Monday, April 8, 2013

Besiktas - Aliaga

Besiktas Aliaga Petkim pick
The last game of the weekend is scheduled between Besiktas and Aliaga Petkim in Abdi Ipekci Arena, Istanbul. Besiktas came to the end of their Euroleague campaign where they finished the competition by defeating Fenerbahce Ulker a few days ago. Aliaga Petkim, after bringing on Hakan Demir, works hard in order to catch a play off spot for the second time in the club's history. Since, Besiktas, from now on, is also likely to focus on the domestic competition, it's a must win game for both sides.

Home side Besiktas hasn't managed to take care well both competitions simultaneously. The team naturally gave their primary focus in Euroleague;however, they were heavily dominated there most of the time due to the lack of quality within their rotation. For the remainder of the season, they are going to play one week a game, so their performance might increase a little, if any.

Aliaga Petkim has been one of the teams who didn't go above and beyond their financial strength. Bad planning in the offseason and head coach problems, wrong choice of transfers all made them waste almost an entire season. They might not relegate, but everyone expected them to perform a lot better given the amount of money invested. Last week, they managed to Mersin Bsb. on the road, so this victory might well be the beginning of something.

It's a typical monday game where the interest of the fans are destined to be low. I consider the players may also have hard time motivate themselves for such games. Besiktas team is totally relieved by the end of Euroleague adventure, so this game could possibly make them feel too much of a burden for them. Head coah Erman Kunter is likely to utilize the rest of his rotation to get rested some of his guys. However, Aliaga Petkim isn't a team to underestimate. They arrived to istanbul with great motivation and there is no way they surrender so easily today. Aliaga Petkim has enough depth in their rotation where Preston Shumpert, Torin Jamal Francis and  Jerome Arnold are in shape. I expect them to battle until the final possession. The spread is just too nice to ignore.

Pick: Aliaga Petkim +9.5 @ 1.88
Stake: 8/10

Good luck and happy betting!

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