Saturday, December 29, 2012

Besiktas - Erdemir


Besiktas Erdemir pick
Defending champion of Turkish Basketball league Besiktas is going to host Erdemir for their last match up of 2012. Erdemir which won last week's match up with their assistant coach will look for another victory against strong Besiktas on the road.

Besiktas played its first Euroleague top 16 game against BC Khimki Moscow last thursday. After a quite competitive battle, BC Khimki managed to obtain a victory in Istanbul by 75-80 score. This year, Besiktas' whole concentration is focused on mainly Euroleague;therefore, this loss has been a disappointing one. BC Khimki is one of few teams whom Besiktas is capable of confronting head to head and they started to TOP 16 group stage with a defeat. Not later than 3 days, they need to be prepared to face another decent team which is badly in need of a victory.

Visiting Erdemir team had some bad streak especially at the first weeks of the season. Since they were scheduled to face tough opponents, mainly big istanbul teams, the number of losses were higher than the number of victories they achieved. They indeed showed some upward trend especially after sixth match day and achieved two victories in a row;however, their positive streak ended when Erdemir was defeated by Anadolu Efes as well. About 2 weeks ago, head coach Hakan Demir surprisingly resigned from his duty. Currently, the team is trained by his assistant. His fate is reported to be set after new year's eve. Last week, Erdemir defeated Mersin Bsb. and this sunday, they try to add another victory to establish a fresh winning streak again.

It is a pretty tricky match up. Erdemir. We don't know exactly why head coach Hakan Demir resigned from the club;however, last week Erdemir scored 96 points against Mersin Bsb. to record a double digit victory at the scoreboard. Four players scored in double digits including Sean Marshall and Jure Balazic scoring 20+ points. The change of duty in coaching seems to bring some positive effect on the team. Home side Besiktas almost always suffered concentration problems when they had a game to play right after a tough Euroleague schedule. Due to the foreign player limitation, coach Erman Kunter try to overcome this motivation issues by utilizing players he doesn't  give minutes in Euroleague games. Besides the motivation, He is obliged to comply with foreign player limitations, too.Facing Erdemir right after such a challenging Euroleague game isn't an easy task. All in all, Erdemir shouldn't be a piece of cake to challenge. Considering how much they need a victory, a decisive Besiktas victory, even if they win the game, is pretty unlikely.

Pick : Erdemir +10.5 @ 1.88



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