Date/Time: 05-17-2019, 12:00 EDT
Spread: Fenerbahce -2
In the opening games of Euroleague Basketball’s Final Four, we have an all-Turkish showdown for the first time in the history of the competition, when the first in the regular season and defending champions Fenerbahce will be facing the 4th Anadolu Efes. Fener qualified over Zalgiris Kaunas with back-to-back road wins in the opening round, while Efes had a hard time against Barcelona but managed to qualify 3-2 wins.
Efes had a 20-10 record in the regular season and finished in the fourth place of the league table. They are 2-1 in their last 3 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious at home against Barcelona in the fifth game of the series, 80-71. Fener had a 25-5 record in the regular season and finished on top of the whole league. They are 5-1 in their last 6 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Zalgiris on the road in the fourth game of the series, 82-99.
Top Basketball BookmakersEfes are led in scoring by Adrien Moerman with 12.4 ppg. He also leads the team in boards grabbed with 6.2 per game, while Vasilje Micic follows with 12.1 ppg and leads the team in dimes made with 5.6 per game. Shane Larkin adds 11.5 ppg and 3.1 dimes per game. Fener are led in scoring by Jan Vesely with 12.4 ppg. He also leads the team in boards grabbed with 5 per game, while Kostas Sloukas follows with 11.7 ppg and leads the team in dimes made with 4.8 per game. Nikola Kalinic adds 9.6 ppg and 3.3 rebounds per game.
Fener leads Efes 3-2 wins so far this season and each team has been perfect at home. Anadolu have a better offense with 85.4 ppg to Fenerbahce’s 84.3, while Fener have a better defense, allowing 75.8 ppg to Anadolu’s 80.2 ppg. Fener have better percentages both in field goals (52.7% to 51.2%) and in 3-pointers (43.4% to 40.6%). Efes on the other hand are better both dimes made (19.6 to 18.1) and boards grabbed (28.9 to 26.8), while both squads commit almost the same number of turnovers per game (11.1 to 11.3). Fener are short-handed for this game and expect the new and excited Anadolu Efes squad to get away with the win one way or another.
Anadolu Efes vs Fenerbahce Prediction: Anadolu Efes +2 (-106)