Friday, May 24, 2013

25 May 2013 Galatasaray Medical Park - Pinar Karsiyaka

Galatasaray Medical Park Pinar Karsiyaka
The semifinals of Turkish Basketball League 2012-2013 season kicks off today. In the first match up, Galatasaray Medical Park is going to host Pinar Karsiyaka on saturday evening. This series will be held in the best of 3 out of possible 5 matches. The first two games are to be held on Istanbul while the following one and (the 4th game if necessary) will be played in Izmir. Due to the heavy riots and extraction of fans from the arena a couple of months ago, no visiting fans will be allowed for the games in this series.

During the regular season, either side managed to win their home games. Pinar Karsiyaka defeated Galatasaray by 72-69 in December whereas Galatasaray took the revenge of it by 94-73 at the end of March. Prior to reaching this round, both teams trailed their opponents by achieving two straight victories and clearly demonstrated how competent they are.

Galatasaray Medical Park team has a lot of firepower. In each game, it's possible that a different player could shoulder the scoring burden of the team. Although Pinar Karsiyaka has talented perimeter shooters as well, Galatasaray Medical Park back court players mainly Carlos Arroyo and Jamont Gordon have significantly bigger experience when compared to players like Bobby Dixon, Jon Diebler, Evren Buker etc. Home side is slightly stronger in the paint, too. Furkan Aldemir and Boniface Ndong duo reinforced by veteran Ersin Dagli is likely to be superior to Pinar Karsiyaka front court rotation. William Thomas and Alade Aminu are decent pair of guys;however, they still need contribution from other players. At this regard, the performance of inconsistent Bora Hun Pacun inside the paint is crucial to decide the fate of the series for Izmir side.

The odds are not yet revealed in most of the bookies. Marathonbet have spreads around double digits with ridiculous allowed stakes. So, I believe the spread is likely to be given around 8-9 points against home side Galatasaray Medical Park. Although Galatasaray is clearly favourites here, I don't expect such humiliating results in any of the games. Many of Pinar Karsiyaka players are in shape in terms of perimeter shooting. Particularly, power forward Umit Sonkol is definitely revived after a mediocre season. If he continues to shoot as efficiently as he shot within Fenerbahce Ulker series, I find Pinar Karsiyaka to be capable of surprising everyone.

Pick: Pinar Karsiyaka +9.5 @ 1.88
Stake: 8/10

Good luck and happy betting!

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