KB vs ANA Dream11: Table-topper Anadolu Efes can regain their one-game advantage over Real Madrid at the top when they play Saski Baskonia in EuroLeague round-12 match at Fernando Buesa Arena, in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.
Anadolu have taken the hole EuroLeague by storm. Their 9-2 record on the season looks all more impressive considering they opened the season with a 64-74 defeat at home against Barcelona. Since then they have lost just once in the next 12 games, and none at home. The only defeat during that period came away against Greek giants Panathinaikos. The Spanish team is on a five-game winning run.
Saski Baskonia, meanwhile, are struggling for consistency. And it's clear from the fact that their best run this season is a two-game winning run, which they managed only once following two consecutive wins over reigning champions CSKA Moscow and Zenit Saint Petersburg in round 9 and 10 respectively.
There's not much to separate these two teams when it comes to the overall head-to-head record, with Anadolu Efes holding a slight edge over their rivals with 10 wins in the 18 encounters.
But Saski Baskionia have struggled against their Turkish counterpart in the mist recent meetings. They have lost the last three games, including the last two at home in as many seasons.
Host: Saski Baskonia
Visitors: Anadolu Efes
Match Timing: December 07, @ 01:30 AM
Venue: Fernando Buesa Arena
Anadolu Efes' Shane Larkin is the best player in this season's Euro League as he leads the whole league with 22.0 points per game.
Impact players from Anadolu Efes:
Tibor Pleiß, Vasilije Micic and Chris Singleton and Alec Peters
But Saski Baskonia also have Tornike Shengelia on their roster who is ranked fourth this season with 18.7 points per game.
Impact players from Saski Baskinia:
Nik Stauskas and Matt Janning are both in a very good form.
Saski Baskonia team news:
Jayson Granger (status out) – He is recovering from an Achilles Tendon injury and is expected to return sometime in March next year.
Patricio Garino (status out) – Saski are without Garino as well. He is out indefinitely with a torn ACL in his right knee.
But the hosts will have Michael Eric and Shavon Shields available for selection here. The duo has had some injury issues this season, but both of them are now back to full fitness.
Saski Baskonia expected squad for this match: Tornike Shengelia, Tornike Shengelia, Nik Stauskas, Matt Janning, Michael Eric, Lautaro Lopez, Pierria Henry, Achille Polonara, Ajdin Penava, Achille Polonara, Luca Vildoza, Miguel Gonzalez, Youssoupha Fall, Ilimane Diop
Anadolu Efes team news:
Adrien Moerman (status out) – He is recovering from ankle surgery and is expected to miss the 3-4 games.
Bryant Dunston (status doubtful) – He missed the last four EuroLeague games due to an injury and is a doubt here.
Anadolu Efes expected squad for this game: Bryant Dunston (Questionable), Shane Larkin, Krunoslav Simon, Chris Singleton, Rodrigue Beaubois, Dogus Balbay, Sertac Sanli, Bugrahan Tuncer, Vasilije Micic, Shane Larkin, Alec Peters, Tibor Pleiß
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PF: Tornike Shengelia
SF: Shavon Shields
C: Youssoupha Fall
PG: Matt Janning
SG: Pierria Henry
PF: Chris Singleton
SF: James Anderson / Krunoslav Simon
C: Tibor Pleiß
PG: Vasilije Micić
SG: Shane Larkin
Saski Baskonia: Micheal Eric, Patricio Garino, Nik Stauskas, Youssoupha Fall, Luca Vildoza, Achille Polonara, Ilimane Diop
Anadolu Efes: Alec Peters, Sertac Sanli, Krunoslav Simon, Dogus Balbay, Tolga Gecim
KB vs ANA Dream11 teams:
To be updated once the line-ups are out!
As mentioned above, Anadolu Efes are in better form and also hold a very good record against Saski Baskonia. A win for the away side is our call.