Baskonia vs Anadolu Efes
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 5 April 2018
Time: 21:00 CET
Baskonia stood strong in the very crucial match against the visiting Maccabi Tel Aviv last week, as not only did they win to clinch their playoff spot, but they also moved up a spot. They were very good in the first quarter, and even though Maccabi Tel Aviv managed to somewhat balance the match in the second and the third quarter, Baskonia were very strong in the final quarter. They easily outscored their opponents, and celebrated a well-deserved win that secured them a spot in the playoffs. Moreover, they took advantage of Khimki Moscow’s loss, and Baskonia are now sitting at the 7th spot (W16 L13). Voigtmann was the top scorer of that match with 14 points and 4 rebounds, while Garino scored 11, Beaubois scored 10, and four other players had 9 point each in that really strong team effort. The Basques will be coming into this match without McRae, while Huertas is still being listed as questionable.
On the other hand, Anadolu Efes proved yet again that they are the worst team in the Euroleague this season, when they fell by 83:107 at home against Barcelona last week. The two teams were engaged in a very indifferent match, at least mathematically, but they both played for pride. However, it was Barcelona who were clearly the better team in the pitch, as they had already taken a 21-point lead by the end of the first half, and reached a win of massive proportions, but an indifferent one overall. Motum was actually really good with 19 points and 3 triples, Weems was also good with 17 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds, while Simon and McCollum scored 10 each. That loss was nothing new for Anadolu Efes, as it was their 23rd in 29 matches so far in the Euroleague. The fact that they will be missing Dragic changes nothing, as Anadolu Efes have been pretty tragic all season.
Previous 5 games:
Gipuzkoa vs Baskonia 72:84
Baskonia vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 83:72
Baskonia vs Fuenlabrada 95:63
Barcelona vs Baskonia 73:86
Baskonia vs Brose Bamberg 103:79
Usak Sportif vs Anadolu Efes 78:81
Anadolu Efes vs Barcelona 83:107
Anadolu Efes vs Tofas 87:79
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Anadolu Efes 89:82
Anadolu Efes vs Khimki Moscow 73:85
Baskonia vs Anadolu Efes: Head to Head Stats
Baskonia managed to pull a really close win in Turkey when they were hosted by Anadolu Efes earlier in the season, as they won by a slim 81:82. They just slightly have the upper hand in this match-up over the years, having won nine, against eight lost. However, each team has won four times in this venue.
Baskonia vs Anadolu Efes: Prediction
Spain is always a hard destination for Greek and Turkish teams, and Anadolu Efes have been pretty poor on the road so far in the season. However, in they might be extra competitive in their final match of the season, and just might be able to stay relevant.
Baskonia vs Anadolu Efes: Betting Tips
Baskonia surely want to win this, and they probably will, but the spread is so big, and Anadolu Efes have actually stayed within that in their last matches. However, there is a good chance we will see an open match between the two sides, so I will take the Over 169.5 points here @ 1.80.