Basketball play-off kicks off: Alba favorites and Bayern Munich once again | free press

Everything that has happened before does not count: in the playoffs, the cards are rearranged. The favorites remain the same, but the excitement is guaranteed. There is no longer any fear of adults.


The main round only ended on Wednesday, and the qualifiers begin today. “This is unusual,” says Marko Pesic, managing director of Bavaria. The preparation time is short, which is one of the reasons for the pure excitement right from the start.

Alba Berlin – Bruce Bamberg

It used to be the classic in the final. But in recent years, the tracks of the two traditional clubs have separated. While Alba remained at the helm of Germany, the Franconians also lost influence due to a smaller budget. However, experts anticipate an exciting streak as Bamberg has improved significantly under new coach Oren Amell. The club extended the contract of a 50-year-old Israeli until the end of the 2023/2024 season. The favorite is Alba, who oozes self-confidence with 11 consecutive wins and the last success in Munich.

MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg – ratiopharm Ulm

The duel of Baden-Württemberg is completely open. The MHP giants of Ludwigsburg were recently burdened by the Champions League quarter-finals and only finished the main round on Wednesday with a win over Heidelberg. Olmer has struggled with major employee concerns for a few weeks. It will be a special series for Per Günther. The Ulm veteran is ending his career after this season. Duels with Ludwigsburg should not be his last appearance.

Telekom Baskets Bonn – Hamburg Towers

Telekom Baskets Bonn has never celebrated as many wins as this season. This is in a season when a lot is in the balance due to the withdrawal of Telekom as its namesake. But new coach Thomas Isalo has managed to put together a strong team, led by the world’s best player Parker Jackson Cartwright, that can do anything in the playoffs. On the other hand, the towers are concerned about the announcement of the departure of coach Pedro Calis. This is another reason why Boone is a favorite in the series.

Bayern Munich – Niners Chemnitz

The fact that coach Andrea Trencheri is struggling before the start of qualifying fits with Bayern’s season. The Munich team has had to deal with setbacks time and time again, and Corona in particular has caused Bayern a lot of trouble. However, they just missed the fourth final in the Euroleague. With Niners Chemnitz, a very annoying opponent awaits Bayern. The Saxons have won all three duels in the season so far and are the fearsome opponent of Munich. The great quality in the team speaks volumes for Bayern Munich. (dpa)

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