Friday, December 28, 2012

Regal Barcelona - Fenerbahce Ulker

Regal Barcelona Fenerbahce Ulker pick
Fenerbahce Ulker is going to be hosted by Regal Barcelona at the first match up of Euroleague Top 16 this friday. About 2 weeks ago, Fenerbahce Ulker secured the qualification in the final game against Mapooro Cantu. Hosting Regal Barcelona on the other hand suffered only one defeat at the last match day and made their way through comfortably. It is going to be an exciting game as both sides seek to start to group stage with a victory.

Things didn't go as smooth as it was hoped by many once the season started. Fenerbahce Ulker hardly impressed his fans by the quality of the basketball they played. They were heavily dominated especially on the road games. Surely, this wasn't what was expected when this expensive rotation was established during last summer. Although many star players of european basketball were signed, they just didn't seem to fit each other properly. This lack of harmony caused significant amount of anxiety when Fenerbahce Ulker faced risk of qualification prior to the last match day against Mapooro Cantu. Though not performed outstandingly, Fenerbahce Ulker achieved qualification to TOP 16.

In order to improve things on the court, some measures have been taken recently. J.R.Bremer was waived while Uros Tripkovic was signed to replace him. Nevertheless, this decision is criticized a lot because Fenerbahce Ulker is believed to be short of a solid back up point guard rather than another shooting guard similar to what is in hand like Emir Preldzic or Bojan Bogdanovic. According to the statistics, Fenerbahce Ulker is also a poor rebounding team, recording one of the worst within Euroleague so far and this reality surely caused one more addition to be speculated around. Shelden Williams was one of those names whom would be believed to be added provided that Mike Batiste is also waived. Eventually, such a move never took place and we'll see together whether or not this rumour would affect his performance.

Regal Barcelona was probably the most succesful team so far in Euroleague. They were the only undefeated team till the last match day and they lost this record by losing against CSKA Moscow. Regal Barcelona is certainly a big candidate for Final Four held in London, so this stage of the competition is where they should prove themselves to everyone. They've already shown how serious they take each game at the group stage and they are pretty likely to keep it that way within Top 16, too.

Fenerbahce Ulker team is said to have some internal problems between the management and head coach Simone Pianigiani. Recent rumours regarding Mike Batiste and unfinished move of Shelden Williams seem to be proving this situation. Although they've achieved a series of wins in the domestic league recently, i don't think they are of any example concerning this match up. Home side Regal Barcelona will compete teams like Olympiakos, Montepaschi Siena, Maccabi Electra etc. for quarter finals, so they better not lose any points at home. We all have seen how dangerous they could play when taking serious any opponent. Despite the upcoming derby with Real Madrid next sunday, I have no doubt Regal Barcelona would be at ease to confront Fenerbahce Ulker. Visiting Fenerbahce Ulker is the worst team in terms of rebounding, so they are very likely to have trouble contending players like Pete Mickeal, Nate Jawai and Ante Tomic in the paint. Victor Sada is a terrific defender whom i assume to be assigned to guard Bo McCalebb. Unless Bojan Bogdanovic and Emir Preldzic perform productively behind the arc, Fenerbahce Ulker might have hard time finding easy scoring. Under the leadership of Marcelinho Huertas, I expect a double digit Regal Barcelona victory, so the spread is pretty reasonable to take.

Pick: Regal Barcelona -8.0 @ 1.90

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