Comunicaciones Mercedes - La Union
Match of the first phase of Liga Nacional within group A between the newcomers in the league Mercedes and La Union.
Start of the match: 12.10.2017.-02:30 CET, Arena Comunicaciones
After very poor previous season in which La Union barely escaped from the elimination playoffs their board decided to urgently bring i a new coach Ramella. Their entire roster was also changed which was left by their main import Francis but they signed new Americans Clark, Young and Crawford who is the main centerpiece of their offense and their tallest players. In comparison to the last season they are playing slower and smarter basketball but the biggest improvement has been in their defense which is at least a level above in comparison to the previous season. So far they won 3 out of 5 games and left offensive powerhouses like Estudiantes and Regatas at 71 and 70 points but the reason for those kind of defensive performances is not just the new coach but also their much improved frontcourt which is grabbing over 40 rebounds in average which is a significant improvement.
They key of this bet is their schedule because they enter this game only a day after playing a very demanding OT game with Regatas(96:91) after which they travelled immediately from Formosa to 500 kilometer distant Mercedes. Hosts are newcomers in the league and their biggest problem for this match will be tha break of 10 days without playing which should reflect the score, especially in the first half. The fact they have to win this game will definitely bring up the intensity in their defense which hasn´t been good on away floor but at home they look much more sound in that aspect. New coach of their team is Penarol´s former coach Rivero who brought in Rivero, Arn and Funes as new domestic signings and the new imports in the club are Swann and Moore along with very poweful American center Amoroso. Their team worked a lot on their defense during this break but they also have a similar problem in short bench as do the guests but they had more than enough time to prepare for their today´s opponent in a game which they can´t lose.
Probable starting lineups:
Mercedes: Moore, Figueroa, Arn, Amoroso, Swann
La Union: Maldonado, Elsener, Konsztadt, Young, Crawford
Comunicaciones Mercedes - La Union TIP
With the roadtrip and the fatigue of the guests but also their narrow schedule along with the improvement in their defense against desperate Mercedes we expect first half empty with points and inside the given line. We tip first half under.
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TIP: 1st half under 77.5 points
Quota: 1.82 at SBOBET