[Weekend Picks] KBL playoffs* Samsung Thunders (sixth seed) at KCC Egis (third seed)
* Jeonju Gymnasium, Jeonju, North Jeolla
* Saturday, 5 p.m.
This match is the first playoff game in the best-of-five series to the semifinals. Both teams also met each other in last season’s playoff and KCC was picked by most to beat Samsung. But this time around, the two teams are more evenly matched and picking a winner could be difficult.
The two teams went 3-3 against each other during the regular season.
Samsung forward Lee Seung-joon, who was benched earlier in the month after disobeying his coach, is back after apologizing to his team and will be a key player for the Thunders in this series.
Meanwhile, KCC will have to rely on the 221-centimeter (7-foot-3) center Ha Seung-jin. The former NBA player is the tallest player in the KBL.