This is a matchup between Fenerbahce and Barcelona in the Euroleague. Fenerbahce and Barcelona will meet at Ulker Sports Arena, the home of Fenerbahce. This is an entertaining game, so please review our thoughts here below.
Currently, Fener is in the 1st place of the Euroleague standings (21-4) and are looking safe to win the regular season. They are coming off a huge loss to Real Madrid, but this shouldn't be a problem that downturns Istanbul's game. Fenerbahce is the best defensive team in the league (74ppg allowed) and one of the best scoring teams 84.6ppg. So they are a team that has a whole lot of professional, high caliber players. Kostas Sloukas caught fire in his last two games as he averaged 16.5ppg, 5.5apg, and 19PIR. Fener is unbeatable at home as they won all 12 home games so far this season. The leaders of Fenerbahce this season: Kostas Sloukas (11.1ppg, 4.6apg), Nikola Kalinic (9.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.8apg), Marko Guduric (9ppg, 2.3apg).
Currently, Barcelona in the 5th place of the Euroleague standings (15-10). Barca had a heartbreaking loss, as Anadolu Efes snapped their 4 games winning streak and complicated Catalonians chances of getting a home court advantage in the playoffs. They are the 2nd best defensive team in the Euroleague as they allow 76.4 points per game. Barcelona playmaker Thomas Heurtel has been playing some of his best basketball recently and is averaging 11.0 points on impressive shooting (66.7% 2FG, 57.1%) plus 7.0 assists over his last three games. Barcelona is not playing well on the road as they are only 6-7. 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 clash of two best defenses in Europe. We should see a lot of nice defensive plays in this match. Last time these teams saw each other was very not resultative. It ended by a total of 149 points with a result 65-84, Fener crushed Barcelona. Barcelona's leaders were: Adam Hanga (16pts, 6rebs, 2ast), Kyle Kurič (10pts, 2rebs). Leading scorers of Fener were: Ali Muhammed (16pts, 5rebs, 2ast), Marko Gudurič (13pts, 5rebs, 4ast), Ian Vesely (11pts, 8rebs, 4ast).
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