In Istanbul we will a see repeat of Euroleague semifinal, but this time Fenerbahce will play at home. The only difference here is that Real kept the same level from last season, while Fenerbahce made some big signings, but so far it’s hard to see who will replace Bjelica and Goudelock.
Real Madrid used their home stand very well. They had good training sessions, recovered all players and won 2 games in style (98:71 Zvezda, 112:89 Tenerife). They are coming to Istanbul with full roster and desire to win, because after loss in Khimki they need to win one extra game (beside win over group outsiders) away to take situation in group under control.
Fenerbahce made many changes this summer, but so far team is not playing well enough. They lost to Strabourg, than got another one loss against Konyaspor and now big game against Madrid, which is a strongest team in Euroleague at the moment. This year they don’t have player like Andrew Goudelock, which gave them many extra points last season. Antic, Kalinic and Udoh not looking fully integrated yet and I have serious doubts, that they can replace Bjelica talent and character.
I woud like to see Real Madrid as underdog here for full stake bet because at the moment there is no value in this pick. My decision to take Real here is because I don’t see how Fenerbahce in its current conditions might upset Real. Z.Obradovic team had problems with Bayern in their first game, than collapsed in Strasbourg and lost to Konyaspor.. Looks like they need more time to learn how to win games against top calibre teams, which has gained its form and confidence.
Pick: Real Madrid to win @ 1.75 Pinnacle
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