Spread Pick: Fenerbahce IstanbulHome with handicap -2.5 at 1.90
Over/Under: Over 157.5 at 1.90 Bet Now!
19-05-2017 20:30 BST - Fenerbahce Istanbul v Real Madrid - Euroleague Playoffs Tips
The Euroleague Final Four is upon us again and the Semi Final games take place on Friday evening. The matches are all taking place in Istanbul and it is inevitable that focus will on Fenerbahce, playing in their home city. There will be plenty of backing for the Istanbul side but of course, they face a very tough task in facing Real Madrid and it may be that the vocal encouragement will wither if the Spanish side finds form.
What we can be certain about is that this has the potential to be a classic match and both teams have a lot in their favour. Both teams won their home game in the regular season, Real Madrid grabbing a 61-56 victory late on in the season while Fenerbahce picked up a narrow 78-77 win early on in the campaign.
The late loss in Madrid was part of a bad run for the Turkish side but their form in the Playoffs, becoming the first side to sweep the Playoffs without home advantage suggests that the team were being built for the end of season, which means coach Zeljko Obradovic may have called it right.
Madrid have the best record in the Euroleague, carrying a 26-8 record and they have scored the second-most points in the league, with 86 points per game. Madrid are also the Euroleague leaders for assists, with an average of 20.5 assists per game.
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Big players on both sides in this Euroleague Final Four Semi Final
Bogdan Bogdanovic was a huge player in the Playoffs for Fenerbache, offering 19.3 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists while Ekpe Udoh also offered 13.3 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. For Madrid, the key man this season has been Sergio Llull with an average of 16.4 points and 5.9 assists. Other Madrid players who have made it into double figures for the season include Anthony Randolph, with an average of 10.5 points per game and Gustavo Ayon, who has offered an average of 10 points per game. Semi finals are often decided by one player becoming a hero and both sides have players that can stand up and be counted when it really matters.
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While this isn’t quite home advantage for the Istanbul side, and you can bet that there will be plenty of Madrid fans making some in the Sinan Erdem Dome on Friday, you have to think that the Turkish side will be able to edge out a victory. With this in mind, you should back Fenerbahce at -2.5 in this game at odds of 1.90. For the Over/Under market, games involving Madrid tend to end up being high scoring affairs, so go OVER 157.5 which you can find at odds of 1.90. Bet Now!
Euroleague Final Four Odds for Semi Final A
If you expect Fenerbahce to take control of the game early on, you can bet on Fenerbahce half-time/Fenerbahce full-time at odds of 2.30, with a Real Madrid half-time/Real Madrid full-time outcome sitting at odds of 2.90. Anyone looking to be a bit more adventurous may find backing Real Madrid half-time/Fenerbahce full-time at odds of 7.00 to be a more interesting bet. Fenerbahce can be backed at odds of 1.74 to be the team with the highest scoring quarter while Real Madrid can be backed to grab the highest scoring quarter at odds of 1.95.