Monday, March 4, 2013

Fenerbahce Ulker - Karsiyaka

Fenerbahce Ulker Pinar Karsiyaka pick
In the final match up of the weekend, Fenerbahce Ulker is hosting Pinar Karsiyaka at Ulker Arena tonight. Those teams faced each other already twice this season where either has achieved one victory. Home side Fenerbahce Ulker will aim to retake the lead of the league by defeating Pinar Karsiyaka tonight whereas visitors seek to win to keep chasing top 4 spot to gain home court advantage during the playoffs.

Fenerbahce Ulker head coach Simone Pianigiani has recently resigned from his duty and the team played its last 2 games with its newly appointed head coach Ertugrul Erdogan who was assistant trainer during Pianigiani Era. Although, it's still early to evaluate whether or not he becomes more successful than his predecessor, Ertugrul Erdogan managed to lead his team to a victory against Besiktas last week.

Pinar Karsiyaka continues to walk towards its targets week by week. Two weeks ago, they qualified to Eurochallenge quarter finals one week prior to the end of group stage. Within the league, they are beaten only 3 times in 17 games, so Pinar Karsiyaka could be acknowledged to be very successful so far in the domestic competition as well.

Prior to this match up, Pinar Karsiyaka suffer serious injury problems. Small forward Can Maxim Mutaf, and guards Jon Diebler and Caner Topaloglu are unavailable to play. Especially the absence of Mutaf and Diebler is likely to affect Pinar Karsiyaka scoringwise. In Fenerbahce Ulker side, although there isn't any reported injury, there is serious doubt regarding the motivation of certain players such as McCalebb and Batiste due to the change of coaching staff. Therefore, there is certainly a transition period for them and we'll see what kind of changes this process brings to Fenerbahce Ulker rotation.

Given the absences of Pinar Karsiyaka team, it's not going to be an easy clash for them.  Since their offensive firepower is certainly damaged, they are inclined to prefer backcourt basketball rather than fast break tempo. This year head coach Ufuk Sarica gives team defense the primary importance, so his strategy today will definitely be based on this philosophy. He could refer to full court pressure whereas Fenerbahce Ulker is highly likely to focus on stopping Pinar Karsiyaka point guard Robert Lee Dixon. Fenerbahce Ulker coach Ertugrul Erdogan could also give more minutes to players like Kaya  Peker and Ilkan Karaman over David Andersen and Mike Batiste to provide stronger defensive presence. In short, the team which defends better is probable to win this game.

In none of the games which Pinar Karsiyaka played against teams being placed in the standings on top of them, today's game total was exceeded. The results of Pinar Karsiyaka - Fenerbahce Ulker match ups were 72-66 and 69-77. Under the light of these stats, the best pick for this game is to stake our money on game total under and enjoy it.

Pick: Game Total Under 152.5 @ 1.88
Stake: 8/10

Good luck and happy betting!

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1 comment:

  1. Total of 62 points in the first half.
    52 points in the 3rd quarter