Handicap -9.5 : +9.5
I have repeatedly stated that i don't like the Greek league for betting, especially the last years handicaps are set right and teams are most of the times not to be trusted in a row.
This general belief cannot keep me away form this choice, since i find here a good opportunity for a good kick off match for the hosts, after really not showing up against Panathinaikos in the premiere of the league. Maroussi is in my eyes one of the better teams of this league, they kept their coach Markopoulos and they seem strenghtened compared to even their great seaosn last year; their only sever loss Branko Milisavljevic, but their starting five is full of quality and the bench seems strong too. Above all i think they are in the right track under Markopoulos, they play correct basketball (if there is such a definition about it), they have matured after an impressive finish last year and they signed players in places they seemed to need to (i.e. Maurokefalidis, Padius). First game is not a sign for me i have belief in this team, sooner or later they will be on track, against Panathinaikos they were somewhat confused and then let the game go after plus 15.
On the other side Egaleo played the other big team of the league, Olympiacos, and despite the results was as expected one could see they will have serious troubles this year that everybody is paying attention to them after a successful year especially at home. Changes were not for good, Jaaber moved from last year to Lottomatica and surely will be missed, but beyond that i don't see a same willign like before and of course enthusiasm will be diminished. Coach Skourtopoulos will have many problems to solve, especially defense and rebounding issues are of primal importance and then again chemistry between newcomers and old guys is certainly not there at the moment.
I think the handicap here is quite fair, i would maybe set it a little higher mainly due to Maroussi potential and bad start of Egaleo. Normally i expect a passionate game from the hosts, Egaleo has other matches to take something from and i can see good chances for a double digit win for the hosts. If we were in the mid-season i woudl go for higher stakes, but i suggest medium staking since we are still early in the league. GL!
Maroussi vs Egaleo betting tips summary
Pick Maroussi -9.5
Stake 6 / 10
Bookmaker Pinnacle Sports