Date/Time: 05-01-2019, 13:30 EDT
Spread: Anadolu Efes -4
In game 5 of this Euroleague Basketball first round matchup, the 4th in the league and Turkish Anadolu Efes, are hosting the Spanish Barcelona with both teams being tied 2-2 wins with each team having made a break once in the series. The victorious team will join Real Madrid, CSKA Moscow and Fenerbahce in the Final Four that will take place in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.
Barcelona had a 13-9 record in the regular season and finished in the fifth place of the league. They are 2-1 in their last 3 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Anadolu Efes at home in the fourth game of the series, 72-82. Efes had a 20-10 record in the regular season and finished in the fourth place of the league. They are 1-2 in their last 3 games and in their latest matchup they got defeated by Barcelona on the road in the fourth game of the series, 82-72.
Top Basketball BookmakersBarcelona are led in scoring by Thomas Heurtel with 10.4 ppg. He also leads the team in assists made with 4.8 per game, while Ante Tomic follows with 10.1 ppg and leads the team in rebounding with 5.1 per game. Anadolu are led in scoring by Adrien Moerman with 12.2 ppg. He also leads the team in rebounding with 6.2 per game, while Vasilje Micic follows with 12.2 ppg and leads the team in assists made with 5.5 per game.
Both squads are tied with three wins apiece so far this season and Anadolu Efes are 2-1 at home. Efes are 13-5 at home, while Barcelona have a 8-10 road record. Anadolu Efes have a better offense with 85.4 ppg to Barcelona’s 79, while Barcelona have a better defense, allowing 76.4 ppg to Efes’ 80.2 ppg. Anadolu Efes have a better accuracy both in field goals (51.3% to 46.9%) and in 3-pointers (40.4% to 36.6%). Barcelona on the other hand grab more rebounds (31.2 to 29.1), while Anadolu Efes commit fewer turnovers (11.3 to 12.3) and dish more assists per game (19.5 to 17.1). Efes have been very strong at home and expect them to win by more than 4 points today.
Barcelona vs Anadolu Efes Game 5 Prediction: Anadolu Efes -4 (-113)