Odds and Betting Preview for the 2021-22 Basketball Bundesliga in Germany
The 2021-22 German BBL (Basketball Bundesliga) officially tips off on September 23, 2021. Eighteen teams will each have to play 34 regular-season games over the course of the next couple of months.
The top eight teams will get to the postseason in 2022, where the best-of-five series will decide which teams advance to the second stage. The culmination of the BBL playoffs is the final series, which is supposed to be played in May/June.
The big question is, which team has the best chance of lifting the German Basketball Bundesliga trophy next spring? Let’s see what oddsmakers think.
Odds to Win the BBL in 2021-22
The best basketball betting sites think that Bayern Munich is going to end Alba Berlin’s dominance and overtake the throne of German basketball.
In fact, betting odds suggest those two will be the main rivals in the battle for the title. All the other teams seem like huge underdogs.
Which of those teams is the best bet, and can one of those long shots storm the castle? Let’s find out in this year’s Basketball Bundesliga betting preview.
Why Bayern Munich is Favored to Win the 2021-22 BBL
Bayern Munich was the German BBL runner-up in the 2020-21 season, having lost the final series 3-1 to Alba Berlin.
This season, however, Bayern Munich has a much stronger roster, after signing several EuroLeague-level players during the offseason.
Probably the best example is Deshaun Thomas, who has played for such heavyweights of European basketball as Barcelona, Anadolu Efes, Maccabi Tel Aviv, and Panathinaikos.
They also signed Darrun Hilliard from CSKA Moscow, Corey Walden from Red Star, and a few others.
On top of everything, they have a good coach to lead them to the BBL title this season. Andrea Trinchieri has been with Bayern since 2020.
The 53-year-old Italian is one of the most successful head coaches currently in the German Basketball Bundesliga. Some of the biggest achievements of his career include the following.
- Three German BBL titles (with Brose Bamberg in 2015, 2016, and 2017)
- 2014 EuroCup Basketball Coach of the Year (with UNICS Kazan)
- Two Italian League Coach of the Year awards (with Cantu in 2010 and 2011)
In his first season as the Bayern coach, he won the German Cup, as well as took the team to the quarterfinal of the 2020-21 EuroLeague.
Can Alba Berlin Retain the Title?
Even though Bayern Munich seems stronger than it’s been in years, I don’t think Alba Berlin should be underestimated.
The odds of 4.00 do seem to undermine the reigning champion of the German BBL, who won the title in the previous two seasons.
Luke Sikma, Ben Lammers, Maodo Lô – the three players who led Alba to the title win last season – are still on the roster.
Plus, this team has made some pretty impressive signings in the offseason. American shooting guard Jaleen Smith arrived in Alba Berlin on a three-year deal, from Riesen Ludwigsburg. With that team, Smith won the 2020-21 BBL MVP award.
Another player worth mentioning is Yovel Zoosman, who came from Maccabi Tel Aviv. With his previous team, he won the Israeli championship in three straight seasons.
In his last season with Maccabi, Zoosman won an award on his own – the 2020 Israeli League Defensive Player.
The most worrying thing about Alba’s next season is that Aíto García Reneses is no longer their boss. The Spanish coach, who’s turning 75 later this year, has decided to retire after winning two straight BBL titles.
His replacement is Israel González, whose previous job was the assistant coach to Reneses in the previous three seasons.
Can Riesen Ludwigsburg Rise to the Challenge?
Last season, this team went 30-4 in the regular season. A year before, Riesen Ludwigsburg finished as the BBL runner-up.
Jaleen Smith is no longer in this team, which explains why their odds aren’t that good.
With a 12.00 price, Riesen Ludwigsburg doesn’t seem like a team that could join the two-horse race between Bayern Munich and Alba Berlin.
Jaleen Smith just couldn’t have done all that on his own. He had plenty of support from his ex-teammates from Riesen Ludwigsburg.
What’s interesting is that most of them are still on the team. Yorman Polas Bartolo, who’s one of the best defensive players in the history of the German BBL, is entering his second season with Riesen.
The Cuban-German forward has been in the German basketball league for almost a decade, during which he’s won numerous accolades, including three awards for the BBL Best Defender (2018, 2019, and 2021).
Betting on the Germany BBL in 2021-22
Bayern Munich is the richest club in the German Basketball League. It has the best players, as well as the best coach in the league. Obviously, this team is the #1 favorite to win the Germany BBL title in 2021-22.
However, if there’s a team that can crush Bayern’s dreams, it’s Alba Berlin. This team has plenty of talented players on the roster, many of whom have experience in winning the BBL.
On top of everything, the Alba Berlin odds to win the German BBL are very attractive. Online sportsbooks are giving 4.00 on this team, which is great value in my opinion.
Riesen Ludwigsburg is the only other team that we could see getting far this season. Still, the fact is that this team’s players just aren’t as good as those playing for Bayern Munich and Alba Berlin.
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