Anadolu Efes vs Real Madrid
Date: 12th of October 2017
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
Real Madrid is traveling to Istanbul to open this season’s Euroleague campaign against Anadolu Efes.
Hosts would like to start this adventure with a win, and the Turkish side had many changes during this transfer window. We believe that they are significantly weaker than the year before. Players like Cedi Osman, Thomas Heurtel, Tyler Honeycutt and Brandon Paul are no longer present. Noticeable arrivals were Krunoslav Simon, Brock Motum, and a prolific shooter Ricky Ledo, but we are not too sure that they can replace the stars mentioned above. Like in the previous year, the leaders of this team are going to be Errick McCollum, Bryant Dunston, and Dogus Balbay. Since the start of the season, Anadolu Efes has only one victory, and it seems that their defensive capabilities are much lower than in the previous seasons.
Real Madrid has a huge handicap caused by Sergio Llull’s absence. Last year’s MVP is going to be sidelined for a long time, but Los Blancos already have an excellent replacement. Luka Doncic, the brain of Slovenia’s miraculous fairytale at the European Championship is set to become the leader. Fabien Causeur, the French shooting guard and Ognjen Kuzmic who was the starting center for the Serbian national team are the two biggest landings in the capital of Spain. Without a doubt, Real is going to have an excellent defense under the rim. Ayon, Kuzmic, Randolph, and Thompkins will make an impenetrable wall inside. But the offensive part of the game works perfectly, and after 3 rounds of the Spanish ACB League, Real has 3 wins, with 91.3 points per game scored.
Last matches: ANADOLU EFES
08.10.17 SL Pinar Karsiyaka vs Anadolu Efes 92 : 85
03.10.17 CF Anadolu Efes vs Darussafaka Dogus 63 : 69
22.09.17 CF Panathinaikos vs Anadolu Efes 102 : 97(77 : 77)
17.09.17 CF Tofas vs Anadolu Efes 66 : 87
04.09.17 CF Anadolu Efes vs Nizhny Novgorod 98 : 73
Last matches: REAL MADRID
08.10.17 ACB Real Madrid vs Tecnyconta Zaragoza 93 : 65
05.10.17 ACB Bilbao vs Real Madrid 80 : 87
01.10.17 ACB Real Madrid vs MoraBanc Andorra 94 : 88
22.09.17 SUP Gran Canaria vs Real Madrid 73 : 64
16.09.17 CF Bayern vs Real Madrid 80 : 72
Anadolu Efes vs Real Madrid: Head to head Stats
The Spanish powerhouse currently has 3 straight victories against Efes. The most recent match in Sinan Erdem Arena was during the previous year, and the guests grabbed a tight win 78-80.
Anadolu Efes vs Real Madrid: Prediction
As we already said Efes Pilsen isn’t performing very well recently. What was one of their biggest strengths, the defensive game, is awful at the moment. It is why we believe that Real Madrid is much closer to victory.
Anadolu Efes vs Real Madrid: Betting Tips
Real to win is valued at 1.47, and it is safe from our point of view. With Real’s current attacking form, combined with the hosts’ lousy defense, over 166.5 points @ 1.90 might also be a good bet.
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