In the 17th round of action the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball, the Spanish champions Valencia Basket Club (5-11), are hosting the defending champions of both Euroleague and Turkey Fenerbahce (10-6) on Thursday, January 11th 2018. The game takes place at the Fuente De San Luis Arena in the city of Valencia, Spain.
Date/Time: 01-11-2018, 14:45 EDT
Spread: Valencia +4.5
Valencia have a 5-11 record so far this season and currently sit on the second to last place of the league table. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won on the road against Unicaja with an 83-85 score. They are led in scoring by Erick Green with 15.9 ppg, while Boban Dubljevic adds 10.4 ppg and 5.2 rebounds per game. Tibor Pleiss follows with 10.1 ppg and a team high 5.8 rebounds per game.
Fenerbahce have a 10-6 record so far this season and currently sit in the 4th place of the league table. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against Baskonia with a 79-74 score. They are led in scoring by Jan Vesely with 13.8 ppg, adding 4.8 rebounds. He is followed by Brad Wanamaker with 13.8 ppg and 4.1 assists per game, while Gigi Datome adds 10.9 ppg and 3.9 rpg and Kostas Sloukas adds 10 ppg and a team high 5.4 assists per game.
In their previous matchup on the first round, Fenerbahce won at home with a 79-66 score. Valencia are 3-4 at home so far this season, while Fener are 5-3 on the road. Fener are better both offensively, scoring 80.1 ppg to Valencia’s 76.7 and defensively, allowing 74.1 ppg to Valencia’s 79.4. They also have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 48.4% to Valencia’s 46.3% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 41.1% to Valencia’s 39.3%. Fenerbahce are also better in rebounding, grabbing 29.1 to Valencia’s league-low of 27.7, in assists made, with 18.9 to Valencia’s 17.8 and in turnovers committed (11.2 to 11.7). Even though Valencia are playing better lately they don’t pose a threat against a superior Fenerbahce squad, even at their home court in which they have been below average throughout the season. Pick Fenerbahce for a win by more than 5 points on the road today.
Prediction: Fenerbahce -4.5 (-111)