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, John Hobbs, Nick Gibson, Os Davis, 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).
THE ODDS ARE EVEN
Alejandro Gonzalez: Khimki is a mess right now and Zalgiris has a good chance to win there and, at least, clinch the 3rd spot of the group. I go with Zalgiris.
Arkadios Chasirides: Ever seen a fight between two headless chickens? You will on Thursday. Khimki.
Christophe Ney: Khimki.
John Hobbs: Dead match, case of who cares? As Zalgiris are through, Khimki are out and would like to end on a high, I’m going with the home team.
Luka Bassin: It will be interesting game to watch. No pressure, just “basket”. “CCCP” classic. I’ll go with Khimki.
Milan Prodanovic: Zalgiris with the W.
Nick Gibson: Scariolo is out in Moscow. Grigas will be soon if he keeps trotting out that ugly starting line-up. In the end, Zalgiris overcomes.
Os Davis: The deposing of Sergio Scariolo alone should give this one to Žalgiris Kaunas; plus, the Greens want blood after the Baskonia loss.
Rafael Uehara: Khimki is elimintaed, Scariolo is out. Not sure why would anyone bet on Khimki to win this game even if Zalgiris isn’t stable itself.
Sebastian Komianos: I’d say Khimki but with Scariolo out I am going for Zalgiris.
Simon Jatsch: Khimki over Zalgiris. Khimki doing better now that Kelati is back. But I’ve been wrong with Zalgiris every time so far.
Tane Spasev: A couple of new coaches, no imperative for a win (Top 16 wise) … it will be a game with a lot of points. Khimki at home, winning by 7.
YUP, LOOKS LIKE A WIN FOR RYTAS
Alejandro Gonzalez: My feeling: Rytas fails right in front of the door. My mind: Lietuvos wins. Let’s go with Supertramp and sing the Logical song: Rytas wins.
Arkadios Chasirides: I will go with Rytas because of experience. Saras experience that is.
Christophe Ney: Cibona.
John Hobbs: Cibona have been Euroleague’s ultimate whipping boys. Don’t see anything other than a Lietuvos Rytas victory here.
Luka Bassin: Cibona’s roster is poor. LR needs to focus and stop Bogdanović. Rytas must win. They are playing better and Lietuvos Rytas will win in Zagreb.
Milan Prodanovic: Rytas takes care of business.
Nick Gibson: Every Group C team deserves two wins over Cibona. The Croatians owe Rytas one more before calling it quits. Lietuvos Rytas.
Os Davis: At 5-16 in regional leagues, can Cibona beat anybody at this point? It’s got to be Lietuvos Rytas here, surely…
Rafael Uehara: Rytas. Gotta believe the Lithuanians will show up with all the sense of urgency in the world and beat the league’s worst team.
Sebastian Komianos: Rytas.
Simon Jatsch: Rytas! Must win. No excuses. Hoping for another big game from Saras.
Tane Spasev: Somehow I don’t think Rytas will win in Croatia. Cibona will not finish the season without a win.I want to see Rytas win, but Cibona by 4.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Alejandro Gonzalez: Leaving my feelings away, Supertramp again “I’m thinking so logical”. Rytas wins, Cholet loses. Lithuanians in, French out.
Arkadios Chasirides: Rytas must make it. A French team in Top16 will ruin my Christmas dinner.
Christophe Ney: No, they won’t beat Cibona at home. I guess I will lost my Lithuanian friends with this pick.
John Hobbs: I hope so! It’s close, but I see Cholet losing to Fenerbahce and Rytas winning big in Croatia. So… Yes!
Luka Bassin: I have feeling that something will go wrong for LR. “Something” is Cholet’s win in Istanbul.
Milan Prodanovic: I hope!
Nick Gibson: Vule Avdalovic is the best PG out there with Roko out, so Marko Tomas needs to snap out of his season-long funk. Long live ÜLKER/Rytas.
Os Davis: This question might be “Will Cholet beat Fenerbahçe?” as L.Rytas holds the tiebreaker advantage. BiE says Cholet upsets, L.Rytas is left out.
Rafael Uehara: No. I’ve been preaching this for wks, although now I’m not so sure. Cholet in Turkey? Not good. Rytas certainly don’t deserve to advance.
Sebastian Komianos: Even if they fall, Saras there means they will fall fighting!
Simon Jatsch: They’re going to make Top16 with the win in Zagreb.
Tane Spasev: Cholet will not win in Turkey (if he wins it will be a miracle) but I think Rytas will choke in Croatia…so no, Rytas will not make it top 16.