This is a matchup between neighbors of the Euroleague standings. Anadolu Efes and Barcelona meet for the 15th time in this century at Sinan Erdem Dome, the home of Efes. This is an entertaining game, so please review our thoughts here below.
Currently, Anadolu in the 4th place of the Euroleague standings (15-9). They are not playing very well lately. They have won only 2 of their last 5 games including last week’s loss to Fener. Usually, games where Anadolu is playing, end up with a bunch of points (164ppg). So that means that Efes has a great offense, but are not so good on the defensive side of the court. Rodrigue Beaubois could be an “X” factor in this game. This is a player that comes of the bench and is able to hit 3 or 4 threes in a row right away. With only 22mpg he scores 11.4ppg and almost leads the team in this category. Anadolu’s leaders this season: Vasilje Micic (11.8ppg, 5.3apg, 13PIR), Adrien Moerman (12ppg, 6.3rpg, 15.8PIR), Rodrigue Beaubois (11.4ppg, 2.8apg).
Currently, Barcelona in the 5th place of the Euroleague standings (15-9). Barca is red hot lately as they are on 4 games winning streak. They’ve beat pretty strong teams during this run, such as Real and Olympiacos. Last 4 games Barca defended their basket very well as they allow only 66ppg. On the other hand, their offense is not that good. Overall they are scoring 78.1ppg and rank in 12th place in this category. Barcelona’s leaders this season: Thomas Huertel (11.1ppg, 4.8apg, 2.1rpg), Kevin Seraphin (9.3ppg, 4.1rpg), Ante Tomic (9.0ppg, 4.4rpg).
So this is a rival of two, equally matched team. It is most likely that the winner of this game will have the home court advantage and we can expect to see a playoff series between Anadolu Efes and Barcelona. Last game, at Palau Blaugrana, Barcelona came up victorious by a big margin. The result was 80-65, but now things have changed a little bit as Efes are way stronger than they were at the start of the season. We expect a resultative and quiet tied game. Last game leaders for Barca: Pierre Oriola (14pts, 4reb), Chris Singleton (13pts, 3rebs, 2ass, 2stls), Kevin Seraphin (13pts, 8rebs, 2stls).
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