The EuroLeague champions, Anadolu Efes, meet Partizan Belgrade in one of the crucial games this season for the Turkish powerhouse. These two European basketball powerhouses are direct contenders for the Top 8 and the playoffs, and a win here would mean the world for either unit. Efes has 14 wins and 14 defeats so far, while Partizan recorded one victory more. The hosts had significant problems this year, but are still trying to bounce back and stay in contention to win another title – the third in a row. Meanwhile, Partizan plays excellent basketball and is led by the nine-time European champion and the best head coach outside the USA, Zeljko Obradovic. After almost a decade of sitting outside the EuroLeague, the 1992 European champs are back and hungry.
Anadolu Efes vs. Partizan Preview
Anadolu Efes (-315) was better than Real Madrid this Tuesday night, defeating the big rivals by one point, 90-89, following a fierce battle. The EuroLeague champs opened the game slowly, allowing Los Blancos to reach an eight-point edge, but managed to come back.
Vasilije Micic and his crew were ruthless in the third quarter, pulling away 17 points and outscoring the opponent 35-21 during those 12 minutes. However, in the end, the Turks had to save their skin, because Real came back, dropping 29 buckets in the final period and allowing only 13.
Shane Larkin, the 18th pick at the 2013 NBA Draft, was the best among the hosts, with 18 points and eight assists, while Elijah Bryant (who was a part of the Bucks 2021 title quest) scored 17 with six buckets, and Will Clyburn added 15 with seven boards.
Partizan Belgrade (+225) had one pretty nasty period midway through the season but exploded in recent times and began winning. That’s no wonder for the team who produced Vlade Divac, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and many other notable names, because they have Zeljko Obradovic, and unreal fans. This team averages between 16 and 20 thousand fans per game at home, plus it has a vast army of supporters on the road.
Partizan had a big game on Monday in the domestic championship, facing Red Star, their biggest rivals, and another Euroleague team, winning that one 92-81. At one point of the event, Partizan was down 20 buckets, yet came back. Before that, the Serbs returned from Italy, defeating Virtus Bologna and losing to Armani Olimpia.
Obradovic’s unit plays efficient basketball and has a diverse attack. The top scorer is Kevin Punter, with 15.5 points. The former Tennessee Volunteer is one of the best shooters in Europe right now. The fifth pick from the 2014 NBA Draft, Dante Exum, is the most notable player on Partizan’s roster. The former Jazz and the Cavalier delivers 13.1 points per game.
Anadolu Efes vs. Partizan Head to Head Games
The first meeting in Belgrade saw Partizan’s 82-79 victory, with Exum, Punter, and James Nunnally carrying the hosts in the last minutes. Exum had 18 points, the same as Nunnally and Punter. On the other side, Rodrigue Beaubois had 30 points, and the former Cavalier, Ante Zizic, scored 20 with nine boards.
Anadolu Efes vs. Partizan Prediction
The Over/Under line for this event is set at 164.5 points. We are taking Over because both units play very aggressive and offensive-minded basketball. Also, the respective recent events of these units were above the offered line, which is another reason to pick Over.
Pick: Over 164.5 points -110
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