Anadolu Efes vs Crvena zvezda
Euroleague, Round 17
I'm willing to risk here with bet on Crvena zvezda in the opening quarter. This is period when IMO guests should dominate. To be honest, i expect Zvezda can win this game too but first quarter is the safest option if you ask me.
This really is a good chance for Serbian team to win one more road game and thus to increase it's chances of reaching Top 8. Cause you can hardly find easier place to visit then meeting with Efes in Istanbul. Note this is not team like Fenerbahce, Galatasaray or Besiktas who all have big fan base and huge support when playing at home. Efes is not such team, they are the team without fans and it's quite different playing in Istanbul against them or against other above mentioned teams.
Furthermore, with only four victories so far, Efes clearly is already out of race for quarter finals. So CZ plus the points could be right choice. Still I like more opening quarter from couple reasons.
First, since Efes has changed the head coach and since Perasovic has been replaced with Ataman, there is clear trend of Efes is opening games very slow. In all games since Ataman arriving (in EL) Efes was losing after ten minutes. But usually they are back into games later on. The last time at home (vs Bamberg) Efes even won the game after last quarter huge comeback.
Having in mind poor game opening for Efes and combined this fact with my earlier claim that Zvezda is weak on the bench (except Davidovac lately), I think first quarter on visiting team is the way to bet here.
Anadolu Efes vs Crvena zvezda prediction
|1st quarter CZ +2||William Hill||1.85||8||22-21 WON (+6.8 units)|