Baskonia vs Darussafaka
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 1 November 2018
Time: 17:30 CET
Baskonia (W1 L3) have been mediocre at best so far in the season, and are now coming off another loss, their third in succession. They were hosted by Bayern Munich last week, a team they would expect to beat. But the reality is that they were destroyed in the first quarter (20:11) and entered the break trailing by 11 points. They did little to change that in the second half, despite playing solid defense. Poirier erupted for 24 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks, while Shengelia backed him up with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. But only Janning scored more than 7 points in that match (12), with pretty much everyone else being disappointing. Granger was held to zero points with 0/3 shooting. Baskonia are now sitting at the 13th spot of the Euroleague, featuring the 5th worst offense with 79.25 points per match, while allowing 84.5 in the process.
On the other hand, Darussafaka (W1 L3) are coming off a really bad loss at home against Barcelona, in a match where they practically committed suicide in the final quarter. They were not very good to start the match, as they entered the half-time break trailing by seven points. However, they emerged for the third quarter in really high spirits and outscored their opponents by 24:11. Even so, they were horrible in the final quarter, as they scored a mere 7 points and conceded 21 to eventually lose by 71:79. Eric was spectacular with 17 points and 9 rebounds with 5/7 shooting and 7/9 freethrows. But only Kidd scored double digits from the rest of the roster, with six players scoring between 5 and 8 points. Euroleague is not treating Darussafaka well so far, as they are now sitting at the 12th spot of the league table, featuring the 3rd worst offense with 77.5 points per match, while allowing 82.5 in the process.
Previous 5 games:
Estudiantes vs Baskonia 67:100
Bayern Munich vs Baskonia 77:71
Baskonia vs Murcia 93:49
Real Madrid vs Baskonia 97:79
Baskonia vs Olympiacos Piraeus 80:85
Darussafaka vs Barcelona 71:79
Darussafaka vs Basaksehir 77:72
CSKA Moscow vs Darussafaka 79:75
Darussafaka vs Buducnost 71:63
Anadolu Efes vs Darussafaka 75:72
Baskonia vs Darussafaka: Head to Head Stats
The two teams have only met for a set of matches in the past, in the 2016/17 edition of the Euroleague. Baskonia easily won the first match at home b 73:52, only to fall by 98:89 in Russia in the other match.
Baskonia vs Darussafaka: Prediction
Baskonia are traditionally strong at home, where this season they have won three of their four matches in all competitions, but lost their only match for the Euroleague. Darussafaka have been pretty weak on the road this season, having lost all three matches in all competitions, including two for the Euroleague. They have severe scoring problems and will most likely struggle to follow Baskonia here.
Baskonia vs Darussafaka: Betting Tips
Baskonia are due for a blow-out match, and this looks like a great opportunity for them to turn the ship around. Only a few selected teams have managed to beat Baskonia at home, and Darussafaka are far from those. I will take Baskonia to cover the -9.5 spread here @1.83.