Milan will look for their sixth consecutive win when they host Saski Baskonia at the Mediolanum Forum in the EuroLeague on Thursday.
After failing to make the playoffs last season, Milan have started the season strongly. They gave lost just once in the opening six games to stand third in the table. CSKA and Barcelona are ahead of them in the table, but it is only due to a superior points difference. After losing to Cremona in October, Milan have gone on a five-game winning streak. They have beat Fenerbahce, Barcelona, and Alba Berlin in the EuroLeague in that time.
Their last EuroLeague game was against Barcelona. Milan trailed by six points going into the fourth quarter, and they staged a comeback. Barcelona could muster just 12 points in the final period, and Milan fought back for the win. Vladimir Micov had 16 points and 8 assists, and Sergio Rodriguez added 17 points off the bench. Rodriguez has averaged 16.17 points per game in the EuroLeague this season, which is the most for his side.
Luis Scola and Micov are the other players in double figures for Milan. Scola scored 14 points in the win over Barcelona. Milan’s last game was a Serie A clash against Varese. They won 93-69, and also got a chance to rest some key players for the EuroLeague. Milan shot 60.5% per cent from the floor against Varese, which is an impressive number. They will hope to be as clinical as that against Baskonia.
Speaking of Baskonia, they have lost twice in their last three games. Real Madrid beat them 91-89 in their last game in a close contest. Tornike Shengelia scored 20 points, and Baskonia received useful contributions from their bench in the game. The loss pushed Baskonia to seventh in the Liga ACB. They finished third in the regular season last time before exiting in the first round of the playoffs at the hands of Tecnyconta Zaragoza.
In the EuroLeague, CSKA Moscow beat them in the first round of the playoffs last year. Baskonia finished seventh in the regular season to make the playoffs. After seven games this season, they are in seventh place as well. Shengelia has been their top-scorer in the EuroLeague with 18.33 points per game. Only three other players in the competition have a better average than Shengelia.
No other player in the squad is averaging more than 10 points per game. Baskonia faced Bayern Munich in their last EuroLeague game and recorded a 93-60 win. It was a dominating victory, which would have boosted the confidence of the players. Five players scored ten or more points in that game.
Olimpia Milano vs Saski Baskonia Betting Tips
Milan are in great form, and they will be the favorites to pick up the win against Baskonia. The margin of victory will be comfortable, and Milan should win by 10 points or more. Baskonia need other players to step up, and they will fail to break Milan’s winning streak on Thursday.