Anadolu Efes vs Crvena Zvezda
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 12 January 2018
Time : 18:30 CET
Anadolu Efes met yet another defeat last week, when they lost by 90:79 on the road against Panathinaikos. The home team showed their teeth in the first half, where they were up by 47:33. Anadolu Efes fought really hard in the second half, but were only able to slightly outscore Panathinaikos in the final quarter, without changing the course of the match. Adams scored a game-high 20 points with 3 assists, 5 rebounds and also 5 turnovers, while Motum (14p), Simon (13p) and Dunston (12p, 8r) were the only ones that actually did something. Anadolu Efes might have won three of their last four, but this sample is not indicative of the bad season they are having overall. They are still stuck at the bottom of the Euroleague (W4 L12), with an average of 76.43 points per match, against 81.18 conceded.
On the other hand, Crvena Zvezda are coming off a low-scoring match just like we predicted, where they defeated Zalgiris Kaunas by 77:65 at home. They were actually down by two points at the end of the first quarter, but they outscored their opponents in each of the next three quarters. Rochestie returned to solid performances with 16 points, 10 assists, 4 rebounds, 4 triples and 4 steals, while Davidovac (13p) and Ennis (12p) backed him up in the win. That was their fourth consecutive win in all competitions, before they returned to losses with a 92:86 against Buducnost in their most recent match. As far as the Euroleague is concerned, Crvena Zvezda are now sitting at the 11th spot (W7 L9), scoring an average of 76.5 points per match, while allowing 80.5 in the process.
Previous 5 games:
Gaziantep vs Anadolu Efes 66:74
Panathinaikos vs Anadolu efes 90:79
Anadolu Efes vs Darusafaka 73:69
Anadolu Efes vs Brose Bamberg 69:58
Anadolu Efes vs Banvit 77:99
Buducnost vs Crvena Zvezda 92:86
Crvena Zvezda vs Zalgiris Kaunas 77:65
Crvena Zvezda vs Petrol Olimpija 80:76
Olimpia Milano vs Crvena Zvezda 88:91
Mega Bemax vs Crvena Zvezda 85:90
Anadolu Efes vs Crvena Zvezda: Head to Head Stats
Crvena Zvezda easily won in Serbia by 100:81 exactly a month ago, but last season it was Anadolu Efes who won easily both home and away. Moreover, they have the upper hand in this match-up over the years (W6 L2), and have won all four matches at home.
Anadolu Efes vs Crvena Zvezda: Prediction
Well, Anadolu Efes have shown signs of life lately, but I really think that this is just a fluky reaction. They have been underperforming in all competitions so far, and they just have a weak roster. Crvena Zvezda are traditionally strong at home, but they have actually won seven of their last nine road matches.
Anadolu Efes vs Crvena Zvezda: Betting Tips
As I said, Anadolu Efes have been really bad this season, but they have never lost at home to Crvena Zvezda. They might actually win this match, but I will have to go with the +5.5 points for the visitors here @ 1.75.
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