Fenerbahce vs Baskonia
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 18 April 2018
Time: 19:15 CET
Fenerbahce had already mathematically captured the 2nd spot of the Euroleague (W21 L9)when they lost their last match against Unicaja Malaga. After an 83:83 in the regular time, Fenerbahce eventually fell in the overtime. It didn’t matter at all for Fenerbahce, who are now facing a very dangerous match-up against Baskonia. Fenerbahce were not the best of scorers in the regular season of the Euroleague, as they scored 79.6 points per match. However, they were really good in the defensive end, as they conceded a mere 73.6 points per match. Fenerbahce actually had the 6th best home record in the Euroleague (W10 L5), where their scoring increased to 80.06 points per match, with their defense conceding just 73.13 points in the process. Coach Obradovic will be surely happy to have a fresh squad, as there are no known injury concerns right now.
On the other hand, Baskonia made a terrific finish in the regular season of the Euroleague, as they had spectacularly won six in a row before losing to Anadolu Efes in the final match-day. They were eventually stuck in a tie with Khimki Moscow, and Baskonia captured the 7th spot of the Euroleague (W16 L14). They featured the 3rd best offense with 82.9 points per match in the regular season, while conceding 79.1 in the process. Baskonia were actually really competitive on the road during the season (W6 L9), where they scored an average of 80.26 points per match, while allowing 80.2 in that span. Baskonia will make this trip with a few injury concerns, as McRae has been ruled out, while Granger and Timma are still being listed as questionable to participate.
Previous 5 games:
Yiesilgiresun vs Fenerbahce 70:93
Fenerbahce vs Trabzonspor 112:83
Fenerbahce vs Unicaja Malaga 91:99
Buyukcekmece vs Fenerbahce 80:88
Khimki Moscow vs Fenerbahce 64:73
Baskonia vs Tenerife 100:94
Valencia vs Baskonia 81:77
Baskonia vs Morabank Andorra 88:75
Baskonia vs Anadolu Efes 79:81
Gipuzkoa vs Baskonia 72:84
Fenerbahce vs Baskonia: Head to Head Stats
Fenerbahce were really good against Baskonia during the course of the season, as they won both matches (69:83 away, 79:74 home). However, Baskonia have the upper hand in this match-up with 12 wins against just 7 losses. Even so, Fenerbahce have won four of the last five as hosts against Baskonia.
Fenerbahce vs Baskonia: Prediction
Fenerbahce have covered this handicap just once over the course of the season, and Baskonia are a very dangerous opponent. Despite coach Obradovic’s experience, I believe that they will not have such an easy time defending their home ground.
Fenerbahce vs Baskonia: Betting Tips
While Baskonia can easily hold on to the +7.5 points handicap @ 1.85, I believe that the Turks will play smart defense on this one. I will go with the Under 158.5 points here @ 1.75, but keep in mind that Baskonia can explode any time.