Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Pinar Karsiyaka - CS Gaz Metan Medias

Pinar Karsiyaka Gaz Metan Medias pick
After a month of break, Fiba Eurochallenge cup kicks in with TOP 16 matches today. One of the biggest Final Four candidates Pinar Karsiyaka is going to host Metan Medias which qualified from Group C of previous stage.

A regular participant of Fiba Euro Challenge tournament, Pinar Karsiyaka is giving serious importance to the competition this year. After the achievement of Besiktas last year, Pinar Karsiyaka community has a belief that they could repeat that success again. On the road towards the quarter finals, Pinar Karsiyaka is going to host Romanian side CS Gaz Metan Medias tonight at Karsiyaka Arena.

Metan Medias qualified through group C by recording 4/2 in the previous round. Like many other teams of this tournament, the key to their success was their perfect home record. They won all their games they played at home which was already enough for them to qualify. Since their scoring clause was worse than BC Khimik Yuzhne, they were drawn with Pinar Karsiyaka rather than facing the other Turkish team Tofas.

I don't know much about Romanian basketball at all.(So, I know that there are a lot of romanian people following these pages, feel free to comment under the post!). Here is what I think. As far as the statistics I find on the internet, Cs Gaz Metan doesn't seem to be doing well even in Romainian domestic league. They are placed at 8th spot within 16 teams.However, I do know Pinar Karsiyaka team very well. This year, they do perform well on the court. In the previous round, they won 5 out of 6 games. In the domestic league, Pinar Karsiyaka was only beaten once, by Banvit Bandirma while They defeated Besiktas, Galatasaray Medical Park, Anadolu Efes and Fenerbahce Ulker at Karsiyaka Arena. A few weeks ago, Pinar Karsiyaka put a couple of non impressive performances;however, they seem to find their usual rythm afterwards. Just a couple of days ago, Pinar Karsiyaka defeated Ted Kolejliler at home with 20+ points margin. In the previous round, Krka Novo Mesto which I believe has a lot more European experience than Cs Gaz Metan Medias couldn't avoid 20+ defeat when they were hosted by Pinar Karsiyaka.

So, considering the current form of home side, I expect a clear Pinar Karsiyaka victory here. Bet365 hasn't revealed the odds yet, so I'll stake my pick from marathonbet instead. As soon as Bet365 reveals the lines, I'll also bet on half time lines. Since Pinar Karsiyaka is giving a lot of importance to this tournament, I expect them to dominate the visitors from the first minute. Therefore, the half time spread with its lower handicap is also valuable here.

Pick : Pinar Karsiyaka Full Time -14.5 @ 1.97
Stake: 8/10

Pick : Pinar Karsiyaka Half Time  -8.5 @ 1.88

Good luck and happy betting!

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