Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Fenerbahce Ulker - Montepaschi Siena

Fenerbahce Ulker Montepaschi Siena pick
Fenerbahce Ulker is going to host Montepaschi Siena, the former team of their head coach Simone Pianigiani. Italian side defeated  Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv in the first match day of Euroleague Top 16 and they'll try to win the second game in a row on friday night, in Istanbul.

Although it is supposed to be an emotional game for Simone Pianigiani who enjoyed great success for his former team, he is having hard time to match what is expected of him in his Turkey adventure so far. Fenerbahce Ulker reached to the top of Turkish Basketball league with only a single defeat;however, their unsatisfactory performance in the first stage of Euroleague is still fresh in memories. Not only, they barely qualified to TOP 16 by defeating Mapooro Cantu at the last match day, but also Fenerbahce Ulker was smashed by Regal Barcelona at the first week of Top 16. Regal Barcelona reached 100 points against Fenerbace, but it wasn't the points which pissed off the fans, rather the defeat admitted without enoug resistence. It was only Bojan Bogdanovic and Romain Sato who seemed to fight rather than admitting the defeat. Surprisingly, Mike Batise who was involved in transfer speculations also contributed by 13 points. All in all, Fenerbahce Ulker performed badly as a team and suffered a heavy loss with 20+ points margin.

Montepaschi Siena might have lost its head coach last summer, but they didn't seem to lose their basketball culture, either. They qualified to Euroleague TOP 16 by finishing 3rd in group B and they began to group F well by defeating Maccabi Electra by double figures. Montepaschi Siena is a very balanced rotation where all players are capable of scoring. Montepaschi Siena rotates the ball properly as a team. In fact, five Siena players scored in double digits when defeating Maccabi Electra.

This is going to be a very important game for Fenerbahce Ulker. After being humiliated by Regal Barcelona, they better show some reaction to turn the things around. A possible loss makes coach Simone Pianigiani's future put into great uncertainty. As i mentioned above, no one cares about what is achieved in domestic league, this team is meant to be successful primarily in Euroleague. Visiting Montepaschi Siena lost 3 of total 5 road games in the previous round. Nevertheless, all those losses were close defeats. So, they are very unlikely to surrender against tense Fenerbahce Ulker. Montepaschi Siena is also a good rebounding team whereas Fenerbahce Ulker is the euroleague worst. With David Moss and Tomas Ress in the paint and Euroleague's top scorer Bobby Brown in the backcourt, Montepaschi Siena will do anything they could to stop home side. The given spread is quite reasonable to try.

One quick remark; Montepaschi Siena defeated Fenerbahce Ulker 89-61 in an exhibition game on September, 12th held in Italy.

Pick: Montepaschi Siena +6.5 @ 1.90
Stake: 8/10

Pick: Montepaschi Siena ML @ 3.25
Stake: 3/10

Good luck and happy betting!

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