Darussafaka vs Besiktas
Turkish basketball league. Derby between Darussafaka and Besiktas. IMO the host is a little bit overrated since this is much better spot for Besiktas.
Namely, Darussafaka has played the previous game in Friday, so basically they have had just one day rest. Namely Darussafaka was in Montenegro and met with Buducnost in Game 2 of the Eurocup quarter finals. The Turkish team was successful there and closed the series with 2-0. I expected a little bit more difficult match for them but very weak game opening from Buducnost was crucial. BTW that was one of rare games where Darussafaka had god result from the start. In most cases you will see them struggling early and then being dominate late. That was the case in very high % in Eurocup while here in Turkish league even more. For example Darussafaka is with amazing 8-1 home record in Turkish league but just once out of those nine games they have covered the first quarter handicap. Furthermore in only two of those nine at home Darussafaka was leading at all after first period.
So all that is too much to be taken as coincidence. It's confirmed, Darussafaka has bad game opening but their decent quality and amazing coach usually puts things on its place later in the match.
Furthermore, Besiktas is not some poor quality side. Yes they are not in ULEB competitions but they have quality. So I think they can make trouble here to host, at least early whilst David Blatt finds the way to success.
In any case, I believe in Besiktas. After all, the quests are on third position right now and with better record 14-5 than Darussafaka 12-7.
Besiktas also is coming from the European game. Namely they competes in FIBA competitions. But their game was four days ago so as I said, this is pretty much better momentum for them than for tired Darussafaka.
The first mutual game between these two was exactly in the line by all said above. Darussafaka was not on the high level early, tied after first Q, plus 4 Besiktas at halftime, plus seven Besiktas after third Q, but again great finish from Darussafaka and forced that game into overtime where Besiktas was better or more lucky and won.
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Darussafaka vs Besiktas prediction
|Besiktas +2 first Quarter||William Hill||1.85||8||18-17 WON (+6.8 units)|