Fenerbahce vs Panathinaikos by Tullamore
The game: Fenerbahce vs Panathinaikos
Fenerbahce is under pressure and needs an electroshock, since it has lost 3 games at the beginning of the Top 16 phase. On the other hand, the Greek powerhouse is coming by another victory over its big rival in Greece and an 8-game winning streak.
3-0 for Panathinaikos
0-3 for Fenerbahce.
This season at Euroleague, Fener has won 4/6 at home including the defeat by Partizan(...), while Panathinaikos is counting 3/6 on the road.
You know what i am going to pick here. Maybe i cannot admit that i was wrong, backing this team against Olympiacos and Unicaja. I cannot understand, how they lost a game, where they were hitting big shots beyond the arc all day long... Ok, maybe this team is not ready.
But there is huge talent among the squad. It has not to do just with the depth. They are better than the respective players of Panathinaikos. And that's the fact. When Fenerbahce will take its place on the court on Thursday evening, it will be a step forward at the starting point.
The threat: Rummel who??
Yes, Rummel Curry! He is the man lately. He is playing less than 20 minutes per game, but he scores more than 10 points, adjusted on an impressive 6/8 behind the 6.75 line (top 16).
He was the one who killed Olympiacos at the first half by the way, on Monday.
The triplet Bogdanovic, Bjelica and Preldzic. They hit three pointers, they have size, they can post effectively, they can pass and they have enough experience at this level. Pedoulakis is a defense specialist, but his players need to overperform at this spot, considering the miss-match situations, since he cannot use zone defense for an extended period during the game.
On the other hand, Obradovic has to prove that he is still the best in Europe. Running the zonal marking will probably destroy Panathinaikos, which is not effective from the perimeter so far and cannot gain anything, trying to collapse the Zone with drives and split-outs.
If Fenerbahce lose, it will have to be perfect till the end, that will be more than extraordinary.
It is the first season of Coach Obradovic at Istanbul, but this doesn't mean he can sleep well, after such a devastation. This is the must-win of the season, for him and his team. No excuses if he lose this one against his former team.
Pedoulakis uses down screens offensively to create space for his forwards to eceive lobs and this might hurt the hosts' back. Slowing Panathinaikos's frontcourt down will be a key at this one. Fener has the ability to control the boards at some point. Another thiing and do not laugh... It's Omer Onan. I am telling you, that this guy is more than valuable. He can control the game, he is experienced, he can score from distance if needed and he can put his touch on the team's tactics. Obradovic doesn't use him more than 7 minutes, but he has to trust him more. He deserves 13-15 minutes on the court and he will do the job.
The pick: Fenerbahce to win the game. Low odds, i know, but it will be 1.45 till Thursday
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