Fenerbahce vs CSKA Moscow
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 16 March 2018
Time: 18:45 CET
Fenerbahce were excellent when they visited Lithuania last week, as they escaped with a solid win against Zalgiris Kaunas. However, they had to try really hard in order to take that win, as they were not very good in the first half. They were down by 40:31 at the end of the first half, but they launched an all-out attack in the final quarter, and eventually managed to overturn the lead in their favor. Datome led the scoring with 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 triples, while Sloukas scored 15 with 5 assists. Vesely, Kalinic and also Thompson each scored at least 11 points in that solid win. Fenerbahce have now won five in a row, including three matches for the Euroleague. They are sitting at the 3rd spot of the league table having already booked their ticket to the playoffs (W18 L7), scoring an average of 79.16 points per match, against 73.76 conceded.
On the other hand, CSKA Moscow had a much easier task against Unicaja Malaga last week, as they blasted them with a 25-point win. They took control of the match from the first quarter, and easily outscored their opponents throughout the whole match, to eventually win by 101:76. De Colo torched them with 23 points and 5 triples, while Clyburn scored 13 with 6 assists and 4 rebounds. This was actually a magnificent team effort, as pretty much everyone that played had something to contribute. CSKA Moscow have now won seven in a row in all competitions, and each of their last three matches for the Euroleague. They have been sitting at the top of the league table for quite a while now (W20 L5), still featuring the best offense with 90 points per match, while conceding 79.12 in the process. They will be coming into this match with a single injury concern, as Kulagin is still being listed as questionable to participate.
Previous 5 games:
Pinar Karsiyaka vs Fenerbahce 69:74
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Fenerbahce 78:85
Fenerbahce vs Galatasaray 80:60
Real Madrid vs Fenerbahce 83:86
Fenerbahce vs Olimpia Milano 89:70
Riga vs CSKA Moscow 83:102
CSKA Moscow vs Unicaja Malaga 101:76
Saratov vs CSKA Moscow 98:110
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs CSKA Moscow 73:93
CSKA Moscow vs Baskonia 93:86
Fenerbahce vs CSKA Moscow: Head to Head Stats
The two teams were engaged in a really competitive match in Russia earlier in the season, where after a 83:83 in the regular time, Fenerbahce won by a slim 93:95. That was actually their third consecutive win against the Russians, but it is CSKA Moscow who have won three of the last four matches as visitors.
Fenerbahce vs CSKA Moscow: Prediction
This is a battle at the top of the Euroleague, and to be blunt, CSKA Moscow can afford to lose without risking their spot. Fenerbahce are chasing the 2nd spot, and should have an extra motivation to win in front of their home crowd.
Fenerbahce vs CSKA Moscow: Betting Tips
The two teams have had numerous overtimes in matches against one another over the years, so I will take a long shot with some halftime/fulltime predictions in an attempt to break the internet. I will take the Draw/Fenerbahce @33.00 and Draw/CSKA Moscow @35.00 hoping for a massive payout. In a more down to earth prediction, I will take the home win @ 1.80.