Saturday, October 27, 2012

Pinar Karsiyaka - Turk Telekom

Turk Telekom could be regarded as one of the most unpredictable teams within Turkish league. Despite heavily financed by biggest telecom operator in Turkey, they never managed to create some concrete success in the recent years. This year, their budget was much more cut;therefore,the squad created is more mediocre when compared to past years. So nothing is new in terms of unpredictability. In the group stage of turkish cup, they recorded 0/3, 2 of which were double digit losses against Banvit and Tofas. In the first matchday of this season, they lost against tired Besiktas JK 61-60 on the road and managed to beat one of the weakest teams Antalya by 76-75 at home.

Pinar Karsiyaka,in contrast to Turk Telekom, being one of the most consistent performers of Turkish Basketball, is completelly reorganized this year. The new coaching staff was employed, all foreign players were replaced by new ones, even the national players were changed, remaining only 2 young players from the last year's team. Karsiyaka is 2/2, both home victories in the league. Last week, they beated Jerrellsless Besiktas JK 86-79 leading the entire game. Consequtivelly third time, they will be hosting visitors this season.

According to their performance so far, I can safely say that Pinar Karsiyaka has the best package of foreign(american) players this year within the past 4-5 years.In terms of signing better foreign players, Latest more spectacular season I can think of was 2007-2008 when Pinar Karsiyaka signed undrafted Gary Neal, currently playing San Antonio Spurs. Against Besiktas, 4 americans scored 60 of total 86 points last week. They not only performed  productive individually, but also played fitting to the team chemistry. It is no secret that they will be carrying the team even further each week. The team plays tempo basketball with huge spectator crowd behind it, creating one of the toughest road match ups for opponents.

Turk Telekom currently is out of shape and has lack of creativity due to budget shortages. They'll have hard time stading against Pinar Karsiyaka which is mentally at top level, after beating defending champion Besiktas JK last week. Pinar Karsiyaka will start the game aggresivelly, trying to hit Turk Telekom at the first half. Considering their team rotation, and the fact that they play at home, once again I'm on behalf of half time handicap rather than full time spread. A handicap of around -5 is quite a value pick to take for me.

Pick : Pinar Karsiyaka half time handicap -5 @ 1.88

Good Luck and Happy Betting!

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