Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Caja Laboral Baskonia - Fenerbahce Ulker

Caja Laboral Fenerbahce Ulker pick
In the 11th match day of Euroleague TOP 16, Fenerbahce Ulker is set to visit Caja Laboral in Vitoria on thursday evening. The first game played in Istanbul ended with the decisive victory of Caja Laboral; 75-97. In order to sustain their hopes of going through this stage, Caja Laboral will seek to repeat this successful performance again.

Nothing is different on Fenerbahce Ulker. Neither with new coach Ertugrul Erdogan nor with Simone Pianigiani, Fenerbahce Ulker keeps disappointing its fans day by day. Just three days ago, they were hosted by one of the youngest and most inexperienced rotations of Turkish Basketball League, Tofas, and Tofas handed in them a slaughtering loss. Once at the third quarter, Tofas led the game as high as 26 points difference. Although, they lost some momentum in the final quarter and Fenerbahce Ulker managed cut to margin up to low double figures, Tofas didn't let miracle happen and won the game by 9 points difference. One of the main reasons of such a loss was the absence of Bojan Bogdanovic. He was injured in the 3rd minute of the first quarter and couldn't finish the game. His injury can not make us treat home side's victory as delusion. It was a fair and well deserved one.

Home side Caja Laboral is another team I follow closely by occasion. Last week, they visited the other Turkish side in Istanbul. Although Caja Laboral couldn't avoid Besiktas to realize a comeback and equalize the score at the third quarter, they managed to retake the control led by superby performance of Andres Nocioni and won the game by double digits comfortably. Andres Nocioni scored game high 22 points, more remarkably hitting 5/6 three pointers in 27 minutes.

Bojan Bogdanovic who was injured against Tofas 3 days ago was reported to be out of action for at least 10 days;therefore, he's unavailable to play against Caja Laboral. Caja Laboral center Maciej Lampe missed the last weekend's game against Real Madrid due to stomach problems but he was reported to have completed the training in spite of he worked lightly. His minutes might drop, but i think he's probable to play. Even if he doesn't play at all, his absence isn't as crucial as Bogdanovic's. Bojan Bogdanovic is currently Euroleague TOP 16's index and scoring leader. He averages 21.8 points per game in the past 10 games. Therefore, his absence is absolutely crucial to the scoring potential of Fenerbahce Ulker rotation. Caja Laboral sustained their hopes to catch the last spot of Group F last week. There is no reason they keep hoping by adding one more victory to their streak. The given spread is highly valuable for us to try once again.

Pick: Caja Laboral First Half -6.5 @ 1.90
Stake: 10/10

Good luck and happy betting!

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