Serbian playoffs, Finals, Game 1 in best of 5 (1-1-1-1-1 system).
Well, two best Serbian teams are in the finals, as expected I would say. No surprises in CZ vs Mega and Partizan vs FMP semifinal series. Though, unlike CZ who finished the job there in two games, Partizan had to play third match. But I already explained earlier what happened in Game 2 against FMP. In any case, in deciding Game 3, FMP was destroyed with 40 pts difference.
For me Partizan looked better in Serbian league no matter they have had that one mentioned loss from FMP and counting also regular season they were 12-1. CZ was 12-0. As said, CZ wasn't impressive (I would need double check but I think they have covered handicap in max two games out of those 12). But it was obvious they played with half capacity and it was their intention not to lose too much energy against those opponents where they have been favorites from 20 to 30 pts. Of course they will play better now but I still think this line for Game 1 is too big.
4-2 is H2H in this season. CZ has covered just once, though when it was the most important, in deciding Game 3 in best of 3 ABA semifinals series. Other than that, those were very balanced games while Partizan out of two victories, once has won when it was match for the trophy, in Serbian Cup finals.
Both teams are weaker now than they were in ABA (due to restricted number of foreign players in Serbian league). IMO CZ has lost more with this rule.
Of course, as mentioned many times this season, no real home court advantage here cause both are the hosts on the same place. The only difference is that today only CZ fans are on the stands.
The bottom line, CZ wins today but 8.5 is too big handicap.