ASVEL will travel to the Aleksandar Nikolic Hall on Thursday to take on Crvena Zvezda in the EuroLeague.
After playing in the EuroCup last season, ASVEL are back in the first tier of European basketball. ASVEL reached as far as the quarter-final stage last season in the EuroCup. MoraBanc Andorra knocked them out at that stage by a 2-1 scoreline. ASVEL won the league title last campaign to gain entry to the EuroLeague. In their first appearance in the competition for five seasons, ASVEL have started pretty well.
They have won four out of the seven games and stand ninth in the table. The top eight will qualify for the playoffs, and ASVEL are in contention at this stage. They faced defending champions CSKA Moscow in their last game. ASVEL were underdogs going into the game, but they dug deep to claim a 67-66 win. Jordan Taylor and Rihards Lomazs contributed on the offensive end, but their defence was the main reason for the win. CSKA are the fourth-best offensive team in the league, but ASVEL restricted them to 66 points.
In the French league, ASVEL are flying high. They have won all eight games so far and are in a strong position to regain their title. Their last league game ended in a 95-70 win against Elan Chalon. ASVEL are averaging 69.29 points per game in the EuroLeague, which is the worst among all sides. But their brilliant defensive displays have seen them pick up four wins so far.
Crvena Zvezda have won just twice so far, and they are 13th in the table. On the domestic level, they are seventh in the ABA League courtesy of three wins in five games. The Basketball League of Serbia is yet to commence for Crvena Zvezda. They are the five-time defending champions of that competition. But they have not been able to assert this dominance on the continental stage. Crvena Zvezda did not play in the EuroLeague last season, and they failed to make the playoffs the season before.
Real Madrid were their opponents in their last game, and the Spanish giants won 75-60. Only two players scored more than ten points for Crvena Zvezda in the game. Lorenzo Brown scored 14, and Billy Baron added 17 as well. Brown is averaging 10.71 points per game in the EuroLeague, which is the most for Crvena Zvezda.
As a team, Crvena Zvezda are one of the worst offensive units in the competition. They are scoring at a rate of 72 points per game, and only two sides are performing worse. Thankfully for them, one of those are Thursday’s opponents ASVEL.
Crvena Zvezda vs ASVEL Basketball Betting Tips
The game will be very tight, as both sides are one of the worst offensively. ASVEL have the advantage defensively, and they should pick up the win in Belgrade. The total points in the game will be Under 140, and the shooting percentage won’t be high either. But ASVEL will have enough to get a narrow victory.