Anadolu Efes vs. Galatasaray Prediction, Tips & Odds – May 29, 2022 18:00 CET
Completely shocking, Galatasaray beat Efes on road by 35 points (105:70) in the first game in the Turkish Super League semifinals. The reigning Euroleague champions will surely want revenge.
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Anadolu Efes won the Euroleague for the second year in a row last week. Head coach Ergin Ataman has been saying for months that his team will ascend the European throne again and they really did. Shane Larkin and Vasilije Micic played another impressive Final Four and were the most deserving of winning the title, along with fantastic Tibor Pleiss in the final game. Just a few days after that, Efes had to play the decisive third match in the Turkish Super League quarterfinals against Pinar Karsiyaka which they won without any problems. It was expected that they will start the semifinals series against Galatasaray in a similar way, however, that was not the case. On Friday afternoon, Efes lost with a shocking result of 105:70 in front of their fans. The defense completely failed and only seven days after winning the Euroleague, this team suffered probably the heaviest defeat in the last four years. This means that they will be extremely motivated to fight back and show Galatasaray why they have been the best European team for several years.
— Anadolu Efes SK (@AnadoluEfesSK) May 27, 2022
For several seasons already, Galatasaray was far from its glorious days. Last year, they finished in an extremely low 14th place in the Turkish Super League and only one position separated them from relegation. Galatasaray played much better in the first part of the season, but it was still a long way from the level that is necessary. As a result, former head coach Ekrem Memnun was fired and replaced by Greek coach Andreas Pistiolis. He was Zeljko Obradovic’s assistant at Panathinaikos for seven years, and then for the next eight years, he was the first assistant to Dimitris Itoudis at Banvit and CSKA. He gathered a lot of experience and in Galatasaray, he became the head coach for the first time in his career. With his arrival, everything changed by 180 degrees. In the Turkish Super League, Galatasaray finished the regular season with seven consecutive victories, during which time they defeated teams such as Fenerbahce, Pinar Karsiyaka, Tofas, Besiktas, and Turk Telekom. In the quarterfinals, they eliminated Bahcesehir in two games and then went to achieve a sensational win (105:70) against Efes on Friday. Galatasaray did not lost a single game for more than two months, but will now play again against the best European team.
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— Galatasaray Basketbol (@GSBasketbol) May 27, 2022
As mentioned several times, Galatasaray won 105:70 at road in the first game in this semifinals against Efes. Interestingly, in both matches in the regular season, the visitors won both times, so the overall H2H is 2-1 for Galatasaray this season.
Krunoslav Simon is injured and won’t play for Efes. All other players are available to both coaches, but they can only use five foreign basketball players so some will surely miss this game. Maurice Ndour and Vasilije Pusica did not play for Galatasaray in the first game, while Adrien Moerman, Bryan Dunston and James Anderson did not play for Efes.
Efes was humiliated in the first game. When a team of this caliber is humiliated, be sure they will react in the next game. Galatasaray scored 18 three-pointers in that match and there is no way of repeating such a shooting night. Efes will play incomparably better in defense and will certainly want to take revenge in the most dominant possible way.
Date and Time: 29.05.2022 18:00 CET
Pick: Anadolu Efes -5.5
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