Partizan registered its third straight Game 1 loss against Zalgiris last week (62-73).
Khimki Moscow had outlasted Asseco Prokom 82-76 thanks to some much-needed last-minute concentration.
There are so many reasons why Partizan usually starts their season on a horrible, horrible way.
- they sell best players from previous year.
- they had to wait to see what players will be left as free agents, and they also wait last part of transfer season, so they can bring cheaper players.
they bring their players late, and they need a lot of time to become a team. Also, they work very hard during the season, and they are making huge progress during the season.
I will use last season as example. Partizan started Adriatic League with 5-4 and Euroleague with 1-3 (Partizan vs. Unicaja 64-72, Efes Pilsen vs. Partizan 77-67, Partizan vs. Entente Orleanaise 78-71, Lietuvos Rytas vs. Partizan 78-56). They won their second games against Unicaja, Efes and Lietuvos (97-67) They finished Adriatic League with score 20-6, and they reach Final Four of Euroleague.
So, bad results that Partizan have on the start of the season (1-2 Adriatic) aren't worse than they had last year. This is very important as their coach and big legend of the club Dusko Vujosevic went to CSKA.
Now, it is easy to understand why I bet against Partizan. In the last season (most successful since 1992) in first four games, they scored more than 71 points only against weak Orleans team. Against Lietuvos they scored only 56 points, and later on, in the season, they manage to score 97 points against this team.
Partizan has a big advantage when plays in Pionir, so I believe that this will be close game. Partizan signed new player, Gist, but he will not play today, so whatever we see from Partizan, there is much more to come. Despite the fact that Khimki allowed Prokom 76 points, I think that they will had to change their approach for today, as Partizan always plays tough defense, especially in Pionir.
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