Fenerbahce vs Unicaja Malaga
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 5 April 2018
Time: 19:15 CET
Fenerbahce have been in stunning form over the past couple of months, and they will surely look to bring that momentum in the Euroleague playoffs. They have now won 13 of their last 15 matches in all competitions, and are coming off yet another win in the Euroleague. They were hosted by Khimki Moscow last week, and they managed to escape from Russia with a nice 64:73 win. Fenerbahce only struggled a bit in the second quarter, but they were generally the better team, and eventually defeated their Russian opponents. Wanamaker scored a team-high 14 points, Melli had a nice double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Nunnally and Sloukas were also pretty good in that match. Fenerbahce have locked the 2nd spot of the Euroleague (W21 L8), and they will face either Khimki Moscow, Baskonia or Zalgiris Kaunas in the playoffs.
On the other hand, Unicaja Malaga might have been eliminated from the playoff chase for quite a while now, but that hasn’t stopped them from causing some upsets lately. One of those came last week, when they played host to Greek side Olympiacos Piraeus. They fought really hard in that match, and were at one point leading by 16 points. Their opponents exploded in the third quarter (7:23), and forced the match to overtime after a 74:74 in the regular time. However, Unicaja Malaga were slightly better in the extra minutes, and eventually recorded a nice 87:85 win. They did take advantage of the fact that their opponents were missing a few key players, and would probably hadn’t won if Olympiacos Piraeus were full. In any case, Nedovic scored 17 points, with McCallum (13p), Augustine (12p) and Waczynski (10p) backing him up. They will be missing Shermadini in yet another match.
Previous 5 games:
Buyukcekmece vs Fenerbahce 80:88
Khimki Moscow vs Fenerbahce 64:73
Fenerbahce vs Eskisehir 79:69
Crvena Zvezda vs Fenerbahce 63:80
Fenerbahce vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 87:73
Unicaja Malaga vs Real Madrid 88:89
Unicaja Malaga vs Olympiacos Piraeus 87:85
Real Betis vs Unicaja Malaga 89:88
Brose Bamberg vs Unicaja Malaga 93:88
Unicaja Malaga vs Barcelona 95:91
Fenerbahce vs Unicaja Malaga: Head to Head Stats
Unicaja Malaga were actually really good when they hosted Fenerbahce earlier in the season, as they defeated them by 68:67 at home. However, Fenerbahce are leading this match-up with four wins and three losses, having won all four as hosts.
Fenerbahce vs Unicaja Malaga: Prediction
Fenerbahce have locked on to the 2nd spot of the Euroleague, and no matter what they do in this match, that won’t change. Unicaja Malaga have been eliminated for quite a while now, but that hasn’t stopped them from playing their hearts out in every match.
Fenerbahce vs Unicaja Malaga: Betting Tips
Fenerbahce are expected to take another win here and finish the regular season on the right foot, but the handicaps are all over the place. Unicaja Malaga can easily defend the +11.5 points here @ 1.80.