Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Anadolu Efes
Competition : Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date : 14 November 2017
Time : 20:05 CET
Maccabi Tel Aviv proved yet again that they are a dominant force at home, where they were really strong against Real Madrid, and forced them to their 2nd loss of the season by 90:83. They were actually taken by surprise in the first quarter when they were down by 22:30, but they reacted perfectly in the 2nd and 4th quarters. They were much better in FG % but quite bad in FT %, and managed to grab 20 more rebounds than their opponents. Thomas scored a game high 21 points with 5 rebounds, while Roll (16p, 4r), Tyus (14p, 7r), Jackson (13p, 5r, 4as) and Cole (10p, 5r, 5as) held the team in high standards. After that they recorded a nice road win in the Israeli SL, as they have now won 5 in a row in all competitions. Maccabi Tel Aviv are now sitting at the 5th spot of the Euroleague (W4 L2), scoring an average of 80.5 points per match, against just 74.3 conceded.
On the other hand, Anadolu Efes not only proved our prediction right last week, but they did so in a spectacular manner, as they defeated Barcelona by 85:89 on the road. They had made a really poor start with 5 losses in their first 5 matches of the season in the Euroleague, and were ready to burst. Anadolu Efes saw 3 of their players make amazing efforts in order to win that match, as Stimac continued his impressive performances with 22 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals and a block, while McCollum scored 21 with 4/4 3-pointers, and Ledo added 21 more points with 5 rebounds and 4 3-pointers too. Moreover, Dunston scored 7 points to go along with 9 rebounds, 2 steals and a block. They slowly seem to be finding stability, as they have won 4 of their last 5 matches in all competitions. Anadolu Efes still have a long way to go, as they are now sitting at the 15th spot of the Euroleague with just that single win, scoring an average of 76.3 points per match, but they have the 2nd worst defense with 84.8 points conceded.
Previous 5 games:
Maccabi Ashdod vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 80:90
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Real Madrid 90:83
Maccabi Rishon vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 86:90
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Armani Milano 79:68
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Maccabi Haifa 83:62
Anadolu Efes vs Yesilgerisun 97:93
Barcelona vs Anadolu Efes 85:89
Trabzonspor vs Anadolu Efes 89:96
Anadolu Efes vs Unicaja Malaga 74:79
Anadolu Efes vs Buyukcekmece 94:75
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Anadolu Efes: Head-to-Head Stats
Anadolu Efes won both matches against Maccabi Tel Aviv last season, as they pulled a massive upset in this venue by 77:86, before doubling their wins with a 92:87 in Turkey. However, there has been total balance in this match-up, as each team has won 7 matches. Even so, Maccabi Tel Aviv have won 4 and lost 3 in this venue against Anadolu Efes, having lost just once in the last 5 matches.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Anadolu Efes: Prediction
Anadolu Efes did their outburst when they defeated Barcelona last week, but I find it really difficult for them to win a 2nd consecutive match on the road against a strong team. Maccabi Tel Aviv are strong as usual at home, and if they are a little careful here they should be able to extend their winning streak.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Anadolu Efes: Betting Tips
Maccabi Tel Aviv are expected to extend their winning streak here, so I will take the -2.5 handicap for the home team @ 1.62. Also, judging by how the two have scored and conceded so far in the season, the Over 154.5 @ 1.55 seems like a nice option here.
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