Brose Bamberg will fight Alba Berlin in the first derby of the season

In Round 2 of German League regular season, we have a very interesting and tough match, between the top two teams that have chances to stop Bayern Munchen for the league title, Brose Bamberg and ALBA Berlin. The match will take place at Brose Arena (6.150 seats) where ALBA Berlin won last season 69-66.

For Brose this game will be the first home game of the season, playing previously away in the league at Bayreuth where they won 88-75 and away at Giessen in the German Cup where they secured another win 72-66 and advanced to Quarter-finals where they will meet Braunschweig. As for now, everything is good in Brose’s locker room and the newcomers played well in those first two games. Kameron Taylor scored 25 points in the first league game, Assem Marei was a big presence in the paint and recorded 8 rebounds in 16 minutes and Paris Lee had six assists in his first game for Brose, but he needs to improve his 0-4 shooting from the first game. Step by step everything is settled down in the team and the big results may come faster than I thought.

ALBA Berlin came into this game with a huge morale boost after their first Euroleague win, since 2014-2015 season, 85-65 against Zenit St. Petersburg. Despite the absence of Peyton Siva, Stefan Peno, Johannes Thiemann and Makai Mason the other players took a step up and managed to easily win the game. The main contributors for Alba were: Landry Nnoko (16 points and 7 rebounds), Marcus Eriksson (15 points and 4 rebounds) and Martin Hermannsson (7 points and 9 assists). Giving the fact that the first two players are newcomers, those stats represent good news for ALBA’s fans. 10 players played in this game with 12 minutes playing time at least for each one. The roster is depth, so Coach Aito Garcia Reneses had many opportunities, despite those important absentees.

The game will be very intense and Brose wants to revenge last year’s loss and also want to take advantage of their longer break. Since the last Brose’s game, ALBA played two games. Maybe is too early to speak about fatigue, but this may play an important factor for the game’s outcome. I expect an ALBA’s win after a high scoring match.

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