Thursday, November 8, 2012

Anadolu Efes - Zalgiris Kaunas

Anadolu Efes Zalgiris Kaunas pick

Undefeated leader of group C Zalgiris Kaunas visits Istanbul to be hosted by Anadolu Efes in 5th matchday of Euroleage 2012-2013 season. Hosting Anadolu Efes is placed in the second seed, right below leading Zalgiris Kaunas.  Home side will certainly seek to hand in their first defeat to Lithuanian Team.

Zalgiris Kaunas started to the season pretty well, especially achieving victories on the road against tough opponents Olympiacos and Caja Laboral Vitoria. Despite being undefeated, they should be pretty aware of the fact that they are in such a group where anything could happen till the last matchday of first group stage. Interestingly, the latest match up between those two teams took place in 1998-1999 season because both teams are regular participants of Euroleague and it is weird enough that they are not drawn to face each other for 13 years already.

On the preview of this match up, Zalgiris Kaunas faces some injury problems. Robertas Javtokas and Tadas Klimavicius are already out of season. Adas Juskevicius is reported not to travel to Istanbul for this game. Marko Popovic and Tremmell Darden couldn't properly practice this week due to sickness. Neither did Lavrinovic twins. Home side Anadolu Efes is full roster except injured Stanko Barac. He'll miss action for at least two more weeks.

Last week Anadolu Efes did an amazing comeback to overcome 18 points difference in the first half and they achieved a victory with double digit lead when they played against Caja Laboral on the road. The team is at its top morale right now and they will certainly intend to prove that such a comeback wasn't just a coincidence. Zalgiris Kaunas is a great team that knows how to play such games. However, their undefeated stand would definitelly give additional boost to Anadolu Efes for a victory. Players who missed practices during the week might not give their %100, so damaged Zalgiris rotation could have trouble to contain Anadolu Efes' offensive strength. We'll definitelly watch and amazing game, that's for sure. Considering weakened Zalgiris rotation and taking into account Anadolu Efes' extra motivation to hand in their first defeat to the visitors, I think, the handicap on behalf of home side is worth to risk for this game.

Pick : Anadolu Efes -5.5 @ 1.90

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1 comment:

  1. sometimes, we all just need some luck
    Marko Popovic matchday #4
    Marko Popovic matchday #5
    it was even 7/8 till final 5 minute.