Thursday, November 15, 2012

Anadolu Efes - EA7 Emporio Armani

anadolu efes emporio armani pick

In the last game of Euroleague 2012-2013 season's sixth match day, Anadolu Efes will host Emporio Armani Milano whom they lost against 80-75 in the opening game of this year's euroleague season. Both teams suffered heavy defeats last week, so either team will have a chance to regain confidence.

Emporio Armani is in the fourth seed of group C with only 2 victories in 5 games. They won their first two games defeating Anadolu Efes at home and Cedevita Zagreb on the road, but they didn't win anything else since then. Group A became even more interesting right after Cedevita Zagreb defeated Zalgiris Kaunas during overtime today. Now, Cedevita is another team with 2 victories. So anything could happen in this group. No team's place could be regarded as secure except Zalgiris Kaunas'. If we get back to visitors, things don't go well for Emporio Armani in the domestic league either. They are placed in the 9th spot with 3/4 record so far. They lost against Venezia last weekend 105-100. Anadolu Efes is placed in the second seed right after Galatasaray Medical Park against who they suffered their only defeat this year.

Anadolu Efes is ready with full squad except Stanko Barac who has been injured for a while. Visitors, on the other hand, has one important player missing due to injury. Ioannis Bourousis injured his left knee during the training on tuesday and he didn't travel to Istanbul for this game. He is one of the players in the top 10 according to their performances within Euroleague, averaging 15.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. In the last match up, he recorded 23 points and 7 rebounds against Anadolu Efes.

In such a group where anything could happen, home side Anadolu Efes wouldn't take their chances. Last week, they did everything they could to win the game, but Zalgiris was just too good in all aspects of the match up. They better start aggressive from the first possession of the game, contend their opponent, take early lead and extend it as much as possible till the final whistle. Since the average clause could be of importance at the end of group stage, I expect  Anadolu Efes to appreciate all possessions to cover 5 points loss they suffered in Milano. With Greek center Bourousis out, they shouldn't have difficulty to dominate the game. In the first game, Emporio Armani shot unexplicably well, all utilized players recording at least one 3 points field goal made. Even than, the scoresheet was 5 points margin at the end. There is no way Emporio Armani could repeat this stunning performance.

A motivated Anadolu Efes who should compensate the loss against Zalgiris Kaunas at home and who should take into account double average clause situations better cover the spread as well. One historical statistics; Anadolu Efes faced his opponent 13 times and won 10 of those 13 match ups. Anadolu Efes won all 6 games held in Istanbul.

Pick : Anadolu Efes -7.5 @ 1.90

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1 comment:


    too many free throws missed in the final seconds.