Probably the least exciting game of the Thursday matchups. Fenerbahce has already secured the playoffs and the only motivation for them is to secure home court advantage for the playoffs. Fenerbahce has lost only 1 game in the Top 16 stage to Panathinaikos 71-76 on away court. At their home court, Fenerbahce has won 17 consecutive Euroleague games, which means that coach Zeljko Obradovic is not going to let anyone take the win from their Ulker Sports Arena.
On the other side, this is the last chance for Darussafaka and it is a must win situation if they want to keep alive the hopes of the playoffs. In their first meeting played in January, Darussafaka came up short, losing 100-106 at their home court. Their only away win in the Top 16 stage was against Cedevita Zagreb, which is the worst team of group E.
Fenerbache’s offense is led by five players who are averaging double digit points per game. Leading scorer is Luigi Datome (12.9 ppg) followed by Jan Vesely (12.3 ppg and 7.1 rpg) and Ekpe Udoh who is averaging 12.4 ppg and teams 2nd best 4.6 rpg. Interesting fact is that coach Obradovic has used 15 players and 10 different starting lineups so far and no player has started in every game in the Euroleague. Fenerbahce is tied in 2nd place in blocked shots per game (5.5 bpg) and 3rd place in points allowed (71.2 ppg).
On the other hand, Darussafaka has recorded 3 wins in their last five games. Led by big men Luke Harangody (10.3 ppg and 4.3 rpg) and Semih Erden (8.9 ppg and teams best 5.3 rpg) Darussafaka will look to surprise the Fenerbahce on their home court. Emir Preldzic (8 seasons), Semih Erden (5 seasons) and Oguz Savas (9 seasons) are the former Fenerbahce players who spent almost their entire careers at Fenerbahce.
Just a look at the two rosters and coaches, leaves us with a clear picture on who the top dog is in this game. I just don’t see Fenerbahce giving away this game to Darussafaka who still has very very slim chances on moving on to the next stage. Fenerbahce will look to take the lead as soon as possible and control the entire game. We are going to see another high scoring game, as both teams will go all or nothing in this game.
My bet: over 151 points @ 1.90
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