The play-in of the Basketball Champions League is here and some of the greatest teams in Europe will clash in order to advance to the next stage. Could the underdogs turn the tables by defeating the favourites?
It won’t be easy to do that because the favourite teams had the homecourt advantage in a series of 3 games format, but not impossible. Let’s see which squads can make the surprise.
Peristeri had a volatile season proving they can beat Tenerife and win the do-or-die game at Bnei Hertzeliya but the Greek team had also some weak moments. They will have to give 100% to have a chance to beat Dijon in France.
In the same situation is Pinar Karsiyaka, a brave team that could aim for a Final 4 spot if we take a look at their roster and coach. Errick McCollum, Kuzminskas and the company should fight as hell if they want to bring down the Spaniards of Murcia.
Limoges will have a tough mission at Ludwigsburg, but the French team showed us especially in the second part of the regular phase they can beat any opponent even if they play away.
Darussafaka with their new signing Aaron White will try to defend their chances at Benfica. The Portuguese have a solid roster this season and they are aiming to reach higher stages.
The other Turkish team, Tofas has high ambitions this season, but it is very difficult to win in Athens. Last round of the regular season, when AEK errased a huge deficit to smash Pinar proved the power of the Greeks.
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