German Basketball Bundesliga might not be the strongest in the region, but over the years it has maintained a solid level of basketball and is still a home for several high profile players. German Basketball Bundesliga features 18 teams, after which they engage in a playoff duel in which the top eight teams participate. Quarterfinals have already been played and in the semi finals we will have some of the german most finest clubs: Brose Baskets, Ulm, Bayern Munich and Alba Berlin.
The defending champion from the previous season is Bayern Munich. Unlike the more popular and successful football neighbour, Basketball team of Bayern Munich won only three championships in their history and this was their first in 49 years.
Brose Baskets will face Ratiopharm Ulm in the first semifinal, ready to take place on May 23rd 2015. The two clubs played already three times this season, with all times Brose Baskets came out victorious. Brose Baskets won both legs in the Bundesliga but also eliminated Ulm from the German cup. Overall, Ulm won only once in the last fourteen meetings and that win was in season 2013/2014 during the Bundesliga season.
Brose Baskets is one of the most influential German clubs in the last couple of seasons and it is one of the most successful clubs in the United Germany era with six championships, four of them coming in the last five seasons. Last season Brose Baskets suffered a surprise defeat in the quarterfinals, but are firm on track this season to reclaim the title. They finished on top of the league with 29 wins and 5 losses and wiped out MHP in the quarterfinals. Brose Baskets is a huge favorite in this game and anything but a straight victory will be seen as a major upset. Brad Wanamaker, Daniel Theis and others have guided Brose to fame this season and will be the main card for Brose in this game as well.
Ratiopharm Ulm is a relatively young team in the Bundesliga and have yet to win a championship title. Last season they were held in the quarterfinals by late runner-up ALBA Berlin. Ulm’s best result came in season 2011/2012, when they were very close to win the title, losing in the finals to today’s opponents Brose Baskets. The might be up for revenge, but a lot of time has passed since then and today’s Ulm is significantly weaker then the 2011 generation.
With a great record against Ulm and amazing form this season, Brose Baskets is a clear favorite ahead of this tie. Although ULM has had positive results this season and have their players to count on, Brose Baskets is a clear favorite in the upcoming game and we expect a clear victory.
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