In the fifth and final game of this Euroleague Basketball quarterfinal, the fourth-seeded Anadolu Efes (20-10), are hosting one last time the fifth-seeded FC Barcelona Lassa (18-12), who bounced back in game 4 at home and tied the series to two wins apiece before it moves back to Turkey for a game that will decide which team will advance to the Final Four.
Date/Time: 05-01-2019, 13:30 EDT
Spread: Anadolu Efes -4
Anadolu Efes finished the regular season with a 20-10 record and were placed 4th in the league. They have lost two of their last three matches and in their last game they lost on the road against Barcelona in game 4 with an 82-72 score. They are led in scoring by Adrien Moerman with 12.2 ppg, adding a team high 6.2 rebounds per game. He is followed by Vasilje Micic with 12.2 ppg and a team high 5.5 assists per game, while Shane Larkin adds 11.3 ppg.
Barcelona finished the regular season a 13-9 record and were placed 5th in the league. They have won two of their last three matches and in their last game they won at home against Anadolu Efes in game 4 with a 72-82 score. They are led in scoring by Thomas Heurtel with 10.4 ppg, adding a team high 4.8 assists per game. He is followed by Ante Tomic with 10.1 ppg and a team high 5.1 rebounds per game, while Adam Hanga adds 8.8 ppg and 4 rebounds per game.
In their six previous meetings earlier this season both teams are tied 3-3 wins and Efes are 2-1 at home. Anadolu Efes have a 13-5 home record, while Barcelona are 8-10 on the road. Efes are better offensively, scoring 85.4 ppg to Barcelona’s 79, while Barcelona are better defensively, allowing 76.4 ppg to Anadolu Efes’ 80.2 ppg. Efes have better percentages both from the field (51.3% to 46.9%) and from behind the arc (40.4% to 36.6%). They are also better in turnovers committed (11.3 to 12.3) and in assists made (19.5 to 17.1), while Barcelona are better in rebounding (31.2 to 29.1). Vegas odds give Anadolu Efes a -4 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home win and qualification today.
Barcelona vs Anadolu Efes Game 5 Prediction: Anadolu Efes -4 (-113)
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