Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pinar Karsiyaka - Ventspils


Pinar Karsiyaka BK Ventspils pick
In the Fiba Eurochallenge game of the week, Pinar Karsiyaka is going to host BK Ventspils in Karsiyaka Arena tonight. This game is particularly chosen because a defeat for either side won't mean the end of the road whereas the victory might mean a lot to finish the group stage on top for BK Ventspils provided that they could cover the double average clause. Any Pinar Karsiyaka victory will get them through by leading Group I one week before the closedown of this stage.

Pinar Karsiyaka started by 3/0 record to TOP 16;however, they lost its previous game in Romania last week. As I wrote earlier in some other pick, such a loss wasn't too surprising in spite of that was a decent result for bookies. Pinar Karsiyaka team was heavily exhausted after a road trip when Pinar Karsiyaka players were on the road for more than 3 weeks. A well prepared and concentrated CS Gaz Metan Medias easily dominated the game and won the match up 77-69 last week. Pinar Karsiyaka had the luxury to lose one game, so they in fact did take use of it. Tonight, this is going to be their final game at home, so they better not miss this shot.

I personally expected BK Ventspils to perform a lot better, but they sort of disappointed me. When I looked at the group as a whole, BK Ventspils was my first choice whom I though would suppose to be qualifying through this group along with Pinar Karsiyaka. However, the games are won on the court, not on the table and the qualification of Latvian side is in somewhat risky situation right now. Tonight, they'll have to confront one of the most ambitious crowds of the entire tournament and next week, they'll be visiting CS Metan Medias in Romania. In such circumstances, this game may be more important to them than it does to home side Pinar Karsiyaka.

Since it's chosen as the game of the week, the game will be broadcasted live through Fiba TV. 3 weeks ago, when Pinar Karsiyaka defeated Finnish Joensuun Kataja, there was a great athmosphere in the arena. The fans hasn't seen their team for more than 3 weeks, so tonight the athmosphere is a candidate to be even better. BK Ventspils is a team with great deal of experience in Eurochallenge cup, so i don't expect them to surrender so easily. Although Pinar Karsiyaka is a natural favourite here as usual, i find the given spread is little bit high. Instead, I'll go for a first quarter spread. 3 weeks ago, Pinar Karsiyaka started dominating Kataja already in the first quarter. The game began with 12-0 Pinar Karsiyaka run, all points scored by Robert Lee Dixon. With the impuls the spectators provide, a similar scenery is very likely to occur once again, tonight. Bet365 hasn't revealed the half time and quarter spreads, but i find this pick available in marathonbet.

Pick: Pinar Karsiyaka First Quarter -2.5 @ 1.88
Stake: 8/10








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