Friday, November 9, 2012

Erdemir - Galatasaray Medical Park

Erdemir Galatasaray basketball pick

Galatasaray Medical Park is one of the biggest favourites of Turkish league this year. They not only have depth established squad, but also have more balanced much schedule. Galatasaray's biggest opponents such as Anadolu Efes or Fenerbahce Ulker plays Euroleague games towards every weekend, either thursday or sunday, Whereas Galatasaray Medical Park participates in Eurocup whose games are scheduled every wednesday. So, Galatasaray Medical Park stays fresh for weekend's domesticu match up while its opponents are mostly exhausted after Euroleague match ups.

Galatasaray Medical Park started to Eurocup very well, defeating last year's Tauron liga runner's up Trefl Sopot heavily on the road. They are also undefeated so far in Turkish Basketball League before the fifth matchday. They are currently averaging 84 points per game while allowing only 64 in their own rim. Two weeks ago, they defeated Anadolu Efes with a double digit victory on the road. Obviously, they are at their top shape before being hosted by Erdemir this saturday.

Erdemir is so far 1/4 in Turkish League, defeating only Royal Hali Gaziantep on the road. Actually, Erdemir has had quite a tough schedule as they already faced elite teams such as Banvit and Fenerbahce which they lost. However, neither of those defeats were miserable ones as they played head to head till the last quarter of both games but lost them due to lack of experience. Remarkbly though, Erdemir at home scored 78 points against Fenerbahce and 75 points against Banvit. The only unacceptable result took place when they lost at Hacettepe last weekend, when they still managed to score 70 points.

Galatasaray has two injured players. Göksenin Köksal has been recently injured and he is reported to be out of action at least 2-3 weeks more. Henry Domercant also suffered injury during Trefl Sopot game and He is very likely to be rested for this trip. Meanwhile, Galatasaray Medical Park signed Jaka Lakovic to be utilized only in Eurocup games because he is the sixth foreign player in the squad. However, he might some minutes against Erdemir provided that Henry Domercant sits outside of the bench. Erdemir doesn't have any injuries reported.

Although Galatasaray Medical Park with its current form is clearly favourites here, the determined handicap seems to be flipping a coin, because Erdemir has a proven scoring potential and without Domercant, Galatasaray might find it difficult to dominate the hosts on the road. Instead, the game total seems to be more lucrative provided that Erdemir already managed to score 75+ points twice against elite teams of Turkish League. Galatasaray averaging 84 points per game so far is very likely to score 75+ in this game as well. Therefore, total game points over is a quite a good bet to take.

Pick: Game Total over 150.5 @ 1.88

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1 comment:


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