Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Cedevita Zagreb - Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Cedevita Zagreb Anadolu Efes pick
Crotian side Cedevita Zagreb will host Anadolu Efes in Drazen Petrovic arena for a crucial match up that decides whether or not they could continue to fight for qualifying to the Top 16 of Euroleague 2012-2013 season. Visiting Anadolu Efes is just one victory away from qualification that is, they guarantee to qualify to the top 16 provided that they defeat Cedevita Zagreb on thursday evening.

Cedevita Zagreb replaced its head coach with Aleksandar Petrovic and this game will be the first game him being at Cedevita bench. They won the last 2 games at home by defeating Caja Laboral and Zalgiris Kaunas;however, losing against Emporio Armani at Milano last week made a win against Anadolu Efes vital. They lost the first game at Istanbul with the score 85-66 and they'll certainly try to avoid losing again.

Anadolu Efes lost its last match up likewise. They were defeated terribly by Olympiakos on the road;however, the only thing they were grateful at the end was that they managed to keep the double average clause on the house, thanks to their home victory attained with 25 points margin. After such a disappointing defeat, things didn't go so smooth in domestic league, either. They were hosted by Olin Edirne where they hardly achieved victory at the final quarter. Some important names of Anadolu Efes rotation didn't play in this game. Jordar Farmar had his finger cracked and Sasha Vujacic had some problems in his right wrist. Both players weren't risked last sunday, but they are reported to be available for Anadolu Efes'in Zagreb. We'll see how much those injuries affect to their performances tomorrow night.

In terms of side betting, I sincerely believe it is very difficult to make one. Given their current situation, Cedevita Zagreb is the side that absolutelly needs to win, so motivational factors are definitelly at their edge. Having a new coach on the bench always brings some more energy to the teams, so that's another plus for home side. Anadolu Efes, in contrast, has shown quite fluctuating performances so far. Their rotation is deep but sometimes they just can't find the right pieces all together to achieve a victory. Stanko Barac is healed right on time, so that he can compete in front of his countrymen. Cedevita Zagreb has 2 victories at home, so they'll definitelly fight for the 3rd one. Especially that one achieved against Zalgiris Kaunas is truly remarkable, which I think should be inspiring all Cedevita fans. Statistics say that Anadolu Efes lost 8 of its 9 games in Crotia since 1998. All those factors adding up each other makes me convince to pick the spread on behalf of home side.

Pick : Cedevita Zagreb +5.5 @ 1.88

Good luck and happy betting!

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1 comment:


    LOST in the final 2 minutes :(