Thursday, November 1, 2012

Fenerbahce Ulker - Panathinaikos

Two teams being placed after Real Madrid with points average face to each other tonight in Ulker Arena. Teams know each other very well because not only they have played against each other before, but also both teams have players who were members of the opposing team in recent years. Roko Ukic, who is a Panathinaikos guard right now, played for Fenerbahce Ulker for two and half season, collecting even a Turkish League title. Mike Batiste and Romain Sato joined to Fenerbahce Ulker this year, leaving Panathinaikos. Those factors make particularly the game even more interesting.

For about 10 days, Fenerbahce Ulker starting point guard Bo McCalebb suffered injury problems. He played against Real Madrid last thursday;however, his performance was apparently low. Therefore, he was rested during the weekend when Fenerbahce crashed Mersin Bsb. at home with a score of 74-50. Today he is expected to play. Besides him, David Andersen has seemed to be quite unfit since he arrived. This was due to his lack of practice, but he also looked  improved against Real Madrid last week. Tonight, Fenerbahce will need him even more against dominant front court players of Panathinaikos.

Panathinaikos defeated Union Olimpija on the road last week with a decisive final result, 67-85. In their other away game, They also played very aggresivelly against Real Madrid first match day, losing mainly due to their poor second half performance. Likewise Fenerbahce, they have important players to dominate the game tonight. Sofoklis Schortsanitis and Kostas Tsartsaris are well experienced players who know well how to play such games. Dimitris Diamantidis is considered one of the top point guards in European Basketball. Hilton Armstrong is a center with NBA experience and he adds defensive depth to Panathinaikos Squad. Basically, Panathinaikos is a team with complete package both in offense and in defense or alternativelly both in the starting line up or in the bench depth. No doubt, whoever wins, it is going to be a great game tonight.

The first three match days have shown that Fenerbahce coach Simone Pianigiani needs time especially to create the defensive mentality he's been known as giving importance too. David Andersen just finds himself physically ;however, Batiste and Sato still show signs of adjustment problems. Diamantidis and Ukic are good pair of point guards, whereas Fenerbahce struggles a lot when Bo McCalebb is at the bench. Neither Bremer nor Preldzic are constant performers so their contribution is quite a lottery. The full time handicap determined for this game is quite reasonable. However, I'll pay my attention to somewhere else. Panathinaikos when defeated Union Olimpija on the road went to the locker room with half time score 38-50 last week. In the first matchday, They played against Real Madrid and the half time score was 35-44 again on behalf of Panathinaikos. We also gain one point advantage when backing half time spread compared to full time spread. (+3.5 on half time, +6 on full time)

Pick : Panathinaikos half time handicap +3.5 @ 1.90

Good Luck and Happy betting!

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