Date/Time: 05-25-2019, 08:15 EDT
Spread: Galatasaray -6.5
In game 3 of this Turkish BSL League quarterfinal, the fourth-seeded Galatasaray (18-10), are hosting once again the fifth-seeded Gaziantep (17-11), who won game 2 at home and tied the series to 1-1 wins. Both teams are looking for a commanding second win in the series that will bring them with one foot to the semifinals.
Galatasaray finished the regular season with an 18-10 record and were placed fourth in the league. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against Gaziantep in game 2 with a 69-79 score. They are led in scoring by Aaron Harrison with 14.7 ppg, adding 3.3 boards and 3.4 dimes per game. He is followed by Zach Auguste with 13.2 ppg and a team high 8.5 boards per game, while Nigel Hayes adds 12.6 ppg and 5.4 boards per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersGaziantep finished the regular season with a 17-11 record and were placed fifth in the league. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against Galatasaray in game 2 with a 79-69 score. They are led in scoring by Stefan Jelovac with 13.7 ppg, adding 5.2 boards per game. He is followed by Shaquielle McKissic with 13.3 ppg and 3.3 boards per game, while Tonye Jekiri adds 12.7 ppg and a team high 10.1 boards per game.
In their four previous meetings so far this season both teams are tied 2-2 wins with each team having won at home. Galatasaray have a 11-3 home record, while Gaziantep are 7-8 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 (47.3% to 46.4%) and in 3-pointers (36.8% to 34.2%). Both teams are almost equal in dimes made (19.5 to 19.4), while Gaziantep are better in turnovers committed (11.6 to 12.1) and Galatasaray are better in boards grabbed (32.8 to 30.1). Bookmakers give Galatasaray a -6.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds as they have already beaten Gaziantep twice by an average of 11 points.
Gaziantep vs Galatasaray Game 3 Prediction: Galatasaray -6.5 (-115)