Fenerbahce vs CSKA Moscow
*A battle between two good friends and relatives: coaches Itoudis and Obradovic. They have won 5 Euroleague trophies together
(Itoudis as an assistant coach) back in their days in Panathinaikos. Ever since they split ways, Itoudis hold a winning record (5-4) against his master.
*CSKA has won in 4 of their 5 visits to Fener with Itoudis as their head coach!
Fener holds the best record in Euroleague so far and quite a lot of top ranks in categories like 2P%, 3P% and best defense (76.4p). They are playing great basketball, enjoying the best regular season run ever since Obradovic was hired but they also had a big portion of luck in many thrilling games that went down to the wire like against Olympiacos, Zalgiris, and Bayern to name a few; yet this is the first time that they won't be the most quality side on the court. With the likes of great scorer DeColo, Higgins and Clyburn who are having amazing seasons, the pair of Hines and Hunter in Center, Rodriguez who is having a silent season but always steps up in big games, as well as a great depth in the bench (Kurbanov, Hacket, Peters), Fener cannot afford to lose concentration at any point during this game and will have to do a lot of things right to get the win.
CSKA has already proved their worth by defeating the other top candidate for the title, Real, on the road and although Real played without their leader Llull, CSKA also missed Rodriguez in that game. CSKA is the better rebounding team and that will be among their strengths along with their offense which has never been an issue for them so far, so it comes down to defense and taking good care of Sloukas, Datome, and Vesely for starters but CSKA has a good basis with the likes of Hacket who can take that dull role, as well as great two-way players Higgins and Clyburn and two solid options in C.
All in all, this is much much tougher than it looks and great runs or records not always matter in such kind of games whilst CSKA knows how to get what they want whenever they visit Fener and they should not be considered the underdogs today.
Fenerbahce vs CSKA Moscow prediction
|CSKA ML||Bet365||2.10||6||78-75 LOST (-6 units)|