Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Unics Kazan - Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul


Unics Kazan Galatasaray pick
Galatasaray Medical Park is visiting Unics in Kazan for a crucial battle for their chances of qualification through Group L. A possible loss might not necessarily mean the end of the road for them;however, it does remove the control off their hands;therefore, they need to win this game possibly by eliminating the double average clause disadvantage as well.

Galatasaray Medical Park is tired. They played tough back to back games last week through which they made their way to the final of Turkish Basketball League cup. They defeated Anadolu Efes and Banvit Bandirma(by overtime) in a back to back games and with just one day rest, they faced Fenerbahce Ulker in the final where they lost the game in the last quarter. Right after such a streak of games in a neutral ground, they were obliged to travel a far destination;Kazan to face an opponent which isn't any weaker; Unics. Certainly, it is going to be a difficult match up for them.

Unics Kazan defeated BC Khimki Moscow at home just 2 days ago. With their new coach on the bench, they'll play their final home game in this group stage, so any possible loss might jeopardzy their chance of going through. In the first round, Unics managed to defeat Galatasaray Medical Park 74-80 in Istanbul, thanks mostly to superb performances of Chuck Eidson and Ian Vougioukas.

Originally, I was highly hesitant of betting on this game. But, I changed my mind right after I noticed what happened to Pinar Karsiyaka tonight. They've pretty much been through the same busy schedule, so they lost the game against a team which they beated by 30 points margin at home. The presence of a new head coach on the bench and given the fact that this is the last game Unics Kazan is scheduled to play at home if not qualified to quarter finals make me think towards on behalf of the home side. One other unoffical news is the possible existence of financial issues within Galatasaray Medical Park team. Milan Macvan and Boniface N'dong were claimed to officialy send an advice note to Galatasaray Board in order to collect their delayed payments. Although, we have no chance of confirming this situation officially, there happens to be no smoke without a fire. Therefore, I'm confident on home side victory.

Pick: Unics Kazan ML @ 1.47
Stake: 8/10








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