The title tells it all – basketball experts are going to tell you what they think of the Lithuanian team chances in the upcoming Euroleague games as well as a weekly question about European hoops in general. The panel will consist of well-respected coaches (Luka Bassin and Tane Spasev), scouts (Alejandro Gonzalez and Rafael Uehara) and many different basketball writers (Arkadios Chasirides, Christophe Ney, Nick Gibson, Sebastian Komianos, Simon Jatsch) and even a pro basketball player Milan Prodanovic. I can assure you that these clever minds will all surely have something interesting to share.
To make it even more interesting, there’s a catch involved as each of the experts had only one limitation in the process – the thoughts had to fit in a tweet (140 characters).
RYTAS HAS NO CHANCES IN ITALY
Alejandro Gonzalez: Siena is one of the toughest courts in Europe and the Italians a very solid team. I don’t see Lietuvos winning in the Tuscan. Siena ftw!
Arkadios Chasirides: Siena will sing “these boots are made for walking” for Rytas. And that’s what they will do.
Christophe Ney: Rytas has no chance to beat Siena.
Luka Bassin: In general LR has no chance in Italy. Siena’s roster is deeper and better. The morale of LR is down. Siena will win easily!
Milan Prodanovic: Is this even a question? Siena easy.
Nick Gibson: Saras looked right at home last week…so that’s good news. But it’s getting a little late for small steps and moral victories. MPS takes it.
Rafael Uehara: Siena. McCallebb has been more involved lately and so far they’ve looked really solid. Rytas’s season is going to the tank.
Sebastian Komianos: Siena and it’s sad because I wanted to watch Saras in Top16.
Simon Jatsch: Siena. Very athletic and aggressive defense and refs let them play at home. Siena is 1st in EL in pts allowed per possession.
Tane Spasev:Siena is class and a half better than LR. Only way LR can make this interesting is if Siena underestimates LR a lot. Not the case. Siena by 17.
HOME COURT GIVES ZALGIRIS THE ADVANTAGE
Alejandro Gonzalez: Hard one. I would go with a tie if I could but this is basketball so… I think red hot Maccabi will prevail, they’re in great shape.
Arkadios Chasirides: The Macca-bees shall have their honey stolen by Zalgiris bear.
Christophe Ney: Zalgiris may come up with a home win over Maccabi.
Luka Bassin: Close one in Kaunas. Maccabi is the hottest team, but Zalgiris plays good at home. It is time for Maccabi’s loss. Zalgiris and Mirza Begić.
Milan Prodanovic: Maccabi looks dangerous, while Zalgiris looked weak against Partizan. Maccabi gets the W.
Nick Gibson: Zalgiris has been great in Kaunas, but Maccabi is the best team in all the land. If Pocius can outplay Eidson, they have a shot. I got MTA.
Rafael Uehara: Zalgiris. Maccabi has impressed but the game is in Kaunas and I believe the atmosphere will be intense as this is a game for 1st place.
Sebastian Komianos: Zalgiris, don’t trust Maccabi away.
Simon Jatsch: Tough one. They didn’t handle the pressure well last time. Less turnovers this time? Maccabi is 1st in the league in steals. Zalgiris by 4.
Tane Spasev: It will be close, it can go either way. The winner will win by 3, have to choose, so Mac by 3.Blatt’s team looks solid! Stronger guards, decider.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Alejandro Gonzalez: Surprise? That’s easy. No one, on his/her wildest expectation would have imagined CSKA situation. UOL good performance in the positive side.
Arkadios Chasirides: CSKA has surprised me, in a bad way. And their opponents in a good way.
Christophe Ney: I would not have thought that Jonas Valanciunas has that much impact.
Luka Bassin: I have to say Union Olimpija. With lots of luck and fantastic home crowd. At the end only winning record counts. Who cares about debts 😦
Milan Prodanovic: Negative Surprise: CSKA and Dule Vujosevic. I wasn’t sure how well he would do in a new system, but I was not expecting a 1-5 record in EL.
Nick Gibson: Even more surprising than Union Olimpija’s success is the fact that Goran Jagodnik still has use of both legs. 36 years and still kickin’…
Rafael Uehara: CSKA’s implosion. Didn’t people believe they were the ones equipped to challenge Regal? Did they miss Sasha Kaun this bad?
Sebastian Komianos: Good surprise Olimpija! Bad surprise: CSKA. Olimpija because they make you love the sport. For CSKA, 2 names: Smodis and Dule.
Simon Jatsch: The way smaller teams (Cholet, Bamberg, Charleroi) and long forgotten ones (Olimpija) are competing. It’s a breath of fresh air.
Tane Spasev: Zalgiris,didn’t expect them to be 4-2.Also,U-Olimpija,same goes for them.Bojan Bogdanovic is playing great and that’s the surprise for me