Bayern Munich vs Anadolu Efes
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 11 October 2018
Time: 19:30 CET
Bayern Munich were dominant in the German BBL last season and it was only fair that they captured the title. Brose Bamberg had won seven of the previous eight titles, but Bayern Munich were simply amazing last season (W31 L3). Oddly enough, two of their three loses came at home (W15 L2), and were slightly better on the road (W16 L1). They didn’t have it easy in the playoffs, but did great to eliminated Frankfurt, Brose Bamberg and eventually Alba Berlin for the title. Bayern Munich made some great additions to their roster, led by ex-NBAer Derrick Williams who is coming off a great season in China. Moreover, they brought in Leon Radosevic and Maodo Lo from Brose Bamberg, Petteri Koponen from Barcelona and Nemanja Dangubic from Crvena Zvezda. Besides Derrick Williams, all the other have at least two seasons of experience in the competition.
On the other hand, Anadolu Efes are coming off a horrible season in the Euroleague, where they finished dead last with a W7 L23 record. They won just four matches at home and only three on the road. They obviously lacked Euroleague experience in their roster, so they let go of Demir, Mustafa, Douglas and McCollum, along with Weems and Stimac. But they were greatly reinforced with their transfers, as they brought in a total of 8 players with 7 of them having Euroleague experience. Micic from Zalgiris Kaunas, Beaubois from Baskonia and Tibor Pleiss from Valencia have at least three years of experience. They also brought Shane Larkin from the Boston Celtics and three Turkish players to fill up their bench.
Previous 5 games:
Bayern Munich vs Giessen 46ers 106:92
Bayern Munich vs SC Rasta Vechta 79:66
Ratiofarm Ulm vs Bayern Munich 77:83
Olimpia Milano vs Bayern Munich 82:77
Bayern Munich vs Liaoning 79:43
Galatasaray vs Anadolu Efes 70:73
Fenerbahce vs Anadolu Efes 62:65
CSKA Moscow vs Anadolu Efes 87:83
Anadolu Efes vs Olympiakos Piraeus 78:70
Anadolu Efes vs Darussafaka 88:68
Bayern Munich vs Anadolu Efes: Head to Head Stats
The two teams have never met in the past, but Anadolu Efes have not fared well against the other German team, Brose Bamberg, over the years. Last season they exchanged home wins with Brose Bamberg, but their overall record stands at W3 L5. They have also lost their last three matches in Germany (W1 L3).
Bayern Munich vs Anadolu Efes: Prediction
Bayern Munich have an overall record of W15 L29 in three seasons in the Euroleague. They will return to the competition after the 2015/16 season, where they had a W4 L6 record. They have made some great additions to their roster, but so have their opponents. I have more faith in Anadolu Efes, but it might be best to look towards the Over/Under.
Bayern Munich vs Anadolu Efes: Betting Tips
Anadolu Efes usually choke in Germany, and I am reluctantly looking towards the home win here. But Anadolu Efes will be looking to make amends for a really bad season, and might stay close to the score. I will take the Under 161 points in what could be a close match.