In the 20th round of action the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball, the defending champions of Fenerbahce (13-6) are hosting the Spanish powerhouse of FC Barcelona Lassa (7-12) on Friday, January 26th 2018. The game takes place at the Ulker Sports Arena in the city of Istanbul, Turkey.
Date/Time: 01-25-2018, 14:45 EDT
Spread: Fenerbahce -8.5
Fenerbahce have a 13-6 record so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the league table. They have four consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against Anadolu Efes with an 84-89 score. They are led in scoring by Jan Vesely with 13.6 ppg, adding 4.9 rebounds. He is followed by Brad Wanamaker with 12.7 ppg and 4 assists per game, while James Nunnally adds 10.4 ppg and Kostas Sloukas adds 9.8 ppg and a team high 5.2 assists per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersBarcelona have a 7-12 record so far this season and currently sit on the 12th place of the league table. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against Bamberg with an 81-66 score. They are led in scoring by Kevin Seraphin with 12.1 ppg, adding a team high 4.9 rebounds. He is followed by Thomas Heurtel with 10.6 ppg and a team high 6.5 assists per game, while Rakim Sanders adds 9.9 ppg.
In their previous matchup in the first round, Fenerbahce won on the road with a 68-83 score. Fener have a 6-3 home record so far this season, while Barcelona are just 1-8 on the road. Barcelona are better offensively, scoring 80.4 ppg to Fener’s 79.9, while Fener are better defensively, allowing 73.6 ppg to Barcelona’s 78.3. Fenerbahce have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 48.7% to Barcelona’s 47.9% and in 3-pointers, shooting with a second-best of 41.1% to Barcelona’s 36.2%. They are also better in turnovers committed (10.8 to 12.1), while Barcelona are better both in rebounding, grabbing 32.3 to Fener’s 29.2 and in assists made, with 20.9 to Fener’s 18.9. Barcelona are one of the worse road teams in the league so far and Fenerbahce are red-hot right now so pick Fener for an easy home victory by more than 9 points today.
Barcelona vs Fenerbahce Prediction: Fenerbahce -8.5 (-111)