Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pinar Karsiyaka - Joensuun Kataja


Pinar Karsiyaka Joensuun Kataja
In the third match day of Eurochallenge 2012 - 2013 season Top 16, Pinar Karsiyaka is going to host Finnish side Joensuun Kataja tonight. Pinar Karsiyaka remains unbeaten in the group whereas Kataja lost against Metan Medias last week after defeating BK Ventspils at home.

Group I of the tournament has taken an interesting shape after the first 2 games. BK Ventspils which I believed has to be one of the teams qualifying through this group is now at the bottom of it. Kataja and Medias have one victory each and they sustain their hopes of getting through quarter finals in the remaining games. Joensuun Kataja could have had fantastic opportunity if they had managed to defeat Gaz Metan Medias the previous week.

Finnish basketball is one of the newest emerging trends in European Basketball. They have many talented players playing for different teams across the europe, so a Finnish Team playing in Top 16 isn't any surprise to me. (Other promising country in terms of national Basketball is Georgia, and we talk about it later when we have the occasion) Kataja reached to TOP 16 with 3/3 record. I personaly never watched them in their own league properly, but one remarkable fact to me is the number of USA players in their roster;5.

Pinar Karsiyaka is unbeaten in Group I. After comfortably defeating Metan Medias at home, Pinar Karsiyaka was hosted in Latvia by BK Ventspils. In a quite even game, Pinar Karsiyaka took the lead towards the end of the 3rd quarter with the devastating performance of Robert Dixon ( who was named the MVP of week 2 later on ) and achieved an important victory. Another win tonight might mean more or less the qualification from this stage, so home side will look to succeed it.

I expect a similar match up to that with CS Gaz Metan Medias 2 weeks ago. Joensuun Kataja has games where they do score and allow a lot of points. Most of the lines are not yet revealed, so I'll update the post later. Nevertheless, I'm mainly waiting for half time spreads to be revealed. Depending on the game total, It could be evaluated as well. I'll add the exact picks as soon as i reach them.

Pick: Pinar Karsiyaka Half Time -8.0 @ 1.88
Stake: 10/10







Good luck and happy betting!

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