Date/Time: 05-25-2019, 08:15 EDT
Spread: Gaziantep -1.5
In game 2 of this Turkish BSL League quarterfinal, the fifth-seeded Gaziantep (17-11), who have lost two straight games against today’s opponent, are hosting the fourth-seeded Galatasaray (18-10), who have lost only once in their last 8 games, including a game 1 win at home that gave them the 1-0 lead in the series.
Gaziantep finished the regular season with a 17-11 record and were placed 5th in the league. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against Galatasaray in game 1 with a 61-79 score. They are led in scoring by Stefan Jelovac with 13.7 ppg, adding 5.3 boards per game. He is followed by Shaquielle McKissic with 13.1 ppg and 3.2 boards per game, while Tonye Jekiri adds 12.7 ppg and a team high 10.3 boards per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersGalatasaray finished the regular season with a 18-10 record and were placed 4th in the league. They have won seven of their last eight matches and in their last game they won at home against Gaziantep in game 1 with a 79-61 score. They are led in scoring by Aaron Harrison with 14.6 ppg, adding 3.4 boards and 3.5 dimes per game. He is followed by Zach Auguste with 13.3 ppg and a team high 8.6 boards per game, while Nigel Hayes adds 12.6 ppg and 5.3 boards per game.
In their three previous meetings so far this season Galatasaray leads Gaziantep 2-1 wins with each team having won at home. Gaziantep have a 10-4 home record, while Galatasaray are 8-7 on the road. Galatasaray are better offensively, scoring 81.1 ppg to Gaziantep’s 73.9, while Gaziantep are better defensively, allowing 70.8 ppg to Galatasaray’s 76.5. Galatasaray have better percentages both in field goals (47.5% to 46.2%) and in 3-pointers (37.1% to 33.5%). Both teams are equal in dimes made (19.6 each), while Gaziantep are better in turnovers committed (11.6 to 12.2) and Galatasaray are better in boards grabbed (32.9 to 30.3). Bookmakers give Gaziantep a -1.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds as Galatasaray have the momentum and will win on the road one way or another.
Galatasaray vs Gaziantep Game 2 Prediction: Galatasaray +1.5 (-114)