Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Fenerbahce Ulker - Caja Laboral

Fenerbahce Ulker Caja Laboral tip
In the 4th match day of Euroleague top 16, Fenerbahce Ulker is hosting Caja Laboral Vitoria on friday evening. Fenerbahce Ulker has a current record of 0/3 while Caja Laboral is coming to Istanbul by winning their last 6 euroleague games in a row. It is a game with great importance to both side,if not slightly more important for hosts.

Fenerbahce Ulker has been greatly underachieving in european scene. They lost all first 3 games where they allowed over 90+ points in each of them. Fenerbahce Ulker not only defended poorly, but also showed no aggression or any effort to resist against the opponents. Therefore, defeats were inevitable at the end, even though Fenerbahce Ulker seemed to prevail 1-2 quarters in each of those games. Last week, Fenerbahce Ulker hosted domestic league's one of the weakest teams, Olin Edirne, and they comfortably defeated them by about 30+ winning margin.

Unlike Fenerbahce Ulker, Caja Laboral has gained momentum since the arrival of Zan Tabak as the head coach. Caja Laboral showed remarkable performance both in ACB and Euroleague under his supervision. He played for Fenerbahce team towards the end of the 90's, so this game is supposed to be an emotional meeting for him. Last week, Caja Laboral hosted another Turkish side Besiktas in Vitoria where they swept away the visitors already in the first quarter. Although, Besiktas was able to balance the game later on, the 20+ deficit firmly remained till the end of the game. Caja Laboral comfortably won the match up 77-51.

The given odds for this match up highly surprised me. Despite playing on the road, I was expecting Caja Laboral to be named as favourites here. Fenerbahce Ulker's poor rebounding issue still continues. Caja Laboral has very deep rotation, particularly in the paint. Maciej Lampe and Milko Bjelica are just two of those guys which Fenerbahce Ulker probably has hard time guarding in the paint. Caja Laboral is also known to share the ball pretty well, so they are able to circulate the ball properly to find the best shoots available. Fenerbahce Ulker offenses are heavily depended on accelerated game tempo by Bo McCalebb and Bojan Bogdanovic's daily shooting performance. Uros Tripkovic also played his first game against Olin Edirne, so he might receive some minutes against Caja Laboral.

At some point, Fenerbahce Ulker will turn the things around;however, I don't believe they are yet ready to blow.  with their decent team rebounding habits, visiting Laboral is likely to find a lot of second opportunities. Unless Fenerbahce Ulker shoots too efficiently behind the arc as a team, I expect a head to head game till the final quarter. There are still two more days till the game, but i already liked the spread.

Pick: Caja Laboral Vitoria +4.5 @ 1.90
Stake: 7/10

Good luck and happy betting!

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    Solid WON

  2. I wish ı bet on Caja without handicap.
    Thanks for pick.

  3. what is wrong with that Fener? They can't play anyone.