AX Milan looks to keep its excellent run of form intact when it hosts Baskonia, which will play its first game under new/old head coach Velimir Perasovic. Mike James, Vlado Micov and Arturas Gudaitis have led Milan to a superb start to the season with their exciting and high-scoring brand of basketball. Baskonia, which has lost its last two games, has not won on the road since opening night.
Gudaitis has absolutely dominated the paint for Milan this season,but he won't have it easy this time against Vincent Poirier. The Baskonia big man is sometimes overshadowed by his frontcourt mate, All-EuroLeague power forward Toko Shengelia, however, he leads the team in rebounding (6.0 rpg.) and is second in scoring (11.0 ppg.) and steals (1.3 spg.) despite playing just 22 minutes per game. This week these two young studs will battle for control of the paint in one of the many exciting matchups in this contest.
Keys to victory: Milan
Nemanja Nedovic is again sidelined, so Milan will need to keep the fast pace it likes with Dairis Bertans and Curtis Jerrells picking up the slack. It has worked so far – Milan won two of the three games Nedovic missed before returning last week – and Coach Simone Pianigiani must make sure he keeps all his guards, including James, well enough rested for 40 minutes one more time.
Keys to victory: Baskonia
There will likely be some changes Coach Perasovic makes now that he's in charge, but perhaps the first issue he will try to address is the team's poor three-point shooting; Baskonia's 30.7% is the third-worst in the league. It would not be surprising to see Perasovic, a high-scoring guard in his playing days, looking to get Matt Janning, Johannes Voigtmann and Shavon Shields open for the right looks and if those shots fall Baskonia look much different.