If you like those spicy matchups, when players face their former teams and teammates, Round 31 offers you plenty to choose from in the red area of the Scoville scale. Whether it’s Kostas Sloukas hosting his old Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul mates, Derrick Williams taking on FC Bayern Munich, Marcus Eriksson visiting FC Barcelona, Fabien Causeur’s trip to France or the many such players in the Khimki Moscow Region versus Zenit St Petersburg clash, this week’s buffet is full of hot dishes.
While those matchups are the best stories, are they the best picks for the EuroLeague FabFive Challenge? Sometimes they are. It’s up to you to decide which players and matchups you believe in, while also factoring players’ form, minutes and opportunity to score, the quality of the opponent and – naturally – the opponent’s defense.
With that in mind, here are some FabFive suggestions for Round 31:
Range 1 (0 to 3.99) – Once a double-digit scorer in the EuroLeague, Victor Claver has become a role player for FC Barcelona. However, his defense and game smarts have earned Claver minutes for Barcelona and his skills will help him get shots and points. Appears to be a wise pick in Range 1.
Range 2 (4 to 7.99) – The injury to Tonye Jekiri of TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz makes Youssoupha Fall an intriguing choice here. CSKA Moscow big man Johannes Voigtmann offers similar upside with a safer floor. He comes off an 18-point game, has established himself high in the pecking order and this week’s opponent has struggled defending versatile bigs.
Range 3 (8 to 11.99) – Coming off a season-high in scoring, facing his first EuroLeague team and hungry to make the playoffs for the first time in his EuroLeague career are just three reasons to consider Derrick Williams of Valencia Basket when they play FC Bayern Munich this week.
Range 4 (12 to 14.99) – Over his last seven games, Rokas Giedraitis has averaged 13.9 points in helping Baskonia make a run at a playoff spot. He’s made 16 of 33 threes (48.5%) in that span. It won’t be easy against AX Armani Exchange Milan, but both Giedraitis and Baskonia are on a roll and to boot, he’ll square off against the man whose role he inherited this season, Shavon Shields, in a tough matchup. Do you believe in Giedraitis?
Range 5 (15.0 or higher) – Mike James is at the top of the list of ultimate competitors. Not only does he want to push CSKA Moscow over the finish line with as strong a record as possible, but with his lead over Alexey Shved down to just 0.34 points in the race for the Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy, James may want to take care of business in that category too.
Good luck in Round 31!
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