Thursday, October 25, 2012

Barcelona Regal - Besiktas JK

Besiktas JK!Probably the team of biggest impact within Euroleague 2012-2013 season so far. The first time attender Besiktas JK is 2/2 so far, beating Partizan at home and Brose Basket away with 15 points margin each. Nevertheless, it is the time for Istanbul team to show whether or not those victories were of coincidence. They averaged 83.5 pts in scoring while allowing only 68 points per game by their opponents. Besiktas lost its domestic matchup against Pinar Karsiyaka last week,86-79 on the road. Pinar Karsiyaka has been one of the toughest teams Turkish League, especially when playing at home, so this loss shouldn't be taken into account for tonight's matchup. The visitors will have just the exact motivation they had when playing on the road last week.

Last year's Final Four participant Barcelona is one of the most experienced teams in Euroleague and they certainly try to at least reach to F4 again. Home team is also 2/2 so far, averaging 69.5 pts points per game while allowing only 54.5 points per game in their rim. Their traditionally known tough defensive mentality seems to have already settled as they've recently held their opponents in ACB by 68 and 50 points respectivelly.

The success of Besiktas laid in their tempo so far. They performed well when they accelerated the game. Curtis Jerrells is the key player of this mentality who was out due to injury in the domestic loss last weekend. This week, he didn't exercise properly and his performance is of question mark even if he plays tonight. Besiktas offense is based on also the accuracy of perimeter shooting outside the arc.Barcelona is tough at home,so they will definitelly control the tempo during the game. If Besiktas JK seeks to keep up with Barcelona's tempo, it might be disaster for visitors. Therefore, with or without Jerrells, visitors need to slow down the tempo,  using the shotclock to the full extent.

The handicap spread slightly increases. It might be a bookie trick or perhaps depends on the JerrellS situation who scored 27 points on the road against Brose Basket last week. Due to Jerrells' unclear situation, I prefer to stake on total points rather than handicap spread. The given total is quite reasonable to bet on.

Pick : Under 142.5 @ 1.85

Good Luck and Happy Betting!

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1 comment:

  1. The match took place just in the pace i expected; therefore, it was an easy winning pick