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Spread Pick: S.L. BenficaAway with handicap +11.5 at 1.83
Over/Under: Over 153.5 at 1.83 Bet Now!

29/09/2016 19:00 BST – Pallacanestro Varese v S.L. Benfica – Betting Tips

With just three points separating these teams in the opening tie of the Qualification Round 2, there is all to play for in the second leg in Italy. This was exactly the sort of game that people wanted to see in the FIBA Champions League and if there is any downside about this being a qualifier, it comes with the fact that one of these teams will miss out on the group stage.

First leg score was:

S.L. Benfica 72 v Pallacanestro Varese 75

When you have a basketball game where the lead changes hands 17 times and the score is tied on 10 occasions, you know you have an exciting evening. There was plenty of hope that this was going to be a game where both teams really went for it and so it proved, with the away team grabbing a slight advantage to take into the second leg.

Christian Eyenga provided 19 points and 5 rebounds in just 21 minutes of play for the Italians while Melvin Johnson grabbed 14 points in the triumph. For the hosts, Carlos Morais provided 13 points and 4 steals but it was in vain as Benfica slipped to a home loss that could prove fatal in their bid to make the group stages of the tournament.

Pallacanestro Varese vs S.L. Benfica (70-72)
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FIBA Basketball Champions League tip locked in at 29/09 12:45 (Spread Result: 70-83.5, Totals: 142)
andrew29/09 19:00Pallacanestro VaresePallacanestro Varese S.L. BenficaS.L. Benfica 153.51.83Over 153.5 
SPREAD   +11.5 1.83S.L. Benfica 
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This was a close game from start to finish

There was no greater margin in the game than 7 points which is another indicator that this was a very close tie. Both teams will be confident about progressing to the group stages of the FIBA Champions League and we’re in for an almighty clash on Thursday evening.

The bookies are backing the Italians to win big, and while the hosts should be favourites to progress to the next round, it could be a lot tighter than the betting sites suggest. With this in mind, look to take S.L. Benfica at +11.5, which is available at odds of 1.83. If you are looking at the Over/Under market, look to go OVER 153.5 which you can find at odds of 1.83Bet Now!

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