Saturday, December 8, 2012

Besiktas - Antalya Bsb.

Besiktas Antalya pick
Striving Antalya Bsb. is visiting Euroleague participant Besiktas on sunday. Antalya Bsb. lost its previous match up against Mersin Bsb. last weekend in an exciting game which even went to overtime. This week, they'll face even a stronger opponent for 9th match day of Turkish league.

Besiktas which focuses more on euroleague than domestic league so far already guaranteed their qualification to top 16 a few weeks ago. Since, they'll confront tougher teams in this second stage, they work hard to add some reinforcements to their rotation within their budget constraints. Recently, Besiktas signed combo guard Daniel Ewing  who played lastly for Azovmash Mariupol in Ukraine. They'll sign one more big man for the paint rotation to provide some breathing space for Gasper Vidmar. Last week, they were defeated by their rival Galatasaray Medical Park on the road. 3 days ago, they were in Moscow to play against CSKA where head coach Erman Kunter tried an unusual starting line up. He is aware of the tough schedule ahead of them, so he tries to keep his entire rotation ready by such variations.

Antalya Bsb. is a team that I have been following closely for the past 2 weeks. They announced to agree with center Lance Williams, but he chose to play for Turk Telekom instead due to financial issues. Instead of him, they brought in Jermareo Davidson who played for Fraport Skyliners last season. 2 weeks ago, Antalya Bsb. realized the biggest surprise of the week by defeating TED Kolejliler on the road. In that game, they played very efficiently especially in terms of outside scoring. Last week, they played a crucial game against an opponent with whom they could be competing to avoid at the end of the season. Mersin Bsb. managed to beat Antalya Bsb. during overtime and obtained a critical victory. So, the importance of this game against Besiktas even increases for the visiting side.

Besiktas team is in a sort of transition period. Since they achieved early qualification in Euroleague, the team is focused on neither in international match ups nor in domestic games. Forward Cevher Ozer is just recovered from injury, while point guard Can Akin just seems to find his rhythm game by game. I think we could keep seeing coach Kunter's different rotations in this game,too. I expect a strong reaction from Antalya Bsb. because they lost miserably their previous game. They are a team which doesn't have problems in terms of scoring. Besiktas doesn't have to present top defensive performance either. I believe the given handicap for exhausted and reorganizing Besiktas is too high.

Pick : Antalya Bsb. +12.5 @ 1.88

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