course even they play at home, Cibona will need some extra efforst to beat very good team of coach Dejan Radonjic.
Too bad, just few days ago, Buducnost VOLI lost in Eurocup Last 16 Game 4, in dramatic home game against Budivelnik Kiev. Despite this loss, Buducnost VOLI still with good chances for Eurocup Quarterfinals phase.
Szolnoki Olaj vs. Crvena Zvezda Telekom
After you take a look at current standing of ABA Adriatic league, I would say Szolnoki Olaj have no chance in this game, but you never know.
In last week, Szolnoki Olaj won against Split in road game, but Crvena Zvezda Telekom is much better team and if Szolnoki Olaj win, this could be one of the biggest surprises.
Crvena Zvezda Telekom with serious goals in this season, few days ago topped Unics Kazan in Eurocup Last 16 Game 4, and saved chances for Eurocup Quarterfinals.
Zadar vs. Siroki Wwin
Derby of teams from the bottom, teams who are in pretty difficult situation in this season. Zadar will have advantage due home court, but we will see if it will help.
Last week, both teams lost. Zadar lost in pretty stupid way against Cedevita at home, and this probably affected players and coach.
Siroki Wwin lost against Cibona in pretty good game for both teams. If Siroki Wwin lose, they will be in pretty difficult situation even there are several more games to play.
Partizan mt:s vs. Split
Split after defeat against Szolnoki Olaj will use all their potentials to beat Partizan mt:s at home. On the other hand, Partizan mt:s lost against Radnicki in great game in Kragujevac.
Pressure is on both teams, for Partizan mt:s this win will mean that they will probably play Final 4.
For Split this win will be another one step to escape from the bottom of standings in ABA Adriatic league.
MZT Skopje vs. Union Olimpija
In surprisingly good game, Union Olimpija topped leader of ABA Adriatic league, Igokea, in last week. For ne, definitely unexpected result.
MZT Skopje lost in Belgrade against Crvena Zvezda Telekom in pretty good and interesting game. We will see if home court will be of some help to MZT SKopje.
Union Olimpija full of self-confidence coming in Skopje and it will be really interesting to watch this game.
Igokea vs. Cedevita
Game of the week, clash of two great teams, even Cedevita had their ups and downs in this season, this is team created for highest goals.
Igokea unexpectedly lost against Union Olimpija and must use this game against Cedevita to prove that last week loss was just moment of weakness.
For Cedevita, this game means a lot. With win, they will also come closer to group of teams who want to play in Final 4. I expect a lot from this game.
Krka vs. Radnicki
Another one game which could be very interesting and good for watching. Krka lost against Buducnost VOLI in last week and will try to beat Radnicki at home.
Radnicki wins over Partizan mt:s in last week’s derby, and will come to Slovenia full of self-confidence.
With this win, Radnicki will come closer to Final 4, and it won’t be big surprise if we see them in Final 4. They have good roster, but had some problems during season. Ratko Varda got injured and will not play at the end of this season.
Here is schedule for Game 20 of ABA Adriatic league:
Saturday, February 2
Cibona : Buducnost VOLI 17:00
Szolnoki Olaj : Crvena zvezda Telekom 17:00
Zadar : Siroki WWin 19:00
Partizan mt:s : Split 19:00
MZT Skopje Aerodrom : Union Olimpija 21:00
Sunday, February 3
Igokea : Cedevita 17:00
Krka : Radnicki 19:00
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