Fenerbahce vs Baskonia
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 20 April 2018
Time: 19:45 CET
Fenerbahce left no room for doubt when they hosted Baskonia for the first match of the playoffs, as they defeated them much easier than the final 82:73 suggests. Fenerbahce entered the match with a lot of confidence, as they managed to take a ten-point lead by the end of the first quarter. They were already up by 43:26 at the end of the first half, and even though they were outscored throughout the second, they easily held on to their lead. They were really good behind the threepoint line, as they hit 10/21 shots against just 6/21 by their opponents. Wanamaker led the scoring with 16 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds and triples, while Vesely was also great with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Sloukas is really experienced at this stage and he contributed 10 points, 11 assists and 4 rebounds, while Nunnally scored 13 with 3 steals. Coach Obradovic will be really happy to have everyone available in the second match, but this is not going to be as easy as the first.
On the other hand, Baskonia made a really bad start in that match, as they just couldn’t get their shots to hit. They shot 5/14 in the first quarter, 5/17 in the second quarter, while their opponents were shooting with excellent percentages. The damage was already done in the first quarter, and the match was pretty much lost by the end of the first half. However, the feisty Basques didn’t stop fighting, and actually put up quite the efforts in the second half. However, despite outscoring their opponents in both the third and the fourth quarter, it wasn’t enough to change the outcome. Shengelia did all he could with 16 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal, Beaubois scored 13 with 6 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and a block, while Vildoza and Janning also scored double digits. It seems that Baskonia haven’t figured out how to defeat Fenerbahce yet, as this was the third loss against this opponent in just as many matches this season.
Previous 5 games:
Fenerbahce vs Baskonia 82:73
Yiesilgiresun vs Fenerbahce 70:93
Fenerbahce vs Trabzonspor 112:83
Fenerbahce vs Unicaja Malaga 91:99
Buyukcekmece vs Fenerbahce 80:88
Fenerbahce vs Baskonia 82:73
Baskonia vs Tenerife 100:94
Valencia vs Baskonia 81:77
Baskonia vs Morabank Andorra 88:75
Baskonia vs Anadolu Efes 79:81
Fenerbahce vs Baskonia: Head to Head Stats
As I said before, Fenerbahce have won all three matches against Baskonia this season, but had won just one of the previous four. They have now won five of the last six matches as hosts against Baskonia, and they just keep adding to that tally.
Fenerbahce vs Baskonia: Prediction
While Fenerbahce got really serious in the previous match, I find it hard to believe that Baskonia will have such bad percentages once again. Fenerbahce are still the big favorites to win this one, but I doubt if they will do so just as easy.
Fenerbahce vs Baskonia: Betting Tips
Baskonia will need to overcome that bad first half in the first match, and they can really be much more threatening on a good night. I don’t know if they can pull an upset here, but by what they’ve shown so far in the season, there is a good chance they will be able to hold on to the +8.5 handicap @ 1.80.