Monday, March 18, 2013

Hacettepe - Besiktas

Hacettepe University Besiktas pick
Since Banvit - Karsiyaka game was postponed due to Karsiyaka's 3rd game with Paris Levallois tomorrow, this week's last game is set to be played between Hacettepe University and Besiktas. Hacettepe University has the worst record in the league and one of the biggest relegation candidates. Visiting Besiktas lost its last 3 games in a row and they seek to end this terrible streak by achieving a comfortable victory in capital city of Ankara.

Hacettepe University has been desperately fighting against relegation. After having played a terrible half season, Hacettepe University added some guys to their rotation in order to turn things around;however, this operation didn't seem to yield enough positive gain yet. Although, they won two games in last month, those victories should be attained to underachieving statuses of their opponents rather than dominating performance of Hacettepe University itself. There are only 8 games left prior to the play offs and each week the hopes of Hacettepe University decreases rapidly.

Besiktas in fact is no different than them. It's nothing surprise that they lose all their games in Euroleague. Moreover, Besiktas lost its last three games. One striking statistics is the correspondence of the streak and the departure of team's scoring leader Curtis Jerrells. To put it in another way, Besiktas hasn't won yet since Curtis Jerrells left the team. Well, to those who are familiar with the team, it's actually no surprise at all.

This is a very tricky game bettingwise. Neither Besiktas nor Hacettepe is reliable within the given spread. Besiktas is too consistent to be counted for covering this spread whereas the spread on behalf of Hacettepe University isn't high enough to be relied on properly. The immediate need of Hacettepe University for salvation is versus  Besiktas' aim to end this bad streak especially when they have such a good occasion to exploit. In the clash of poor sides, my stakes will be medium.

Besiktas power forwards, especially Cevher Ozer, has been putting nice figures recently. With the usual dominance of Gasper Vidmar and slightly better contribution of back court players, Besiktas could perhaps win the game by covering today's spread against tighter Hacettepe University rotation. Once again, medium stakes only.

Pick: Besiktas -7.5 @ 1.88
Stake: 6/10

Good luck and happy betting!

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