Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Besiktas Istanbul - Casa Ted Kolejliler

Besiktas Ted Kolejliler turkish cup pick
This weekened, Turkish Basketball league is going to have a break. Instead, we'll be watching Turkish Basketball Cup games between 6th-10th of February. Today, the finals begin with a match up between Besiktas and Ted Kolejliler. Both teams lost their games last weekend and they are placed between 4th-8th seeds of the standings. In a potentialy exciting game, either side will try to make their way towards the semi final.

During the weekend,  Ted Kolejliler was given a handicap of around +10 when the odds were released. The spread dropped as low as +7.5 prior to the start of the match. Although many people expected Ted Kolejliler to fight hard against Fenerbahce Ulker, they were nowhere near to prevailing. Fenerbahce Ulker took command of the score early at the first quarter and defeated Ted Kolejliler by 20 points margin. Today, Ted Kolejliler is going to face another big name, Besiktas which is very likely to pay attention to Cup.

Besiktas faced a tough opponent in the last match up, too. Pinar Karsiyaka visited Besiktas in Istanbul where visitors achieved a decisive victory. Although Besiktas tried to keep up with visitors by initiative of their guards mainly Serhat Cetin and Daniel Ewing, Besiktas front court players were heavily dominated by Pinar Karsiyaka centers, particularly William Thomas. Besides, Damir Markota was a total disappointment who finished the game with single point only, If i remember correctly. Today, they'll likely to face even a tougher match up inside, Jovo Stanojevic.

It's a tricky game to guess. Besiktas is the defending champion of this tournament, so they should be looking to keep it that way especially when things in Euroleague and in the league don't go well. Besiktas still miss point guards Muratcan Guler and Tutku Acik whereas Ted Kolejliler has full roster available. I personaly think that Besiktas will pay lots of attention to these cup finals. Last weekend, Besiktas seemed to prioritize stopping Pinar Karsiyaka at first hand, rather than dominating them. Today, head coach Erman Kunter probably employs the same strategy. Ted Kolejliler is a run & gun tempo team which seeks to beat opponents by scoring rather than defending hard. Besiktas probably forces them to utilize set offense by slowing down the tempo. The efficiency of Ted Kolejliler drops significantly if they don't go for a fast break offense. In a game which I think Besiktas is closer to the semi finals, I really liked the determined game total.

Pick : Game total under 155.5 @ 1.88
Stake: 8/10

Good luck and happy betting!

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