The derby of Legabasket Round 10 will take place on Sunday in Mediolanum Forum between Armani Milano and Dinamo Sassari. Last season both games ended as a draw and both were won by Sassari in overtime, in big scoring matches.
After the big victory against Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Milano remained at home and receive the visit of another team with big Euroleague ambitions, Anadolu Efes. The match ended with a victory for Anadolu Efes 81-76. Every stat was balanced in this game, except the personal fouls and free-throws. Milano had 23 personal fouls which allowed Anadolu to go to the free-throw line 24 times and score 23 points. Nemanja Nedovic played only 14 minutes because he was fouled out in this period of time. The main contributors were Sergio Rodriguez (11 points and 9 assists) and Vladimir Micov (10 points), while Jeffrey Brooks had a good overall game with 8 points and 8 rebounds. Gudaitis will still be out, while Della Valle has some chances to return.
In Tuesday, Dinamo Sassari travelled to Israel to play with Hapoel Holon. After a fierce battle, the Italian team took the win 94-92. At halftime, Hapoel Holon had a 9 points lead, but in the last quarter, Sassari outscored their opponents by 8 points, 32-24 and took an important victory that helped them to remain on the top spot which they share with Turk Telecom. The main contributors were: Dyshawn Pierre (23 points and 10 rebounds), Marco Spissu (15 points and 7 assists). Other 4 players scored in double-digits in this game, but the rotation is a little problem because 7 players played over 19 minutes and the other 3 only 8 minutes or less. Against a team like Milano with a big roster, you need many players to contribute from the bench, or else the rotation will win the game for Armani Milano.
The match will be facing 2 of the best rosters in Italy so the encounter will be very tough. I expect a win from Armani Milano, but Sassari will fight for every ball, to prove that they have championship material in their roster. I expect Milano to rest some of their stars players, to limit them to less than 20 minutes in this game because they came after a double round in Euroleague against Anadolu and Maccabi.
Bogdan Vasile Tirc