Besiktas vs Anadolu Efes Game 1 5/19/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Besiktas vs Anadolu Efes Game 1 5/19/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The defending champions Anadolu Efes are hosting Besiktas at the Sinar Erdem Sport Salonu in Istanbul on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 14:00 ET in Game 1 of this Turkish BSL semifinal. Anadolu Efes eliminated the eighth Gaziantep in the opening round with 2-0 wins by an average of 19.5 points. Besiktas eliminated Tofas in the quarterfinals with 2-0 wins as well, but both games were extremely close ones, decided by 2 and 3 points. 

Anadolu Efes finished the regular season with a 29-1 record and were placed first in the league. They are coming off a road win against Gaziantep with a 67-83 score. They shot with 61.5% from inside the arc, while holding their opponents into 44.7%. Five of their players were in double digit scoring, led by Tibor Pleiss with 16 and a team-high 9 rebounds. Shane Larkin added 14 points and a team-high 5 assists. 

Pleiss leads the team in scoring with 15 ppg, adding 6.4 rebounds per game. Adrien Moerman adds 14.8 ppg and a team-high 8 rebounds per game. 

Anadolu Efes lead the league both offensively, scoring 88.8 ppg and defensively, allowing 75.2 ppg. They have a 58.4% 2-point percentage and a 38.8% 3-point percentage. They have nine consecutive wins and have won all of their sixteen home games in the league this season.

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Besiktas vs Anadolu Efes Game 1 Predictions 5/19/2021

Besiktas finished the regular season with a 19-11 record and were placed fifth in the league. They are coming off a home victory against Tofas with an 82-79 score. All of their five starters were in double digit scoring, led by Sehmus Hazer with 20 points. He added 4 rebounds and a game-high 9 assists, while Ercan Osmani added 19 points and a team-high 9 rebounds. 

Alperen Sengun leads the team both in scoring with 19 ppg and in rebounding with 9.3 per game. James Blackmon Jr adds 18.6 ppg and 3.5 rebounds per game. 

Besiktas score 85.7 ppg offensively and allow 81.4 ppg defensively. They have a 57.1% 2-point percentage and a 33.7% 3-point percentage. They have eight consecutive wins and four straight on the road. 

Anadolu Efes have won both previous meetings against Besiktas earlier this season. At home with an 84-80 score and on the road with 74-81. They are 4-4 in their previous eight matchups in Istanbul and Anadolu Efes have never won by more than 9 points in that span. They have an 16-0 home record, while Besiktas are 10-6 on the road. Anadolu Efes are the favorite for the win, but expect Besiktas to force a closer game than 16 points today.

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Besiktas vs Anadolu Efes Game 1 5/19/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Time: 14:00 ET 

Location: Sinar Erdem Sport Salonu in Istanbul, Turkey

Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021

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Turkish BSL Odds/Point Spread: Anadolu Efes -15.5

Turkish BSL Totals: +170.5

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